Actors Who Studied With Wynn Handman

by coopcarrie | created - 11 Sep 2016 | updated - 12 Sep 2016 | Public

Wynn Handman, who founded the American Place theater and is credited with discovering and championing the work of American playwrights like Sam Shepard, has been teaching acting for over 50 years. A very diverse list of his more well known students.

1. Denzel Washington

Actor | Fences

Denzel Hayes Washington, Jr. was born on December 28, 1954 in Mount Vernon, New York. He is the middle of three children of a beautician mother, Lennis, from Georgia, and a Pentecostal minister father, Denzel Washington, Sr., from Virginia. After graduating from high school, Denzel enrolled at ...

2. John Leguizamo

Actor | Moulin Rouge!

Fast-talking and feisty-looking John Leguizamo has continued to impress movie audiences with his versatility: he can play sensitive and naive young men, such as Johnny in Hangin' with the Homeboys (1991); cold-blooded killers like Benny Blanco in Carlito's Way (1993); a heroic Army Green Beret, ...

3. Mia Farrow

Actress | Rosemary's Baby

Mia Farrow is the daughter of the director John Farrow and the actress and Tarzan-girl Maureen O'Sullivan. She debuted at the movies in 1959 in very small roles. She was noticed for the first time in the film Rosemary's Baby (1968) by Roman Polanski. She showed her talent also on TV and at the ...

4. Sandy Duncan

Actress | The Swan Princess

This wholesome "Chatty Cathy" delight had all the earmarkings of becoming a dithery TV star in the early 70s and a couple of sitcom vehicles were handed to her with silver platter-like enthusiasm. Neither, however, made the best use of her elfin charm and both series died a quick death. Nonetheless...

5. Susan Lucci

Actress | All My Children

Susan Lucci was born on December 23, 1946, in Scarsdale, New York, to Jeanette (Granquist) and Victor Lucci, a building contractor. She is of Italian (father) and Swedish, German, and French (mother) descent. Susan grew up in Garden City. Since she can remember, she wanted to be a performer, and ...

6. Alec Baldwin

Actor | The Departed

Alec Baldwin is the oldest, and best-known, of the four Baldwin brothers in the acting business (the others are Stephen Baldwin, William Baldwin and Daniel Baldwin). Alexander Rae Baldwin III was born on April 3, 1958 in Massapequa, New York, the son of Carol Newcomb (nee Martineau) Baldwin and ...

7. James Caan

Actor | Misery

A masculine and enigmatic actor whose life and movie career have had more ups and downs than the average rollercoaster and whose selection of roles has arguably derailed him from achieving true superstar status, James Caan is New York-born and bred.

He was born in the Bronx, to Sophie (Falkenstein) ...

8. Chris Cooper

Actor | Adaptation.

Christopher Walton Cooper was born in Kansas City, Missouri, to Mary Ann (Walton), a homemaker, and Charles Sherwood Cooper, a cattleman and internist who served as a doctor in the US Air Force. His parents were from Texas, where Cooper was raised.

Educated at the University of Missouri school of ...

9. Allison Janney

Actress | The Help

Allison Janney is an award-winning actress who has earned a solid reputation in stage productions and in many supporting roles on screen, and who more recently has become prominent by portraying one of the major characters in the popular TV series The West Wing (1999).

Entertainment Weekly magazine ...

10. Richard Gere

Actor | Chicago

Humanitarian and actor Richard Gere was born on August 31, 1949, in Philadelphia, the second of five children of Doris Ann (Tiffany), a homemaker, and Homer George Gere, an insurance salesman, both Mayflower descendants. Richard started early as a musician, playing a number of instruments in high ...

11. Joel Grey

Actor | Cabaret

Joel Grey's father, Mickey Katz, created "Borscht Capades" in the early 1950s. Mickey Katz was a musician -- a clarinetist and a saxophone player -- in bands around the east. Mickey was performing, playing in a band in Cleveland, Ohio, which is where Joel Grey was born. Musician and bandleader ...

12. Frank Langella

Actor | Frost/Nixon

Frank Langella was born in Bayonne, New Jersey, to Angelina and Frank A. Langella, a business executive. He is of Italian descent.

