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Also Known As: Died: February 3, 2012
Born: August 28, 1930 Cause of Death: Pancreatic Cancer
Birth Place: New York, New York, USA Profession: Cast ...


Director (feature film)

Beyond the Ocean (1990) as Director
A successful American industrialist retreats unexpectedly to Bali to review his life.

Cast (feature film)

Gazzara (2012)
Looking for Palladin (2009)
Hollywood talent agent Josh Ross is sent to Guatemala to lure an old Hollywood star, Jack Palladin, out of retirement. Arrogant Josh gets frustrated by the slower pace of life in Guatemala and disregards the community's interests, even though he needs them in order to find Jack. As he journeys to fi
Empire State Building Murders (2008)
A tribute to American film noir and the icons of the hollywood golden age. It recaptures the time and place of New York in the 30's and 40's as well as plays with the codes and references of the genre.
...and Quiet Flows the Don (2006)
The love story between a young woman and a Cossack officer in post-Czarist Russia.
Shore, The (2005)
The breezy young mother, Kaliope Harris, leaves her adorable daughter Anna with her parents for a weekend at the shore. Kaliope has decided that she has better things to do, like spending time with Ray, her new boyfriend. The doting Mrs. Harris takes her grandchild to the beach, and on this sunny da
Dogville (2003) as Jack Mckay
The beautiful fugitive, Grace, arrives in the isolated township of Dogville on the run from a team of gangsters. With some encouragement from Tom, the self-appointed town spokesman, the little community agrees to hide her and in return, Grace agrees to work for them. However, when a search sets in,
Hysterical Blindness (2002) as Nick
Three working class, New Jersey women go on a quest for love and meaning that threatens the very relationships they share with each other.<P>Best friends Debby and Beth (both pushing thirty) go looking for love in the wrong place -- namely their favorite bar, Ollie's. Rugged contractor Rick eyes Bet
Brian's Song (2001) as Coach George Halas
Set during the 1960s, the movie tells the true story of the friendship between two Chicago Bears running backs -- Brian Piccolo, a white player who had to work hard to excel on the football field, and Gale Sayers, a black player who was naturally gifted. A bond grows between the players and their fa
Constant Forge: The Life and Art of John Cassavetes, A (2001) as Himself
A journey through the life and art of filmmaker John Cassavetes, as told through interviews with the artists and friends who knew him and his work best.
Blue Moon (2000) as Frank
At 65, the gruff, macho Frank, who's been successful in the textile business, has entered a late-midlife crisis. His wife, Maggie, urges him to retire to Florida like may of his friends, but Frank refuses. Exasperated by their constant bickering, Maggie coerces Frank into agreeing to spend a quiet (
Very Mean Men (2000) as Gino Minetti
A bartender concocts a story about two crime families who start a turf war over someone stiffing a waitress on her tip.
LIST, THE (2000)
Undertaker's Paradise (2000) as Jim
An unlikely friendship develops between aging jazz clarinetist Jim, whose career is ending due to arthritis, and young undertaker Hugo, who is trying to start his own funeral business in their small town, which boasts the highest mortality rate in Britain.
Thomas Crown Affair, The (1999) as Andrew Wallace
Thomas Crown is a self-made billionaire who can buy anything he wants and is irresistible to women. But there are some things that money can''t buy. Thomas Crown has run out of challenges. When an alarm sounds at a world class museum and someone walks out with a priceless Monet, Crown is the last person the New York police suspect. But one person suspects him: Catherine Banning, the brilliant female investigator hired to retrieve the painting no matter what it takes. Catherine loves the chase as much as he does and she''s on to his game. Crown has found his challenge. Two can play, but only one can win.
Believe (1999) as Elliott Winslowe
When you mess with the dead, be prepared to pay the consequences! Ben Stiles loves to scare people. But he's about to get the fright of his life when the mysterious wailing ghosts of Wickwire House beckons and his friend Katherine into the eerie world of the supernatural. As he puts his life--and
Summer of Sam (1999) as Luigi
It didn't get any hotter than the summer of 1977 in New York City. As temperatures soared into the hundreds things started to change in the city and it made everyone a little tense and crazy. Looters poured into the streets as a blackout plunged the city into drkness and fear; and a mysterious psych
Illuminata (1999) as Old Flavio
