HB Studios Faculty & Alumniby Sylviastel | created - 01 Jul 2014 | updated - 01 Jul 2014 | Public
1. Uta Hagen
Actress | The Boys from Brazil
Noted stage actress who has also done limited work in TV and film. Born in Germany and raised in Madison, Wisconsin, she studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. Her Broadway debut was in "The Seagull" in 1938. She won her first Tony (and other awards) in 1950 for Clifford Odets "...
Partner of Herbert Berghof in marriage and in the studio.
Actor | Harry and Tonto
Herbert Berghof was born on September 13, 1909 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary. He is known for his work on Harry and Tonto (1974), Cleopatra (1963) and Red Planet Mars (1952). He was married to Uta Hagen and Alice Hermes. He died on November 5, 1990 in New York City, New York, USA.
Founder of the HB Studios
Actor | The Grand Budapest Hotel
Academy Award-winning actor F. Murray Abraham was born on October 24, 1939 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and raised in El Paso, Texas. His father, Frederick Abraham, was from an Assyrian Christian (Antiochian) family, from Syria. His mother, Josephine (Stello) Abraham, was the daughter of Italian ...
5. Debbie Allen
Actress | Fame
Deborah Kaye Allen was born in Houston, Texas, to African-American parents, Vivian Elizabeth (Ayers), a poet and art director, and Andrew Arthur Allen, an orthodontist. As a child, Debbie, her older brother, Andrew (called Tex), and her older sister, actress Phylicia Rashad, lived in Mexico to ...
Actor | Death to Smoochy
Matthew Arkin's television credits include Get Shorty (recurring), Rescue Me (recurring), 100 Centre Street (recurring), NCIS, Aquarius, Switched at Birth, Harry's Law, the PBS pilot Copshop, Medium, Third Watch, Hack, The Education of Max Bickford, Ed, Law and Order, Law and Order: Criminal Intent...
11. Blanche Baker
Actress | Sixteen Candles
Blanche Baker is an actress of stage, screen and television. Born Blanche Garfein in New York, her mother is actress Carroll Baker, who won a Best Actress Oscar nomination for Baby Doll (1956), several months after baby Blanche arrived. Her father is stage director Jack Garfein, who later went on to...
12. Carroll Baker
Actress | Baby Doll
Carroll Baker was born on May 28, 1931 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, the daughter of a traveling salesman, William W. Baker. She attended community college for a year and then worked as a dancer and magician's assistant. After a brief marriage, she had a small part in Easy to Love (1953), did TV ...
13. Bob Balaban
Actor | Gosford Park
Bob Balaban was born on August 16, 1945 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Robert Elmer Balaban. He is an actor and director, known for Gosford Park (2001), A Mighty Wind (2003) and Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977). He has been married to Lynn Grossman since April 1, 1977. They have two children.
14. Anne Bancroft
Actress | The Graduate
Anne Bancroft was born on September 17, 1931 in the Bronx, the middle daughter of Michael Italiano (1905-2001), a dress pattern maker, and Mildred DiNapoli (1908-2010), a telephone operator. She made her cinema debut in Don't Bother to Knock (1952) in 1952 and over the next five years appeared in a...
15. Susan Batson
Actress | Summer of Sam
Actor, writer, director, producer, teacher, and coach Susan Batson has been called a "technician of the spirit" by the New Yorker. In private consultation on film sets all over the world, and in her New York- and Hollywood- based Black Nexxus acting studios, Susan Batson has enjoyed the privilege ...
16. Orson Bean
Actor | Being John Malkovich
Orson Bean, the American actor, television personality and author, was born Dallas Frederick Burrows on July 22, 1928 in Burlington, Vermont to George Frederick Burrows, a policeman who later went on to become the chief of campus police at Harvard University, and the former Marion Ainsworth Pollard...
17. Bonnie Bedelia
Actress | Die Hard
The native New Yorker was born Bonnie Bedelia Culkin on March 25, 1948, the daughter of Phillip Harley Culkin, a journalist, and Marian Ethel Wagner Culkin, a writer and editor. Trained in ballet, her parents guided all of the children at one time or another into acting (which included Kit Culkin, ...
18. Joy Behar
Actress | Ice Age: Continental Drift
Joy Behar was born on October 7, 1942 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as Josephina Victoria Occhiuto. She is an actress and writer, known for Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012), Hall Pass (2011) and Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993). She has been married to Steve Janowitz since August 11, ...
