Lee Strasberg

Lee Strasberg

  • Highest Rated: 97% The Godfather, Part II (1974)
  • Lowest Rated: 30% The Cassandra Crossing (1977)
  • Birthday: Nov 17, 1901
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • European-born Lee Strasberg moved to the U.S. with his parents when he was seven. Born into an artistic family, Strasberg began his acting training at age nine; he studied at the Actors Laboratory Theater under such heavyweights as Richard Boleslawsky and Maria Ouspenskaya. A professional actor from 1925 onward, Strasberg was a member for many years of the Theater Guild. Together with fellow "Guild"-ers Harold Clurman and Cheryl Crawford, Strasberg broke away to form the Group Theater in 1931, where he would direct such stars-to-be as John Garfield and Luther Adler. In 1949, Strasberg established the Actors Studio in New York, where he became the foremost proponent of "the Method," an introspective, sensory-recall acting technique founded in part on the teachings of Stanislavsky (the most famous disciple of the Method was, of course, Marlon Brando). Though extremely influential in the film, TV, and theatrical world of the 1960s, Strasberg was not always the favorite of his contemporaries. One of his severest critics was acting teacher Stella Adler, who on the occasion of Strasberg's death, asked her class for a respectful moment of silence, then lambasted Strasberg as the man who nearly "destroyed" the acting profession. In 1969, Strasberg set up a new school, the Lee Strasberg Institute of the Theater, with headquarters in both New York and Los Angeles. Five years later, director Francis Ford Coppola coaxed Strasberg into making his film debut as gangster Hyman Roth in The Godfather II. It was the first of five movie appearances for Strasberg, the last (and best) of which was in Going in Style (1979). Lee Strasberg was the father of actress Susan Strasberg.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Marilyn In Manhattan Actor 1998
No Score Yet Harold Clurman: A Life of Theatre Actor 1988
No Score Yet Skokie Morton Weisman 1981
No Score Yet Boardwalk Actor 1979
81% ...And Justice for All Grandpa Sam 1979
82% Going in Style Willie 1979
30% The Cassandra Crossing Kaplan 1977
97% The Godfather, Part II Hyman Roth 1974
89% Somewhere in the Night Screenwriter 1946

QUOTES FROM Lee Strasberg CHARACTERS

Hyman Roth
I didn't ask who gave the order, because it had noting to do with business.
Hyman Roth
Smaller piece.
Hyman Roth
I loved baseball ever since Arnold Rothstien fixed the World Series in 1919.
Hyman Roth
I want all of you to enjoy your cake, so... enjoy.
Michael Corleone
I saw a strange thing today. Some rebels were being arrested. One of them pulled the pin on a grenade. He took himself and the captain of the command with him. Now, soldiers are paid to fight; the rebels aren't.
Hyman Roth
What does that tell you?
Michael Corleone
They could win.
Hyman Roth
There was this kid I grew up with; he was younger than me. Sorta looked up to me, you know. We did our first work together, worked our way out of the street. Things were good, we made the most of it. During Prohibition, we ran molasses into Canada... made a fortune, your father, too. As much as anyone, I loved him and trusted him. Later on he had an idea to build a city out of a desert stop-over for GI's on the way to the West Coast. That kid's name was Moe Greene, and the city he invented was Las Vegas. This was a great man, a man of vision and guts. And there isn't even a plaque, or a signpost or a statue of him in that town! Someone put a bullet through his eye. No one knows who gave the order. When I heard it, I wasn't angry; I knew Moe, I knew he was head-strong, talking loud, saying stupid things. So when he turned up dead, I let it go. And I said to myself, this is the business we've chosen; I didn't ask who gave the order, because it had nothing to do with business!
Hyman Roth
This is the business we've chosen, I didn't ask who gave the order, cause it had nothing to do with business!
Hyman Roth
Micheal, we're bigger than U.S. Steel.
Hyman Roth
This is the business we've chosen!
Hyman Roth
I knew Moe, I knew he was head-strong, talking loud, saying stupid things. So when he turned up dead, I let it go. And I said to myself, this is the business we've chosen; I didn't ask who gave the order, because it had nothing to do with business!
Hyman Roth
Michael, we're bigger than U.S. Steel.