Herbert Berghof (September 13, 1909 – November 5, 1990) was an American actor, director and acting teacher.
13 September 1909|
5 November 1990 (aged 81)|
Manhattan, New York City, U.S.
Uta Hagen |
(m. 1957–1990; his death)
Born and educated in Vienna, Austria, he studied acting there with Max Reinhardt. After fleeing the Nazis, he moved to New York in 1939, where he launched a career as an actor and director on Broadway, and worked with Lee Strasberg. Berghof became a charter member of the Actors Studio in 1947, with classmates including Marlon Brando, Montgomery Clift, Jerome Robbins, and Sidney Lumet.
In 1945 he co-founded HB Studio (the Herbert Berghof Studio) in New York City, as a place where aspiring actors could train and practice. In 1948, Uta Hagen joined the Studio as Berghof's artistic partner, and married in 1957. They ran the studio together until his death in 1990. Notable alumni included Jack Lemmon, Al Pacino, Liza Minnelli, Robert De Niro, Geraldine Page, Fritz Weaver, Anne Bancroft, Donna McKechnie and Matthew Broderick.
Stage appearances by Berghof included roles in Ibsen's The Lady from the Sea (1950), The Andersonville Trial (1959). Among his film appearances were 5 Fingers (1952), Red Planet Mars (1952), Fräulein (1958), Cleopatra (1963), An Affair of the Skin (1963), Harry and Tonto (1974), Voices (1979), Those Lips, Those Eyes (1980), Times Square (1980) and Target (1985). He directed the first Broadway production of Beckett's Waiting for Godot (1956).
- 5 Fingers (1952) - Col. von Richter
- Red Planet Mars (1952) - Franz Calder
- Diplomatic Courier (1952) - Arnov
- Assignment – Paris! (1952) - Prime Minister Andreas Ordy
- Fräulein (1958) - Karl Angermann
- Cleopatra (1963) - Theodotos
- An Affair of the Skin (1963) - Max
- Harry and Tonto (1974) - Rivetowski
- Mastermind (1976)
- Voices (1979) - Nathan Rothman
- Those Lips, Those Eyes (1980) - Dr. Julius Fuldauer
- Times Square (1980) - Dr. Huber
- Target (1985) - Schroeder (final film role)
- Kennedy, Dennis. The Oxford Companion to Theatre and Performance, Oxford Univ. Press (2010) p. 61
- Rosenfeld, Carol. Acting and Living in Discovery: A Workbook for the Actor, Hackett Publishing (2014) p. 120
- Robert Lewis (1996) . "Actors Studio, 1947". Slings and Arrows: Theater in My Life. New York: Applause Books. p. 183. ISBN 1-55783-244-7.
At the end of the summer, on Gadget's return from Hollywood, we settled the roster of actors for our two classes in what we called the Actors Studio - using the word 'studio' as we had when we named our workshop in the Group, the Group Theatre Studio... My group, meeting three times a week, consisted of Marlon Brando, Montgomery Clift, Maureen Stapleton, Eli Wallach, Mildred Dunnock, Jerome Robbins, Herbert Berghof, Tom Ewell, John Forsythe, Anne Jackson, Sidney Lumet, Kevin McCarthy, Karl Malden, E.G. Marshall, Patricia Neal, Beatrice Straight, David Wayne, and - well, I don't want to drop names, so I'll stop there. In all, there were about fifty.
- Peter B. Flint. Herbert Berghof, Actor, Director And Eminent Acting Teacher, 81. The New York Times. Retrieved October 27, 2007.
- Al Pacino & Lawrence Grobel (2006), Al Pacino in conversation with Lawrence Grobel, Simon & Schuster, ISBN 1-4169-1211-8, p. xix.
- Herbert Berghof on IMDb
- Uta Hagen and Herbert Berghof papers, 1889-2004 and undated held by the Billy Rose Theatre Division, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts