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      Ben Gazzara

      Ben Gazzara

      Highest Rated: 100% The Passionate Thief (1960)

      Lowest Rated: Not Available

      Birthday: Aug 28, 1930

      Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

      Branded the toast of Broadway for his incendiary performances in such theatrical milestones of the 1950s as Tennessee Williams' "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" and Michael V. Gazzo's "A Hatful of Rain," Ben Gazzara came a long way from his upbringing in Manhattan's Gashouse District during the Great Depression, becoming in the course of only a few years of his burgeoning career, the nation's preeminent Italian-American actor, 20 years ahead of Al Pacino and Robert De Niro. After making an indelible impression in Otto Preminger's "Anatomy of a Murder" (1959), he was resigned to the middling career of a jobbing actor through the Sixties, until the following decade, when his craft was revived through a partnership with filmmaker John Cassavetes on the controversial films "Husbands" (1970) and "The Killing of a Chinese Bookie" (1976). He would go on to impress audiences with his roles in "Capone" (1975), "They All Laughed" (1981), "Buffalo '66" (1998) and "Dogville" (2003). Rediscovered at the turn of the century by a new generation of indie filmmakers, Gazzara remained an in-demand character actor and a surviving link to both the Golden Age of Broadway and live television and the birth of the American independent film movement.

      Highest rated movies

      The Passionate Thief
      Anatomy of a Murder
      Opening Night
      The Spanish Prisoner
      Paris, je t'aime
      Happiness
      The Big Lebowski
      The Killing of a Chinese Bookie

      Photos

      CONVICTS 4, Ben Gazzara, 1962 ROAD HOUSE, Ben Gazzara, 1989, (c)United Artists ANATOMY OF A MURDER, from left: James Stewart, Ben Gazzara, director Otto Preminger on set, 1959, aoam1959js-fsct02(aoam1959js-fsct02) THE STRANGE ONE, Ben Gazzara, 1957 ANATOMY OF A MURDER, Ben Gazzara, 1959 CAPONE, Ben Gazzara, 1975, TM and Copyright (c) 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. CAPONE, Ben Gazzara, 1975, TM and Copyright (c)20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. HUSBANDS, Ben Gazzara, 1970 THE STRANGE ONE, Ben Gazzara, 1957 ANATOMY OF A MURDER, Ben Gazzara, 1959 A RAGE TO LIVE, Ben Gazzara, 1965 THE NEPTUNE FACTOR, Ben Gazzara, 1973, TM and Copyright (c) 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. THE STRANGE ONE, Ben Gazzara, 1957 THE STRANGE ONE, Ben Gazzara, 1957 THE KILLING OF A CHINESE BOOKIE, Robert Phillips, Ben Gazzara, Morgan Woodward, Seymour Cassel, 1976 A RAGE TO LIVE, Suzanne Pleshette, Ben Gazzara, 1965 THE KILLING OF A CHINESE BOOKIE, Ben Gazzara, 1976 HUSBANDS, John Cassavetes, Ben Gazzara, Peter Falk, 1970 ANATOMY OF A MURDER, from left: Ben Gazzara, James Stewart, 1959, aoam1959js-fsct05(aoam1959js-fsct05) HUSBANDS, John Casavettes, Peter Falk, Ben Gazzara, 1970

