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It saddens me to share that Cliff passed away on the afternoon of December 22nd, 2012, after a four-year battle with pancreatic cancer. He was at home, surrounded by his loving family: wife Gretchen, daughter Mishi, her husband Jorge and their daughter, Sophia, and Cliff's son, Eric. Gretchen told me that he was at peace, quoting Walt Whitman as he departed.
Cliff was interred at Woodlawn Cemetary in Santa Monica, CA. The service was private, attended by his family and a few very close friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider a donation to pancreatic cancer research in Cliff's name.
Pancreatic Cancer Action Network
1500 Rosecrans Avenue, Suite 200
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Cliff's wife, Gretchen, recently said, "God knows Cliff loved a party -- so we're going to have one!" We hope you will join us to celebrate Cliff's life and career at one of his favorite spots in Santa Monica.
by Cliff Osmond|
— A great gift for the special actor in your life!
"There is no such thing as 'acting,' there is only life. What the actor must do is make sure that his life occurs excitingly, on demand, within the narrow confines of a script, and in front of an audience."
To aid actors in their quest for excellence, Mr. Osmond discusses his Ten Elements in Any Successful Performance, a clearly defined set of principles that enable the performer to tanscend any sense of false 'acting' and move to an exciting performance reality.
Part memoir, part theoretical analysis, part practical handbook, Acting is Living is a comprehensive, step-by-step guide for the actor, one that both beginning and experienced performers will refer to over and over in their lifetime of acting efforts.
with Cliff Osmond
— One-on-one. Unscripted. Unabashed.
Meet Cliff through this unique video series where he freely gives and takes one-on-one with fellow actors, directors, students, casting directors and agents, delving deeply into acting philosophy, acting training, acting excellence...and life in general.
Cliff Osmond is a veteran actor, director, writer, and teacher based in Los Angeles. He is a
long-time member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and
Sciences (the Oscars), the Academy of Television Arts and
Sciences (the Emmys), the Screen Actors Guild,
AFTRA, and the Writers Guild
As an actor, he has co-starred in four of the legendary writer/director Billy Wilder's films, "The Fortune Cookie," "Kiss Me, Stupid," "Front Page," and "Irma La Douce" (all available on VHS and DVD). Cliff has been featured in over twenty other films and guest starred in over 150 prime time network television shows. See IMDb.com for a complete résumé of Cliff's screen work.
Cliff is an award winning television writer and a feature film director ("The Penitent," starring Raul Julia and Armand Assante). An acting teacher and coach, he has taught over 10,000 students in a twenty-year teaching career.
"...a mentor... an illumination"
"Mambo Kings," "Gotti," (Emmy Award Winner) "Q & A"
"...ego-less. The class is about the actor."
Star of Comedy Centralís "Reno 911"
"...extraordinary insight into the craft."
Creator/Producer, HBO's "Carnivàle"
"...an acting guru; an actor's library in the flesh."
Actor, casting associate
"...as good a basic acting teacher as Iíve seen."
SMU Theatre Department
"...the most skillful acting teacher Iíve seen in 20 years of teaching, studying, and performing theatre."
Chairman, Sam Houston State University Theatre Department
"Ten Blogs Every Actor Should Know About."
Listen to Casting Connection's Molly Craft interview of Cliff for her show, The Production Office.