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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 »

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 Play: Death of a Salesman. Drama. Written by Arthur Miller. Incidental music by Alex North. Lighting and Scenic Design by Jo Mielziner. Directed by Elia Kazan. Morosco Theatre: 10 Feb 1949- 18 Nov 1950 (742 performances). Cast: Lee J. Cobb (as "Willy Loman"), Thomas Chalmers (as "Uncle Ben"), Mildred Dunnock (as "Linda"), Alan Hewitt... 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 Dean] Dean's body was very graphic; it was almost writhing in pain sometimes. He was very twisted, as if he were cringing all the time. Dean was a cripple anyway, inside -- he was not like [Marlon Brando]. People compared them, but there was no similarity. He was a far, far sicker kid and Brando's not sick, he's just troubled. See more »

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He directed two Best Picture Academy Award winners: Gentleman's Agreement (1947) and On the Waterfront (1954). See more »

Trademark:

Frequently cast Marlon Brando and Karl Malden

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Star Sign:

Virgo

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ANOTHER GREAT DIRECTOR DEAD, who next??? MovieMan0283
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