Herbert Berghof

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Herbert Berghof
Born (1909-09-13)13 September 1909
Vienna Austria-Hungary Empire
Died 5 November 1990(1990-11-05) (aged 81)
New York City, New York, USA
Occupation Actor
Years active 1945–1990
Spouse(s) Uta Hagen
(m.1957-1990; his death)
Website
http://www.hbstudio.org

Herbert Berghof (13 September 1909 – 5 November 1990) was an Austrian-American actor, director and acting coach. He co-founded HB Studio (the Herbert Berghof Studio) in New York City with his wife Uta Hagen in 1945. Some of his famous students include Jon Stewart, Al Pacino, Liza Minnelli, Robert De Niro, Geraldine Page, Fritz Weaver, Anne Bancroft, Donna McKechnie and Matthew Broderick.[1][2] Berghof was also one of the first members of the newly formed Actors Studio in 1947, his classmates including Marlon Brando, Montgomery Clift, Jerome Robbins, and Sidney Lumet.[3]

Described by The New York Times as "one of the nation's most respected acting teachers and coaches", he died of a heart ailment on November 5, 1990 at his home in Manhattan.[1]

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  1. ^ a b Peter B. Flint. Herbert Berghof, Actor, Director And Eminent Acting Teacher, 81. The New York Times. Retrieved October 27, 2007.
  2. ^ Al Pacino & Lawrence Grobel (2006), Al Pacino in conversation with Lawrence Grobel, Simon & Schuster, ISBN 1-4169-1211-8, p. xix.
  3. ^ Robert Lewis (1984, 1996). "Actors Studio, 1947". Slings and Arrows: Theater in My Life. New York: Applause Books. p. 183. ISBN 1-55783-244-7. "At the end of the summer, on Gadget's return from Hollywood, we settled the roster of actors for our two classes in what we called the Actors Studio - using the word 'studio' as we had when we named our workshop in the Group, the Group Theatre Studio... My group, meeting three times a week, consisted of Marlon Brando, Montgomery Clift, Maureen Stapleton, Eli Wallach, Mildred Dunnock, Jerome Robbins, Herbert Berghof, Tom Ewell, John Forsythe, Anne Jackson, Sidney Lumet, Kevin McCarthy, Karl Malden, E.G. Marshall, Patricia Neal, Beatrice Straight, David Wayne, and - well, I don't want to drop names, so I'll stop there. In all, there were about fifty." 

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