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Ben Gazzara

Ben Gazzara

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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 ...
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1952:
First professional stage appearance in "Jezebel's Husband" at Pennsylvania's Pocono Playhouse
1952:
Early TV appearances include episodes of "Danger" (CBS) and "Kraft Television Theatre" (NBC)
1953:
Made Broadway debut with lead role as a psychopathic sadist in the play "End as a Man"
1955:
Starred on Broadway in original production of Tennessee Williams' "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof"; played the alcoholic son Brick to Burl Ives's Big Daddy and Barbara Bel Geddes as Maggie
1955:
Received a Tony nomination for his portrayal of Johnny Pope in "A Hatful of Rain" on Broadway
1955:
Film debut in bit role as a card player in "I'll Cry Tomorrow"
1957:
First substantial film role, "The Strange One," an adaptation of "End as a Man"
1959:
Gained wide acclaim for his role opposite Jimmy Stewart in Otto Preminger's "Anatomy of a Murder"
1963:
Debut as TV series regular, "Arrest and Trial" (ABC)
1964:
Portrayed Fred Grudge, the idealistic nephew of modern-day isolationist Daniel Grudge (Sterling Hayden) in the ABC special "Carol for Another Christmas," a contemporary version of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz
1965:
Starred as the terminally ill Paul Bryan and directed episodes of "Run for Your Life" (NBC); earned two Emmy nominations as Lead Actor in a Drama Series
1969:
Made cameo appearance with John Cassavetes as card players in "If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium"
1970:
First collaboration with Cassavetes as director, "Husbands"; co-starred with Peter Falk as unhappily married men out for a drunken night on the town
1972:
TV-movie debut, "When Michael Calls" (ABC)
1972:
Played crime syndicate chief Eddie Rico in CBS movie "The Family Rico," adapted from the novel <i>The Brothers Rico</i> by Georges Simenon
1974:
Starred opposite Anthony Hopkins in the ABC miniseries "QB VII" (based on the Leon Uris novel) as a writer being sued for libel for what he wrote about a Polish doctor at Auschwitz
1974:
Received second Tony nomination for his work in "Hughie" and "Duet"
1974:
Directed episodes of "Columbo" (NBC), starring Falk as the titular detective
1975:
Essayed the title role of "Capone," which featured Cassavetes as an actor
1976:
Reteamed with Cassavetes for "The Killing of a Chinese Bookie"; played a strip-club owner in debt to the mob
1976:
Headed the Jewish agency trying to find sanctuary for the German Jews aboard the St. Louis in Stuart Rosenberg's "Voyage of the Damned"; Rosenberg previously directed episodes of "Run for Your Life"
1976:
Starred opposite Colleen Dewhurst in the Broadway revival of "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"; received Tony nomination
1977:
Tried to get a psychologically fraught Gena Rowlands back on stage in Cassavetes' "Opening Night"; Falk also in cast; film received a limited release in Los Angeles
1977:
Portrayed the father of a drug-addicted teenager (Robby Benson) in NBC movie "The Death of Richie"
1979:
Played title role of an American who operates a brothel in Singapore in Peter Bogdanovich's drama "Saint Jack"
1979:
Starred opposite Audrey Hepburn in the disappointing "Bloodline"
1981:
Reteamed with Hepburn in Bogdanovich's "They All Laughed"; film bombed at the box office
1981:
Acted in Italian movies ("Tales of Ordinary Madness," 1981; "The Girl from Trieste," 1982; "Uno Scandalo Perbene," 1984; "Il proessore, Il Camorrista," 1985)
1985:
Received an Emmy nomination as Rowlands' husband in the NBC TV-movie "An Early Frost"
1987:
Played Captain Tom Wright in the NBC movie "Police Story: The Freeway Killings"
1989:
Acted the part of the evil and eccentric town patriarch in "Road House"
1990:
Feature directorial debut, "Beyond the Ocean"; also co-wrote screenplay
1992:
Appeared in the short-lived Broadway play "Shimada"
1994:
Returned to the NY stage in "Chinese Coffee"
1993:
Portrayed Mafia boss Joseph Bonanno in TV-movie "Love, Honor and Obey: The Last Mafia Marriage" (NBC), based on the book by Rosalie Bonanno
1995:
Played the Warden in Western prison drama "Convict Cowboy" (Showtime), starring Jon Voight
1997:
Acted in straight-to-video release "Scene of the Crime" as police lieutenant Jack Lasky
1997:
Landed featured role in David Mamet's "The Spanish Prisoner"
1998:
Portrayed a pornographer in the Coen Brothers' cult film "The Big Lebowski"
1998:
Played a famous artist squiring a much younger Korean girlfriend in Wonsuk Chin's "Too Tired to Die"
1998:
Acted the role of a disgruntled husband who decides to chuck 40 years of marriage in Todd Solondz's "Happiness"
1998:
Played the father of Vincent Gallo's character in "Buffalo 66"; Gallo reportedly cast him based on his moving performance in the 1977 TV-movie "The Death of Richie"
1999:
Appeared in Spike Lee's crime drama "Summer of Sam"
2001:
Cast as Coach Halas in the ABC remake of "Brian's Song"
2003:
Co-starred with Rowlands and Uma Thurman in Mira Nair directed "Hysterical Blindness" (HBO)
2003:
Toured the country with one-man show about Yogi Berra titled "Nobody Don't Like Yogi"
2004:
Cast in Lars von Trier's experimental drama "Dogville" alongside Nicole Kidman and Lauren Bacall
2005:
Portrayed Italian priest turned Cardinal Secretary of State Agostino Casaroli in the CBS miniseries "Pope John Paul II"; Voight played the titular Pope
2006:
Directed by GĂ©rard Depardieu and acted with Rowlands in the "Quartier Latin" segment of the anthology film "Paris, je t'aime"
2008:
Co-starred with David Moscow and Talia Shire in the comedy "Looking for Palladin"
2011:
Acted in the foreign-produced films "RIstabbanna" (Italy) and "Chez Gino" (France)

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