Herbert Berghof

Active - 1952 - 1985  |   Born - Sep 13, 1909   |   Died - Nov 5, 1990   |   Genres - Drama, Spy Film, Romance, Action, Mystery

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Biography by Hal Erickson

A graduate of the University of Vienna and the Vienna State Academy of Dramatic Art, Austrian-born Herbert Berghof spent the greater portion of his theatrical career in the United States. He was seen in such stage productions as The Andersonville Trial and In the Matter of J. Robert Oppenheimer; his rare film appearances include Five Fingers (1952) and Cleopatra (1963). Berghof is better known for his accomplishments as a director and acting teacher. His many directorial credits include the first New York staging of Beckett's Waiting for Godot, starring Bert Lahr and E.G. Marshall, in 1956. Among Herbert Berghof's acting students were such illustrious alumni as Geraldine Page, Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino, Anne Bancroft and Matthew Broderick.

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