19. Olga Bellin
Actress | Tomorrow
Olga Bellin was born on August 17, 1933 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA as Olga Bielinska. She was an actress, known for Tomorrow (1972), The Equalizer (1985) and Another World (1964). She was married to Paul Roebling. She died on November 8, 1987 in New York City, New York, USA.
20. Candice Bergen
Actress | Miss Congeniality
One cool, eternally classy lady, Candice Bergen was elegantly poised for trendy "ice princess" stardom when she first arrived on the '60s screen, but she gradually reshaped that débutante image in the '70s, both on- and off-camera. A staunch, outspoken feminist with a decisive edge, she went on to ...
21. Shelley Berman
Actor | You Don't Mess with the Zohan
Shelley Berman began studying acting shortly after he was honorably discharged from the US navy. He enrolled as a drama student at Chicago's Goodman Theater, where he met Sarah Herman, another aspiring thespian. They fell in love and were married in 1947. After graduating from the Goodman Theater, ...
23. Caroline Aaron
Actress | 21 Jump Street
Secondary to studying performing arts as American University in Washington, D.C., Aaron made her debut in motion pictures with a small part in Robert Altman's Come Back to the 5 & Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (1982). Since, she has built her acting career as a character actress, and continues to...
28. Peter Boyle
Actor | Everybody Loves Raymond
A bold, blunt instrument of hatred and violence at the onset of his film career, Peter Boyle recoiled from that repugnant, politically incorrect "working class" image to eventually play gruff, gentler bears and even comedy monsters in a career that lasted four decades.
He was born on October 18, ...
Actor | The Producers
A slight comic actor chiefly known for his boyish charm, Matthew Broderick was born on March 21, 1962 in New York City, to Patricia Broderick (née Biow), a playwright and painter, and James Broderick, an actor. His father had Irish and English ancestry, and his mother was from a Jewish family (from...
33. K Callan
Actress | Knives Out
Born in Dallas, Texas, K Callan's first professional job was at the Margo Jones Theatre. She first gained national attention as Peter Boyle's mousy wife in the legendary Joe (1970). Her career includes film, television and theater. Other memorable films include American Gigolo (1980) and A Touch of...
34. J. Smith-Cameron
Actress | Margaret
Actress J. Smith-Cameron was born Jean Isabel Smith in Louisville, Kentucky, and raised in Greenville, South Carolina, the daughter of an architect. She was known simply as J. Smith by her fellow students at Florida State University School of Theatre program in the mid-1970s. Despite her age, she ...
35. Peggy Cass
Actress | Auntie Mame
Mary Margaret Cass was born May 21, 1924, in Boston, Massachusetts. After three years in the Cambridge Latin School drama club without one speaking part, she moved to New York, where she worked as a secretary, telephone operator, advertising solicitor and model. She joined a USO troupe that took ...
36. Justin Chambers
Actor | Grey's Anatomy
Justin Chambers, a former male fashion model who was discovered by a modeling scout in a Paris Metro station and went on a campaign to represent Calvin Klein's fragrance, is now starring as "Dr. Alex Karev" on ABC's Grey's Anatomy (2005).
Justin Willman Chambers was born on July 11, 1970 in ...
Actress | Grease
One of Broadway and Hollywood's cleverer talents who tends to shine a smart, cynical light on her surroundings, Stockard Channing was born Susan Williams Antonia Stockard on February 13, 1944 in New York City, to a Catholic family with English and Irish ancestry. Her parents were Mary Alice (nee ...
39. Jill Clayburgh
Actress | Bridesmaids
It came as no surprise to film aficionados when, in 1999, Entertainment Weekly named Jill Clayburgh on its list of Hollywood's 25 Greatest Actresses. For decades, she delivered stellar performances in a wide variety of roles.
Jill Clayburgh was born in 1944 in New York City, into a wealthy family, ...
40. James Coco
Actor | Murder by Death
Born in New York City of humble means, character player James Coco was the son of Feliche, an Italian shoemaker, and Ida (Detestes) Coco. Shining shoes as a youngster with his father, his interest in acting occurred early on as a child. At age 17 he toured with a children's theatre troupe for three...
