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Also Known As: Israel Strasberg Died: February 17, 1982
Born: November 17, 1901 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Poland Profession: actor, director

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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).

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).

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Somewhere in the Night (1946) Dialogue Director
2.
  Winged Victory (1944) Dialogue Director

CAST: (feature film)

2.
 Skokie (1981) Morton Wiseman
3.
 Going in Style (1979) Willie
4.
 Boardwalk (1979) David Rosen
5.
 ...And Justice For All (1979) Grandpa Sam
6.
 Last Tenant (1978) Frank
7.
 The Cassandra Crossing (1977) Herman Kaplan
8.
 Godfather, Part II, The (1974) Hyman Roth
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Milestones close milestones

1909:
Moved to NYC with family
:
Began acting at a settlement house as a teenager
1923:
Saw a production of the Moscow Art Theater in NYC and was inspired to pursue a career as an actor
1925:
Made stage debut
1931:
Co-founded the Group Theatre
1947:
With Elia Kazan, Cheryl Crawford and Robert Lewis, founded the Actors Studio
1948:
Became artistic director of the Actors Studio
1966:
Founded the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in L.A.
1969:
Opened NYC branch of the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute
1974:
Film debut, "The Godfather, Part II"; received Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination
1979:
Appeared in "Boardwalk" and "Going in Style"
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Education

American Laboratory Theater: -

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wife:
Paula Strasberg. Acting coach. Co-founder, 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.
wife:
Anna Strasberg. Married in 1968.

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daughter:
Susan Strasberg. Actor. Born in 1938; mother, Paula Strasberg; died in January 1999 at age 60.
son:
John Strasberg. Author, actor, director. Mother, Paula Strasberg.
son:
David Strasberg. Acting teacher. Mother, Anna Strasberg.
son:
Adam Lee Strasberg. Media consultant. 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.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Lee Strasberg, the Imperfect Genius of the Actors Studio"
"A Dream of Passion: The Development of the Method"
"Accidentally on Purpose: Reflections on Life, Acting and the Nine Natural Laws of Creativity" Applause Books

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