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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)
A Streetcar Named Desire
(1951)
East of Eden
East of Eden Director
(1955)
Gentleman's Agreement
(1947)

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Other Works:

Stage: Directed "Camino Real" on Broadway. Drama. Written by Tennessee Williams. Incidental music by Bernardo Ségall. Musical Director: Betty Walberg. National Theatre: 17 Mar 1953-9 May 1953 (60 performances). Cast: Joseph Anthony, Ronnie Aul, Martin Balsam (as "A Bum in a Window" / "Pilot of the Fugitivo" / "Ensemble at the Fiesta" ... 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 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 »


Trademark:

Frequently cast Marlon Brando and Karl Malden

Nickname:

The Actor's Director See more »

Star Sign:

Virgo

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