Life within a comedia dell 'arte troop is twistier than the plot of one of their plays.
Too Tired to Die (1998) as John Sage
A black comedy about a Japanese student living in the East Village who learns that he has only twelve hours to live.
Happiness (1998) as Lenny Jordan
Joy, Trish, and Helen are the Jordan sisters from New Jersey. Joy is the non-achiever, Trish is married with three kids, and Helen is a successful author. Trish's husband Bill is a psychiatrist who counts among his patients an overweight, sexually frustrated loner named Allen who is obsessed with hi
Valentine's Day (1998) as Joe Buddha
While investigating a mobster's murder, police Detective Jack Valentine falls for the moll he's tailing.
Buffalo 66 (1998) as Jimmy Brown
A deranged ex-con returns to his hometown of Buffalo to revisit his dysfunctional parents along with a woman he's kidnapped to pose as his wife. While there, he decides to take revenge on an ex-pro football player whom he blames for losing a sports bet years ago that led to his demise.
Never Love a Thief (1998) as Raphael Depietro
Sherwood and his wife are travel writers who, while exploring the scenic Italian countryside for their next book, fall into a mystery requiring them to use their histories as theives to help the police solve a crime.
Big Lebowski, The (1998) as Jackie Treehorn
A laid-back Los Angeles bowler named Jeff Lebowski, nicknamed "The Dude", is beaten up by thugs who let him know that his wife owes money to Jackie Treehorn. One problem remains; The Dude has never been married and has never heard of Jackie Treehorn. Realizing the situation is a case of mistaken ide
Stag (1997) as Frank
A handsome, successful young man finds his life is turned upside down when one of the strippers at the stag party his friends throw for him, is accidentally killed. He then is faced with the decision of what story to tell the cops or what to do with the only witness -- the other stripper.
Vicious Circles (1997)
An incestuous half-brother and sister become involved in the Parisian criminal underworld.
Shadow Conspiracy (1997) as Vice President Saxon
Bobby Bishop, a major player in Washington, D.C., begins his day as the most trusted advisor to the President of the United States and within hours, is hunted down by a ruthless professional killer determined to carry out a covert mission. Bishop finds himself running for his life in a maze of chaos and confusion. Trusting no one, other than his mentor Jack Conrad, and his former girlfriend Amanda Givens, Bishop uncovers a terrifying conspiracy and finds himself caught up in the machinations of a plot that threatens the very foundation of our government.
Spanish Prisoner, The (1997) as Joe Klein
When an ambitious businessman, Joe Ross, arrives at the fictional Caribbean isle of St Estephe for a secret meeting to unveil a new invention, he is forced to confront a series of situations as he realizes he's been caught in a trap. He seeks out an FBI agent he met in St. Estophe, and they devise a
Scene of the Crime (1996) as Lieutenant Jack Lasky
An unorthodox police lieutenant teams up with an actor who is studying serial killers in order to track a murderer.
Lady Killer (1996) as Jack Lasky
A down-on-his-luck police detective's depression about his lowly desk assignment is interrupted by a string of murders on his daughter's college campus. Taking matters into his own hands, he sets out to catch the killer with the help of an actor who is researching the role of a psycho killer.
Dogfighters, The (1996)
An ex-Air Force pilot must race against the clock to avert nuclear disaster in an aerial showdown with a ruthless terrorist leader.
Banditi (1995) as Amos
A story of revenge against society which centers on a watch repairman/former political radical whose world falls apart after his wife dies post-surgery in a srungy hospital.
Convict Cowboy (1995) as Warden Ferguson
Two convicts form a unique friendship while taking part in the prison rodeo circuit.
Farmer and Chase (1995) as Farmer
Chase's father, Farmer, is an old-time heist man looking for his last big score. Farmer never believed his son, a petty shoplifter, had the guts or the discipline to make it as a real criminal, but when his long-time partner is killed in a routine stick-up, the old man has no choice but to let the b
Swallows Never Die in Jerusalem (1994) as Moshe
A contemporary drama personalizing the complexities of Palestinian-Israeli relations.
Parallel Lives (1994) as Charlie Duke
"Guided improvisation" about a group of people coming together at a fraternity/sorority reunion.
Fatal Vows: The Alexandra O'Hara Story (1994) as Papa
A woman unknowingly marries a serial killer.
Nefertiti: The Daughter of the Sun (1993) as Pharaoh Amenophis Iii
