Fast Facts

  • Originally planned to be a lawyer; took up acting as a side job to pay the bills.
  • Spent more than 10 years studying theatrical arts, modern dance and ballet with masters such as Stella Adler, Harold Clurman and Robert Lewis.
  • Made his Broadway debut in 1951 in Lillian Hellman's The Autumn Garden, directed by his acting teacher Harold Clurman.
  • Spent 10 years on Guiding Light in the 1950s as Dr. Dick Grant.  
  • Wrote the book and lyrics for two Broadway musicals: Nowhere to Go but Up and Sherry! A cast album for Sherry! was created in 2005, starring Nathan Lane, Bernadette Peters, Carol Burnett, Tommy Tune and Mike Myers.
  • Executive produced 12 Bob Hope birthday specials and former president Jimmy Carter's inaugural gala.
  • Is best known as the host of Inside the Actors Studio, where performers and directors discuss their lives, inspirations and craft before an audience of students from New York's Actors Studio.
  • Is a licensed pilot, a horseman and a Chevalier of France's Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

Awards

  • 2001, Emmy — Outstanding Non-Fiction Series (Informational): Nominee
  • 2003, Emmy — Outstanding Nonfiction Series (Traditional): Nominee
  • 2005, Emmy — Outstanding Non-Fiction Special: Nominee
  • 1998, Emmy — Outstanding Nonfiction Series: Nominee
  • 1988, Emmy — Outstanding Achievement in Music and Lyrics: Nominee
  • 1999, Emmy — Outstanding Nonfiction Series: Nominee
  • 2000, Emmy — Outstanding Nonfiction Series: Nominee
  • 2002, Emmy — Outstanding Non-Fiction Series (Informational): Nominee
  • 2008, Emmy — Outstanding Nonfiction Series: Nominee
  • 2012, Emmy — Outstanding Nonfiction Series: Nominee
  • 2013, Emmy — Outstanding Informational Series or Special: Winner
  • 2007, Emmy — Outstanding Nonfiction Series: Nominee
  • 2002, Emmy — Outstanding Non-Fiction Special (Informational): Nominee
  • 2006, Emmy — Outstanding Nonfiction Series: Nominee
  • 2014, Emmy — Outstanding Informational Series or Special: Nominee
  • 2004, Emmy — Outstanding Nonfiction Series: Nominee
  • 2005, Emmy — Outstanding Nonfiction Series: Nominee
  • 2015, Emmy — Outstanding Informational Series or Special: Nominee
  • 2015, Critics' Choice Television Awards — Best Reality Host: Nominee

Relationships

  • Betty Lipton — Mother
  • Kedakai Turner — Wife
  • Lawrence Lipton — Father
  • Nina Foch — Ex-wife

College

  • Attended Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

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  • Birth Name: James Lipton
  • Birth Place: Detroit, MI
  • Birthday: September 19, 1926, Virgo
  • Profession: TV host, Writer, Actor, Producer
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