Inside the Actors Studio
Inside the Actors Studio

Inside the Actors Studio is an interview-based television show on Bravo that is hosted by James Lipton. The program originally premiered in 1994 and is Bravo’s first program. The show was taped at various locations throughout its many seasons. Currently, it is taped at the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University’s New York City campus.

The show began as a seminar for students in the Actors Studio Drama School.

Cast Overview

Following is a list of the primary cast members for the show. Click on the cast member name for more detailed information.

  • James Lipton

List of Episodes

Thus far, there have been 22 seasons of Inside the Actors Studio, which include 274 episodes. Each episode is 60 minutes.

Season 1

  • Paul Newman
  • Stephen Sondheim
  • Alec Baldwin
  • Sidney Lumet
  • Shelley Winters

Season 4

  • Harvey Keitel
  • Shirley MacLaine
  • Eli Wallach
  • Anne Jackson
  • Lauren Bacall
  • Martin Short
  • Sir Anthony Hopkins
  • Danny Glover
  • Whoopi Goldberg
  • Jack Lemmon
  • Gary Sinise
  • Kathy Bates
  • Susan Sarandon

Season 5

  • Meryl Streep
  • John Hurt
  • Laurence Fishburne
  • Donald Sutherland
  • Ron Howard
  • Sharon Stone
  • Sean Penn
  • Robert De Niro
  • Steven Spielberg
  • Jennifer Jason Leigh
  • Kim Basinger
  • Ellen Barkin
  • Peter Falk
  • Jerry Lewis

Season 6

  • Billy Joel
  • Mary Tyler Moore
  • Sylvester Stallone
  • Tom Hanks
  • Michael Caine
  • Geena Davis
  • James Woods
  • Andy Garcia
  • Kevin Spacey
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman
  • Alan Alda
  • Harrison Ford
  • Sigourney Weaver

Season 7

  • Bernadette Peters
  • James Caan
  • Richard Dreyfuss
  • Gabriel Byrne
  • Spike Lee
  • Ed Harris
  • Ben Affleck
  • Ned Beatty
  • Mike Myers
  • Michael Douglas
  • Gwyneth Paltrow
  • Helen Hunt
  • Francis Ford Coppola
  • Robin Williams
  • Melanie Griffith
  • Antonio Banderas
  • Burt Reynolds
  • Roseanne

Season 8

  • Ben Stiller
  • Gene Hackman
  • Kevin Kline
  • Bruce Willis
  • Kevin Costner
  • Will Smith
  • Stockard Channing
  • Debra Winger
  • Sarah Jessica Parker
  • Ben Kingsley
  • Dennis Quaid
  • Ethan Hawke
  • Richard Gere
  • Hugh Grant
  • Samuel L. Jackson
  • Benicio del Toro
  • Vanessa Redgrave
  • Billy Bob Thornton
  • Johnny Depp

Season 9

  • Sissy Spacek
  • Juliette Binoche
  • Jennie Moreau
  • Pierce Brosnan
  • Ian McKellen
  • Martin Scorsese
  • Julianne Moore
  • Edward Norton
  • Cast of “The Simpsons”
  • Nicolas Cage
  • Drew Barrymore
  • Renee Zellweger
  • John Travolta
  • Jeremy Irons
  • Joanne Woodward
  • Martin Sheen
  • Jeff Bridges

Season 10

  • John Goodman
  • Clint Eastwood
  • Cast and Creators of “Will & Grace”
  • Cate Blanchett
  • Jude Law
  • Naomi Watts
  • Russell Crowe
  • Tom Cruise
  • Charlize Theron
  • Diane Lane
  • Jay Leno
  • Hugh Jackman
  • Kate Winslet
  • Barbra Streisand
  • Bette Midler
  • 10th Anniversary Special

