Ben Gazzara
Ben Gazzara
Biagio Anthony Gazzarra, known as Ben Gazzara, was an American film, stage, and Emmy Award winning television actor and director.
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Talking With Tarantino: The Sight and Sound Excerpt
Huffington Post - about 1 year
The new Sight & Sound features my ten-page interview with its February cover star, Quentin Tarantino, and they have graciously allowed me to excerpt a portion of the extensive Q&A here. This is a nice chunk of it, but there's so much more in the magazine, from getting to know his characters, to the Roadshow appeal of The Hateful Eight and themes in the movie, to movie violence, to Leonardo DiCaprio's character in Django, to shooting on Ultra Panavision, to his own theater in Los Angeles, The New Beverly (shout out to Clu Gulager in the issue), to his love of old film prints, to interesting thoughts and facts about his past movies, and much, much more. Dig in and read it all via the magazine. For now, check out these choice moments from the interview. "There was a whole lot of speculation from some people about this whole 70mm thing, as in, that's really great, but it's just this set-bound parlor piece, so isn't it just a big old fucking waste of time and money? And, I thi ...
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Spike Lee Shares Worst Film Experience, Top Career Moments
Huffington Post - over 1 year
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) -- Spike Lee gets so excited when talking about movies, he can barely sit down. Reflecting on his career as he prepares to accept an honorary Oscar, the 58-year-old suddenly stands up and bounds around as he considers various ideas, at times bellowing so exuberantly, it echoes. Lee laughs as easily as he gets serious, and says he's profoundly touched by the film academy honor he'll receive Saturday at the seventh annual Governors Awards. "Stick around long enough, you'll get some grace," Lee says, eyes smiling behind blue-framed glasses. He insisted on meeting in person for this interview, and arrived at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences building wearing a black sweat suit, orange sneakers, a long strand of colorful beads and a beret touting the name of his latest film, "Chi-Raq." He carried a backpack with a blocky, cartoon image of his face on it. Lee sat down (and sometimes stood) with The Associated Press to answer six questions a ...
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A Brief (Pun Intended) History of Lawyers in Movies, Part II
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
Lawyers in motion pictures have been portrayed as one of two extremes, devils or angels, almost since celluloid was invented. The first film dealing specifically with a law firm and attorneys, 1933's Counsellor at Law, starring John Barrymore, portrayed its J.D.s as upstanding citizens, as did the early Perry Mason films of the same period. This quickly changed, however, with many attorneys portrayed as being capable of the same brand of skullduggery as their shifty clients. With that in mind, we bring you a list of the good, the bad and the ugly of lawyers in movies. Enjoy, and please refrain from suing us if you feel otherwise... 1. Devil's Advocate (1997) Keanu Reeves plays Kevin Lomax, a hot-shot young Florida lawyer who is all about climbing the ladder. When he gets an offer he can't refuse from a high-powered New York firm, led by the legendary John Milton (Al Pacino). Soon Kevin's wife (Charlize Theron) is plagued by demonic visions and he realizes he's literally so ...
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A Brief (Pun Intended) History of Lawyers in Movies
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
Lawyers in motion pictures have been portrayed as one of two extremes, devils or angels, almost since celluloid was invented. The first film dealing specifically with a law firm and attorneys, 1933's Counsellor at Law, starring John Barrymore, portrayed its J.D.s as upstanding citizens, as did the early Perry Mason films of the same period. This quickly changed, however, with many attorneys portrayed as being capable of the same brand of skullduggery as their shifty clients. With that in mind, we bring you a list of the good, the bad and the ugly of lawyers in movies. 1. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) Gregory Peck's Atticus Finch became the boilerplate for the Noble Movie Lawyer in this iconic, 1962 adaptation of Harper Lee's award-winning novel. Atticus Finch, a small town attorney in the Depression-era South, must defend a black man (Brock Peters) falsely accused of raping a white woman, causing the already-divided town's racial tensions to boil over. Through it all, ...
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Tales of an Extraordinary Madman  
Huffington Post - over 2 years
IN 1972, when I saw fellow Los Angeles Free Press writer Charles Bukowski's book in the window of a bookstore in West Hampstead in London, my first reaction was one of jealousy. The book was called Notes of a Dirty Old Man, the same title as his column in the paper. It was a City Lights book, with Bukowski's amazing pocked alcoholic face adorning its cover. I viewed Bukowski as only doing a limited shtick--he rarely came into the office himself, but I knew all about him because my friend Judy Lewellen, the city editor, used to go pick up the column. I guess I hadn't understood how popular Bukowski was getting until I was confronted by a book display in London. Years later, I came to realize that this guy had paid far more dues in his life than I had.   He was more than just a good offbeat columnist. Everyone knows about Bukowski, who for many years was able to walk the decaying, slummy streets of Los Angeles--as a mailman, a hobo, an alcoholic on Skid Row --while his writing was ...
