James Lipton, the celebrated host and executive producer of Bravo's "Inside the Actors Studio," is a man of many tastes. He's primarily known as dean emeritus of the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University in New York City. But he's also an accomplished equestrian and pilot who has been known to enjoy travel and countless other activities.
And when he engages in most of these activities, he just so happens to have a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame by his side.
"I met Rod [Gilbert]… I don't even remember, it goes back so far. We spend a lot of time together, out in the Hamptons, here in New York, at the games," Lipton said of the Rangers legend. "We do a lot of things together. He's one of my best friends."
Gilbert is one of the iconic former Rangers to have befriended Lipton over the years. Through friendships with Ron Duguay and Mark Messier, Lipton has shared a unique link to Rangers history. For the 86-year-old who grew up playing hockey in Detroit, it's a dream to have been present for many of the team's most memorable moments.