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      Andre Gregory

      Andre Gregory

      Highest Rated: 92% My Dinner With Andre (1981)

      Lowest Rated: 15% The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990)

      Birthday: May 11, 1934

      Birthplace: Paris, France

      Actor and theater director Andre Gregory parlayed his gift for gab into a "late-blooming" career performing in features. Born in a Paris hotel because his mother left a card game with a Turkish ambassador a bit too late, Gregory grew up in Hollywood, where, by his own description, he could "look out of our window and see Garbo and Dietrich and Flynn and Thomas Mann playing doubles." He attended Harvard and, set on becoming an actor, studied at the Neighborhood Playhouse and the Actors Studio, but success eluded him. Before chucking a performing arts career to pursue law, he briefly tried directing and, to his own surprise, found a niche in avant-garde theater, staging Jean Genet's "The Blacks" Off-Broadway in 1962. Soon thereafter, he set up his own theater projects in both Philadelphia and Los Angeles. In 1968, Gregory began his most important undertaking in theater when he founded The Manhattan Project, an experimental group that staged, among other works, Samuel Beckett's "Endgame," Anton Chekhov's "The Seagull," Wallace Shawn's "Our Late Night" and an offbeat and highly popular take on "Alice in Wonderland," which later toured internationally on and off for five years and earned him both a special OBIE Award and a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Director. Gregory missed acting, though, and the opening he needed presented itself when he and Shawn reteamed, this time as both writers and performers, under the directorial eye of Louis Malle for the acclaimed art-house hit "My Dinner with Andre" (1981). Playing themselves, Gregory and Shawn conducted a witty, seemingly improvised conversation over supper for the entire film, with Gregory proving himself a galvanizing raconteur given to relating wild encounter group adventures in the woods. Gregory subsequently had the acting career he had always wanted, appearing onstage opposite his daughter Marina in "The Tempest" and on Broadway in the Neil Simon farce "Rumors." His film roles typically capitalized on his mix of the cerebral and the zany, presenting him as dreamers, oddball upscale professionals and eccentric intellectuals. Parts ranged from a kooky reverend in Peter Weir's "The Mosquito Coast" (1986) to an equally strange holy man in "Protocol" (1984) to John the Baptist in Martin Scorsese's controversial "The Last Temptation of Christ" (1988). Some films used him less colorfully ("Demolition Man" 1993, "The Shadow" 1994), but "Vanya on 42nd Street" (1994) brought his film career full circle as it not only reteamed him with Malle but also cast him in the same role that "Dinner" did--as theater director Andre Gregory, once again wondering about the intersection between life and art. Widower of filmmaker and theatrical entrepreneur Mercedes Gregory, Gregory appeared with their actor son Nick in Henry Jaglom's "Last Summer in the Hamptons" (1995).

      Highest rated movies

      My Dinner With Andre
      A Master Builder
      The Mosquito Coast
      Street Smart
      Last Summer in the Hamptons
      Some Girls
      Celebrity
      The Shadow

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      MY DINNER WITH ANDRE, Wallace Shawn, Andre Gregory, 1981 MY DINNER WITH ANDRE, Andre Gregory, 1981 MY DINNER WITH ANDRE, Andre Gregory, 1981 THE LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST, Andre Gregory, (as John The Baptist), 1988. ©Universal Pictures. THE LINGUINI INCIDENT, from left: Michael Bonnabel, Eszter Balint, Andre Gregory, 1991, © Academy Entertainment THE LINGUINI INCIDENT, David Bowie (standing left), standing center to right: Rosanna Arquette, Buck Henry, Andre Gregory, 1991, © Academy Entertainment MY DINNER WITH ANDRE, Wallace Shawn, Andre Gregory, 1981 THE LINGUINI INCIDENT, from left: Andre Gregory, Rosanna Arquette, Buck Henry, 1991, © Academy Entertainment PROTOCOL, Keith Szarabajka, Gail Strickland, Goldie Hawn, Andre Gregory, 1984 MY DINNER WITH ANDRE, Wallace Shawn, Andre Gregory, 1981 THE LINGUINI INCIDENT, from left, Buck Henry, Andre Gregory, 1991, ©Academy Entertainment AUTHOR! AUTHOR!, Andre Gregory, Al Pacino, 1982, director and author watching rehearsal MY DINNER WITH ANDRE, director Louis Malle, Wallace Shawn, Andre Gregory, Jean Lenauer on set, 1981, (c) New Yorker Films MY DINNER WITH ANDRE, Wallace Shawn, Andre Gregory, 1981 MY DINNER WITH ANDRE, Andre Gregory, Wallace Shawn, 1981, dinner conversation MY DINNER WITH ANDRE, from left: Andre Gregory, Wallace Shawn, 1981. © New Yorker Films HUDSON RIVER BLUES, Andre Gregory, Lois Smith, 1997. ©Romance Classics STREET SMART, Andre Gregory, Christopher Reeve, Michael J. Reynolds, Morgan Freeman, 1987, (c) Cannon Films STREET SMART, Christopher Reeve (left), Andre Gregory (center), 1987, © Cannon Films SOME GIRLS, Jennifer Connelly, Florinda Bolkan, Ashley Greenfield, Andre Gregory, Sheila Kelley, 1988, (c) MGM

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      82% 57% A Master Builder Brovik (Character),
      Producer
      $46.9K 2013
      70% 64% Phyllis and Harold Executive Producer $18.9K 2008
      29% 38% Goodbye Lover Rev. Finlayson (Character) $1.9M 1998
      42% 42% Celebrity John Papadakis (Character) $5.0M 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hudson River Blues Will (Character) - 1997
      64% 44% Last Summer in the Hamptons Ivan Axelrod (Character) - 1995
      89% 79% Vanya on 42nd Street Self $501.5K 1994
      35% 44% The Shadow Burbank (Character) $32.0M 1994
      No Score Yet 76% The Linguini Incident Dante (Character) - 1992
      15% 26% The Bonfire of the Vanities Aubrey Buffing (Character) - 1990
      43% 43% Some Girls Mr. D'Arc (Character) $6.2K 1988
      67% 44% Street Smart Ted Avery (Character) $711.0K 1987
      75% 61% The Mosquito Coast Rev. Spellgood (Character) $12.9M 1986
      33% 38% Protocol Nawaf Al Kabeer (Character) - 1984
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Soldier's Tale Narrator - 1984
      92% 85% My Dinner With Andre Andre (Character),
      Writer
      $15.1K 1981