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Also Known As: Nick Kazan Died:
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Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: screenwriter, director, playwright, producer, journalist

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This second-generation screenwriter has made a reputation for strong psychological dramas. Nicholas Kazan, the son of famed screenwriter-producer-director-actor Elia Kazan, has a talent for scripts described as "edgy, terse, bleakly funny." Until the late 1980s, he concentrated on theater, writing for The Impact Company of the Improvisational Theatre Project and having several plays produced in New York.

This second-generation screenwriter has made a reputation for strong psychological dramas. Nicholas Kazan, the son of famed screenwriter-producer-director-actor Elia Kazan, has a talent for scripts described as "edgy, terse, bleakly funny." Until the late 1980s, he concentrated on theater, writing for The Impact Company of the Improvisational Theatre Project and having several plays produced in New York.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Dream Lover (1993) Director
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  Edge, The (1989) Director ("Professional Man")

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Wrote first play in college, "Ballgame"
1977:
Screenwriting debut as one of four writers on "Showboat 1988"
1988:
Feature debut as co-producer, "Reversal of Fortune" (also scipted)
1989:
TV directorial debut, "The Edge"
1994:
Feature directorial debut, "Dream Lover"
1996:
With wife Robin Swicord, adapted Roald Dahl's novel "Matilda"
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Education

Swarthmore College: Swarthmore , Pennsylvania - 1964 - 1968

Notes

"Some people think of me in terms of my father. A lot of people aren't aware of him. I never mention him. I'm me. If you want to deal with him, deal with him. After struggling as a writer in Berkeley for many years, sending out scripts where nothing would happen, I decided I was foolish not to use my family contacts. My father set up meetings ... Nothing came of them. I heaved a big sigh. I didn't want to be looking over my shoulder, trying to decide, if I got any success, whether I deserved it. Now I know that whatever's come to me, I've worked very hard and done it completely myself." --From a 1991 interview in Movieline.

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wife:
Robin Swicord. Screenwriter.

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father:
Elia Kazan. Director, screenwriter, producer and actor. Born Constantinople, Turkey, September 7, 1909.
mother:
Molly Day Thatcher. Along with Elia Kazan, was one of the filmmakers behind the semi-experimental political film short, "Pie in the Sky" (1935); died 1963.
sister:
Judy Morris.
brother:
Chris Kazan. Screenwriter, novelist. Born c. 1939.
sister:
Katherine Athena Kazan.
half-brother:
Leo Kazan.
daughter:
Zoe Kazan. Mother, Robin Swicord.
daughter:
Maya Kazan. Mother, Robin Swicord.
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