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Inside the Actors Studio 

TV-PG | | Talk-Show | TV Series (1994– )
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Famous actors, directors and writers reminisce about their careers and the philosophy behind their craft.

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James Lipton
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 4 wins & 34 nominations. See more awards »

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James Lipton ...  Self - Host / ... 262 episodes, 1994-2018
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James Lipton interviews some of today's most talented actors, directors and writers. In the audience are students and famous alumni of the Actors Studio's master of fine arts program. The interviewees talk about their childhood, how they got started in show business, their early career and behind-the-scenes trivia. The interview concludes with a standardized questionnaire that includes such questions as "What is your favorite word?" and "If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive?" After that, Lipton and the interviewee move to a classroom where the M.F.A. students can question the interviewee directly. Written by Steven W. Siferd <ssiferd@aol.com>

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Lipton states the dominate theme among his guests is parental separation and divorce See more »

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For every guest James Lipton is inconsistent on which acting credit is noteworthy to acknowledge. See more »

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[his infamous answer to "if heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say to you when you reach the pearly gates?"]
Harrison Ford: You're much better-looking in person.
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Connections

Featured in Magic Time: A Tribute to Jack Lemmon (2002) See more »

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Oh, God, Lipton is *such* a suck-up!
22 April 2003 | by Clive-SilasSee all my reviews

I haven't seen an enormous number of these shows, and I think the first few I saw were of genuine acting giants such as De Niro and Streep. Lipton's awed reverence seems a tad over-done but not inappropriate. But as time goes on and one sees a few people more known for being movie stars rather than notably talented actors, one can't help but notice that Lipton's attitude towards his interviewees doesn't change one iota. They all get the same, "Another of my favourite films is..." treatment.

Last week I saw the Simpsons interview (which included a clip from The Simpsons satirising Lipton's sycophancy), and I have to say it left a bad taste in the mouth. Of course, his oleaginous manner didn't change in the slightest, but at least most interviewees are given the respect of talking about their work as *actors*, whereas the poor old Simpsons cast (Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner, Yeardley Smith, Hank Azaria and Harry Shearer) had to jump through their vocal hoops like so many performing monkeys, answering questions as their characters and the like. No wonder Julie Kavner left early!


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12 June 1994 (USA) See more »

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Inside the Actors Studio: The Craft of Theatre and Film See more »

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