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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)
A Streetcar Named Desire
(1951)
East of Eden
East of Eden Director
(1955)
Gentleman's Agreement
(1947)

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Other Works:

Stage: Directed "Deep Are the Roots" on Broadway. Drama. Written by Arnaud d'Usseau and James Gow. Production Assistant: Coby Ruskin. Fulton Theatre: 26 Sep 1945-16 Nov 1946 (477 performances). Cast: Barbara Bel Geddes (as "Genevra Langdon"), George Dice (as "Chuck Warren"), Evelyn Ellis (as "Bella Charles"), Carol Goodner (as "Alice ... See more »

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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 »

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In 1999, Gregory Peck supported the decision to give Elia Kazan an honorary Oscar for lifetime achievement, saying that he believed a man's work should be separate from his life. See more »

Trademark:

Frequently cast Marlon Brando and Karl Malden

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Star Sign:

Virgo

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