Q: I was a classmate of Geoffrey Horne in Havana, Cuba, in the 1940s, and I would like to contact him. Can you let me know how I can do that?

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Adam Thomlison / TV Media

At the age of 83, when even the most addicted workaholics would normally be settled into a quiet retirement, Geoffrey Horne is still pursuing his craft. Despite having been a star of one of the best-loved, most-acclaimed films of all time (1957's "The Bridge on the River Kwai"), his craft isn't film. It's theater.

Horne is the co-founder and director of New York's Shakespeare Downtown theater troupe, with which he continues to stage plays outdoors (as Shakespeare intended) at Castle Clinton in Lower Manhattan. That's the best place to get a hold of him (details are available at the troupe's website, shakespearedowntown.org).

He also continues to teach at the Lee Strasberg theater & Film Institute, also in New York. You can probably reach him there as well.

Many might be surprised to know that Horne went to school in Cuba. Having most famously played a British officer on the screen in "Kwai," and having become an icon of American theater, thanks to his association with the Strasberg school, you'd never peg him as an Argentine. In fact, he was born in Buenos Aires and raised in Cuba, before moving to the U.S. as a young man.

Being a theater man first, a glance at his film resume might also be a little surprising -- since 1984, his only appearances on film have been in a 2010 documentary about the great acting coach Lee Strasberg (unsurprising) and the 1999 Adam Sandler comedy "Big Daddy" (downright shocking). It starts to make sense when you realize that Sandler is one of Horne's former pupils at the institute -- though Sandler being a classically trained thespian is a little surprising in its own right.


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