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Lee Strasberg is a Actor and Adaptation American born on 17 september 1901 at Austria-Hungary

Lee Strasberg

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Birth name Israel Strassberg
Nationality USA
Birth 17 september 1901 at Austria-Hungary
Death 17 february 1982 (at 80 years) at New York City (USA)

Lee Strasberg (born Israel Strassberg; November 17, 1901 – February 17, 1982) was an American actor, director and acting teacher born in a part of Galicia, Austrian Poland in what is now Ukraine. He co-founded, with directors Harold Clurman and Cheryl Crawford, the Group Theatre in 1931, which was hailed as "America's first true theatrical collective". In 1951, he became director of the non-profit Actors Studio, in New York City, considered "the nation's most prestigious acting school", and in 1966, was involved in the creation of Actors Studio West in Los Angeles.

Although other highly regarded teachers have also taught "The Method", it is Strasberg who is considered the "father of method acting in America," according to author Mel Gussow, and from the 1920s until his death in 1982 "he revolutionized the art of acting by having a profound influence on performance in American theater and movies". From his base in New York, he trained several generations of theatre and film notables, including Anne Bancroft, Dustin Hoffman, Montgomery Clift, James Dean, Marilyn Monroe, Jane Fonda, Julie Harris, Paul Newman, Ellen Burstyn, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro and director Elia Kazan.

By 1970, Strasberg had become less involved with the Actors Studio, and with his third wife Anna opened the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute with branches in New York City and in Hollywood to continue teaching the Stanislavski techniques which he had interpreted and developed for contemporary actors. The Institute's primary stated goal was "to reach a larger audience of eager and emerging talent" than was served by the Actors Studio's notoriously selective admission process, and as teachers of The Method began to deploy their own personal interpretations of the discipline, "to dispel growing confusion and misrepresentation of the Method, preserving what had by now become fundamental discoveries in actor training."

Former student Elia Kazan directed James Dean in East of Eden (1955), for which Kazan and Dean were nominated for Academy Awards. As a student, Dean wrote that Actors Studio was "the greatest school of the theater [and] the best thing that can happen to an actor". Playwright Tennessee Williams, writer of A Streetcar Named Desire, said of Strasberg's actors, "They act from the inside out. They communicate emotions they really feel. They give you a sense of life." Directors like Sidney Lumet, a former student, have intentionally used actors skilled in Strasberg's "Method".

Kazan, in his autobiography, wrote, "He carried with him the aura of a prophet, a magician, a witch doctor, a psychoanalyst, and a feared father of a Jewish home.... [H]e was the force that held the thirty-odd members of the theatre together, and made them 'permanent'." Today, Ellen Burstyn, Al Pacino, and Harvey Keitel lead this nonprofit studio dedicated to the development of actors, playwrights, and directors.

As an actor, Strasberg is probably best known for his supporting role as gangster Hyman Roth alongside his former student Al Pacino in The Godfather Part II (1974), a role he took at Pacino's suggestion, and which earned him a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He also appeared in ...And Justice for All (1979).

Strasberg's personal papers, including photos, are archived at the Library of Congress.


His first marriage was to Nora Krecaun in 1926 until her death three years later in 1929. In 1934, he married actress and drama coach Paula Miller (1909–1966) until her death from cancer in 1966. They were the parents of actress Susan Strasberg (1938–1999) and acting teacher John Strasberg (born 1941). His third wife was the former Anna Mizrahi (b. April 16, 1939) and the mother of his two youngest children, Adam Lee Strasberg and David Lee Israel Strasberg.

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Filmography of Lee Strasberg (12 films)

