James Lipton, Host Of 'Inside The Actors Studio,' Dies At 93
James Lipton was best known as the creator and host of Inside the Actors Studio since its creation in 1994.
Lipton passed away early Monday morning at Manhattan home after a battle with bladder cancer, his wife Kedakai Mercedes Lipton confirmed.
"He lived each day as if it were his last," Kedakai Lipton said in a statement to THR.
"His work was his passion, loved what he did and all the people he worked with. He empowered people to do their best, and hopefully, his spirit, curiosity and passion will live on."
Lipton hosted the series -- which saw over 300 esteemed performers engage in in-depth interviews with the host over the course of the series -- until 2018 after hosting it for 24 years.
"James Lipton was a titan of the film and entertainment industry and had a profound influence on so many," Frances Berwick, president of NBCU Lifestyle Networks said in a statement on Monday.
"I had the pleasure of working with Jim for 20 years on Bravo's first original series, his pride and joy, Inside the Actors Studio.
"We all enjoyed and respected his fierce passion, contributions to the craft, comprehensive research and his ability to bring the most intimate interviews ever conducted with A-list actors across generations.
"Bravo and NBCUniversal send our deepest condolences to Jim's wife, Kedakai, and all of his family," she concluded.
Upon hearing the news of his death, friends, family, and celebrities have penned tributes to the longtime host, including Donald Trump Jr and Andy Cohen.
Along with his iconic hosting role, Lipton also had several acting credits to his name, and himself in the 2005 film Bewitched as well as appearing on Arrested Development, Glee, Suburgatory, Joey and According to Jim.