NEW JERSEY -- James Lipton, Dean of the Actors Studio and Host of the Bravo TV show, Inside the Actors Studio, died today at the age of 93. Today, we take a look back at his appearance on One-on-One with Steve Adubato.
James Lipton was born in Detroit in 1926. He was first known for his role as Dan Reid, nephew of the Lone Ranger, and later starred for over ten years on the soap opera, Guiding Light. Besides acting, Lipton also studied dance and choreographed a ballet for the American Ballet Theatre.
In the early 1990s, Lipton arranged for the Actors Studio to join The New School to create the Actors Studio Drama School. Within the drama school, he created a “master class” where the most respected and famous actors, writers, and directors would be interviewed by himself and his students, called Inside the Actors Studio. A television show of the same name debuted on Bravo in 1994, and Lipton produced, wrote and hosted the production until he retired in 2018.
In this clip from 2016, Steve Adubato turned the tables on Lipton by asking him a series of questions Lipton himself posed to each guest at the conclusion of every episode of Inside the Actors Studio, famously inspired by French journalist Bernard Pivot. Some of Lipton’s answers were surprising and revealing.
Lipton named his favorite word as “honor,” and his least favorite word was the “n-word,” because, he explained, “No matter what its purpose may seem to be these days, it was a word that was meant to injure.” When asked, “If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?,” Lipton replied, “See Jim, you were wrong, but you may come in anyway.”
To watch the entire interview with James Lipton from One-on-One with Steve Adubato, visit: http://steveadubato.org/james-lipton-shares-his-favorite-inside-the-actors-studio-moments.html.