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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:

Stage: Directed "The Changeling" on Broadway. Written by Thomas Middleton and William Rowley. Incidental music by David Amram. Madmen's choreography by Crystal Field. Scenic Design by David Hays. ANTA Washington Square Theatre: 29 Oct 1964-23 Dec 1964 (32 performances/played in repertory with" After The Fall", "Incident at Vichy", "... See more »

Publicity Listings:

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 working with Marlon Brando] Every word seemed not something memorized but the spontaneous expression of an inner experience--which is the level of work all actors strive to reach. See more »

Trivia:

Attended and graduated from Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts (1931). See more »

Trademark:

Frequently cast Marlon Brando and Karl Malden

Nickname:

The Actor's Director See more »

Star Sign:

Virgo

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