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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)
East of Eden
East of Eden Director
(1955)
America America
America America Director
(1963)
A Streetcar Named Desire
(1951)

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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 in "Waiting For Lefty" on Broadway. Written by Clifford Odets. Co-Scenic Design by Alexander Chernoff. Directed by Sanford Meisner and Clifford Odets. Longacre Theatre: 26 Mar 1935-Jul 1935 (closing date unknown/144 performances). Cast: Abner Biberman (as "Henchman"), Roman Bohnen (as "Dr. Barnes"), William Challee (as... 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:

[on James Cagney] I learned something from Jimmy Cagney--he taught me quite a lot about acting. Jimmy taught me some things about being honest and not overdoing it. He even affected my work with [Marlon Brando] a little bit. I mean, "Don't show it, just do it." See more »

Trivia:

Is one of four directors who have directed Academy Award winning performances in all four acting categories. The others being William Wyler, Hal Ashby and Martin Scorsese. See more »

Trademark:

Frequently cast Marlon Brando and Karl Malden

Nickname:

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Star Sign:

Virgo

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