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Elia Kazan (1909–2003)

Elia Kazan, known for his creative stage direction, was born "Elia Kazanjoglous" in Istanbul in 1909 to Greek parents. He directed such Broadway plays as "A Streetcar Named Desire" and "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof". He directed the film version of A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) and also films written for the screen. He was a proponent of the "method ... See full bio »

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Won 2 Oscars. Another 33 wins & 26 nominations. See more awards »

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Stage Play: Johnny Johnson. Musical comedy. Written by Paul Green. Music by Kurt Weill. Musical Direction by Lehman Engel. Directed by Lee Strasberg. 44th Street Theatre: 19 Nov 1936- 16 Jan 1937 (68 performances). Cast: Luther Adler (as "English Sergeant"), Peter Ainsley, Kate Allen, James Blake, Roman Bohnen (as "Grandpa Joe"), Phoebe ... See more »

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

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Elia 'Gadget' Kazan


5' 8" (1.73 m)

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[on Kirk Douglas] He fits into being an advertising man and a driving, ruthless person better than Brando could have. You would always suspect Brando. Kirk's awfully bright. He's as bright a person as I've met in the acting profession. See more »


Grandfather of Zoe Kazan. See more »


Frequently cast Marlon Brando and Karl Malden


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Would You Have Applauded? peacechiclife
Good director, bad man... airangel5
I DONT CARE about kazan's personal life dri9
Could it be because of his origins? JoannaLannister
ANOTHER GREAT DIRECTOR DEAD, who next??? MovieMan0283
Thank You Kazan mikedavies86
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