When beautiful young Nefertiti--"the beauty from afar"--weds the powerful Amenophis III she encounters hostility from members of his royal court.
Blindsided (1993) as Ira Gold
An ex-cop is temporarily blinded when he steals cash from a money laundering operations. While recuperating in Mexico, the thief falls in love with a beautiful woman who has underworld connections. When the girl disappears, he returns to the United States to find her, risking death from the gangster
Els de Devant (1993) as John
Soviet Georgia, 1932, a Turkish diplomat is assigned as consul at the Black Sea city of Batum after the mysterious death of his predecessor.
Lies Before Kisses (1991) as Grant Sanders
A woman's perfect life begins to fall apart when she learns that her husband, a wealthy publisher, has been accused of murdering a prostitute.
Forever (1991) as Marcelo Rondi
A businessman's daughter leads the investigation into her father's sudden death.
Beyond the Ocean (1990) as John
A successful American industrialist retreats unexpectedly to Bali to review his life.
Quicker Than the Eye (1989) as Ben Norell
Road House (1989) as Brad Wesley
A cool-headed bouncer (with an NYU philosphy degree and a gift for martial arts) is hired to calm an extra-rowdy midwestern tavern. Along the way he falls in love with a beautiful doctor, and runs up against the local kingpin.
Secret Obsession (1988) as Paul
Set in 1955 North Africa, the drama revolves around a younger man's love for an older married woman.
Control (1987) as Mike Zeller
A television movie about fifteen volunteers from different countries who agree to participate in a psychological experiment set in a nuclear bomb shelter in Germany. While inside, they learn that an accidental launch of armed missiles is targeted for their location. As the international experiment i
Police Story: The Freeway Killings (1987) as Captain Tom Wright
A sequel to the 1973-77 NBC series "Police Story." The film involves the personal and professional lives of a group of metropolitan police detectives in pursuit of a serial killer terrorizing a large city.
Downpayment on Murder (1987) as Harry Cardell
A television movie, based on a true story, about an estranged husband who, in an explosive rage, decides to have his wife murdered by a hired killer.
Il Camorrista (1986) as The Professor
La Donna Delle Meraviglie (1985) as Alberto
Early Frost, An (1985) as Nick Pierson
A successful young lawyer, Michael Pierson, is tired and reticent when he returns home to celebrate his parents' thirtieth wedding anniversary. He is later diagnosed as having AIDS, and afterwards breaks the shocking news to his family that he has the disease -- and that he is homosexual. The televi
Letter to Three Wives, A (1985) as Porter Holloway
As three wives, friends from the same town, board a boat for a day-long charity cruise, they are handed a note from a mutual friend saying that she is running off with one of their husbands. The telefilm relates how each wife has reason to believe that hers is the husband in question.
Uno Scandalo Perbene (1984) as Amnesiac
Ragazza di Trieste, La (1983) as Dino Romero
Tales of Ordinary Madness (1983) as Charles Serking
The narration of a poet--whose character is based on the novelist Charles Bukowski--as explores L.A.'s lower depths--helping us through his quest for sex, truth and beauty.
Question of Honor, A (1982) as Joe Defalco
More than passingly resembling Sidney Lumet's theatrical "Prince of the City", Budd Shulberg's first television script in over 20 years, from the book "Point Blank" by Sonny Grosso and Philip Rosenberg, fictionalizes the death of a cop who had been involved in a federal corruption investigation with
Inchon (1982) as Major Frank Hallsworth
They All Laughed (1981) as John Russo
Three private detectives who work at the same agency are given the assignment of following three attractive women whose husbands suspect them of cheating on them. Before long, the women are romantically involved with the detectives.
Bloodline (1979) as Rhys Williams
Elizabeth Roffe inherits her family-owned multi-national pharmaceutical company and soon finds herself targeted after an investigation reveals her father's death was not an accident.
Saint Jack (1979) as Jack Flowers
Absorbing character study of an amiable, ambitious pimp who thrives in Singapore during the early 1970s. Directed by Peter Bogdanovich, based on Paul Theroux's novel.
Killing of a Chinese Bookie (Director's Cut), The (1978)
