Ben Gazzara

Date of Death: February 03, 2012 (81)

Birth Place: New York, NY, USA

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Ben Gazzara BIO

Ben Gazzara was an American actor known for his work in film, television, and theater. Born in New York City in 1930, Gazzara began his acting career in the 1950s, making his Broadway debut in 1953 in the play "End as a Man." He quickly gained recognition for his talent and was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play for his role in "A Hatful of Rain" in 1956.
Gazzara continued to work on Broadway throughout the 1950s and 1960s, appearing in productions such as "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," "The Night Circus," and "Nobody Loves an Albatross." In 1965, he starred in the original production of "The Strange Case of the Three Sisters," a play written and directed by avant-garde theater legend Robert Wilson.
In addition to his work on stage, Gazzara also had a successful career in film and television. He appeared in over 60 films, including "Anatomy of a Murder," "The Killing of a Chinese Bookie," and "The Big Lebowski." He was also a frequent collaborator of director John Cassavetes, appearing in several of his films, including "Husbands," "The Killing of a Chinese Bookie," and "Opening Night."
On television, Gazzara was best known for his role as Detective Lieutenant Theo Kojak in the popular police procedural "Kojak," which aired from 1973 to 1978. He also appeared in several other television series, including "Run for Your Life," "Arrest and Trial," and "The Sopranos."
Despite his success in film and television, Gazzara remained committed to the theater throughout his career. In 1984, he starred in a revival of Tennessee Williams' "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" on Broadway, earning critical acclaim for his portrayal of the troubled patriarch, Big Daddy. He also appeared in several Off-Broadway productions, including "Nobody Don't Like Yogi" and "Nobody Dies on Friday."
Gazzara's last Broadway appearance was in the 2002 revival of Arthur Miller's "The Price," in which he played the role of Gregory Solomon. He received a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Play for his performance.
Gazzara continued to work in film and television until his death in 2012 at the age of 81. His final film role was in the independent drama "Believe in Me," which was released posthumously in 2013.

