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Ben Gazzara Biography

Birth Name:
Biagio Anthony Gazzara
Birth Place:
New York, New York, United States
Profession
Actor, director, writer

Fast Facts

  • Attended, on a scholarship, Erwin Piscator's Dramatic Workshop of the New School for Social Research
  • In 1953, made his Broadway debut as the lead in the play End as a Man
  • Made his film debut in the 1955 drama I'll Cry Tomorrow
  • Cast in the original 1955 Broadway production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
  • Wore three hats---actor, cowriter and director---for the 1990 Italian movie Oltre l'oceano (Beyond the Ocean)
  • Wrote his autobiography, titled In the Moment: My Life as an Actor, in 2004
  • In 2005, was awarded the Erwin Piscator Award for his acting achievements
  • Passed away from pancreatic cancer in 2012

Awards

  • 2003Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie: winner
  • 1968Emmy-Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Series: nominated
  • 1968Golden Globe-Actor in a Television Series: nominated
  • 1967Emmy-Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Series: nominated
  • 1967Golden Globe-Actor in a Television Series: nominated
  • 1966Golden Globe-Actor in a Television Series: nominated

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