James Lipton (born September 19, 1926) is an American writer, composer, actor and dean emeritus of the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University in New York City. He is the executive producer, writer and host of the Bravo cable television series Inside the Actors Studio, which debuted in 1994.
He is a Chevalier of France's Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
Lipton was born on September 19, 1926 in Detroit, Michigan, the only child of Betty (née Weinberg), a teacher and librarian, and Polish-born journalist Lawrence Lipton. Noted as the author of the popular Beat Generation chronicle, The Holy Barbarians, Lawrence Lipton was a graphic designer, a columnist for the Jewish Daily Forward and a publicity director for a movie theater. His parents divorced when Lipton was 6 and his father abandoned the family. Lipton's family struggled financially and he started to work at age 13. He worked in high school as a newspaper copy boy for The Detroit Times, and an actor in the Catholic Theater of Detroit and in radio. After graduating from Central High School in Detroit, he attended Wayne State University for one year in the mid-1940s and enlisted in the United States Air Force...
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