Howard Schatz Headshot

As an award winning photographer and author of the celebrity-heavy book “Caught in the Act: Actors Acting”, Howard Schatz knows a thing or two about Hollywood. In this new book (available everywhere October 20th), Schatz demonstrates his mastery as a director, leading 85 of the world’s top actors of screen, stage and television, to explore an enormous range of scenarios in one-on-one improvisation, capturing the dynamic energy of the actors in full creative flight. The actors included in Schatz’s tome include everyone from Michael Douglas to Ricky Gervais to Amy Poehler to Brooke Shields to Sir Ben Kinglsey to Robin Wright Penn to Colin Firth. Here is this critically acclaimed photographer’s insiders guide to the City of Angels.

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Where were you born ?
Chicago, IL
How long in Los angeles:
I frequently visit LA, for photography shoots, as well as to see my daughter and brother, Charles Schatz, M.D.
Wilshire corridor, near Westwood
Favorite Restaurant:
Dan Tana’s or Mas Malo (downtown Mexican)
Best Sushi:
Boss Sushi
Best Italian:
Best dessert:
Cheesecake Factory’s Chocolate Blackout Cake or Crumbs Bakery.
Best place for a romantic date:
Hotel Bel Air
Best Sunday brunch:
Hillcrest Country Club
Best place for a power business meeting:
Peninsula Hotel or Factor’s Deli.
If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend?
Favorite shopping venue/boutique:
The Grove
Best place to buy Jewelry/Watches:
Best Spa:
WI Spa in Koreatown
Favorite Charity Event:
Any event put on by the Cancer Research Fund or the Friendship Circle.
Favorite Cultural Event:
An evening lecture at the Annenberg.
Favorite Cultural Institution:
Annenberg Museum of Photography.
Best Steakhouse:
Ruth Chris’ Beverly Hills
Best Pizza:
Best Lunch:
La Scala Chopped Salad or Joan’s on Third
Best Gym/Athletic Facility:
Equinox Hollywood
Best Massage:
Hillcrest Country Club
Best Limousine/Driving Service:
Best Museum/Exhibit:
Getty Museum
Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore:
All-around favorite locale in Los Angeles, whether a neighborhood, restaurant, venue, or other
The Conga Room at LA LIVE (especially for a signature Salsa/Tropical show)
Best aspect of Los Angeles
Light, airy, warm, joyous.
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