American Masters, committed to producing comprehensive film biographies about the broad cast of characters who comprise our cultural history.
AMERICAN MASTERS is made possible by the support of the National Endowment for the Arts and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Additional funding for American Masters is provided by Rosalind P. Walter, The Blanche & Irving Laurie Foundation, Rolf and Elizabeth Rosenthal, Cheryl and Philip Milstein Family, Jack Rudin, The André and Elizabeth Kertész Foundation, Michael & Helen Schaffer Foundation, and public television viewers. Support programming like American Masters through your local PBS station.
Discover the violin virtuoso through Itzhak Perlman, students and archival performances.
The first documentary about the Tony- and Pulitzer-winning playwright August Wilson.
The inimitable magician and his mysterious world of sleight-of-hand artists and conjurers.
Crosby reigned supreme through three decades of radio, film, television and records.
Meet 19 iconic baby boomers from this influential generation born between 1946 and 1964.
The story, struggles and profound body of work of photographer Dorothea Lange.
The ballerina's career, struggle with polio, and influence on great choreographers.
Journalist George Plimpton was a writer, Paris Review editor, amateur sportsman and more.
The first film biography of Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and activist Alice Walker.
Pete Seeger was a keeper of America's musical heritage and an advocate of social change.
Composer Marvin Hamlisch gave the world "A Chorus Line," "The Way We Were," and much more.
The definitive film about the legendary rock musician, Jimi Hendrix.