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Also Known As: Died: November 5, 1990
Born: September 13, 1909 Cause of Death: heart ailment
Birth Place: Austria Profession: actor, director, acting teacher, translator

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A highly respected acting coach whose influence on American stage and film acting can be seen in the work of his students--Geraldine Page, Liza Minnelli, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Matthew Broderick, Anne Bancroft and Fritz Weaver among others, Berghof also won acclaim as an actor on stage in "King Lear," "The Andersonville Trial" and "In the Matter of J. Robert Oppenheimer" and in the films "Five Fingers" (1952) and "Cleopatra" (1963). He directed the American premiere of Samuel Beckett's "Waiting for Godot" in 1956.

A highly respected acting coach whose influence on American stage and film acting can be seen in the work of his students--Geraldine Page, Liza Minnelli, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Matthew Broderick, Anne Bancroft and Fritz Weaver among others, Berghof also won acclaim as an actor on stage in "King Lear," "The Andersonville Trial" and "In the Matter of J. Robert Oppenheimer" and in the films "Five Fingers" (1952) and "Cleopatra" (1963). He directed the American premiere of Samuel Beckett's "Waiting for Godot" in 1956.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Target (1985) Schroeder
2.
 Kojak: The Belarus File (1985) Buchardt
3.
 Times Square (1980) Dr Huber
4.
 Those Lips, Those Eyes (1980) Dr Julius Fuldauer
5.
 Voices (1979) Nathan Rothman
6.
 Mastermind (1976)
7.
 Dark Victory (1976) Dr Kassiter
8.
 Harry and Tonto (1974) Rivetowski
9.
 Cleopatra (1963) Theodotos
10.
 An Affair of the Skin (1963) Max
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1927:
Made stage acting debut in Vienna in "Don Carlos"
1927:
Was a member of the St. Gallen Repertory Theater in Switzerland
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Joined the Volstheatre in Vienna
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Frequently performed at the Salzberg Festival in Austria
1938:
Fled Vienna when Nazis overran Austria
1939:
Settled in New York
1939:
Broadway debut in "From Vienna", performed by the Refugee Artists Group
1940:
First major role as actor on Broadway, "King Lear"
1945:
Opened Herbert Berghof Studios, acting school in West Village section of Manhattan (now known as HB Studios)
1947:
Became charter member of Actors Studio
1952:
Film acting debut, "Five Fingers"
1956:
Directed American stage premiere of "Waiting For Godot"
1963:
Had supporting role in "Cleopatra"
1964:
Founded HB Playwrights Foundation
1985:
Final film, "Target"
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Education

University of Vienna: -
Vienna State Academy of Dramatic Art: -

Notes

Berghof also taught at the New School, the American Theater Wing, the Neighborhood Playhouse and Columbia University.

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wife:
Alice Hermes. Acting teacher. Divorced.
wife:
Uta Hagen. Actor. Met in 1947; married from January 1957 until his death; born in 1909.

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father:
Paul Berghof. Railroad stationmaster.
mother:
Regina Berghof.
step-daughter:
Leticia Thyra Ferrer. Actor. Born in 1940; father, Jose Ferrer.

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