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James Lipton Biography

Birth Name:
James Lipton
Birth Place:
Detroit, Michigan, United States
TV host, writer, actor, producer

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


  • 2017Emmy-Outstanding Informational Series or Special: nominated
  • 2016Emmy-Outstanding Informational Series or Special: nominated
  • 2015Emmy-Outstanding Informational Series or Special: nominated
  • 2015Critics' Choice Television Awards-Best Reality Host: nominated
  • 2014Emmy-Outstanding Informational Series or Special: nominated
  • 2013Emmy-Outstanding Informational Series or Special: winner
  • 2012Emmy-Outstanding Nonfiction Series: nominated
  • 2008Emmy-Outstanding Nonfiction Series: nominated
  • 2007Emmy-Outstanding Nonfiction Series: nominated
  • 2006Emmy-Outstanding Nonfiction Series: nominated
  • 2005Emmy-Outstanding Nonfiction Series: nominated
  • 2004Emmy-Outstanding Nonfiction Series: nominated
  • 2003Emmy-Outstanding Nonfiction Series (Traditional): nominated
  • 2002Emmy-Outstanding Non-Fiction Series (Informational): nominated
  • 2000Emmy-Outstanding Nonfiction Series: nominated
  • 1999Emmy-Outstanding Nonfiction Series: nominated
  • 1998Emmy-Outstanding Nonfiction Series: nominated
  • 1988Emmy-Outstanding Achievement in Music and Lyrics: nominated