Lee Strasberg

Actor, Director
One of America's leading proponents of Method acting. Strasberg arrived in the USA at age nine, co-founded the influential, left-leaning Group Theater in 1930 and became artistic director of the newly formed Actors ... Read more »
Born: 11/17/1901 in Poland

Filmography

Actor (8)

Acting: Lee Strasberg and The Actors Studio 1980 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

And Justice For All 1979 (Movie)

Grandpa Sam (Actor)

Boardwalk 1979 (Movie)

David Rosen (Actor)

Going in Style 1979 (Movie)

Willie (Actor)

The Cassandra Crossing 1976 (Movie)

Herman Kaplan (Actor)

Skokie (TV Show)

Actor

The Last Tenant (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

One of America's leading proponents of Method acting. Strasberg arrived in the USA at age nine, co-founded the influential, left-leaning Group Theater in 1930 and became artistic director of the newly formed Actors Studio in 1948. Strasberg and his associates, through their teaching of the Method at the Studio, heavily influenced the course of American screen acting; students included Marlon Brando, Rod Steiger, Marilyn Monroe, Paul Newman and Shelley Winters. In 1969 he set up the Lee Strasberg Institute, with chapters in Los Angeles and New York. He himself acted in only a handful of films (his first and best part was as a workaday Jewish mobster in 1974's "The Godfather, Part II" for which he received a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination).

Relationships

Anna Strasberg Actor

Wife
Married 1967 until his death 1982

Susan Strasberg

Daughter
born in 1938 mother, Paula Strasberg died in January 1999 at age 60

Paula Strasberg

Wife
Co-founder and director of Actors Studio; on-set acting coach to Marilyn Monroe; second of Strasberg's three wives Married from March 16, 1934 until her death from cancer in 1966

Adam Strasberg

Son
born c. 1969 mother, Anna Strasberg works as senior executive producer for poltical TV commercials at Shrum, Devine & Donilon married Nora O'Connell on September 8, 2001

David Strasberg

Son
mother, Anna Strasberg

John Strasberg

Son
mother, Paula Strasberg

EDUCATION

American Laboratory Theater

studied under Richard Boleslavski and Maria Ouspenskaya

Milestones

1979

Appeared in "Boardwalk" and "Going in Style"

1974

Film debut, "The Godfather, Part II"; received Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination

1968

Opened NYC branch of the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute

1966

Founded the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in L.A.

1948

Became artistic director of the Actors Studio

1947

With Elia Kazan, Cheryl Crawford and Robert Lewis, founded the Actors Studio

1931

Co-founded the Group Theatre

1925

Made stage debut

1923

Saw a production of the Moscow Art Theater in NYC and was inspired to pursue a career as an actor

1909

Moved to NYC with family

Began acting at a settlement house as a teenager

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