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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 & 25 nominations. See more awards »

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Stage Play: Liliom (Revival). Written by Ferenc Molnár. Material adapted by Benjamin Glazer. Incidental music by Deems Taylor. Musical Director: Max Weiser. Directed by Benno Schneider. 44th Street Theatre: 25 Mar 1940- 11 May 1940 (56 performances). Cast included: Ajax, Jane Amar, Kenneth Bates, Ingrid Bergman (as "Julie"), Lee Berkman, ... 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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[from a letter to John Steinbeck, while casting 'East of Eden'] I looked thru a lot of kids before settling on this Jimmy Dean. He hasn't Brando's stature, but he's a good deal younger and is very interesting, has balls and eccentricity and a 'real problem' somewhere in his guts, I don't know what or where. He's a little bit of a bum, but he's a real good actor and I think he's the best of a poor... See more »


Four children with Molly Kazan: Judy, Chris, Nick, and Katharine. Two children with Barbara Kazan: Leo and Marco. 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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