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First Nighter: 'Bronx Bombers' Fields Yogi Berra Well Enough
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Eric Simonson, who gets his kicks writing plays about sports figures, is jumping the gun on Valentine's Day by sending a lavish Broadway card to now 88-year-old Yogi Berra. Bronx Bombers is what he calls the two-act Circle in the Square tribute, transferred from off-Broadway's Duke. And though devotees of completely satisfying scripts might not give it their unreserved seal of approval, dyed-in-the pin-stripes New York Yankees fans will likely go for it bigtime. Not to be confused with Nobody Don't Like Yogi, Thomas Lysaght's 2003 one-man monologue (delivered by Ben Gazzara) that's set at Yankee Stadium on Old Timers' Day 1999, playwright-director Simonson's latest begins 22 years earlier in June, 1977. On that day Berra (Peter Scolari) invited Billy Martin (Keith Nobbs) and Reggie Jackson (Francois Battiste) to his Boston Sheraton hotel suite, along with team captain Thurman Munson (Bill Dawes). Self-proclaimed Yankees historians won't have to be reminded that the occasion follo ...
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David Finkle: Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Revival Not Hot But Tinny
Huffington Post - about 4 years
When word got around during the Cat on a Hot Tin Roof previews at the Richard Rodgers that for the revival director Rob Ashford had decided a ghost never specified by Tennessee Williams should wander through the action, the resulting theater community hubbub led to some creative-team rethinking. Result: successful ghostbusting. That doesn't mean, however, that there aren't less visible ghosts haunting this embarrassingly misguided event -- among them the ghosts of actors Barbara Bel Geddes, Ben Gazzara, Burl Ives, Mildred Dunnock and director Elia Kazan from the original 1955 production and Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman, Judith Anderson, Ives again and director Richard Brooks from the 1958 movie version. The most agitated specter buzzing around Christopher Oram's ludicrously over-sized set is, however, playwright Williams, who was famous for rethinking his works long after he'd seen them produced and, indeed, never seemed satisfied with the ending of this work -- his 197 ...
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Dick Clark's brief film career: 'Spy Kids,' 'Killers Three' psycho
LATimes - almost 5 years
Dick Clark, who died Wednesday at 82, is best known for his starring roles on the small screen from "American Bandstand" through to "New Year's Rockin' Eve," but he did make a handful of appearances on the big screen early in his 60-year career. Most were dramatic turns, showing Clark's effort to avoid being pigeonholed in the teen music genre. His first film role came in the 1960 youth drama “Because They're Young,” directed by Paul Wendkos, about a young high school teacher who tries to help the troubled students at the school. In 1961, he starred as one of the titular "Young Doctors," alongside Fredric March and Ben Gazzara, in a story about romance and lifesaving decisions at a hospital. Perhaps his most unusual role came in the low-budget 1968 crime drama "Killers Three," in which Clark played a backwoods psycho killer. He also served as a producer and writer on the film. PHOTOS: Stars react to the death of Dick Clark Clark had only one more movie role, which came decad ...
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Alex Simon: Ben Gazzara 1930-2012
The Huffington Post - about 5 years
We're sad to report that actor <a class="fplink fp-27557" href="/ben+gazzara+1">Ben Gazzara</a> died on February 3rd at age 81, succumbing to pancreatic cancer. Over his nearly-sixty year career, Gazzara specialized in portraying tough guys with an intellect, usually undergoing a crisis of conscience.
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Ben Gazzara: Intense and powerful actor best known for his work with John Cassavetes
The Independent - about 5 years
<a class="fplink fp-27557" href="/ben+gazzara+1">Ben Gazzara</a> managed a career that embraced critically acclaimed independent and art-house films, popular movies, television and stage. He may be best known for three searing performances in John Cassavetes films but also worked with directors such as Otto Preminger, Spike Lee, the Coens and Lars von Trier. He claimed that youthful idealism made him turn down a lot of roles but in later years he refused few jobs, simply to maintain a comfortable lifestyle. In such a prolific career his ability to make the smallest gesture register means he is often better than the films he is in.
