Pflaum Lecture brings actor Kip Niven to ESU

A well-traveled actor sat with students Tuesday for the George R.R. Pflaum Lecture Series at Emporia State University.

Kip Niven, a Kansas City native and KU alum, spoke to students about his life as a professional actor, on stage and on-screen.

After the lecture, Niven sat down with KVOE News Reporter AJ Dome to talk about a life's work in the arts.

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Niven's most recent film work is portraying the venerable coach Phog Allen in the Lawrence-based film "Jayhawkers." His first film role was in the original version of "In Cold Blood," filmed on location in Kansas. After that, he continued to find roles on the big screen, including acting in four movies with Charlton Heston -- even though Niven said he "never got to meet the man." Niven also starred in the Dirty Harry movie "Magnum Force," and has a lengthy list of television and stage credits to his name.

The lecture series honors Pflaum, who was a member of Emporia State's faculty for over 40 years.