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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
Gentleman's Agreement


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Stage Play: One Touch of Venus. Musical comedy. Music by Kurt Weill. Book by S.J. Perelman and Ogden Nash. Lyrics by Ogden Nash. Suggested by "The Tinted Venus" by F. Anstey. Music orchestrated by Kurt Weill. Music arranged by Kurt Weill. Musical Director: Maurice Abravanel. Musical Staging by Agnes de Mille. Scenic Design by Howard Bay. ... 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 James Dean] He was sad and sulky. You kept expecting him to cry. See more »


Was Francis Ford Coppola's first choice for the role of Hyman Roth in The Godfather: Part II (1974) See more »


Frequently cast Marlon Brando and Karl Malden


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Good director, bad man... airangel5
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ANOTHER GREAT DIRECTOR DEAD, who next??? MovieMan0283
Thank You Kazan mikedavies86
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