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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 »

Known For

On the Waterfront
(1954)
East of Eden
East of Eden Director
(1955)
A Streetcar Named Desire
(1951)
America America
America America Director
(1963)

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Other Works:

(1/7/57-1/14/57) Stage: Directed Tennessee Williams' play, "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," in a Playwrights Company production at the Hanna Theatre in Cleveland, OH, with Marjorie Steele ("Maggie"); Alex Nicol ("Brick"); Thomas Gomez ("Big Daddy"); Maxwell Glanville; Musa Williams; Madeleine Sherwood; John Anderson; Mary Bell; Gerri ... 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 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:

Kazan won three Tony Awards for Best Director: for Arthur Miller's "All My Sons" (1947); for for Miller's "Death of a Salesman" (1949); and for Archibald Macleish's "J.B." (1959). He was also nominated for Tony Awards four other times: as Best Director, for Tennessee Williams's play "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" (1956); as Best Director and co-producer of the Best Play nominee, William Inge's "The Dark... See more »

Trademark:

Frequently cast Marlon Brando and Karl Malden

Nickname:

The Actor's Director See more »

Star Sign:

Virgo

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