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Job Director, actor, producer, screenwriter and novelist
Years active 1934-1976
Known for With Lee Strasberg, introduced Method acting to the American stage and cinema
Top Roles Cleaver, Nickie Haroyen, 'Googi'
Top GenresDrama, Film Adaptation, Romance, Crime, Film Noir, Family
Top TopicsBook-Based, Romance (Drama), True Story (based on)
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Elia Kazan Overview:

Legendary director, Elia Kazan, was born Elias Kazanjoglou on Sep 7, 1909 in Constantinople [now Istanbul], Turkey. Kazan died at the age of 94 on Sep 28, 2003 in Manhattan, New York City .

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Elia Kazan made excellent, and sometimes controversial films, for 17 years and is considered one of American cinema's giants from 1945 to 1961, surviving even the odor that clung to him when he 'named names' to the House Un-American Activities Committee in the early 1950s.

After being brought to America at the age of four, Kazan studied drama at university and acted on and off through the 1930s, working also as a stage manager, and from 1935, a director.  Apart from a couple of documentary films, Kazan continued to build his reputation as a Broadway director until 1944, when Twentieth Century-Fox lured him to Hollywood to make the screen version of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. The film premiered in February 1945, won veteran actor James Dunn an Oscar, and won Kazan a place with Fox for the next nine years.

Kazan's early 'problem' films have lost some of their original impact, but Gentleman's Agreement, about racial prejudice, won him an Academy Award for direction and also an Oscar as best picture, while Viva Zapata and On The Waterfront (which won Kazan his second Oscar) both retain much of their original power. And East of Eden and Baby Doll were both smoldering drams that did well with critics and the public. Kazan's next two films, A Face in the Crowd and Wild River did less well at the box-office, although the latter, a bleakly picturesque and oddly affecting drama is considered by some to be his best film. Kazan was married (second of three wives) to actress/director Barbara Loden.

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HONORS and AWARDS:

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Elia Kazan was nominated for six Academy Awards, winning two for Best Director for Gentleman's Agreement and On the Waterfront in 1947 and 1954 respectively. He also won one Honorary Award in 1998 in recognition of his indelible contributions to the art of motion picture direction .

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1947Best DirectorGentleman's Agreement (1947)N/AWon
1951Best DirectorA Streetcar Named Desire (1951)N/ANominated
1954Best DirectorOn the Waterfront (1954)N/AWon
1955Best DirectorEast of Eden (1955)N/ANominated
1963Best DirectorAmerica, America (1963)N/ANominated
1963Best WritingAmerica AmericaN/ANominated

Academy Awards (Honorary Oscars)

YearAwardDescription
1998Honorary Awardin recognition of his indelible contributions to the art of motion picture direction

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He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures.

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On the Waterfront (1954, )

By Andrew Wickliffe on Jul 3, 2015 From The Stop Button

On the Waterfront is relentlessly grim until the strangest moment in the finale. As the film finally reaches the point of savage, physical violence–it opens with the implication, but not the visualization of such violence–a supporting character (familiar but mostly background) makes a wi... Read full article


On the Waterfront, 1954,

By Aaron West on May 17, 2015 From Criterion Blues

May 17 Posted by aaronwest Waterfront Week was quite an experiment. This is not something I’ve done before but I’ll most likely do it again for important films as they come along. Here are the posts from the week: Kazan Naming Names – This is about ’s experiences w... Read full article


On the Waterfront, 1954,

By Aaron West on May 17, 2015 From Criterion Blues

May 17 Posted by aaronwest Waterfront Week was quite an experiment. This is not something I’ve done before but I’ll most likely do it again for important films as they come along. Here are the posts from the week: Kazan Naming Names – This is about ’s experiences w... Read full article


On the Waterfront, 1954,

By Aaron West on May 17, 2015 From Criterion Blues

May 17 Posted by aaronwest Waterfront Week was quite an experiment. This is not something I’ve done before but I’ll most likely do it again for important films as they come along. Here are the posts from the week: Kazan Naming Names – This is about ’s experiences w... Read full article


on Franchot Tone

By Franchot Tone Fan on May 1, 2015 From Finding Franchot: Exploring the Life and Career of Franchot Tone

In his autobiography, says much about Franchot Tone in his chapter on the Group Theater. Because there are a lot of great quotations, there will be more Kazan posts in the future. In the midst of Franchot's decision to leave the Group Theater for Hollywood, captured in a lette... Read full article


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Elia Kazan Facts
Won three Tony Awards for Best Director: in 1947 for Arthur Miller's "All My Sons;" in 1949 for for Miller's "Death of a Salesman;" and in 1959 for Archibald Macleish's "J.B." He was also Tony-nominated four other times: in 1956, as Best Director, for Tennessee Williams' "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof;" in 1958, as Best Director and co-producer of Best Play nominee, William Inge's "The Dark at the Top of the Stairs;" and in 1960, as Best Director (Dramatic) for Williams' "Sweet Bird of Youth."

Known to direct Method Actors, and was the only director to have worked with arguably the three earliest and most famous: James Dean, Marlon Brando and Montgomery Clift. In addition to those three, he directed Robert De Niro in The Last Tycoon (1976).

4 children with Molly: Judy, Chris, Nick, and Katharine. 2 children with Barbara: Leo and Marco.

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