Lipton’s peaceful death was confirmed to TMZ by his wife, Kedakai Turner.
“There are so many James Lipton stories but I’m sure he would like to be remembered as someone who loved what he did and had tremendous respect for all the people he worked with,” she said.
Lipton, who was the Dean Emeritus of the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University, retired from the Emmy-winning Inside the Actors Studio in 2018 after hosting it for 24 years.
Starting with his first guest, Paul Newman, the show featured Lipton asking nearly 300 actors thoughtful questions, which he drafted out on index cards.
Actors on the show, from award-winners to lesser-known artists, shared the technical methods behind their craft with Lipton and his audience.
“I made a vow early on that we would not deal in gossip — only in craft,” Lipton told the Hollywood Reporter in 2018 upon his retirement.
For the show’s 200th episode 2008, he switched roles, selecting Dave Chappelle to interview him.
Throughout his career leading the show, he interviewed stars from A-listers like Ben Affleck, Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow to long-time actors like Al Pacino, Jane Fonda, Ian McKellen and Gene Wilder.
Lipton often gave students in the live audience a chance to ask questions of the actors themselves — notably, when Bradley Cooper was a student, he picked to ask a question of Sean Penn. Cooper later went on to sit in the guest chair in 2011, according to TMZ.
In addition to hosting the show, he also wrote for TV, including shows such as Capitol, Return to Peyton Place and Another World.
He also appeared on shows too, including Arrested Development, Glee and Bewitched.
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