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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 & 28 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

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

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Other Works:

Stage: Stage Manager for / appeared in (as "Orderly" / "Dr.Vitale"; replacement actor) "Men in White" on Broadway. Drama. Written by Sidney Kingsley. Assistant Stage Mgr: Tony Kraber (credited as Gerrit Kraber; also appeared as "James Mooney" / "Mr. Spencer" [replacement actor])] and Robert Harper. Assistant Prod. Mgr: Arnold L. ... 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:

[from a letter to John Steinbeck, while casting East of Eden (1955)] I looked through a lot of kids before settling on this [James Dean]. He hasn't [Marlon Brando]'s stature, but he's a good deal younger and is very interesting, has balls and eccentricity and a "real problem" somewhere in his guts, I don't know what or where. He's a little bit of a bum, but he's a real good actor and I think he's... See more »

Trivia:

He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6800 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on February 8, 1960. See more »

Trademark:

Frequently cast Marlon Brando and Karl Malden

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Star Sign:

Virgo

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