American Masters (2014 Season) – Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself

Film Interviewees

Air date: 05/16/2014

American Masters Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself


Premieres nationally Friday, May 16, 9-10:30 p.m. on PBS (check local listings)



Featured Film Interviewees


George Plimpton

Sarah Dudley Plimpton, George’s widow

Terry McDonell, former editor of Sports Illustrated Media Group; head of the board of The Paris Review

Ken Burns, documentary film director

Hugh Hefner, founder of Playboy magazine

Robert Kennedy Jr, son of Senator Robert Kennedy, lawyer, teacher and environmental activist

James Lipton, TV host, Inside the Actor’s Studio

Gay Talese, writer and journalist

James Salter, novelist

Jay McInerney, novelist

Timothy Seldes, George’s literary agent (Russell & Volkening) and childhood friend

Peter Matthiessen, childhood friend of George; co-founder of The Paris Review; writer

Robert Silvers, former editor of The Paris Review, founder and editor of The New York Review of Books

Medora Plimpton, George’s daughter

Taylor Plimpton, George’s son; writer, editor

Freddy Plimpton, George’s first wife

Oakes Plimpton, George’s brother

Sarah Gay Plimpton, George’s sister

Lewis Lapham, former Harper’s editor and current editor at large, founder and editor of Lapham’s Quarterly

Philip Gourevitch, edited The Paris Review (2005-2010), staff writer for The New Yorker

Graydon Carter, editor of Vanity Fair

Walon Green, Academy Award-winning film director, screenwriter and TV producer

Mel Stuart, film director and TV producer

Ric Burns, documentary film director

Jonathan Dee, writer, former assistant of George’s and senior editor of The Paris Review

Rose Styron, The Paris Review board member, writer and activist; widow of writer William Styron

Christopher Cerf, writer, television producer and composer

Bill Dow, freelance writer for the Detroit Free Press, organized 40th anniversary celebration for Paper Lion in Detroit in 2003

Fayette Hickox, former managing editor of The Paris Review

Jeanne McCulloch, former managing editor of The Paris Review

Mike Milbury, former member of the Boston Bruins




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