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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 35 wins & 28 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: Appeared (as "Ficzur") in "Liliom" on Broadway (revival). Written by Ferenc Molnár. Material adapted by Benjamin Glazer. Incidental music by Deems Taylor. Musical Director: Max Weiser. Directed by Benno Schneider. 44th Street Theatre: 25 Mar 1940-11 May 1940 (56 performances). Cast included: Ajax, Jane Amar, Kenneth Bates, ... 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)
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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:

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:

The Actor's Director See more »

Star Sign:

Virgo

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