41. Kevin Conway
Actor | Thirteen Days
Kevin Conway was born on May 29, 1942 in New York City, New York, USA as Kevin John Conway. He was an actor and director, known for Thirteen Days (2000), Gettysburg (1993) and Invincible (2006). He was married to Mila Burnette. He died on February 5, 2020 in Manhattan, New York City.
42. James Cromwell
Actor | The Green Mile
Born in Los Angeles but raised in Manhattan and educated at Middlebury College and Carnegie-Mellon University, James Cromwell is the son of film director John Cromwell and actress Kay Johnson. He studied acting at Carnegie-Mellon, and went into the theatre (like his parents) doing everything from ...
43. Lindsay Crouse
Actress | The Arrival
Lindsay Crouse was born on May 12, 1948 in New York City, New York, USA as Lindsay Ann Crouse. She is an actress, known for The Arrival (1996), Slap Shot (1977) and The Insider (1999). She has been married to Rick Blue since 1998. She was previously married to David Mamet.
44. Billy Crystal
Actor | Forget Paris
Billy Crystal was born on March 14, 1948 in Manhattan, New York, and was raised on Long Island. He is the youngest of three sons born to Helen (Gabler) and Jack Crystal. His father was a well-known concert promoter who co-founded Commodore Records and his mother was a homemaker. His family were ...
45. Joseph Culp
Actor | Mad Men
Actor and filmmaker Joseph Culp was born in Los Angeles, a son of actor Robert Culp. He began acting in school plays at the age of nine. He trained as an actor in both New York and Los Angeles under various teachers, including Stella Adler, Herbert Berghof, Uta Hagen, Arthur Sherman, Kenneth ...
46. Robert Culp
Actor | I Spy
Tall, slim and exceedingly good-looking American leading man Robert Culp, a former cartoonist in his teen years, appeared off-Broadway in the 1950s before settling into polished, clean-cut film leads and "other man" supports a decade later. Hitting the popular TV boards in the hip, racially ...
48. Claire Danes
Actress | My So-Called Life
New Yorker Claire Catherine Danes was born in Manhattan, the daughter of Carla (Hall), a day-care provider and artist, and Christopher Danes, a computer consultant and photographer. She has an older brother, Asa. Her paternal grandfather, Gibson Andrew Danes, was a Dean of the Yale School of Art ...
49. Hope Davis
Actress | American Splendor
Davis, second of three children, was born in Englewood, New Jersey, the daughter of Joan, a librarian (at one time, for the elementary section of Elisabeth Morrow School), and William Davis, an engineer. Davis has described her mother as a "great storyteller" who would take Davis and her siblings ...
50. Drea de Matteo
Actress | The Sopranos
Andrea Donna de Matteo, called Drea (pronounced "dray"), was born on January 19, 1972 in Queens, New York, into an affluent family, the youngest of three children and the only girl. She is the daughter of Donna, a playwright and playwriting teacher at HB Studio in New York, and Albert A. De Matteo,...
51. Robert De Niro
Actor | Raging Bull
One of the greatest actors of all time, Robert De Niro was born on August 17, 1943 in Manhattan, New York City, to artists Virginia (Admiral) and Robert De Niro Sr. His paternal grandfather was of Italian descent, and his other ancestry is Irish, English, Dutch, German, and French. He was trained ...
52. Sandy Dennis
Actress | Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
It would not be easy for anyone to out-do one of American theater's finest thespians, but somehow actress Sandy Dennis managed to even out-quirk the legendary Geraldine Page when it came to affecting nervous ticks and offbeat mannerisms on stage and in film. She and Page had few peers when it came ...
53. Dena Dietrich
Actress | History of the World: Part I
Dena Dietrich was born on December 4, 1928 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA as Deanne Frances Dietrich. She was an actress, known for History of the World: Part I (1981), Karen (1975) and The North Avenue Irregulars (1979). She died on November 21, 2020 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
54. Faye Dunaway
Actress | Network
An icy, elegant blonde with a knack for playing complex and strong-willed female leads, enormously popular actress Faye Dunaway starred in several films which defined what many would come to call Hollywood's "second Golden Age." During her tenure at the top of the box office, she was a more than ...
55. Griffin Dunne
Actor | After Hours
Griffin Dunne was born on June 8, 1955 in New York City, the oldest child of Dominick Dunne, a producer, actor, and writer, and Ellen Beatriz (Griffin) Dunne, an activist. His sister was actress Dominique Dunne. He grew up mainly in Los Angeles, California and attended school in Colorado before ...