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Ben Gazzara dead at 81
CBS - Atlanta - about 5 years
Emmy-winning actor <a class="fplink fp-27557" href="/ben+gazzara+1">Ben Gazzara</a>, whose TV credits included Run for Your Life and Arrest and Trial, has died from pancreatic cancer. He was 81.
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Character actor Ben Gazzara dies at 81
Denver Post - about 5 years
<a class="fplink fp-27557" href="/ben+gazzara+1">Ben Gazzara</a>, 81, whose powerful dramatic performances brought an intensity to a variety of roles and made him a memorable presence in such iconic productions over the decades as the original "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" on Broadway and the film "The Big Lebowski," has died.
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Actor Ben Gazzara, veteran of stage and screen, dead at 81 - Baltimore Sun
Google News - about 5 years Actor <a class="fplink fp-27557" href="/ben+gazzara+1">Ben Gazzara</a>, veteran of stage and screen, dead at 81 Baltimore Sun LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actor <a class="fplink fp-27557" href="/ben+gazzara+1">Ben Gazzara</a>, known for his brooding tough-guy presence in dozens of films, television shows and stage productions over his long career, died of pancreatic cancer on Friday at a Manhattan hospital, his lawyer said. <a class="fplink fp-27557" href="/ben+gazzara+1">Ben Gazzara</a>, method actor known for intense performances, dies in New York at 81Washington Post Film and Broadway actor <a class="fplink fp-27557" href="/ben+gazzara+1">Ben Gazzara</a> dies aged 81BBC News <a class="fplink fp-27557" href="/ben+gazzara+1">Ben Gazzara</a> Dead At 81Seattle Post Intelligencer Gothamist -New York Times all 535 news articles »
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ben Gazzara
  • 2012
    Age 81
    On February 3, 2012, he died of pancreatic cancer at Bellevue Hospital Center in New York.
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  • 2005
    Age 74
    He suffered a stroke in 2005.
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  • 1999
    Age 68
    Gazzara was diagnosed with throat cancer in 1999.
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  • 1994
    Age 63
    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.
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  • 1982
    Age 51
    Gazzara married three times; to actress Louise Erickson (1951–57), actress Janice Rule (1961–1979), and German model Elke Krivat from 1982.
    More Details Hide Details Following his separation from his first wife, Gazzara was engaged to stage actress Elaine Stritch and later disclosed a love affair with actress Audrey Hepburn. He and Hepburn co-starred in two of her final films, Bloodline (1979) and They All Laughed (1981). During filming of the war movie The Bridge at Remagen (1969) co-starring Gazzara and his friend Robert Vaughn, the Warsaw Pact invaded Czechoslovakia. Filming was halted temporarily, and the cast and crew were detained before filming was completed in West Germany. During their departure from Czechoslovakia, Gazzara and Vaughn assisted with the escape of a Czech waitress whom they had befriended. They smuggled her to Austria in a car waved through a border crossing that had not yet been taken over by the Soviet army in its crackdown on the Prague Spring.
  • 1979
    Age 48
    Gazzara was the honorary starter of the 1979 Daytona 500, the first flag-to-flag Daytona 500 broadcast live on CBS.
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  • 1963
    Age 32
    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.
    More Details Hide Details For his work in the series, Gazzara received two Emmy nominations for "Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series" and three Golden Globe nominations for "Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama." Contemporary screen credits included The Young Doctors (1961), A Rage to Live (1965) and The Bridge at Remagen (1969). Gazzara told Charlie Rose in 1998 that he went from being mainly a stage actor who often would turn up his nose at film roles in the mid-1950s to, much later, a ubiquitous character actor who turned very little down. "When I became hot, so to speak, in the theater, I got a lot of offers," he said. "I won't tell you the pictures I turned down because you'll say, 'You are a fool,' and I was a fool." Gazarra returned to Broadway for a production of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? with Colleen Dewhurst in 1976.
  • 1957
    Age 26
    He joined other Actors Studio members in the 1957 film The Strange One.
    More Details Hide Details Then came a high-profile performance as a soldier on trial for avenging his wife's rape in Otto Preminger's courtroom drama Anatomy of a Murder (1959).
  • 1954
    Age 23
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Gazzara starred in various Broadway productions around this time, including creating the role of Brick in Tennessee Williams' Cat On A Hot Tin Roof (1955) opposite Barbara BelGeddes, directed by Elia Kazan, although he lost out to Paul Newman when the film version was cast.
  • 1930
    Born on August 28, 1930.
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