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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 & 26 nominations. See more awards »

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Stage Play: Golden Boy. Drama. Written by Clifford Odets. Stage Manager, Alan Woolfson. Assistant Stage Managers, Martin Ritt (also appeared as "Sam") and Bert Conway. Directed by Harold Clurman. Belasco Theatre: 4 Nov 1937- Jun 1938 (closing date unknown/250 performances). Cast: Luther Adler (as "Joe Bonaparte"), Roman Bohnen (as "Tom ... 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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So it goes in America: great plans in youth, realism at the end. See more »


In 1956, Kazan received his third Tony Award nomination for Best Director. This nomination was for his directing the play "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof". 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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