Elia Kazan

Film Director / Screenwriter / Film Producer / Writer / Actor / Theatre Director | * 09/07/1909 († 94, 09/28/2003) | Constantinople, Ottoman Empire
Elia Kazan (born Elias Kazantzoglou (Greek: Ηλίας Καζαντζόγλου); September 7, 1909 – September 28, 2003) was an American film and theatre director, producer, screenwriter and actor, described by The New York Times as "one of the most honored and influential directors in Broadway and Hollywood history". Born in Constantinople (now Istanbul), to Cappadocian Greek parents, his family came to the United States in 1913. After attending Williams College and then the Yale School of Drama, he acted professionally for eight years, later joining the Group Theatre in 1932, and co-founded the Actors Studio in 1947. With Robert Lewis and Cheryl Crawford, his actors' studio introduced "Method Acting" under the direction of Lee Strasberg. Kazan acted in a few films, including City for Conquest (1940). His films were concerned with personal or social issues of special concern to him. Kazan writes, "I don't move unless I have some empathy with the basic theme." His first such "issue" film was Gentleman's Agreement (1947), with Gregory Peck, which dealt with antisemitism in America. It received eight Oscar n... ()
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Elia Kazan (September 7 , 1909, Kayseri – September 28, 2003) was a Greek-American director and actor, described as "one of the most honored and influential directors in Broadway and Hollywood history". He also produced, and wrote screenplays and novels. Born in the Kayseri, Ottoman Empire to Greek parents, they emigrated to New York when he was four. After two years studying acting at Yale, he acted professionally for eight years before becoming a stage and film director. Kazan co-founded the influential Group Theater in 1932 and Actors Studio in 1947, and together with Lee Strasberg, introduced Method acting to the American stage and cinema as a new form of self-expression and psychological "realism". Having been an actor himself for eight years, he brought sensitivity and understanding of the acting process, and was later considered the ideal "actor's director". He himself acted in only a few films, including City for Conquest (1940), alongside James Cagney.Overall, Kazan influenced the films of the 1950s and 1960s by his run of provocative, issues-driven subjects, and acting. Moreover, his personal brand of cinema, employing real locations over sets, unknowns over stars, and realism over convenient genres, proved influential to a whole generation of independent filmmakers in the 1960s. Film author Ian Freer concludes that "If his achievements are tainted by political controversy, the debt Hollywood — and actors everywhere — owes him, is enormous." In 2010, Martin Scorsese co-directed the documentary film, A Letter to Elia, as a personal tribute to Kazan, who he credits as the inspiration for his becoming a filmmaker.

Most frequent genres for this person: Drama | Documentaries | Romance / Love

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Awards & Nominations for Elia Kazan

Directors Guild of America Awards 2x Academy Award for Best Director Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama 3x Tony Award for Best Director Kennedy Center Honors National Board of Review Award for Best Film Star On Hollywood Walk of Fame Academy Honorary Award Donaldson Awards 5x Academy Award for Best Director Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay Academy Award for Best Picture 2x Tony Award for Best Director Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play
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Movies with Elia Kazan as Actor(22)

as Self (archive footage)2019 An American Named Kazan
as Self (archive footage)2017 Arthur Miller: Writer
as Self - Filmmaker (archive footage)2014 Marlon Brando: An Actor Named Desire
as himself2010 A Letter to Elia
as Self (archive footage)2006 A Streetcar in Hollywood
as Self (archive footage)2006 A Streetcar on Broadway
as Self (archive footage)2001 Backstory: 'Gentleman's Agreement'
as Himself (archive footage)1994 Tennessee Williams: Orpheus of the American Stage
as Old man in the coffee house1988 Mist
as himself1985 Empire City
as Interviewee1980 I Am Wanda
as Cleaver - Mortuary Assistant (uncredited)1950 Panic in the Streets
as Nickie Haroyen1941 Blues in the Night
as 'Googi'1940 City for Conquest
as Protester Calling for a Ballot at Communist Meeting1935 Strangers All

TV Shows/Series with Elia Kazan as Actor(6)

as himself1975 Apostrophes
as Self - Guest1968 The Dick Cavett Show
as himself1964 Die Drehscheibe
as himself1962 The Merv Griffin Show
as himself1956 Cinépanorama

Movies with Elia Kazan as Crew(33)

Writing/Writer2001 Diaspora
Directing/Director1976 The Last Tycoon
Directing/Director1972 The Visitors
Directing/Director1969 The Arrangement
Production/Producer1969 The Arrangement
Writing/Writer1969 The Arrangement
Writing/Novel1969 The Arrangement
Directing/Director1963 America America
Production/Producer1963 America America
Writing/Writer1963 America America
Directing/Director1961 Splendor in the Grass
Production/Producer1961 Splendor in the Grass
Directing/Director1960 Wild River
Production/Producer1960 Wild River
Directing/Director1957 A Face in the Crowd
Production/Producer1957 A Face in the Crowd
Directing/Director1956 Baby Doll
Production/Producer1956 Baby Doll
Directing/Director1955 East of Eden
Production/Producer1955 East of Eden
Directing/Director1954 On the Waterfront
Directing/Director1953 Man on a Tightrope
Directing/Director1952 Viva Zapata!
Directing/Director1951 A Streetcar Named Desire
Directing/Director1950 Panic in the Streets
Crew/Additional Writing1949 Pinky
Directing/Director1949 Pinky
Directing/Director1947 The Sea of Grass
Directing/Director1947 Boomerang!
Directing/Director1947 Gentleman's Agreement
Directing/Co-Director1945 Watchtower Over Tomorrow
Directing/Director1945 A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Directing/Assistant Director1937 People of the Cumberland

Full Name: Elia Kazan
Born: Tuesday, 09/07 1909 (September) in Constantinople, Ottoman Empire
Died: Sunday, 09/28 2003 (September) in New York City (aged: 94)
Zodiac sign: Virgo (Chinese zodiac sign: Rooster)
Languages: English (EN, native language)
Educated at: Williams College, Yale School of Drama, Juilliard School, New Rochelle High School
Employer: New School
Spouses (current/former): Barbara Loden, Frances Kazan, Molly Kazan
Related to: Zoe Kazan
Student of: Lucia Dunham, Lee Strasberg, Harold Clurman
Other names for Elia Kazan (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"Elia Kazanjoglous"
"Элиа Казан"
"엘리아 카잔"
Elia Kazan frequently works together with these people:
Martin Scorsese (7x, Actor)
Lyle R. Wheeler (6x, Crew)
Karl Malden (6x, Actor)
Kirk Douglas (5x, Actor)
Darryl F. Zanuck (5x, Crew)
Gene Callahan (5x, Crew)
Alfred Newman (5x, Crew)
Thomas Little (5x, Crew)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:65582, Added: 05/23/2018, Last updated: 05/15/2023