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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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Personal Details

Other Works:

Book: "Kazan on Directing". New York: Vintage. ISBN 9780307277046. 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 »

Children:

Nicholas Kazan | See more »

Relatives:

Zoe Kazan (grandchild) | See more »
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Personal Quote:

[at the Group Theater, 1932] I think Franchot Tone takes pleasure in upsetting the chalice of high art here. You can't help admiring him. He's better educated, just plain smarter, than most of the others and has greater curiosity about life and boldness in dealing with his desires. I like him. Perhaps some of the self-righteous members think of Tone as a sinner because he wakes the sinner in them... See more »


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Frequently cast Marlon Brando and Karl Malden

Nickname:

The Actor's Director See more »

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