Knowledge Identifier: +Elia_Kazan
Category: Movies & TV
Born in 1909.
Countries: United States (64%), United Kingdom (4%), California (4%)
Linked to: House Un-American Activities Committee, Actors Studio, American Film Institute, The New York Times
At age four, Kazan was brought to the United States with his immigrant Greek family.
In 1932, after spending two years at the Yale University School of Drama, he moved to New York to become a professional stage actor.
In 1935 he played the role of a strike-leading taxi driver in a drama by Clifford Odets, Waiting for Lefty, and his performance was called "dynamic," leading some to describe him as the "proletarian thunderbolt.
Actor Karl Malden became an early student at the Group Theater in 1937, where he first began acting under Kazan's direction.
Annabella (actress) - On Broadway, she received excellent notices for her work in "Jacobowsky and the Colonel", directed by Elia Kazan, in 1944
In 1947, he co-starred in the stage play "All My Sons," written by Arthur Miller, with Kazan directing, and began being recognized as a serious actor.
Zero Mostel - It was not until 1950 that Mostel again acted in movies, for a role in the Oscar winning film" Panic in the Streets", at the request of its director, Elia Kazan
Edna Anhalt - This stretch was capped with an Oscar win for Elia Kazan's 1950 film "Panic in the Streets", and another nomination two years later for "The Sniper"
He cast him again in the film version in 1951, which made Brando a star and won 4 Oscars, and was nominated for 12.
Marlon Brando - Brando as Emiliano Zapata in a trailer for the 1952 film Viva Zapata/Brando brought his performance as Stanley Kowalski to the screen in Kazan's adaptation of Tennessee Williams's $A_Streetcar_Named_Desire (A_Streetcar_Named_Desire_(1951_film)), and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor for that role, and again in each of the next three years for his roles in Viva Zapata/ in 1952, Julius Caesar in 1953 as Mark Antony, and On the Waterfront in 1954.
J. Edward Bromberg - In 1952, he and seven other Group Theater members were named by Elia Kazan as Communist Party members in testimony before the House Un-American Activities Committee
Dean flew back to Los Angeles with Kazan in 1954, the first time he had ever flown in a plane, bringing his clothes in a brown paper bag.
Madeleine Sherwood - Elia Kazan cast her as Mae, the horrible sister in law, in Tennessee Williams "Cat On A Hot Tin Roof" in 1954 and later in "Sweet Bird of Youth" as Miss Lucy
June Carter Cash - Director Elia Kazan saw her perform at the Grand Ole Opry in 1955 and encouraged her to study acting
Barbara Bel Geddes - In 1956, she created the role of Maggie "The Cat" in Elia Kazan's original Broadway production of Tennessee Williams' "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof", and in 1961 created the title role in the Jean Kerr comedy "Mary, Mary" which became Broadway's longest-running show with over 1,500 performances
Eli Wallach - Wallach's film debut was in Elia Kazan's controversial 1956 "Baby Doll", for which he won the British Academy Film *awards as "Most Promising Newcomer
Splendor in the Grass - He told the story to director Elia Kazan when they were working on a production of Inge's play "The Dark at the Top of the Stairs", in 1957
Andreas Voutsinas - Voutsinas, a life member of The Actor's Studio since 1957, spent many years working in summer stock theater and as an assistant to Studio co-founder Elia Kazan, before he met Jane Fonda, with whom he got involved and whom he cast in the leading part in "Fun Couple", his Broadway directorial debut in 1960
Haskell Wexler - In 1963, Wexler served as the cinematographer on his first big-budget film, Elia Kazan's "America, America"
His second marriage, to the actress Barbara Loden, lasted from 1969 until her death in 1980, and produced one son.
Tony Curtis - He was part of the all-star ensemble in Elia Kazan's 1976 drama "The Last Tycoon"
In 1982, President Ronald Reagan presented him with the Kennedy Center honors award, a national tribute for life achievement in the arts.
Larry Auerbach - Auerbach received the DGA's Robert B. Aldrich Award in 1991, and was named a DGA Honorary Life Member in 2004, joining a small, elite group that includes Charles Chaplin, David Lean, Frank Capra, Walt Disney, Darryl F. Zanuck, Louis B. Mayer, Jack Warner, Lew Wasserman, Elia Kazan, Chuck_Jones, Joseph L. Mankiewicz and Jack Valenti
Barbara Loden - Los Angeles Times Book Review The Defiant One: Elia Kazan A Biography by Richard Schickel, reviewed by David Caute, November 12, 2005 was still a major film director who still had great influence
Dennis Lehane - In Spring 2009, Lehane became a Joseph E. Connor *award recipient and honorary brother of Phi Alpha Tau professional fraternity at Emerson College in Boston , MA. Other brothers and Connor *award recipients include Robert Frost, Elia Kazan, Jack_Lemmon, Red Skelton, Edward R. Murrow, Yul Brynner, and Walter Cronkite
In 2010, Martin Scorsese co-directed the documentary film "A Letter to Elia" as a personal tribute to Kazan
Wisconsin Film Festival - The 2010 festival included work by Michel Gondry, Jan H?ebejk, Ken Loach, Mary Sweeney, Radu Jude, Liu Jiayin, Gianni Di Gregorio, James Marsh, Jessica Hausner, Henrik Ruben Ganz, Maren Ade, Xavier Dolan, Corneliu Porumboiu, Karen Shakhnazarov, Bradley Rust Gray, Sarah Watts, Lixin Fan, Bert I. Gordon, George Kuchar, Sergio Leone, Ladislas Starewitch, Jules Dassin, John Frankenheimer, and Elia Kazan
Carol Drinkwater - Drinkwater revealed to The Guardian in October 2017, that the experience of the starlet Marguerite in The Lost Girl was based on her own experience of being sexually assaulted by Elia Kazan while auditioning for the leading film role in his film "The Last Tycoon"