Leon Gast (1936–2021)

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Leon Gast was born on March 30, 1936 in Jersey City, New Jersey, USA as Leon Jacques Gast. He was a director and producer, known for When We Were Kings (1996), Smash His Camera (2010) and The Trials of Muhammad Ali (2013). He was married to Geri Spolan. He died on March 8, 2021 in Woodstock, New York, USA. See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 11 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »


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Smash His Camera Director
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 2015 Sporting Dreams (Documentary)
 2014/I Manny (Documentary)
 2010 Smash His Camera (Documentary)
 2004 Jumpshot (Video documentary)
 2003 1 Love (Documentary)
 1996 When We Were Kings (Documentary)
 1989 Celia Cruz: Guantanamera (Video documentary)
 1983 Hells Angels Forever (Documentary)
 1976 Salsa (Documentary)
 1974 B.B. King: Live in Africa (Documentary short)
 1972 Our Latin Thing (Documentary)
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Show Show Camera and Electrical Department (3 credits)
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Geri Spolan  (his death)

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I believe, in the truest sense of the word, that Muhammad Ali is a hero. His presence explodes off the screen. He is a hero in comparison with the so-called icons of today. All athletes today are looking for is a good endorsement deal. There are so few real heroes. Is there anyone that you can really look up to?


Graduated from Columbia University with a degree in dramatic arts. See more »

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