Ben Gazzara

Born Aug 28, 1930

Biagio Anthony Gazzarra, known as Ben Gazzara, was an American film, stage, and Emmy Award winning television actor and director.

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1930 Birth Born on August 28, 1930.


1954 23 Years Old In 1954, Gazzara (having tweaked his original surname from "Gazzarra") made several appearances on NBC's legal drama Justice, based on case studies from the Legal Aid Society of New York. … Read More
1957 26 Years Old He joined other Actors Studio members in the 1957 film The Strange One. … Read More


1963 32 Years Old Gazzara became well known in several television series, beginning with Arrest and Trial, which ran from 1963 to 1964 on ABC, and the more-successful series Run for Your Life from 1965 to 1968 on NBC, in which he played a terminally ill man trying to get the most out of the last two years of his life. … Read More


1979 48 Years Old Gazzara was the honorary starter of the 1979 Daytona 500, the first flag-to-flag Daytona 500 broadcast live on CBS.


1982 51 Years Old Gazzara married three times; to actress Louise Erickson (1951–57), actress Janice Rule (1961–1979), and German model Elke Krivat from 1982. … Read More


1994 63 Years Old He was also featured in a 1994 article in Cigar Aficionado, in which he admitted smoking four packs of cigarettes a day until taking up cigar smoking in the mid-1960s.
1999 68 Years Old Gazzara was diagnosed with throat cancer in 1999.
2005 74 Years Old He suffered a stroke in 2005.
2012 81 Years Old 1 More Event
On February 3, 2012, he died of pancreatic cancer at Bellevue Hospital Center in New York.
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