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Geoffrey Horne (born August 22, 1933) is an American actor, director, and acting coach at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. His screen credits include The Bridge on the River Kwai, Bonjour Tristesse, The Strange One, Two People, The Twilight Zone episode "The Gift" in 1962, and as Wade Norton in "The Guests" episode of The Outer Limits.

Geoffrey Horne
Born (1933-08-22) August 22, 1933 (age 85)
US embassy, US territory,
within Buenos Aires, Argentina
OccupationActor, acting coach
Years active1955–present



Horne was born in Buenos Aires of American parents (his father was a businessman in the oil trade). When he was five he went to live with his mother in Havana. Ten years later he was sent to "a little school in New England for troubled children," in his words.[1] He attended the University of California, where he decided to be an actor.[1]


Horne moved to New York where he appeared in an off Broadway flop, then began to get regular work on television, including an adaptation of Billy Budd. He also joined the Actor's Studio.[1]

In July 1956 Horne successfully auditioned for a small role in The Strange One (1957), whose cast was entirely comprised by Actors' Studio alumni.[2] The film was not a huge hit but was widely acclaimed; it was also the debut movie for Ben Gazzara and George Peppard.[3]

The film was produced by Sam Spiegel who then cast Horne in a role in Bridge on the River Kwai in January 1957.[4]

Spiegel also signed Horne to a long term contract - one film a year for five years. "I know Sam wouldn't send me down the river," said Horne. "He's a man of great taste and talent. And the best of the independents to be linked up with, what with all the old-time studio executive types on the way out... I'm not sure I have what it takes to be a star... Time will tell."[1]

Otto Preminger borrowed him for a role in Bonjour Triesste but he would make no further films with Spiegel.[5] He then made Tempest in Yugoslavia.[6]

A life member of the Actors Studio,[7] Horne was almost cast as Bud Stamper in Splendor in the Grass by the film's director, Studio co-founder Elia Kazan, but the role eventually went instead to Warren Beatty.[8] Around the same time, Horne was also auditioned by Federico Fellini for the lead in La Dolce Vita, which ultimately went to Marcello Mastroianni.[citation needed]

In 1980 he appeared in a New York production of Richard III.[9] In 1981 he joined the cast of Merrily We Roll Along, being the oldest cast member.[10] He was then in a production of The Caine Mutiny Court Martial.[11]

Personal lifeEdit

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Horne is currently married to Billie Andersson and resides in New York, where he teaches acting at New York University. Previously, he had been married to actress Collin Wilcox, Rebecca Callaway, Robin Schierenbeck Horne and Nancy Berg.[12]

Selected filmographyEdit



  1. ^ a b c d HORNE MINUS THE BLUES: Level-Headed Young Actor Hits Mark After Appearing in Three Pictures By HOWARD THOMPSON. New York Times 26 Jan 1958: X5.
  2. ^ DISNEY WILL FILM NOVEL ABOUT DOG: Buys Rights to 'Old Yeller'-- Production Team Changed for 'Red Nichols Story' Fox to Release 55-mm. Film Of Local Origin Syria Bans 'South of Algiers' By OSCAR GODBOUT Special to The New York Times 16 July 1956: 17.
  3. ^ FOCUSING ON NEW FACES: 'End as a Man' Serves as First Movie Stint for Young Director and Cast Gambling Man Like Old Times At Work By GEORGE NELSON. New York Times 29 July 1956: X5.
  4. ^ 6 FILMS PLANNED BY AM-PAR CORP.: $3,000,000 Will Be Invested in Medium-Budget Movies During Next Half Year Of Local Origin By THOMAS M. PRYOR New York Times 28 Jan 1957: 18.
  5. ^ Fox Buys Novel New York Times 24 June 1957: 19.
  6. ^ Ritz Will Become Legit House Again: Zevin Takes Two-Year Lease; Edith Piaf Biography Planned Scheuer, Philip K. Los Angeles Times 20 June 1958: 21.
  7. ^ Garfield, David (1980). "Appendix: Life Members of The Actors Studio as of January 1980". A Player's Place: The Story of The Actors Studio. New York: MacMillan Publishing Co., Inc. p. 278. ISBN 0-02-542650-8.
  8. ^ Fonda, Jane (2009-04-09). "From Emma Willard to Lee Strasberg All in One Night". Jane's Blog. Retrieved 2012-12-12. "He and I auditioned together for Elia Kazan’s Splendor in the Grass for the roles that Warren Beatty and Natalie Wood eventually ended up with."
  9. ^ THEATER:MICHAEL MORIARTY AS RICHARD III Shepard, Richard F. New York Times 11 Aug 1980: C.17.
  10. ^ Geoffrey Horne Joins 'Merrily' Cast; Geoffrey Horne Joins 'Merrily We Roll Along' New York Times 13 Nov 1981: C.34.
  11. ^ THEATER: 'CAINE MUTINY': [Review] Gussow, Mel. New York Times 21 Jan 1983: C.4.
  12. ^ City of New York Hall of Records, 2000

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