A stage and screen actor of extreme versatility, Frank Langella won acclaim on the New York stage in "Seascape" and followed it up with the title role in the Edward Gorey...

13. Dustin Hoffman

Actor | Rain Man

Dustin Lee Hoffman was born in Los Angeles, California, to Lillian (Gold) and Harry Hoffman, who was a furniture salesman and prop supervisor for Columbia Pictures. He was raised in a Jewish family (from Ukraine, Russia-Poland, and Romania). Hoffman graduated from Los Angeles High School in 1955, ...

14. John Savage

Actor | The Last Full Measure

John Savage is an American actor best known for his roles in The Deer Hunter (1978), The Onion Field (1979), Hair (1979), Salvador (1986), The Last Full Measure (2020), In Dubious Battle (2016), and the television shows Goliath (2016), Twin Peaks (2017), and Dark Angel (2000). He was born in Old ...

15. Raul Julia

Actor | The Addams Family

Raul Julia was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, to Olga Arcelay, a mezzo-soprano singer, and Raúl Juliá, an electrical engineer. He graduated from Colegio San Ignacio de Loyola High School in San Juan. Here he studied the rigorous classical curriculum of the Jesuits and was always active ...

16. P.J. Marshall

Actor | Mindhunter

PJ Marshall is an American actor known for his versatility, forceful onscreen presence, and athleticism.. He began his career with guest roles on television, appearing on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Oz, and Law & Order: L.A. Marshall soon added movies to his resume, appearing in a variety of...

17. Kathleen Chalfant

Actress | Duplicity

Kathleen Chalfant was born on January 14, 1945 in San Francisco, California, USA as Kathleen Ann Bishop. She is an actress, known for Duplicity (2009), Junior (1994) and Perfect Stranger (2007). She has been married to Henry Chalfant since November 26, 1966. They have two children.

18. Mira Sorvino

Actress | Mighty Aphrodite

Mira Katherine Sorvino was born on September 28, 1967 in Manhattan. She is the daughter of Lorraine Davis, an actress turned drama therapist, and veteran character actor Paul Sorvino. Her father's family were Italian immigrants. The young Sorvino was intelligent, an avid reader and an exceptional ...

19. Lonny Ross

Actor | 30 Rock

Lonny Ross is a Screen Actors Guild Award-nominated performer, known for his work on the NBC sitcom 30 Rock (2006), playing Josh, the naive yet loveable sketch comedy actor. He also appeared on the Cartoon Network's live-action television series Level Up (2012), as Max, an eccentric billionaire ...

20. Heather Burns

Actress | Miss Congeniality

Heather Burns was born on April 7, 1975 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. She is an actress and writer, known for Miss Congeniality (2000), Two Weeks Notice (2002) and You've Got Mail (1998). She has been married to Ajay Naidu since 2012. They have one child.

21. Christopher Backus

Actor | Jett

Christopher Backus was born on October 30, 1981 in Orange County, California, USA as Christopher P. Backus. He is an actor, known for Jett (2019), Mindhunter (2017) and Big Little Lies (2017). He has been married to Mira Sorvino since June 11, 2004. They have four children.

22. Michael Douglas

Actor | Wall Street

An actor with over forty years of experience in theatre, film, and television, Michael Douglas branched out into independent feature production in 1975 with the Academy Award-winning One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975). Since then, as a producer and as an actor-producer, he has shown an uncanny ...

23. Michael Kenneth Williams

Actor | The Wire

Emmy nominated actor and producer, Michael Kenneth Williams is one of this generation's most respected and acclaimed talents. By bringing complicated and charismatic characters to life-often with surprising tenderness-Williams has established himself as a gifted and versatile performer with a ...

24. Eric Bogosian

Actor | Talk Radio

Eric Bogosian was born in Boston, Massachusetts. He attended the University of Chicago and graduated from Oberlin College in 1976, whereupon he moved to New York City. In New York he was hired by the Kitchen as an assistant, established a dance series there and after five years left to devote all ...

25. Marian Seldes

Actress | Home Alone 3

Tony Award-winner Marian Hall Seldes, one of the premier stage actresses in America, was born on August 23, 1928 in Manhattan, New York, to writer and journalist Gilbert Seldes, and his socialite wife, the former Alice Wadhams Hall. Her paternal grandparents were Russian Jewish immigrants, and her ...