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Skokie (1981)
, 2h5
Directed by Herbert Wise
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Films about religion, Political films, Films about Jews and Judaism
Actors Danny Kaye, Eli Wallach, Carl Reiner, George Dzundza, Brian Dennehy, Ed Flanders
Roles Morton Weisman
Rating72% 3.6303853.6303853.6303853.6303853.630385
The peace of Skokie, a comfortable Chicago suburb, is threatened when Frank Collin (George Dzundza), a politically astute neo-Nazi organizer, selects the place as the site of his next rally. Close to 40 percent of the town’s population is Jewish, and many of them are survivors of the Holocaust. They see the march as a warning and reminder of their days as concentration camp prisoners.
...And Justice for All, 1h59
Directed by Norman Jewison
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Comedy-drama, Crime
Themes Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, Transgender in film, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Al Pacino, Jack Warden, John Forsythe, Lee Strasberg, Jeffrey Tambor, Christine Lahti
Roles Grandpa Sam
Rating73% 3.6984853.6984853.6984853.6984853.698485
Arthur Kirkland (Al Pacino), a defense attorney in Baltimore, is in jail on a charge of contempt of court for having thrown a punch at judge Henry T. Fleming (John Forsythe) while arguing the case of Jeff McCullaugh (Thomas G. Waites), who was stopped for a minor traffic offense but then mistaken for a killer of the same name and has already spent a year and a half in jail, as Kirkland continues his efforts to have the case reviewed against Fleming's resistance. Though there is strong new evidence that Jeff is innocent, Fleming refuses McCullaugh's appeal due to a minor technicality and leaves him in prison.
Boardwalk (1979)
, 1h38
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Ruth Gordon, Lee Strasberg, Janet Leigh, Eddie Barth, Joe Silver, Lillian Roth
Roles David Rosen
Rating68% 3.410663.410663.410663.410663.41066
Going in Style, 1h37
Directed by Martin Brest
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Action
Themes Buddy films, Heist films
Actors George Burns, Art Carney, Lee Strasberg, Charles Hallahan, Paul L. Smith, Pamela Payton-Wright
Roles Willie
Rating70% 3.5470553.5470553.5470553.5470553.547055
Joe (George Burns), Al (Art Carney), and Willie (Lee Strasberg) are three senior citizens who share a small apartment in Queens , New York City. They live off social security checks and spend their summer days sitting on a park bench, reading newspapers, feeding pigeons, and fending off obnoxious children.
Going in Style, 1h37
Directed by Martin Brest
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Comedy-drama, Action
Themes Vieillesse
Actors George Burns, Art Carney, Lee Strasberg, Charles Hallahan, Pamela Payton-Wright, Mary Testa
Roles Willie
Rating70% 3.5470553.5470553.5470553.5470553.547055
Joe, Al et Willie sont trois vieux retraités. Ils vivent en colocation dans le Queens et n'attendent plus que de mourir. Ils passent leurs journées à trainer au parc et à nourrir les pigeons. Mais Joe s’ennuie profondément. Après s'être rendu à la banque pour son maigre chèque de pension de retraite, Joe pense à quelque chose qui remettra un peu de piment dans leurs vies : braquer une banque ! Cette idée insensée plait cependant immédiatement à Al et Willie, eux aussi lassés de la monotonie de leur vie. Sur le papier, leur plan est simple : déguisés en clones de Groucho Marx, ils vont entrer armés dans leur banque pour voler uniquement l’argent des caisses. Mais dans les faits, la mission ne sera pas aussi facile pour ces papys au casier judiciaire vierge. Après cela, alors qu'ils ont repris goût à la vie, ils s’envolent pour la première fois vers Las Vegas et ses célèbres casinos.
The Cassandra Crossing, 2h9
Directed by George Cosmatos
Origin German
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action
Themes La fin du monde, Medical-themed films, Transport films, Rail transport films, Films about viral outbreaks, Catastrophe épidémiologique, Disaster films, Film se déroulant dans un train
Actors Sophia Loren, Richard Harris, Burt Lancaster, Martin Sheen, Lee Strasberg, Ava Gardner
Roles Herman Kaplan
Rating63% 3.1992553.1992553.1992553.1992553.199255
When the existence of a strain of plague (vaguely identified as pneumonic) is revealed at the U.S. mission at the International Health Organization, three terrorists seek to blow up the U.S. mission. Two of them are shot, one mortally, by security personnel but one escapes. The surviving terrorist is hospitalized and quarantined and identified as Swedish. Dr. Elena Stradner (Ingrid Thulin) and U.S. Colonel Stephen Mackenzie (Burt Lancaster) (Military Intelligence assigned to the IHO) argue over the nature of the strain, which Stradner suspects is a biological weapon but which Colonel Mackenzie claims was in the process of being destroyed.
The Godfather: Part II, 3h22
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Mob film, Crime
Themes Films about alcoholism, Films about immigration, Mafia films, Seafaring films, Transport films, La précarité, Gangster films, L'émigration
Actors Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Robert De Niro, Talia Shire, Morgana King
Roles Hyman Roth
Rating85% 4.280514.280514.280514.280514.28051
In 1901, Corleone, Sicily, nine-year-old Vito Andolini’s family is killed after his father insults local Mafia chieftain Don Ciccio. He escapes to New York and is registered as "Vito Corleone" on Ellis Island.
The Gun Runners, 1h23
Directed by Don Siegel
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Crime
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films
Actors Audie Murphy, Eddie Albert, Patricia Owens, Everett Sloane, Jack Elam, Carlos Romero
Roles Rhett
Rating63% 3.1962753.1962753.1962753.1962753.196275
Sam Martin (Audie Murphy) runs a charter boat with his alcoholic first mate Harvey (Everett Sloane). He is forced by financial necessity to run guns for some revolutionaries.
The Third Man, 1h44
Directed by Carol Reed, Guy Hamilton, George Pollock
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Noir
Themes Politique, Political films
Actors Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, Orson Welles, Trevor Howard, Bernard Lee, Wilfrid Hyde-White
Rating80% 4.049584.049584.049584.049584.04958
American pulp Western writer Holly Martins (Joseph Cotten) arrives in Allied-occupied Vienna seeking his childhood friend, Harry Lime (Orson Welles), who has offered him a job. Upon arrival he discovers that Lime was killed just days earlier by a speeding truck while crossing the street. Martins attends Lime's funeral, where he meets two British Army Police: Sergeant Paine (Bernard Lee), a fan of Martins' pulp fiction; and his superior, Major Calloway (Trevor Howard), who says Lime was a criminal and suggests Martins leave town.
Parnell (1937)
, 1h58
Directed by John M. Stahl
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography, Historical, Romance
Actors Clark Gable, Myrna Loy, Edna May Oliver, Edmund Gwenn, Donald Crisp, Billie Burke
Rating52% 2.616922.616922.616922.616922.61692
Un épisode de la vie de Charles Stewart Parnell, le roi sans couronne, depuis sa lutte, dès 1880, pour soustraire l'Irlande au joug anglais, jusqu'à sa mort. Le scénario met l'accent sur sa relation avec Katie O'Shea, femme mariée, qui va provoquer un scandale.


Somewhere in the Night, 1h50
Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Noir, Crime
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about psychiatry, Films about disabilities
Actors John Hodiak, Nancy Guild, Lloyd Nolan, Richard Conte, Josephine Hutchinson, Morris Carnovsky
Roles Adaptation
Rating70% 3.544873.544873.544873.544873.54487
The film tells the tale of a man called George Taylor (John Hodiak), who returns home to the US from fighting in World War II. He is suffering from amnesia, and tries to track down his old identity, following a trail left behind by the mysterious Mr. Larry Cravat. He ends up stumbling into a murder mystery involving Nazi loot.