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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: Appeared in "Waiting For Lefty" on Broadway. Written by Clifford Odets. Co-Scenic Design by Alexander Chernoff. Directed by Sanford Meisner and Clifford Odets. Longacre Theatre: 26 Mar 1935-Jul 1935 (closing date unknown/144 performances). Cast: Abner Biberman (as "Henchman"), Roman Bohnen (as "Dr. Barnes"), William Challee (as... 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] He was deeply rebellious against the bourgeois spirit, the over-ordering of life. See more »

Trivia:

Biography in: John Wakeman, editor. "World Film Directors, Volume Two, 1945-1985". Pages 503-510. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company (1988). See more »

Trademark:

Frequently cast Marlon Brando and Karl Malden

Nickname:

The Actor's Director See more »

Star Sign:

Virgo

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