James Lipton, the legendary host of “Inside the Actors Studio,” has died at age 93.
In a statement released to TMZ on Monday, the actor and writer’s wife, Kedakai Turner, said he passed away peacefully at his New York City home after battling bladder cancer.
“There are so many James Lipton stories, but I’m sure he would like to be remembered as someone who loved what he did and had tremendous respect for all the people he worked with,” Turner told the publication.
Aside from his iconic Bravo talk show, the Detroit, Michigan, native wrote for soap operas such as “Guiding Light,” “The Doctors,” and “Another World,” as well as the 1985 made-for-television musical film “Copacabana.”
He also famously played Warden Stefan Gentles for six episodes on “Arrested Development.”
In 2007, Lipton was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Daytime Emmys.
At the end of “Inside the Actors Studio,” James would ask each interviewee: “If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?”
He will be missed.