60. Eva Evdokimova
Actress | The Lively Arts
Eva Evdokimova was born on December 1, 1948 in Geneva, Switzerland. She was an actress, known for The Lively Arts (1969), Innocence Unknown (1988) and The Nutcracker (1976). She was married to Michael S. Gregori. She died on April 3, 2009 in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA.
62. Tovah Feldshuh
Actress | Lady in the Water
Tovah Feldshuh was born on December 27, 1952 in New York City, New York, USA as Terri Sue Feldshuh. She is an actress, known for Lady in the Water (2006), Brewster's Millions (1985) and Just My Luck (2006). She has been married to Andrew Levy since March 20, 1977. They have two children.
63. Katie Finneran
Actress | Bloodline
Katie Finneran was raised in Miami, Florida. After a brief stint in conservatory training, she left college to make her mark in the entertainment industry. She quickly began racking up credits in theater, film and television. She has appeared in You've Got Mail (1998), Liberty Heights (1999) and ...
65. Constance Ford
Actress | A Summer Place
Constance Ford began her career in television in the 1950s, performing in live television dramas on Studio One in Hollywood (1948), Armstrong Circle Theatre (1950), Goodyear Playhouse (1951), and other acclaimed series, and playing recurring characters in four afternoon serials; "Rose Peabody" in ...
66. Victor Garber
Actor | Argo
Victor Garber has been in some of the most memorable projects of the past four decades. Victor has recently appeared in The Slap (2015), The Flash (2014), Motive (2013) and Web Therapy (2011). He is currently staring in Greg Berlanti's new DC Comics Superhero series "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" for ...
67. Laura Gardner
Actress | The Romanoffs
Laura Gardner was born on March 17, 1955 in Flushing, Queens, New York City, New York, USA. She is an actress and casting director, known for The Romanoffs (2018), Outcast (2016) and My Name Is Earl (2005). She has been married to Frank Collison since October 9, 2005.
71. Whoopi Goldberg
Actress | Ghost
Whoopi Goldberg was born Caryn Elaine Johnson in the Chelsea section of Manhattan on November 13, 1955. Her mother, Emma (Harris), was a teacher and a nurse, and her father, Robert James Johnson, Jr., was a clergyman. Whoopi's recent ancestors were from Georgia, Florida, and Virginia. She worked in...
72. Tony Goldwyn
Actor | Ghost
Actor, director, producer Tony Goldwyn just finished a sold-out run of director Ivo Van Hove's Broadway production of "Network" with Bryan Cranston and Tatiana Maslany. He can be seen on the Netflix series, "Chambers," starring with Uma Thurman. Recently he concluded his role as 'President ...
73. Lee Grant
Actress | In the Heat of the Night
Academy Award-winner Lee Grant was born Lyova Haskell Rosenthal on October 31, 1925 in Manhattan, New York City, to Witia (Haskell), a teacher and actress, and Abraham Rosenthal, an educator and realtor. Her father was of Romanian Jewish descent, and her mother was a Russian Jewish immigrant. Lee ...
74. Charles Grodin
Actor | Midnight Run
Charles Grodin was born on April 21, 1935 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA as Charles Grodinsky. He is an actor and writer, known for Midnight Run (1988), King Kong (1976) and The Heartbreak Kid (1972). He has been married to Elissa Durwood since July 1983. They have one child. He was previously ...
75. Kathryn Grody
Actress | The Lemon Sisters
Kathryn Grody was born on November 6, 1946 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Kathryn Janis Grody. She is an actress, known for The Lemon Sisters (1989), My Bodyguard (1980) and Life with Mikey (1993). She has been married to Mandy Patinkin since June 15, 1980. They have two children.
79. Eileen Heckart
Actress | The Bad Seed
Versatile, award-winning character actress Eileen Heckart, with the lean, horsey face and assured, fervent gait, was born Anna Eileen Herbert on March 29, 1919, in Columbus, Ohio. An only child, she lived with her mother after her parents separated at age 2, and was eventually adopted by her ...
80. Dan Hedaya
Actor | The Usual Suspects
Dan Hedaya is a familiar face from his work in films and on TV, where he often plays a villain (although he had a good comic turn as the charmingly sleazy Nick Tortelli, Carla's ex-husband, in Cheers (1982) and its short-lived spin-off The Tortellis (1987)). He has also done much stage work, ...
