Geoffrey Horne

Geoffrey Horne (born August 22, 1933) is an American actor, 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.

Geoffrey Horne
Born (1933-08-22) August 22, 1933
US embassy, US territory,
within Buenos Aires, Argentina
OccupationActor, acting coach
Years active1955–present


Horne was born in Buenos Aires of American parents (his father was a businessman in the oil trade). When he was five he went to live with his mother in Havana. Ten years later he was sent to "a little school in New England for troubled children," in his words.[1] He attended the University of California, where he decided to be an actor.[1]


Horne moved to New York where he appeared in an off-Broadway flop, then began to get regular work on television, including an adaptation of Billy Budd. He also joined the Actor's Studio.[1]

In July 1956, Horne successfully auditioned for a small role in The Strange One (1957), whose cast was composed entirely of Actors' Studio alumni.[2] The film was not a huge hit but was widely acclaimed; it marked the film debut of Ben Gazzara and George Peppard.[3]

The film was produced by Sam Spiegel who then cast Horne in a role in The Bridge on the River Kwai in January 1957.[4]

Spiegel also signed Horne to a long term contract - one film a year for five years. "I know Sam wouldn't send me down the river," said Horne. "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."[1]

Otto Preminger borrowed him for a role in Bonjour Tristesse but he would make no further films with Spiegel.[5] He then made Tempest in Yugoslavia.[6]

A life member of the Actors Studio,[7] 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.[8] 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 1980, he appeared in a New York production of Richard III.[9] In 1981, he joined the cast of Merrily We Roll Along, and became the oldest cast member.[10] He appeared as Dr. Bird in The Caine Mutiny Court Martial produced by the Stamford Center for the Arts in 1983.[11]

Personal life

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Horne is currently married to Billie Andersson and resides in New York, where he teaches acting at New York University. Previously, he had been married to actress Collin Wilcox, Rebecca Callaway, Robin Schierenbeck Horne and Nancy Berg.[12]

Selected filmography



  1. Thompson, Howard (25 January 1958). "Horne Minus The Blues: Level-Headed Young Actor Hits Mark After Appearing in Three Pictures". The New York Times. p. 5.
  2. Godbout, Oscar (16 July 1956). "Disney Will Film Novel About Dog: Buys Rights to 'Old Yeller'-- Production Team Changed for 'Red Nichols Story' Fox to Release 55-mm. Film Of Local Origin Syria Bans 'South of Algiers'". The New York Times. p. 17.
  3. Nelson, George (29 July 1956). "Focusing On New Faces: 'End as a Man' Serves as First Movie Stint for Young Director and Cast Gambling Man Like Old Times At Work". The New York Times. p. 5.
  4. Pryor, Thomas M. (28 January 1957). "6 FILMS PLANNED BY AM-PAR CORP.: $3,000,000 Will Be Invested in Medium-Budget Movies During Next Half Year Of Local Origin". The New York Times. p. 18.
  5. "Fox Buys Novel". The New York Times. 24 June 1957. p. 19.
  6. Scheuer, Philip K. (20 June 1958). "Ritz Will Become Legit House Again: Zevin Takes Two-Year Lease; Edith Piaf Biography Planned". Los Angeles Times. p. 21.
  7. Garfield, David (1980). "Appendix: Life Members of The Actors Studio as of January 1980". A Player's Place: The Story of The Actors Studio. New York: MacMillan Publishing Co., Inc. p. 278. ISBN 978-0025426504.
  8. Fonda, Jane (2009-04-09). "From Emma Willard to Lee Strasberg All in One Night". Jane's Blog. Retrieved 2012-12-12. "He and I auditioned together for Elia Kazan’s Splendor in the Grass for the roles that Warren Beatty and Natalie Wood eventually ended up with."
  9. Shepard, Richard F. (11 August 1980). "Theater: Michael Moriarty as Richard III". The New York Times. p. C17.
  10. "Geoffrey Horne Joins 'Merrily' Cast; Geoffrey Horne Joins 'Merrily We Roll Along'". The New York Times. 13 Nov 1981. p. C34.
  11. Gussow, Mel (21 January 1983). "THEATER: 'CAINE MUTINY'". The New York Times. p. C4.
  12. City of New York Hall of Records, 2000
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