James Lipton, remembered for the interviews with artists he was doing in the Inside The Actors Studio program, died at age 93 at his home in New York. His wife, Kedakai Turner, said that there were so many stories about James, but she was sure Lipton would like to be remembered as someone who had loved what he had done and had great respect for all the people he had worked with.
Lipton had a historic career in film and television. He worked as Dean Emeritus of the Actor Studio Drama School at Pace University in New York for several years. And he was responsible for leading his famous talk show, “Inside the Actors Studio”, which allowed him to get to know great movie stars in depth.
During his years at the helm of the program, from 1994 to 2018,
Lipton interviewed countless entertainment personalities, including Tom Hanks, Viola Davis, Meryl Streep, Robin Williams, George Clooney, Dave Chappelle, and even the animated cast of The Simpsons. He started the show in 1994, and after 22 seasons in 2018, he retired.
Nearly 300 celebrities, including many Oscar and Emmy winners,
they shared the secrets of their trade with Lipton and his audience of students before television cameras. The show grew as one of the longest cable shows.
James Lipton said in a CNN interview in 2012 that he loved. It was very flattering.
He conducted in 2011 his most memorable interviews to Bradley Cooper, who recalled his stage as a student in which, in that same program, he was ready to ask the already consecrated Sean Penn in 1999. It was one of Lipton’s favorite interviews because it was very emotional for him to see one of his students succeed in Hollywood. Their interviews lasted from four to five hours.
The program was the culmination of a long career for Lipton that began on the radio. And included works as an actor, screenwriter, choreographer, lyricist, author, producer, and academic.
To perfect your trade, Lipton took classes with Harold Clurman and Robert Lewis. And studied film and TV production and direction at New York University and The New School.
Lipton also had regular appearances as an actor in the comedy Arrested Development. Other credits as an actor include roles in Bewitched, Guiding Light, The Goldbergs, Cold Squad; You Are There, and was even the voice for the Disney movie, Bolt.