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Giuseppe Tornatore: Every Film My First Film Self - 2012
      No Score Yet 9% Christopher Roth Unknown (Character) - 2011
      7% 34% 13 Schlondorff (Character) - 2010
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Holy Money Unknown (Character) - 2009
      22% 33% Looking for Palladin Jack Palladin (Character) - 2008
      No Score Yet 40% Chez Gino Unknown (Character) - 2008
      86% 84% Paris, je t'aime Ben (Character) $4.9M 2006
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Shore Unknown (Character) - 2005
      70% 89% Dogville Jack McKay (Character) $1.5M 2003
      75% 63% Hysterical Blindness Nick (Character) - 2002
      No Score Yet 77% Brian's Song Coach Halas (Character) - 2001
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Home Sweet Hoboken Unknown (Character) - 2001
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Nobody's Heart L'avvocato Scalzi (Character) - 2001
      No Score Yet 0% The List D.A. Bernard Salman (Character) - 2000
      No Score Yet 46% Believe Ellicott Winslowe (Character) - 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Very Mean Men Gino Minetti (Character) - 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Out of the Blue Unknown (Character) - 2000
      20% 40% Blue Moon Frank Cavallo (Character) $76.1K 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Out of the Blue 2 Unknown (Character) - 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Poor Liza The Narrator (Character) - 2000
      69% 77% The Thomas Crown Affair Andrew Wallace (Character) $69.3M 1999
      50% 59% Summer of Sam Luigi (Character) $19.3M 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Jack of Hearts Bartossa (Character) - 1999
      44% 67% Illuminata Old Flavio (Character) $836.6K 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Valentine's Day Joe Buddha (Character) - 1998
      No Score Yet 54% Too Tired to Die John Sage (Character) - 1998
      77% 88% Buffalo 66 Jimmy (Character) $2.4M 1998
      83% 89% Happiness Lenny Jordan (Character) $3.0M 1998
      89% 81% The Spanish Prisoner Mr. Klein (Character) $9.6K 1998
      80% 93% The Big Lebowski Jackie Treehorn (Character) $17.4M 1998
      No Score Yet 70% The Protector Unknown (Character) - 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Il tesoro di Damasco Gregorio Kos (Character) - 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Shark in a Bottle The Arranger (Character) - 1998
      7% 17% Shadow Conspiracy Vice President Saxon (Character) $2.3M 1997
      40% 38% Stag Frank Grieco (Character) - 1997
      No Score Yet 29% Vicious Circles March (Character) - 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Dogfighters Dick Althorp (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ladykiller Lt. Jack "Jigsaw" Lasky (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet 46% Convict Cowboy Warden (Character) - 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Farmer & Chase Farmer (Character) - 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bandits Amos (Character) - 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fatal Vows: The Alexandra O'Hara Story Papa (Character) - 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Never Love a Thief Raphael de Pietro (Character) - 1994
      No Score Yet 87% Parallel Lives Charlie Duke (Character) - 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Love, Honor & Obey: The Last Mafia Marriage Joseph Bonanno (Character) - 1993
      No Score Yet 62% Blindsided Ira Gold (Character) - 1993
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Lies Before Kisses Grant Sanders (Character) - 1991
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Forever Marcello Rondi (Character) - 1991
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Beyond the Ocean Unknown (Character),
      Director
      - 1990
      41% 67% Road House Brad Wesley (Character) $27.4M 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Quicker Than the Eye Ben Norrell (Character) - 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Secret Obsession Paul Rivière (Character) - 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Control Mike Zella (Character) - 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Downpayment on Murder Harry Cardell (Character) - 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Police Story: The Freeway Killings Capt. Tom Wright (Character) - 1987
      No Score Yet 66% Il Camorrista Il Professore (Character) - 1986
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Letter to Three Wives Porter Holloway (Character) - 1985
      No Score Yet 72% An Early Frost Nick Pierson (Character) - 1985
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Question of Honor Detective Joe DeFalco (Character) - 1982
      44% 51% They All Laughed John Russo (Character) - 1981
      60% 70% Tales of Ordinary Madness Charles Serking (Character) - 1981
      0% 7% Inchon! Maj. Frank Hallsworth (Character) - 1981
      No Score Yet 27% Bloodline Rhys Williams (Character) - 1979
      72% 76% Saint Jack Jack Flowers (Character) - 1979
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Death of Richie George Werner (Character) - 1977
      96% 90% Opening Night Manny Victor (Character) $10.5K 1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Richie George Werner (Character) - 1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Trial of Lee Harvey Oswald Anson "Kip" Roberts (Character) - 1977
      No Score Yet 60% High Velocity Clifford Baumgartner (Character) - 1977
      77% 52% Voyage of the Damned Morris Troper (Character) - 1976
      79% 83% The Killing of a Chinese Bookie Cosmo Vitelli (Character) - 1976
      No Score Yet 88% The Sicilian Connection Joseph Coppola (Character) - 1976
      No Score Yet 26% Capone Al Capone (Character) - 1975
      No Score Yet 57% QB VII Abe Cady (Character) - 1974
      No Score Yet 15% The Neptune Factor Cmdr. Adrian Blake (Character) - 1973
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Maneater Nick Baron (Character) - 1973
      No Score Yet 25% Pursuit Steven Graves (Character) - 1972
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Family Rico Eddie Rico (Character) - 1972
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fireball Forward Maj. Gen. Joe Barrett (Character) - 1972
      No Score Yet No Score Yet When Michael Calls Doremus Connelly (Character) - 1972
      65% 79% Husbands Harry (Character) - 1970
      20% 58% The Bridge at Remagen Sgt. Angelo (Character) - 1969
      No Score Yet 50% A Rage to Live Roger Bannon (Character) - 1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rapture at 2:40 Paul Bryan (Character) - 1965
      No Score Yet 61% Carol for Another Christmas Fred (Character) - 1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tell It Like It Is Narrator - 1964
      No Score Yet 46% Convicts Four John Resko (Character) - 1963
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Conquered City Capt. George Stubbs (Character) - 1962
      No Score Yet 50% The Young Doctors Dr. David Coleman (Character) - 1961
      100% 79% The Passionate Thief Lello (Character) $30.8K 1960
      100% 91% Anatomy of a Murder Lt. Frederick Manion (Character) - 1959
      No Score Yet No Score Yet You'll Never See Me Again Jim Mason (Character) - 1959
      50% 61% The Strange One Jocko De Paris (Character) - 1957

      TV

      Credit
      78% 80% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Executive Assistant Attorney (Guest Star) 2001
      No Score Yet No Score Yet People Like Us Unknown (Character) 1990
      No Score Yet 79% Columbo Director 1974-1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Run for Your Life Unknown (Character) 1965-1968
      No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet I've Got a Secret Guest 1959
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The United States Steel Hour Richard Elgin Jr. (Character) 1954