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  • Paperback: 218 pages
  • Publisher: Havenhurst Books (October 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982285329
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982285329
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #212,404 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Howard Fine is an American acting teacher, the founder of the Howard Fine Acting Studio in Hollywood, CA, and also a theatre director whose credits include directing on Broadway.

Howard Fine was born in Providence, Rhode Island. He is the youngest of five children. His parents Max, an American GI, and Nelly, a Holocaust survivor, married in Shanghai, China, before Max returned to the US with Nelly as a war bride.

Due to a fluke scheduling conflict between French and German classes, Fine ended up taking his first theatre class in high school. His drama teacher spotted Fine's directing talent and gave him his first play to direct, Edward Allbee's The Sandbox, at age 16.

Fine was first introduced to his mentor, Uta Hagen's, work while in the same high school drama class. His teacher taught from Hagen's first book, "Respect for Acting," and he would take the theatre classes to New York to watch classes at Uta's HB studios. Fine and Hagen remained close friends until her death.

After completing graduate school in Boston, Fine moved to New York where he landed his first teaching job at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy. After one semester of teaching, he was promoted to head the Acting Department at the young age of 24 making him the youngest chair in the studio's history.

In 1985, Fine moved to Los Angeles with his best friend, voice coach David Coury. Fine began his career in Los Angeles by privately coaching students in his living room, but in 1988 had to expand to accommodate his growing classes. His studio relocated three times before occupying its present location (formerly the Hollywood Playhouse) on North Las Palmas Avenue in Hollywood.

For five consecutive years, Fine has been asked by the Los Angeles Times to analyze the acting of the Oscar Nominees. His Oscar commentary has been featured on Entertainment Tonight, Extra, Access Hollywood, E, Sky TV, BBC and CNN. In addition to The Los Angeles Times, Fine has been quoted in The Times, The Christian Science Monitor, and USA Today Weekend, and has spoken on numerous radio shows nationwide.

Fine has appeared as himself in numerous reality shows including, Confessions of a Teen Idol, Next Action Star, The Anna Nicole Show, MTV's The Big Picture, It Girls, Twenty Four-Seven, and on many E True Hollywood stories and A&E Biographies. Recently he appeared as himself in the film Spiritual Warriors.

His is the author of FINE ON ACTING (October 2009; Havenhurst Books) which he wrote with award-winning writer and editor Chris Freeman. The foreword was written by Fine's longtime student and friend Michael Chiklis.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Berger on October 22, 2009
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Throughout my acting career I have read many books and taken many classes. I have learned more from Howard Fine in the last year that I had in the previous 17 years of craft development. This book encompasses his gift as an acting educator. As an actor who continues to improve and grow, I need no other educator that Howard Fine and his studio of visionaries.

THIS BOOK IS A MUST READ if you have any desire to act on the level it takes to be recognized.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David on November 12, 2009
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I can't write a review that will do this book justice but...

If you're ready to roll up your sleeves and put the work in, Fine on Acting gives you the tools to build the foundation for a successful acting career. In a very short amount of time it has already allowed me to make several breakthroughs in my acting work. What is so valuable about this book is that it's not a conceptual take on the craft but rather a clear and accessible outline of the technique that will allow you to bring spontaneous life to your work. Thank you for writing this book Howard Fine. As long as I am acting this book will be by my side.

Just a few things of note:

The forward by Michael Chiklis inspires you in a way that makes you want to read the entire book in one sitting...and I did.

I really enjoyed Howard Fine's "Who Am I?" at the beginning of the book. It was revealing and extremely interesting and it allowed me to read ahead knowing that I was in good hands. I now understand why he is the most sought after acting teacher in Hollywood.

The Common Mistakes section of the book will shine a light on the habits that are most likely keeping your work from reaching new levels.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robert Corvin on November 24, 2009
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This is a comprehensive and clearly understandable book about the craft and experiences of acting. Howard Fine has covered in this book all the important and relevant information an actor would need in their tool box. I highly recommend this book to all actors!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on December 9, 2009
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For more than twenty-five years, Howard Fine has won respect within the movie industry as an innovative teacher of acting skills and as an film director. With the assistance of co-author Chris Freeman, Howard Fine has distilled his insights and innovations as one of Hollywood's most successful acting coaches and teachers in "Fine on Acting: A Vision of the Craft", a 218-page compendium of practical advice, thoughtful insight, and real-world-based observations for aspiring actors. Covering such a broad range of issues from playing in a cast with substandard actors, to memorizing lines, to dealing with flawed directors, to auditions, rehearsals, and cogent differences between acting on television, the films, or live stage productions, "Fine On Acting" is an essential manual for personal, professional, film school, and community library Theatre/Cinema/TV reference collections and supplemental reading lists, that will be of especial value for anyone aspiring to an acting career from local community theatre to big budge Hollywood extravaganzas, to television scripts, to Broadway and Off-Broadway productions.
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