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Geoffrey Horne
American actor and acting coach

Geoffrey Horne

Geoffrey Horne
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Intro American actor and acting coach
Is Actor Stage actor Film actor Television actor Acting coach
From United States of America
Field Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender male
Birth 22 August 1933, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Age 88 years
Star sign Leo
Spouse: Nancy Berg (1958-)Collin Wilcox (actress) (28 June 1963-1977) Rebecca Callaway (-)Robin Schierenbeck (1980-1986)Kristin Andersson (2000-)
University of California, Berkeley, California
Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, New York City, New York Acting
Geoffrey Horne
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Geoffrey Horne (born August 22, 1933) is an American film, stage and television actor and 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.

Early life

Geoffrey Horne was born on August 22, 1933, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. His father was an executive with Standard Oil, and according to his official bio for the New York Campus of the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute (where he is still listed as an official member of the teaching faculty as of April 2016), he was raised in Cuba.

After getting his school education at a few private schools, he studied at the University of California at Berkeley.

He began studying acting with Lee Strasberg in 1954, at the age of 21.


Horne moved to New York where he made his acting debut on stage with an off-Broadway play. He made his television debut in March 1955, appearing in "Billy Budd" episode of Ponds Theater, with Luther Adler and Joseph Wiseman. The same year, he was seen in two episodes of TV series The Philco Television Playhouse and an episode of Studio One in Hollywood.

In July 1956, Horne successfully auditioned for a small role in The Strange One(1957), whose cast was composed entirely of Actors' Studio alumni. The film, produced by Sam Spiegel, also marked the film debut of actors Ben Gazzara and George Peppard. Also in 1957, he was seen in another of Sam Spiegel's films — The Bridge on the River Kwai, starring William Holden and Alec Guinness. He made $500/week for the film.

Spiegel also signed Horne to a long term contract — one film per year for five years. On his work with Horne, Spiegel said, "I know Sam wouldn't send me down the river,... 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."

In 1958, Otto Preminger borrowed him for the role of "Philippe" in Bonjour Tristesse but he made no further films with Spiegel. Next, he was seen as "Piotr Grinov" in Alberto Lattuada's Tempest (1958), starring Silvana ManganoVan Heflin, and Viveca Lindfors.

A life member of The Actors Studio (since 1956), 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. Around the same time, Horne was also auditioned by Federico Fellini for the lead in La Dolce Vita, which ultimately went to Marcello Mastroianni.

In the 1960s and onwards, Horne was seen mostly on television, with a few intermittent film roles. He had episodic roles in such television series as Adventures in Paradise(1960), The Twilight Zone (1962), Route 66 (1964), The Alfred Hitchcock Hour(1965), The F.B.I. (1966), Run for Your Life (1967), Cannon (1973), and Mannix(1975). 

In 1970, Horne served as a dialogue coach/supervisor in two films: Mike Nichols's Catch-22 and James BridgesThe Baby Maker.

In 1979-1982, he had two roles in the television series The Doctors: initially as "Dr. Frankel" and later as "Donald Matson" in three 1982 episodes. In 1984, he was cast as "Rick Meade" in the TV series The Edge of Night. He was seen in 27 episodes of the series. 

In 1980, Horne appeared in a New York production of Richard III. In 1981, he joined the cast of Merrily We Roll Along and became the oldest cast member. He appeared as "Dr. Bird" in Herman Wouk's The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial produced by the Stamford Center for the Arts in 1983.

Horne was last seen on the big screen in 1999, in the role of "Sid" in Dennis Dugan's Big Daddy, starring Adam SandlerJoey Lauren Adams, and Jon Stewart.

Personal life

Horne has been married five times. His first marriage was Rebecca Callaway, with whom he had one child. He then married American model Nancy Berg in 1958. They had one child.

He was then married to actress Collin Wilcox Paxton from June 28, 1963, until the divorce in 1977. They had two children together. In the years 1980 - 1986, Horne was married to Robin Schierenbeck. They had one child. 

In 2000, he married his fifth, and current, wife Kristin Andersson.

Selected filmography

  • Repertory Theatre - "Anatomy of Fear" (1955)
  • Robert Montgomery Presents - "The Breaking Point" (1955)
  • Ponds Theater - "Billy Budd" (1955)
  • Repertory Theatre - "Gretel" (1955)
  • Studio One in Hollywood - "Like Father, Like Son" (1955)
  • The Alcoa Hour - "Flight into Danger" (1956)
  • Robert Montgomery Presents - "The Young and the Beautiful" (1956)
  • The Strange One (1957) - Jack Garfein
  • The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) - Lieutenant Joyce
  • Bonjour Tristesse (1958) - Philippe
  • Tempest (1958) - Piotr Grinov
  • Camera Three - "An Air That Kills" (1959)
  • Esterina (1959) - Gino
  • Cradle Song (1960)
  • Adventures in Paradise - "Whip-Fight!" (1960)
  • Moment of Fear - "The Accomplice" (1960)
  • The Story of Joseph and His Brethren (1961) - Joseph
  • The Corsican Brothers (1961) - Paolo Franchi / Leone Franchi
  • The Twilight Zone - "The Gift" (1962)
  • Implacable Three (1963) - Don César Guzmán
  • Route 66 - "Is It True There Are Poxies at the Bottom of Landfair Lake?" (1964)
  • The Great Adventure - "Rodger Young" (1964)
  • The Outer Limits - "The Guests" (1964)
  • The Alfred Hitchcock Hour - "Completely Foolproof" (1965)
  • The Doctors and the Nurses - "An Unweeded Garden" (1965)
  • The F.B.I. - "The Baby Sitter" (1966)
  • The Virginian - "Harvest of Strangers" (1966)
  • The Road West - "Long Journey to Leavenworth" (1966)
  • The Green Hornet - "Beautiful Dreamer" (1966)
  • Run for Your Life - "Trip to the Far Side" (1967)
  • The Baby Maker (1970) - Jimmy (uncredited) - also dialogue coach
  • Circle of Fear - "Alter-Ego" (1972)
  • Cannon - "Press Pass to the Slammer" (1973)
  • Two People (1973) - Ron Kesselman
  • Gunsmoke - "A Game of Death... An Act of Love" (1973)
  • Judgment: The Court Martial of Lieutenant William Calley (1975)
  • It's a Bird... It's a Plane... It's Superman! (1975)
  • Mannix - "Quartet for Blunt Instrument" (1975)
  • Police Woman - "The Hit" (1975)
  • The Doctors (1982) - various episodes
  • Another World (1983) - various episodes
  • Private Sessions (1985)
  • Big Daddy (1999) - Sid


  • Too Late the Phalarope (1956)
  • Jeannette (1960)
  • Strange Interlude (1963)
  • Richard III' (1980)
  • Merrily We Roll Along (1981)
  • The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial (1983)
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