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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 & 28 nominations. See more awards »

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(1954)
East of Eden Director
(1955)
(1951)
America America Director
(1963)

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Other Works:

Stage: Directed "Dark at the Top of the Stairs" on Broadway. Drama. Written by William Inge. Music Box Theatre: 5 Dec 1957-17 Jan 1959 (468 performances). Cast: Eileen Heckart, Pat Hingle, Teresa Wright, Evans Evans, Timmy Everett, Frank Overton, Anthony Ray, Carl Reindel, Judith Robinson, Charles Saari, Jonathan Shawn. Produced by ... 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 working with Marlon Brando] Every word seemed not something memorized but the spontaneous expression of an inner experience--which is the level of work all actors strive to reach. See more »

Trivia:

Was Francis Ford Coppola's first choice for the role of Hyman Roth in The Godfather: Part II (1974), which went to Lee Strasberg. See more »

Trademark:

Frequently cast Marlon Brando and Karl Malden

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Star Sign:

Virgo

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