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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: Men in White. Drama. Written by Sidney Kingsley. Stage Manager: Elia Kazan. Assistant Stage Mgr: Tony Kraber [credited as Gerrit Kraber] and Robert Harper. Assistant Prod. Mgr: Arnold L. Schauer Jr. Directed by Lee Strasberg. Broadhurst Theatre: 26 Sep 1933- Jul 1934 (closing date unknown/351 performances). Cast: Luther Adler (... See more »

Publicity Listings:

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 Marlon Brando] To my way of thinking, his performance in On the Waterfront (1954) is the best male performance I've ever seen in my life. See more »

Trivia:

Screenwriter Budd Schulberg, who won an Oscar for On the Waterfront (1954), told Fox News (1987) in October 2003 that he had seen Kazan in September, just before his death at age 94. He claimed that Kazan was still complaining that Darryl F. Zanuck of 20th Century-Fox had passed on making "Waterfront". See more »

Trademark:

Frequently cast Marlon Brando and Karl Malden

Nickname:

The Actor's Director See more »

Star Sign:

Virgo

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Good director, bad man... airangel5
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ANOTHER GREAT DIRECTOR DEAD, who next??? MovieMan0283
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