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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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Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 7 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Road House
Road House Brad Wesley
Anatomy of a Murder
Anatomy of a Murder Lt. Frederick Manion
The Big Lebowski
The Big Lebowski Jackie Treehorn
The Killing of a Chinese Bookie


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 2011 Ristabbànna
 2011 Chez Gino
Oncle Giovanni
 2010 Christopher Roth
Paul Andersen
 2010/I 13
 2009 Holy Money
Vatican's Banker
 2008/IV Eve (Short)
 2008 Empire State Building Murders (TV Movie)
Paulie Genovese
 2008 Looking for Palladin
Jack Palladin
 2007 Donne sbagliate (TV Movie)
Franco Maresco
 2006 And Quiet Flows the Don (TV Mini-Series)
Gen. Secretov
 2006 L'onore e il rispetto (TV Mini-Series)
Fred Di Venanzio
 2006 Paris, je t'aime
Ben (segment "Quartier Latin")
 2005 The Shore
Mr. Bob Harris
 2005 Pope John Paul II (TV Mini-Series)
Cardinal Agostino Casaroli
- Episode #1.2 (2005) ... Cardinal Agostino Casaroli
- Episode #1.1 (2005) ... Cardinal Agostino Casaroli
 2005 Schubert
Don José
 2005 Bonjour Michel
Michele Terranova
 2003 Dogville
Jack McKay
 2003 L'ospite segreto
 2002 Hysterical Blindness (TV Movie)
 2001 Brian's Song (TV Movie)
Coach Halas
 2001 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV Series)
Executive Assistant Attorney
- Wrath (2001) ... Executive Assistant Attorney
 2000 Nella terra di nessuno
L'avvocato Scalzi
 2000 Piovuto dal cielo (TV Movie)
Cesare Palmieri
 2000 The List
D.A. Bernard Salman
 2000 Very Mean Men
Gino Minetti
 2000 Un bacio nel buio (TV Movie)
 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
 1999 The Thomas Crown Affair
Andrew Wallace
 1999 Summer of Sam
 1999 Tre stelle (TV Movie)
Col. Marshall
 1998 Il tesoro di Damasco (TV Movie)
Gregorio Kos
 1998 Angelo nero (TV Movie)
Padre Guelfi
 1998 Illuminata
Old Flavio
 1998 Happiness
Lenny Jordan
 1998 The Big Lebowski
Jackie Treehorn
 1998 Buffalo '66
Jimmy Brown
 1998 Too Tired to Die
John Sage
 1998 Protector (Video)
Joe Buddha
 1997 The Notorious 7 (TV Movie)
Dom Diablo
 1997 Vicious Circles
 1997 The Spanish Prisoner
 1997 Stag
Frank Grieco
 1997 Shadow Conspiracy
Vice President Saxon
 1997 Farmer & Chase
 1996 Una donna in fuga (TV Movie)
Don Peppe
 1996 Ladykiller
Lt. Jack 'Jigsaw' Lasky
 1996 Strangers (TV Series)
- A New Life (1996) ... Doctor
 1995 Banditi
 1995 The Zone
Dick Althorp
 1995 Nefertiti, figlia del sole
Amanophis III
 1995 Convict Cowboy (TV Movie)
 1994 Sherwood's Travels
Raphael de Pietro
 1994 Parallel Lives (TV Movie)
Charlie Duke
 1993 Cycle Simenon (TV Series)
- Les gens d'en face (1993) ... John
 1993 Love, Honor & Obey: The Last Mafia Marriage (TV Movie)
Joseph Bonanno
 1993 Blindsided (TV Movie)
Ira Gold
 1991 Per sempre
Marcello Rondi
 1991 Lies Before Kisses (TV Movie)
Grant Sanders
 1990 People Like Us (TV Movie)
Gus Bailey
 1989 Road House
Brad Wesley
 1988 Don Bosco
Don Bosco
 1988 Quicker Than the Eye
Ben Norrell
 1987 Downpayment on Murder (TV Movie)
Harry Cardell
 1987 Police Story: The Freeway Killings (TV Movie)
Capt. Tom Wright
 1987 Il giorno prima
Mike Zella
 1986 Champagne amer
Paul Rivière
 1986 Il camorrista
Il Professore
 1985 Woman of Wonders
 1985 A Letter to Three Wives (TV Movie)
Porter Holloway
 1985 An Early Frost (TV Movie)
Nick Pierson
 1985 Figlio mio, infinitamente caro...
Avv. Antonio Morelli
 1984 Uno scandalo perbene
The man with no memory
 1984 Hollywood's Most Sensational Mysteries (TV Movie)
 1982 La ragazza di Trieste
Dino Romani
 1982 A Question of Honor (TV Movie)
Detective Joe DeFalco
 1981 Storie di ordinaria follia
Charles Serking
 1981 They All Laughed
John Russo
 1981 Inchon
Maj. Frank Hallsworth
 1979 Bloodline
Rhys Williams
 1979 Saint Jack
Jack Flowers
 1977 Opening Night
Manny Victor
 1977 The Trial of Lee Harvey Oswald (TV Movie)
Anson 'Kip' Roberts
 1977 The Death of Richie (TV Movie)
George Werner
 1976 Voyage of the Damned
Troper / Morris Troper
