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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 34 wins & 26 nominations. See more awards »

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On the Waterfront
A Streetcar Named Desire
East of Eden
East of Eden Director
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Stage Play: Sundown Beach. See more »

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9 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 Marlon Brando's performance in On the Waterfront (1954)] If there is a better performance by a man in the history of film in America, I don't know what it is See more »


In 1958, Kazan received his fourth Tony Award nomination for Best Director. He was also nominated that same year in the category of Best Play along with co-producer Arnold Saint Subber. Both nominations were for the play "The Dark at the Top of the Stairs". See more »


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