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Elia Kazan (1909–2003)


Known for his creative stage direction, Elia Kazan was born Elias Kazantzoglou on September 7, 1909 in Constantinople, Ottoman Empire (now Istanbul, Turkey). 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... 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)

Filmography

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 1972 The Visitors (directed by)
 1960 Wild River
 1956 Baby Doll
 1955 East of Eden
 1952 Viva Zapata!
 1949 Pinky
 1947 Boomerang!
 1945 Watchtower Over Tomorrow (Documentary short) (uncredited)
 1937 The People of the Cumberland (Documentary short)
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Other Works:

Stage: Appeared (as "Working Man") in "Case of Clyde Griffiths" on Broadway. Drama. Written by Erwin Piscator and Lena Goldschmidt. Based on the book "The American Tragedy" by Theodore Dreiser. Scenic Design by Watson Barratt. Directed by Lee Strasberg. Ethel Barrymore Theatre: 13 Mar 1936-Mar 1936 (closing date unknown/19 ... See more »

Publicity Listings:

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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Personal Quote:

Lee Strasberg was God almighty, he was always right, only he could tell if an actor had had it--the real thing--or not. To win Lee's favor and the reassurance it would convey was everyone's goal. See more »

Trivia:

Despite having had two cinematic successes with Tennessee Williams works A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) and Baby Doll (1956), Kazan did not direct the movie version of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958), although he won a Tony Award nomination as Best Director for staging Williams's Pulitizer Prize-winning play on Broadway. Richard Brooks directed the film. During the play's production, Kazan had had ... See more »

Trademark:

Frequently cast Marlon Brando and Karl Malden

Nickname:

The Actor's Director See more »

Star Sign:

Virgo

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