Cosmo Vitelli owns the Crazy Horse West, a strip joint in California. He's laconic, a Korean War vet, and a gambler. When we meet him, he's making his last payment on a gambling debt. Then, he promptly loses $23,000 playing poker at an illegal local casino. The guys he owes this time aren't so friendly, pressuring him for immediate payment. Then they suggest that he kill a Chinese bookie to wipe off the debt. Vitelli and the film move back and forth between the double-crossing, murderous insincerity of the gamblers and the friendships, sweetness, and even love among Vitelli, the dancers, a dancer's mother, and the club's singer, Mr. Sophistication.
Death of Richie, The (1977) as George Werner
A confused teenager turns to drugs, leading to erratic outbursts in school and violent quarrels with his straight-arrow father.
High Velocity (1977) as Clifford Baumgartner
Opening Night (1977) as Manny Victor
After viewing the accidental death of a devoted fan, a famous actress re-examines her professional and personal relationships.
Killing of a Chinese Bookie, The (1976) as Cosmo Vitelli
A sleazy nightclub manager, in debt to the mob, is pressured to wipe out an underworld power.
Voyage Of The Damned (1976) as Morris Troper--European Head Of Jewish Agency
A luxury liner carries Jewish refugees from Hitler''''s Germany in a desperate fight for survival.
Capone (1975) as Al Capone
The story of the rise and fall of the infamous Chicago gangster Al Capone and the control he exhibited over the city during the prohibition years. Unusually, briefly covering the years after Capone was imprisoned.
Neptune Factor, The (1973) as Commander Blake
Aboard the R/V Triton, the Project Neptune team is doing oceanographic research. Director Andrews is trying to keep the research going in spite of opposition from Foundation Head Sheppard. Below on the ocean floor, in the Sealab, the team led by Hamilton is about to return to the surface when the Sealab is ripped loose from it's moorings and sent careening into a trench. Trapped too deep for divers, the only chance is rescue by a new US Navy mini-sub, piloted by the arrogant Cdr Blake USN. Blake, Chief Diver MacKay, Diver Cousins & Dr. Jansen (Hamilton's fiance) dive in the mini sub to attempt the rescue of the trapped Hamilton & crew.
Maneater (1973) as Nick Baron
Two city couples on a camping trip become the prey for a pair of hungry tigers set on them by a mad animal trainer, in this film not only written by Vince Edwards but marking his TV-movie directorial debut.
Fireball Forward (1972) as Major General Joe Barrett
A standard war movie that not only has stalwart Ben Gazzara taking over a hard-luck division at the front but also utilizes lots of extra footage from "Patton" which Frank McCarthy, producer of that movie and this, had in abundance.
Pursuit (1972) as Steven Graves
A government agent tries to keep an extremist from decimating with stolen nerve gas a city where a political convention is underway in this suspense thriller that marked the directorial debut of surgeon-turned novelist Michael Crichton, adapting the book "Binary" which he had written under his pseud
When Michael Calls (1972) as Doremus Connelly
A mystery thriller about a woman tormented by phone calls from a nephew who supposedly died fifteen years earlier, with Michael Douglas in his TV-movie acting debut.
Family Rico (1972) as Eddie Rico
A drama about underworld pressures on a crime syndicate chief, played by Gazzara, who is torn between his love for a younger brother who defects and his own loyalty to the organization. The 1957 theatrical version of the story, "The Brothers Rico," starred Richard Conte and Kathryn Grant, who had ju
Husbands (1970) as Harry
A man''''s death inspires his three best friends to reevaluate their lives.
King: A Filmed Record ... Montgomery to Memphis (1970) as
Compilation documentary on Martin Luther King and his movement.
If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium (1969) as
American tourists wreak havoc while traveling through Europe.
The Bridge at Remagen (1969) as Sergeant Angelo
During WWII, German troops fight a desperate battle to hold their position.
The Big Mouth (1967) as
A meek bank auditor stands in for a look-alike gangster to uncover a stolen treasure.
A Rage To Live (1965) as Roger Bannon
A woman''''s insatiable sex drive destroys her life.
Conquered City (1965) as Capt. George Stubbs
Carol for Another Christmas, A (1964)
Three ghosts teach an industrialist the importance of international peacekeeping.
The Passionate Thief (1963) as Lello
Convicts 4 (1962) as John Resko
A convicted killer discovers a talent for art while behind bars.
The Young Doctors (1961) as Dr. David Coleman
An aging doctor's resentment of his young assistant could lead to tragedy.
Anatomy of a Murder (1959) as Lt. Frederick Manion
A small-town lawyer gets the case of a lifetime when a military man avenges an attack on his wife.
The Strange One (1957) as Jocko de Paris
A military school student develops a destructive power over his fellow cadets.

