James Lipton, the former host and executive producer of Bravo’s long-running talk show Inside the Actors Studio, has died at 93.
Lipton’s wife, Kedakai Mercedes Lipton, confirmed the news to TMZ Monday (March 2). Lipton, who retired from Inside the Actors Studio in 2018, reportedly died of bladder cancer in his New York home.
Though best known for his work on the TV series, which first aired in 1994, Lipton has served as a writer, producer, actor and choreographer. As an actor, he appeared on shows such as Arrested Development, Bewitched and SuburgatorY, to name a few, though among his first credits was radio show The Lone Ranger, on Detroit station WXYZ.
Lipton, the dean emeritus of the Actors Studio Drama School at New York’s Pace University, also made appearances as himself on a number of series, including America’s Got Talent, Glee, The Apprentice and The Simpsons. His storied career has also included authoring books such as Inside Inside, which took readers behind the scenes of Inside the Actors Studio, which moved to Ovation in 2018.
He was presented the Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Award for Outstanding Informational Series or Special in 2013 and the Critics’ Choice Television Award for best reality host in 2016.
In a statement, Ovation said: “We celebrate and honor the great legacy of James Lipton. James is beloved around the world for his passion, insight, and dedication to the craft of acting. With Inside the Actors Studio, James has created a long-lasting impact on the acting world. Ovation mourns his loss and offers deepest condolences to his family, friends and fans.”