26. Doris Roberts

Actress | Everybody Loves Raymond

Doris Roberts was born in St. Louis, Missouri, to Ann (Meltzer) and Larry Green. She was raised in New York, and took her stepfather's surname. Roberts was a 20-year veteran of the Broadway stage before she began appearing steadily in character roles in film and on television during the 1970s. A ...

27. Dael Orlandersmith

Actor | Amateur

Dael Orlandersmith is an actor and writer, known for Amateur (1994), My America (2012) and Get Well Soon (2001).

28. Tony Roberts

Actor | Annie Hall

Versatility and ability to portray a variety of characters over four decades on stage, screen, and television have made Tony Roberts one of the busiest actors in America. He is a graduate of the High School of Music and Arts, which merged with the High School of Performing Arts to become LaGuardia ...

29. Lidia Ramírez

Actress | Scenes from the New World

Lidia Ramírez is an actress, known for Scenes from the New World (1994), An Argentinian in New York (1998) and Fronterz (2004).

30. Arthur French

Actor | Three Days of the Condor

Arthur French was born on November 6, 1931 in New York City, New York, USA as Arthur Wellesley French Jr. He is an actor and producer, known for Three Days of the Condor (1975), Kinsey (2004) and Malcolm X (1992).

31. James Patrick Stuart

Actor | Gettysburg

James Patrick Stuart was born on June 16, 1968 in Encino, California, USA. He is an actor, known for Gettysburg (1993), Gods and Generals (2003) and The American Gandhi (2016). He has been married to Jocelyn Jane Stilwell since September 9, 2000. They have two children.

32. Bronwen Booth

Actress | What's Your Number?

Bronwen Booth was born on February 21, 1964 in Marylebone, London, England. She is an actress, known for What's Your Number? (2011), One Life to Live (1968) and Scrubs (2001).

33. Fyvush Finkel

Actor | Picket Fences

Fyvush Finkel was born on October 9, 1922 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as Philip Finkel. He was an actor, known for Picket Fences (1992), Nixon (1995) and A Serious Man (2009). He was married to Gertrude (Trudi) Lieberman. He died on August 14, 2016 in Manhattan, New York.

34. Spalding Gray

Actor | Kate & Leopold

Spalding Gray was born on June 5, 1941 in Providence, Rhode Island, USA as Spalding Rockwell Gray. He was an actor and writer, known for Kate & Leopold (2001), Swimming to Cambodia (1987) and The Paper (1994). He was married to Kathleen Russo and Renée Shafransky. He died on January 10, 2004 in...

35. Estelle Evans

Actress | To Kill a Mockingbird

Estelle Evans was born on October 1, 1906 in Rolle Town, Bahamas. She was an actress, known for To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), The Learning Tree (1969) and The Clairvoyant (1982). She died on July 20, 1985 in New York City, New York, USA.

36. 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 ...

37. Ralph Waite

Actor | The Waltons

Ralph Waite was born in White Plains, New York on June 22, 1928. Educated at Bucknell University where he graduated with a BA degree, Waite existed rather aimlessly as a young adult while trying to find his way in the world. Occupations came and went, including social worker, religious editor for ...

38. Sorrell Booke

Actor | The Dukes of Hazzard

Sorrell Booke was born in Buffalo, New York in 1930, the son of a local physician. He found his calling early in life, like most actors, when his family encouraged him to entertain relatives by doing impressions and telling jokes. He went on to study at Yale and Columbia University, and mastered ...

39. Olympia Dukakis

Actress | Moonstruck

Long a vital, respected lady of the classic and contemporary stage this grand lady did not become a household name and sought-after film actress until age 56 when she turned in a glorious, Oscar-winning perf as Cher's sardonic mother in the romantic comedy Moonstruck (1987). Since then movie (and ...

40. Sam Waterston

Actor | Law & Order

Sam Waterston was born on November 15, 1940 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA as Samuel Atkinson Waterston. He is an actor and producer, known for Law & Order (1990), The Killing Fields (1984) and The Great Gatsby (1974). He has been married to Lynn Louisa Woodruff since January 26, 1976. They ...



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