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Ben Gazzara (I) (1930–2012)

Ben Gazzara's screen career began with two critically acclaimed roles as heavies in the late 1950s. He turned to television in the 1960s but made a big screen comeback with roles in three John Cassavetes films in the 1970s. The 1980s and 1990s saw Gazzara work more frequently than ever before in character parts. If he never became the leading man ... See full bio »

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Run for Your Life
Run for Your Life Paul Bryan
Anatomy of a Murder
Anatomy of a Murder Lt. Frederick Manion
The Big Lebowski
The Big Lebowski Jackie Treehorn
The Thomas Crown Affair
The Thomas Crown Affair Andrew Wallace


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 2011 Ristabbànna
 2010 Christopher Roth
Paul Andersen
 2010/I 13
 2009 Holy Money
Vatican's Banker
 2008 Looking for Palladin
Jack Palladin
 2006 Paris, je t'aime
Ben (segment "Quartier Latin")
 2005 The Shore
Mr. Bob Harris
 2005 Schubert
Don José
 2005 Bonjour Michel
Michele Terranova
 2003 L'ospite segreto
 2000 Nella terra di nessuno
L'avvocato Scalzi
 2000 The List
D.A. Bernard Salman
 2000 Very Mean Men
Gino Minetti
 2000/I Believe
Ellicott Winslowe
 2000 Blue Moon
Frank Cavallo
 2000 Poor Liza
The Narrator
 1999 Paradise Cove
Duke Mantee
 1999 Jack of Hearts
 1999 Shark in a Bottle
The Arranger
 1998 Illuminata
Old Flavio
 1998 Happiness
Lenny Jordan
 1998 Too Tired to Die
John Sage
 1997 Vicious Circles
 1997 Stag
Frank Grieco
 1997 Shadow Conspiracy
Vice President Saxon
 1997 Farmer & Chase
 1996 Ladykiller
Lt. Jack 'Jigsaw' Lasky
 1995 Banditi
 1995 The Zone
Dick Althorp
 1994 Sherwood's Travels
Raphael de Pietro
 1991 Per sempre
Marcello Rondi
 1988 Quicker Than the Eye
Ben Norrell
 1987 Il giorno prima
Mike Zella
 1986 Champagne amer
Paul Rivière
 1986 Il camorrista
Il Professore
 1985 Woman of Wonders
 1985 Figlio mio, infinitamente caro...
Avv. Antonio Morelli
 1984 Uno scandalo perbene
The man with no memory
 1982 La ragazza di Trieste
Dino Romani
 1981 Storie di ordinaria follia
Charles Serking
 1981 They All Laughed
John Russo
 1981 Inchon
Maj. Frank Hallsworth
 1976 Voyage of the Damned
Morris Troper
 1976 High Velocity
Clifford Baumgartner
 1975 Capone
Al Capone
 1973 The Neptune Factor
Cmdr. Adrian Blake
 1972 Afyon oppio
Giuseppe 'Joe' Coppola
 1970 Husbands
 1969 The Bridge at Remagen
Sgt. Angelo
 1965 A Rage to Live
Roger Bannon
 1962 Conquered City
Capt. George Stubbs
 1962 Convicts 4
John Resko
 1961 The Young Doctors
Dr. David Coleman
 1960 Risate di gioia
 1957 The Strange One
Jocko De Paris
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(4/06) Stage: Appeared (as "Jacob") in "Awake and Sing!" by Clifford Odets. Belasco Theatre, New York City. See more »

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[In 2009] I would say Husbands (1970) and Saint Jack (1979) and The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976) are my three favorite films, of my work. See more »


He is survived by his daughter, Elizabeth Gazzara, from his second marriage to Janice Rule; his third wife, Elke Stuckmann (married since 1982); his adopted daughter, Danja Gazzara, from Elke's previous marriage; and brother, Anthony Gazzara. See more »


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