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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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Other Works:

(November 15 to 16, 1996) His film, "Viva Zapata!," was presented for the 12th Annual Brown-Forman Classics in Context Festival at the Actors Theatre of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky. 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 John Ford] Orson Welles was once asked which American directors most appealed to him. "The old masters," he replied. "By which I mean John Ford, John Ford and John Ford." Well, I studied Young Mr. Lincoln (1939), for example. As I say, John Ford had a big influence on me. See more »

Trivia:

According to Kazan, his first name was pronounced "l-EE-ah". See more »

Trademark:

Frequently cast Marlon Brando and Karl Malden

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Star Sign:

Virgo

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