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Sanford Meisner (1905–1997)


Sanford Meisner is one of the most respected and influential acting teachers of the 20th century. Meisner, Stella Adler and Lee Strasberg are generally regarded as America's three greatest acting teachers. Founding member of The Group Theatre, 1931-1941. Began teaching at New York's Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre in 1935; head of the... See full bio »

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Known For

Tender Is the Night Dr. Franz Gregorovious
(1962)
The Story on Page One Phil Stanley
(1959)
Actor's Studio Additional Crew
(1948)
Suspense Actor
(1954)

Filmography

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 1995 Requiem (Short)
Restaurant Patron
 1995 ER (TV Series)
Joseph Klein
- Sleepless in Chicago (1995) ... Joseph Klein
 1976 Mikey and Nicky
Dave Resnick
 1962 Naked City (TV Series)
Kip Harris
- Hold for Gloria Christmas (1962) ... Kip Harris
 1962 Tender Is the Night
Dr. Franz Gregorovious
 1959 The Story on Page One
Phil Stanley
 1956 The Alcoa Hour (TV Series)
Lew Stern
- Paris and Mrs. Perlman (1956) ... Lew Stern
 1956 Armstrong Circle Theatre (TV Series)
Michael Bialoguski
- The Case of Colonel Petrov (1956) ... Michael Bialoguski
 1954 Suspense (TV Series)
- Fingerprints (1954)
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 1948 Actor's Studio (TV Series) (stage director - 1 episode)
- Night Club (1948) ... (stage director)
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 1990 American Masters (TV Series documentary)
Self
 1962 Accent on an American Summer (TV Series documentary)
The General
- The Fall of the City (1962) ... The General
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 2022 The Last Movie Stars (TV Series documentary)
Self
- Chapter One: Cosmic Orphans (2022) ... Self
 2015 She's the Best Thing in It (Documentary)
Self
 2006 Sanford Meisner Master Class (Video documentary)
Self
 1989 American Masters (TV Series documentary)
Self
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Active on Broadway in the following productions: See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 1 Print Biography | See more »

Alternate Names:

Sandy Meisner

Spouse:

Betty Carson  (divorced) | See more »
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

Acting is behaving truthfully under imaginary circumstances. See more »

Trivia:

Became frustrated with the roles he often got while in the Group Theatre often lamented that when they handed out the scripts, if there was a role for a character that was the emotional equivalent of a large, ugly bug that would crawl out from behind an old piano that was just moved away from the wall where it stood for many years... he knew that he'd be given that part!. See more »

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