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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 36 wins & 29 nominations. See more awards »

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

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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Directed "Camino Real" on Broadway. Drama. Written by Tennessee Williams. Incidental music by Bernardo Ségall. Musical Director: Betty Walberg. National Theatre: 17 Mar 1953-9 May 1953 (60 performances). Cast: Joseph Anthony, Ronnie Aul, Martin Balsam (as "A Bum in a Window" / "Pilot of the Fugitivo" / "Ensemble at the Fiesta" ... See more »

Publicity Listings:

10 Print Biographies | 5 Portrayals | 1 Interview | 16 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Elia 'Gadget' Kazan

Height:

5' 8" (1.73 m)

Spouse:

Frances Rudge  (his death) | See more »

Relatives:

Zoe Kazan (grandchild) | See more »
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Personal Quote:

[on Marlon Brando's performance in On the Waterfront (1954)] If there is a better performance by a man in the history of film in America, I don't know what it is See more »

Trivia:

Had four children with Molly Kazan: Judy Kazan, Chris Kazan, Nicholas Kazan and Katharine Kazan. Had two children with Barbara Loden: Leonard Kazan and Marco Kazan. Grandfather of Zoe Kazan. See more »

Trademark:

Frequently cast Marlon Brando and Karl Malden

Nickname:

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Star Sign:

Virgo

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