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Elia Kazan (1909–2003)


Elia Kazan was a Greek-American director, producer, writer and actor. Noted for drawing out the best dramatic performances from his actors, he directed 21 actors to Oscar nominations, resulting in nine wins. He directed a string of successful films, including A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), On the Waterfront (1954), and East of Eden (1955). ... See full bio »

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Won 2 Oscars. Another 34 wins & 26 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

On the Waterfront
(1954)
A Streetcar Named Desire
(1951)
East of Eden
East of Eden Director
(1955)
Gentleman's Agreement
(1947)

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Other Works:

Stage: Directed "Tea and Sympathy" on Broadway. Drama. Written by Robert Anderson. Lighting Design / Scenic Design by Jo Mielziner. Ethel Barrymore Theatre (moved to The Longacre Theatre from 9 Feb 1955-9 Apr 1955, then moved to The 48th Street Theatre from 11 Apr 1955-close): 30 Sep 1953-18 Jun 1955 (712 performances). Cast: Deborah ... See more »

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9 Print Biographies | 4 Portrayals | 1 Interview | 16 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Elia 'Gadget' Kazan

Height:

5' 8" (1.73 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[on the labored introspection demanded of students in Actors Studio workshops] There have been days when I felt like I would swap them all for a gang of wandering players who could dance and sing, and who were, above all else, entertainers. See more »

Trivia:

Was Francis Ford Coppola's first choice for the role of Hyman Roth in The Godfather: Part II (1974) See more »

Trademark:

Frequently cast Marlon Brando and Karl Malden

Nickname:

The Actor's Director See more »

Star Sign:

Virgo

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