Writer (feature film)

Beyond the Ocean (1990) as From Story
A successful American industrialist retreats unexpectedly to Bali to review his life.
Beyond the Ocean (1990) as Screenwriter
A successful American industrialist retreats unexpectedly to Bali to review his life.

Cast (special)

Anything For John (1999) as Interviewee
Documentary examining the career of filmmaker John Cassavetes.
Lee Strasberg: The Method Man (1998) as Interviewee
Profile of legendary acting teacher and creator of Method Acting, Lee Strasberg.
John Cassavetes (1990)
A documentary on actor, writer, producer and director John Cassavetes. Explores his 30-year career on stage, in films and on television, from his first ventures and performances in the 1950s to his death in 1989. Includes "The Making of 'Husbands'" (1971).
Star Tour Australia (1986) as Host
American celebrities tour the Land Down Under, in this travelogue special.
Hollywood's Most Sensational Mysteries (1984) as Host
The program explores the true and sometimes tragic mysteries involving some of Hollywood's most famous personalities. The pilot episode, which incorporates film clips, interviews, and dramatizations, looks into the tragic deaths of Marilyn Monroe, John Belushi, Freddie Prinze, James Dean, and silent
General, The (1974) as Narration
A film about the life of General George C. Marshall, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during World War II and Secretary of State thereafter, best remembered as the architect of the famous plan named after him that proposed massive U.S. investment in western Europe. The purpose of this support w

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Pope John Paul II (2005)
The life and times of the late Pope John Paul II, also known as Karol Wojtyla. Miniseries will chronicle his youth under Nazi-occupied Poland, his time as a young priest in a country controlled by the Soviet Union, his rise in the Catholic Church to becoming the first Polish pope in 1978 as his leg
Love, Honor & Obey: The Last Mafia Marriage (1993) as Joseph "J B Banannas" Bonnano
A two-part miniseries based on the true story of Bill and Rosalie Bonnano, members of the notorious crime family. Chronicles the marriage of Bill Bonnano to Rosalie Profaci, a union of New York's most powerful Mafia families.
Trial Of Lee Harvey Oswald, The (1977) as Anson "Kip" Roberts
The bizarre story behind the man accused of assassinating John F. Kennedy and what might have happened had he been brought to trial. The title is all that is left of the 1967 off-Broadway play by Amram Ducovny and Leon Friedman. John Pleshette, whose resemblance to the real Oswald is remarkable, is
QB VII (1974) as Abe Cady
An absorbing adaptation of Uris' best-selling novel telling the story of two successful men, an American writer and a Polish doctor, whose careers lead to a confrontation in a London courtroom when the former accuses the latter of having performed illegal operations in a Nazi prison camp years earli

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

People Like Us (1990) as Gus Bailey
A miniseries chronicling the adventures of Gus Bailey, a journalist obsessed with avenging his daughter's murder. In his search for the truth, he gets caught in the world of New York's rich and powerful.

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