Rest in Peace, James Lipton, Host of Bravo’s ‘Inside the Actor’s Studio,’ Who Has Passed Away at 93


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James Lipton, esteemed host of the longtime Bravo television series Inside the Actor’s Studio, has passed away at the age of 93.

The news was reported via The Hollywood Reporter on Monday, citing Lipton’s wife as confirming Lipton’s death from bladder cancer.

Known for his incredible attention to detail and for doing extensive research before each of his interviews with A-list Hollywood actors and filmmakers, Lipton was a treasure on the program, hosting it for 22 seasons before stepping down in 2018. THR summed up his legacy as follows:

Conceived by Lipton in 1994, Inside the Actors Studio was created to serve as a thinly disguised master class for the students of the Actors Studio Drama School, a joint venture of the Actors Studio and The New School. With Paul Newman as its initial guest, each one-hour program featured a top performer in an intimate and in-depth one-on-one interview with Lipton.

Nearly 300 subjects, including many Oscar and Emmy winners, shared the secrets of their craft with Lipton and his audience of students before the TV cameras. The show became one of cable’s longest-running series.

As Lipton told The Hollywood Reporter’s Scott Feinberg in June 2016: “If you had put a gun to my head and said, ‘I will pull the trigger unless you predict that in 23 years, Inside the Actors Studio will be viewed in 94 million homes in America on Bravo and in 125 countries around the world, that it will have received 16 Emmy nominations, making it the fifth most-nominated series in the history of television, that it will have received an Emmy Award for outstanding informational series and that you will have received the Critics’ Choice Award for best reality series host — predict it or die,’ I would have said, ‘Pull the trigger.’ “

James Lipton was so key a figure in the cinema world that Inside the Actor’s Studio was a frequent target of spoofs on Saturday Night Live, particularly in the Will Ferrell era — as the comedian portrayed Lipton multiple times:

Lipton even discussed his SNL portrayal, as well:

May James Lipton rest in peace.


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