Ben Gazzara STAGE CREDITS

[Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2006
Jacob Berger

[Broadway]
1992
Eric Dawson

[Broadway]
1976
George

[Broadway]
1964
Gaston

[Broadway]
1963
Edmund Darrell

[Broadway]
1958
Joy

[Broadway]
1955
Johnny Pope

[Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1955
Brick

[Broadway]
1953
Jocko de Paris


Ben Gazzara Movies

[1957]The Strange One Jocko De Paris

[1959]Anatomy of a Murder Lt. Frederick Manion

[1960]The Passionate Thief Lello

[1961]The Young Doctors Dr. David Coleman

[1962]Convicts 4 John Resko

[1962]Conquered City Captain George Stubbs

[1965]A Rage to Live Roger Bannon

[1969]The Bridge at Remagen Sgt. Angelo

[1969]If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium Card Player

[1970]Husbands Harry

[1972]The Sicilian Connection GiuseppeJoeCoppola

[1973]The Neptune Factor Cmdr. Adrian Blake

[1975]Capone Al Capone

[1976]High Velocity Clifford Baumgartner

[1976]The Killing of a Chinese Bookie Cosmo Vittelli

[1976]Voyage of the Damned Troper, Morris Troper

[1977]Opening Night Manny Victor

[1979]Bloodline Rhys Williams

[1979]Saint Jack Jack Flowers

[1981]Storie di ordinaria follia Charles Serking

[1981]Inchon Maj. Frank Hallsworth

[1981]They All Laughed John Russo

[1982]The Girl from Trieste Dino Romani

[1984]A Proper Scandal The man with no memory

[1985]Woman of Wonders Alberto

[1985]My Dearest Son Avv. Antonio Morelli

[1986]The Professor Il Professore

[1987]Control Mike Zella

[1988]Don Bosco Don Bosco

[1988]Quicker Than the Eye Ben Norrell

[1989]Road House Brad Wesley

[1989]Champagne amer Paul Rivière

[1990]Beyond the Ocean John Tana

[1991]Forever Marcello Rondi

[1994]Sherwood's Travels Raphael de Pietro

[1994]Les hirondelles ne meurent pas à Jerusalem Moshe

[1995]The Zone Dick Althorp

[1995]Bandits Amos

[1995]Nefertiti, figlia del sole Amenophis III

[1996]Ladykiller Lt. JackJigsawLky

[1997]Vicious Circles March

[1997]Stag Frank Grieco

[1997]Shadow Conspiracy Vice President Saxon

[1997]The Spanish Prisoner Klein

[1997]Farmer & Chase Farmer

[1998]Happiness Lenny Jordan

[1998]Illuminata Old Flavio

[1998]The Big Lebowski Jackie Treehorn

[1998]Buffalo '66 Jimmy Brown

[1998]Too Tired to Die John Sage

[1999]Paradise Cove Duke Mantee

[1999]Summer of Sam Luigi

[1999]Shark in a Bottle The Arranger

[1999]The Thomas Crown Affair Andrew Wallace

[1999]Jack of Hearts Bartossa

[2000]Blue Moon Frank Cavallo

[2000]Poor Liza The Narrator

[2000]Nobody's Heart L avvocato Scalzi

[2000]Very Mean Men Gino Minetti

[2000]Believe Ellicott Winslowe

[2000]Undertaker's Paradise Jim

[2000]The List D.A. Bernard Salman

[2003]Dogville Jack McKay

[2003]L'ospite segreto Solomos

[2005]Bonjour Michel Michele Terranova

[2005]Schubert Don José

[2006]The Shore Mr. Bob Harris

[2008]Looking for Palladin Jack Palladin

[2009]Holy Money Vatican's Banker

[2010]Christopher Roth Paul Andersen

[2010]13 Schlondorff

[2011]Chez Gino Oncle Giovanni

[2011]Ristabbànna Natale


Ben Gazzara TV Shows

Run for Your Life Paul Bryan

Ben Gazzara News


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This December, The Actors Studio continues its 75th Anniversary celebration as the world's most celebrated and influential membership association for professional actors, directors and playwrights. The legendary studio, located at 432 West 44th Street, will open its doors to the public for with three special events, each free and open to the public.

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At age 18, Dorothy Stratten left her job at a Dairy Queen and moved to Hollywood, soon becoming famous as the 1980 Playboy ”Playmate of the Year.” In Los Angeles, Dorothy captivated the attention of legendary Playboy publisher Hugh Hefner, who had big plans for her in the Playboy empire, and powerful movie director Peter Bogdanovich, who cast her in a breakthrough role in his film “They All Laughed,” alongside iconic actors Audrey Hepburn, John Ritter and Ben Gazzara. But Paul Snider, who discovered Dorothy at the Dairy Queen and married her after they moved to Hollywood, grappled with jealousy and anger when she filed for divorce, viewing her as his ticket to success. Dorothy's modeling and acting career came to a tragic end when Paul shot and killed her before he died by suicide. Now, almost 40 years after Dorothy's death, a two-hour “20/20” takes a look at her life and career through the eyes of those who knew her best and explores what drove Paul to murder. “20/20” airs Friday, Oct. 18 (9:00 – 11:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC.

Ben Gazzara FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Ben Gazzara has appeared on Broadway in 9 shows.

Ben Gazzara has not appeared in the West End

Ben Gazzara has been nominated for several awards throughout his career. He was nominated for Outstanding Solo Performance at the Drama Desk Awards for his role in "Nobody Don't Like Yogi." He also received a nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play at the Tony Awards for his performance in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf." Additionally, Gazzara was nominated for Outstanding Actor - Play at the Drama Desk Awards for the same production. He received nominations for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play at the Tony Awards for his roles in "Hughie," "Duet," and "A Hatful of Rain." Gazzara was also recognized with a Performance award at the Theatre World Awards for his work in "End as a Man."

Ben Gazzara has won the Outstanding Solo Performance award at the Drama Desk Awards for his performance in "Nobody Don't Like Yogi". He has also won the Performance award at the Theatre World Awards for his role in "End as a Man".

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