Lew Palter: Remembering a Hollywood Legend and Theater Teacher

Lew Palter: Remembering a Hollywood Legend and Theater Teacher

I was saddened to hear the news of Lew Palter's passing. The 94-year-old actor and theater teacher passed away on June 26, 2023, leaving behind a legacy of talent and inspiration that will be missed by many.

Palter was born on July 13, 1928, in Brooklyn, New York. He began his acting career in theater, working as an actor, director, and producer. In 1958, he made his way to Hollywood, where he quickly established himself as a talented character actor.

Palter's most notable role was in James Cameron's 1997 blockbuster, "Titanic." In the film, he played the character of Isidor Straus, the co-owner of Macy's department store, who, along with his wife Ida, refused to leave the sinking ship. His performance in the film was memorable and earned him critical acclaim.

But Palter's contributions to the entertainment industry go beyond his work on the big screen. He was also a beloved theater teacher, having taught at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York City for over 30 years. He was known for his dedication to his craft and his ability to inspire his students to greatness.

In honor of Palter's life and legacy, here are some fun facts about the Hollywood legend:

  • Palter was a veteran of World War II, having served as a radio operator in the United States Army Air Forces.
  • He was a lifelong New York Yankees fan and attended many games throughout his life.
  • Palter was a founding member of the American Theatre Wing, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and celebrating American theater.
  • In addition to his work in film and theater, Palter was also a talented musician and composer.

Lew Palter will be remembered as a Hollywood legend and an inspiration to many. His talent and dedication to his craft will not be forgotten, and his legacy will continue to inspire future generations of actors and theater teachers. Rest in peace, Lew Palter.