Lee Strasberg

Actor + Drama Teacher + Acting Coach + Theorist
Born Nov 17, 1901

Lee Strasberg was an American actor, director and acting teacher. He cofounded, with directors Harold Clurman and Cheryl Crawford, the Group Theatre in 1931, which was hailed as "America's first true theatrical collective". In 1951, he became director of the non-profit Actors Studio, in New York City, considered "the nation's most prestigious acting school". In 1969, Strasberg founded the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York City and in Hollywood to teach the work he pioneered.… Read More

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1901 Birth Born on November 17, 1901.


1918 16 Years Old Young Strasberg took refuge in voracious reading and the companionship of his older brother, Zalmon, whose death in the 1918 influenza epidemic was so traumatic for the young Strasberg that, despite being a straight-A student, he dropped out of high school. … Read More


1923 21 Years Old Kazan biographer Richard Schickel described Strasberg's first experiences to the "art" of acting: He dropped out of high school, worked in a shop that made hairpieces, drifted into the theater via a settlement house company and... had his life-shaping revelation when Stanislavski brought his Moscow Art Theatre to the United States in 1923. … Read More
1925 23 Years Old In 1925, Strasberg had his first professional appearance in Processional, a play produced by the Theater Guild. … Read More
1926 24 Years Old His first marriage was to Nora Krecaum on October 29, 1926, until her death three years later in 1929.
1931 29 Years Old He gained a reputation with the Theater Guild of New York and helped form the Group Theater in New York in 1931. … Read More


1934 32 Years Old In 1934, he married actress and drama coach Paula Miller (1909–1966) until her death from cancer in 1966. … Read More


1951 49 Years Old …  Strasberg assumed leadership of the studio in 1951 as its artistic director. "As a teacher and acting theorist, he revolutionized American actor training and engaged such remarkable performers as Kim Hunter, Marilyn Monroe, Julie Harris, Paul Newman, Geraldine Page, Ellen Burstyn, and Al Pacino." … Read More


1955 53 Years Old In 1955, Strasberg student James Dean died in a car accident, at age 24. … Read More


1970 68 Years Old By 1970, Strasberg had become less involved with the Actors Studio, and with his third wife Anna, opened the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute with branches in New York City and in Hollywood, to continue teaching the 'system' of Konstantin Stanislavski, which he had interpreted and developed, particularly in light of the ideas of Yevgeny Vakhtangov, for contemporary actors. … Read More
On February 17, 1982, Lee Strasberg suffered a fatal heart attack in New York City, aged 80. … Read More
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