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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: Appeared in "Waiting For Lefty" on Broadway (revival). Written / co-directed by Clifford Odets. Co-directed by Sanford Meisner. Belasco Theatre: 9 Sep 1935-Sep 1935 (closing date unknown/24 performances). Produced by The Group Theatre Inc. NOTE: Cast virtually identical to previous production with the major exception of Art ... 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] To my way of thinking, his performance in On the Waterfront (1954) is the best male performance I've ever seen in my life. See more »

Trivia:

Attended Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut before moving to New York City. See more »

Trademark:

Frequently cast Marlon Brando and Karl Malden

Nickname:

Gadg See more »

Star Sign:

Virgo

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