Season 11

  • Jennifer Lopez
  • James Gandolfini
  • William H. Macy
  • George Carlin
  • Jennifer Connelly
  • Mark Wahlberg
  • Natalie Portman
  • Jamie Foxx
  • Salma Hayek
  • Morgan Freeman
  • Cameron Diaz
  • Kiefer Sutherland
  • Robert Redford
  • Colin Farrell
  • Val Kilmer
  • Owen Wilson
  • David Duchovny
  • Jane Fonda
  • Angelina Jolie
  • The Cast Of “everybody Loves Raymond”
  • Jodie Foster
  • Elton John
  • Rosie O’Donnell
  • Michael J. Fox

Season 12

  • The Cast Of “the Producers”
  • Teri Hatcher
  • Barbara Walters
  • Al Pacino
  • Queen Latifah
  • Ralph Fiennes
  • Martin Lawrence
  • Liza Minnelli
  • Dave Chappelle
  • Casts Of “law & Order”
  • Tom Hanks’ Revisit
  • Don Cheadle
  • Tim Allen
  • Dustin Hoffman
  • Robert Downey, Jr.
  • Hugh Laurie

Season 13

  • Forest Whitaker
  • Eddie Murphy
  • Matt Damon
  • Diana Ross
  • Chris Rock
  • Mark Ruffalo
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus
  • Kyra Sedgwick
  • Michelle Pfeiffer
  • Charlie Sheen
  • Billy Crystal – 2nd Visit
  • Anthony Hopkins – 2nd Visit
  • Alec Baldwin – 2nd Visit
  • Halle Berry
  • John Cusack

Season 14

  • Sarah Jessica Parker (2nd time)
  • Mike Myers (2 time)
  • Brooke Shields
  • Christian Slater

Season 15

  • Goldie Hawn
  • Dave Chappelle – 2nd Visit
  • Daniel Radcliffe
  • Josh Brolin
  • Laura Linney
  • Ricky Gervais
  • Conan O’Brien
  • Anthony LaPaglia
  • Denis Leary
  • Danny DeVito
  • Judd Apatow
  • Mickey Rourke
  • Jason Bateman
  • Family Guy
  • Amy Poehler

Season 16

  • Hilary Swank
  • Bon Jovi
  • Kate Hudson
  • James Cameron
  • Sean Combs
  • Betty White

Season 17

  • James Franco
  • Jim Carrey
  • Colin Firth
  • Bradley Cooper
  • The Cast of ‘Modern Family’
  • Jennifer Aniston

Season 18

  • George Clooney
  • Brad Pitt
  • The Cast of ‘Glee’
  • The Cast of ‘Mad Men’
  • Liam Neeson
  • Hugh Jackman

Season 19

  • Tina Fey
  • 250th Episode
  • Jake Gyllenhaal
  • The Cast of ‘Arrested Development’
  • Bruce and Laura Dern
  • Amy Adams

Season 20

  • Matthew McConaughey
  • The Cast of ‘How I Met Your Mother’
  • Mariska Hargitay
  • Sting
  • Neil Patrick Harris
  • Jim Parsons

Season 21

  • Sarah Silverman
  • Bryan Cranston
  • Steve Carell
  • Jeff Daniels
  • The Cast of ‘The Walking Dead’
  • Christopher Meloni

Season 22

  • Jessica Chastain
  • Viola Davis
  •  Cuba Gooding, Jr.
  • The Cast of Girls
  • Scarlett Johansson
  • Kristen Wiig
  • Ted Danson

Executive Producers

  • Jeff Wurtz is the executive producer of Inside the Actors Studio.

Facts and Trivia

Following is a list of little-known facts and trivia about the show and its cast members.

  • A number of famous actors declined invitations to appear on the show. For example: Jennifer Lawrence, Marlon Brando, Gregory Peck, Katharine Hepburn, Nicole Kidman, Jack Nicholson, Chevy Chase, Daniel Day-Lewis, Denzel Washington, Bill Murray, Warren Beatty and Sean Connery and Gary Oldman.
  • James Lipton sends the following questionnaire to guests before they appear on the show:
  1. What is your favorite word?
  2. What is your least favorite word?
  3. What turns you on?
  4. What turns you off?
  5. What sound or noise do you love?
  6. What sound or noise do you hate?
  7. What is your favorite curse word?
  8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
  9. What profession would you not like to do?
  10. If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?

Questions and Comments

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