81. David Hedison
Actor | Live and Let Die
Albert David Hedison Jr. was born in Providence, Rhode Island, the elder son of Albert and Rose Hedison, naturalized United States citizens from Armenia. His father owned a jewelry enameling business and his son was expected to follow in his footsteps. Young Al had other ideas, having put his ...
83. William Hickey
Son of Edward & Nora Hickey. Best known as the ancient Mafia don in Prizzi's Honor (1985), Hickey had a long, distinguished career in film, television, and the stage. Began career as a child actor on the variety stage. Made Broadway debut as walk-on in George Bernard Shaw's "Saint Joan" (1951 ...
85. George Roy Hill
Director | The Sting
George Roy Hill was never able to 'hit it off' with the critics despite the fact that 2 of his films - Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), and The Sting (1973) - had remained among the top 10 box office hits by 1976. His work was frequently derided as 'impersonal' or lacking in stylistic ...
86. Pat Hingle
Actor | Batman
Pat Hingle (real name: Martin Patterson Hingle) was born in Miami, Florida, the son of a building contractor. His parents divorced when Hingle was still in his infancy (he never knew his father) and his mother supported the family by teaching school in Denver. She then began to travel (with her son...
88. Hal Holbrook
Actor | Into the Wild
Hal Holbrook was an Emmy- and Tony-Award winning actor who was one of the great craftsmen of stage and screen. He was best known for his performance as Mark Twain, for which he won a Tony and the first of his ten Emmy Award nominations. Aside from the stage, Holbrook made his reputation primarily ...
91. Earle Hyman
Actor | The Cosby Show
Earle Hyman is a distinguished African American actor who had a 46-year-long career on Broadway, where he was nominated for a Tony Award. Hyman also was nominated for an Emmy Award as Outstanding Guest Performer in a Comedy Series for his appearance on The Cosby Show (1984) playing Bill Cosby's ...
92. Anne Jackson
Actress | The Shining
Anne Jackson was born on September 3, 1925 in Millvale, Pennsylvania, USA as Anna Jane Jackson. She was an actress and producer, known for The Shining (1980), CBS Playhouse (1967) and Dirty Dingus Magee (1970). She was married to Eli Wallach. She died on April 12, 2016 in Manhattan, New York City, ...
94. Carol Kane
Actress | The Princess Bride
American stage, screen and television actress, and comedian Carol Kane (b. Carolyn Laurie Kane, June 18, 1952, in Cleveland, Ohio), was born to Elaine Joy (née Fetterman), a jazz singer and pianist, and Michael Myron Kane, an architect. Her family is Jewish (from Russia, Poland, and Austria). Due ...
95. Lainie Kazan
Actress | My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Actress and singer Lainie Kazan first made her mark with her Broadway debut in 1961 with the musical The Happiest Girl in the World. The following year, she appeared in another musical, Bravo Giovanni. She eventually served as Barbra Streisand's understudy for the lead role of Fanny Brice in Funny ...
96. Harvey Keitel
Actor | Reservoir Dogs
American actor and producer Harvey Keitel was born on May 13, 1939 in Brooklyn, New York City, to Miriam (Klein) and Harry Keitel. An Oscar and Golden Globe Award nominee, he has appeared in films such as Martin Scorsese's Mean Streets (1973) and Taxi Driver (1976), Ridley Scott's The Duellists (...
97. Lisa Kirk
Actress | Studio One
Lisa Kirk was born on February 25, 1925 in Charleroi, Pennsylvania, USA as Elise Marie Kirk. She was an actress, known for Studio One in Hollywood (1948), Front Row Center (1955) and Suspicion (1957). She was married to Robert Wells. She died on November 11, 1990 in New York City, New York, USA.
98. Shirley Knight
Actress | Paul Blart: Mall Cop
Shirley Knight is an American actress who appeared in more than 180 feature films, television movies, television series, and Broadway productions in her career playing leading and character roles.
She was a member of the Actors Studio. Knight was nominated twice for the Academy Award for Best ...
100. Harvey Korman
Actor | Blazing Saddles
Harvey Korman was a lanky, popular TV comedy veteran with a flair for broad comic characterizations, who shone for a decade as leading man and second banana par excellence on The Carol Burnett Show (1967).
Harvey Herschel Korman was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Ellen (Blecher) and Cyril Raymond ...