James Lipton Wiki
James Lipton (September 19, 1926 – March 2, 2020) was an American writer, lyricist, actor and dean emeritus of the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University in New York City. He was the executive producer, writer and presenter of the cable television series Bravo Inside the Actors Studio, which premiered in 1994. He retired from the program in 2018.
James Lipton Age
He was 93 years old.
James Lipton Early Life
Lipton was born on September 19, 1926, in Detroit, Michigan, the only child of Betty (née Weinberg), teacher and librarian, and Lawrence Lipton, journalist and poet. Known as the author of the popular Beat Generation chronicle The Holy Barbarians, Lawrence was a graphic designer, a columnist for the Jewish Daily Forward and advertising director for a movie theater. Lawrence was a Polish Jewish immigrant (from Łódź), while Betty’s parents were Russian Jews. His parents divorced when Lipton was six years old, and his father abandoned the family. Lipton’s family had financial problems, and began working at age 13. He worked in high school as a newspaper copyist for the Detroit Times, and an actor at the Detroit Catholic Theater and on the radio. After graduating from Central High School in Detroit, he attended Wayne State University for a year in the mid-1940s and enlisted in the United States Air Force.
James Lipton Wife Kedakai Turner
Kedakai Turner is the second wife of James Lipton. She was married to Lipton at the time of her death. Lipton died on March 2, 2020, at age 93, of bladder cancer. His wife confirmed the news to TMZ, saying he died peacefully in the morning.
James Lipton Career
Lipton portrayed Dan Reid, the Lone Ranger’s nephew, on WXYZ Radio’s The Lone Ranger. He initially studied to be a lawyer in New York, and turned to acting to finance his education. He wrote for several soap operas: Another World, The Edge of Night, Guiding Light, The Best of Everything, Return to Peyton Place and Capitol. He also acted for over ten years on The Guiding Light. Lipton studied two and half years with Stella Adler, four years with Harold Clurman, and two years with Robert Lewis. He also started studying voice and dance (including modern dance and classical ballet), and choreographed a ballet for the American Ballet Theatre.
In 1951, he appeared in the Broadway play The Autumn Garden by Lillian Hellman. He portrayed a shipping clerk turned gang member in Joseph Strick’s 1953 film, The Big Break, a crime drama. He was the librettist and lyricist for the short-lived 1967 Broadway musical Sherry!, based on the Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman play The Man Who Came to Dinner, with music by his childhood friend Laurence Rosenthal. The score and orchestrations were lost for over 30 years, and the original cast was never recorded. In 2003, a studio cast recording (with Nathan Lane, Bernadette Peters, Carol Burnett, Tommy Tune, Mike Myers and others) renewed interest in the show.
His book, An Exaltation of Larks, was first published in 1968, and has been in-print and revised several times since then, including a 1993 Penguin Books edition. The book is a collection of “terms of venery”, both real and created by Lipton himself. The dust jacket biography for the first edition of Exaltation said his activities included fencing, swimming, and equestrian pursuits and that he had written two Broadway productions.
In 1983, Lipton published his novel, Mirrors, about dancers’ lives. He later wrote and produced it as a made-for-television movie. In television, Lipton has produced some two dozen specials including: twelve Bob Hope Birthday Specials; The Road to China, an NBC entertainment special produced in China; and the first televised presidential inaugural gala (for Jimmy Carter).
In 2004, 2005, and 2013 Lipton appeared in several episodes of Arrested Development as Warden Stefan Gentles. In 2008, he provided the voice for the Director in the Disney animation film Bolt. He played “himself” as Brain Wash, interviewer of the monster Eva’s acting teacher in the Paris-Vietnam animated Igor. Lipton has also appeared twice in the same episode of Family Guy in cutaways where he simply says “Improv!” both times.
James Lipton Death & Cause
Lipton passed away early Monday at his home in Manhattan from bladder cancer, his wife Kedakai Turner told The Hollywood Reporter. He was 93.