 1976 High Velocity
Clifford Baumgartner
 1976 The Killing of a Chinese Bookie
Cosmo Vittelli
 1975 Capone
Al Capone
 1974 The American Parade (TV Mini-Series)
- The General (1974) ... Narrator
 1974 QB VII (TV Mini-Series)
Abe Cady
- Part Three (1974) ... Abe Cady
- Part One & Two (1974) ... Abe Cady
 1973 Maneater (TV Movie)
Nick Baron
 1973 The Neptune Factor
Cmdr. Adrian Blake
 1973 You'll Never See Me Again (TV Movie)
 1972 Afyon oppio
Giuseppe 'Joe' Coppola
 1972 Pursuit (TV Movie)
Steven Graves
 1972 The Family Rico (TV Movie)
Eddie Rico
 1972 Fireball Forward (TV Movie)
Maj. Gen. Joe Barrett
 1972 When Michael Calls (TV Movie)
Doremus Connelly
 1970 Husbands
 1969 The Bridge at Remagen
Sgt. Angelo
 1965-1968 Run for Your Life (TV Series)
Paul Bryan
- The Exchange (1968) ... Paul Bryan
- Life Among the Meat-Eaters (1968) ... Paul Bryan
- Carol (1968) ... Paul Bryan
- Beware My Love (1968) ... Paul Bryan
- The Dead on Furlough (1968) ... Paul Bryan
 1967 The Jerry Lewis Show (TV Series)
- Episode #1.4 (1967) ... Singer
 1967 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (TV Series)
- Free of Charge (1967) ... Sidney
 1965 A Rage to Live
Roger Bannon
 1965 Kraft Suspense Theatre (TV Series)
Paul Bryan
- Rapture at Two-Forty (1965) ... Paul Bryan
 1964 A Carol for Another Christmas (TV Movie)
 1963-1964 Arrest and Trial (TV Series)
Det. Sgt. Nick Anderson
- Birds of a Feather (1964) ... Det. Sgt. Nick Anderson
- Those Which Love Has Made (1964) ... Det. Sgt. Nick Anderson
- He Ran for His Life (1964) ... Det. Sgt. Nick Anderson
- The Revenge of the Worm (1964) ... Det. Sgt. Nick Anderson
- Tigers Are for Jungles (1964) ... Det. Sgt. Nick Anderson
 1962 Conquered City
Capt. George Stubbs
 1962 Convicts 4
John Resko
 1961 The Young Doctors
Dr. David Coleman
 1961 Cry Vengeance! (TV Movie)
 1960 Risate di gioia
 1959 The DuPont Show of the Month (TV Series)
Carlos Perez
- Body and Soul (1959) ... Carlos Perez
 1959 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
Jim Mason
- You'll Never See Me Again (1959) ... Jim Mason
 1959 Anatomy of a Murder
Lt. Frederick Manion
 1957-1958 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
M. Paul / Stanley Carr
- The Violent Heart (1958) ... M. Paul
- The Troublemakers (1957) ... Stanley Carr
 1957 The Strange One
Jocko De Paris
 1954 Justice (TV Series)
- The Timid Thief (1954)
 1954 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series)
Richard Elgin Jr.
- The Notebook Warrior (1954) ... Richard Elgin Jr.
 1952-1954 Danger (TV Series)
- The Gunman (1954)
- Fresh as a Daisy (1952)
 1954 Medallion Theatre (TV Series)
- The Alibi Kid (1954)
 1952-1953 Treasury Men in Action (TV Series)
- The Case of the Sawed-Off Shotgun (1953) ... Bowman
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Stage Play: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Drama. Written by Tennessee Williams. Scenic Design by Jo Mielziner. Lighting Design by Jo Mielziner. Costume Design by Lucinda Ballard. Assistant Designer to Jo Mielziner: John Harvey. Assistant to Lucinda Ballard: Florence Klotz. Production Stage Manager: Robert Downing. Directed by Elia Kazan. Morosco ... See more »

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{in 2009, on The Big Lebowski (1998)] "The Big Lebowski" was the oddest thing. They called me, and there was really no part. I mean, it's a little part, but they go and say "Look, Sam Elliot is doing this, and this guy's doing that, and that guy's doing this". I said, "Well, let me read it". And I read it, and I couldn't stop laughing. I said, "I gotta be a part of it. This is too funny". So I ... See more »


He was born on the East Side of Manhattan in New York City to Antonio Gazzara and Angela Cusumano Gazzara, both Italian immigrants. They often spoke Italian at home. He grew up in a building at 29th Street and 1st Avenue, where he slept on the fire escape in summer and occasionally heard screams from the patients at the Bellevue Psychiatric Hospital in New York City. See more »


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