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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 »

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(1954)
East of Eden Director
(1955)
(1951)
America America Director
(1963)

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Other Works:

Stage: Directed "The Skin of Our Teeth" on Broadway. Comedy. Written by Thornton Wilder. Press Representative: Richard Maney and John L. Toohey. Stage Manager: B.D. Kranz. Assistant Stage Mgr: Stanley Prager. Plymouth Theatre: 18 Nov 1942-25 Sep 1943 (359 performances). Cast: Tallulah Bankhead (as "Sabina"), Florence Eldridge (as "Mrs... 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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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

So it goes in America: great plans in youth, realism at the end. See more »

Trivia:

Was Francis Ford Coppola's first choice for the role of Hyman Roth in The Godfather: Part II (1974), which went to Lee Strasberg. See more »

Trademark:

Frequently cast Marlon Brando and Karl Malden

Nickname:

The Actor's Director See more »

Star Sign:

Virgo

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