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Ben Gazzara ACTOR

Ben Gazzara was born on August 28th, 1930 in New York City, New York with the birth name Biagio Anthony Gazzara.  He first became interested in a career as an actor when he saw the stage production of, "The Glass Menagerie". 
After graduating from Stuyvesant High School he went onto study engineering, but finally dropped out when he received an acting scholarship.  Gazzara then joined the Actor's Studio and was cast as the lead in, "End as a Man" which soon went to Broadway and won Gazzara a Theatre World Award.  This role followed with a number of other roles in such productions as, "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" (1955) and "Hatful of Rain" (1955).  
In 1957 he made his film debut in, "The Strange One" also starring Pat Hingle, Peter Mark Richman and George Peppard, which was the film version from the play he did, "End as a Man".  In 1959 he was cast in the film, "Anatomy of a Murder" which turned out to be a commercial success and it also starred James Stewart, Lee Remick, Arthur O'Connell, Kathryn Grant, George C. Scott, Murray Hamilton, John Qualen, Duke Ellington, Orson Bean and Eve Arden
After a couple more films roles such as, "The Young Doctors" (1962) starring alongside Fredric March, Dick Clark, Ina Balin, Eddie Albert, Phyllis Love, Aline MacMahon, George Segal and Dolph Sweet and which was narrated by Ronald Reagan and "Convicts" (1962) co-starring Stuart Whitman, Ray Walston, Rod Steiger, Broderick Crawford, Vincent Price, Dodie Stevens, Sammy Davis Jr. and Jack Albertson, he was not seeing his film career having much success so he turned to working as a television actor.
Some of his television appearances included, "Arrest and Trial" (1963) and "Run for Your Life" (1965).  Ben soon made a huge film comeback when he was cast in three John Cassavetes films in the seventies, "Husbands" (1970) written, directed and starring John Cassavetes and with Peter Falk and Jenny Runacre, "The Killing of a Chinese Bookie" (1976) with Morgan Woodward and Timothy Carey and "Opening Night" (1977) also written, directed and starring John Cassavetes along with Gena Rowlands, Paul Stewart, Zohra Lampert and Joan Blondell.   
He did continue to work on a number of other films, none as successful as the Cassavetes films.  However he did have the lead role in the film, "Saint Jack" (1979) with Lisa Lu, George Lazenby, Peter Bogdanovich and Denholm Elliott, and also worked on two television movies, "The Death of Richie" (1977) starring with Robbie Benson, Eileen Brennan and Lance Kerwin and "An Early Frost" (1985) co-starring Aidan Quinn, Gena Rowlands, Sylvia Sidney, Terry O'Quinn and Bill Paxton, portraying the father of a child suffering from AIDS.

In 1989 Ben also starred in what has become sort of a cult classic action film "Road House" along with Patrick Swayze, Sam Elliott, Kevin Tighe, Jeff Healey, Kelly Lynch, Red West and Marshall Teague in which he becomes the man everyone loves to hate.
As his career entered the 90's he worked harder then he had all his years.  In total he appeared in thirty eight films just in the 90's alone.  The Big Screen films consisted of roles in, "The Spanish Prisoner" (1997)also starring Campbell Scott, Steve Martin, Rebecca Pidgeon, Ricky Jay and Felicity Huffman, "The Big Lebowski" (1998) starring Jeff Bridges, Steve Buscemi, Philip Seymour Hoffman, David Huddleston, Julianne Moore, Tara Reid, John Turturro and Sam Elliott, who also narrates the film, "Happiness" (1998) and "Summer of Sam" (1999) co-starring John Leguizamo, Adrien Brody, Mira Sorvino, Jennifer Esposito, Spike Lee, Bebe Neuwirth and Anthony LaPaglia.  
He would often alternate between film, television and stage work not only as an actor but also as a director.  He directed some episodes on the series, "Run for Your Life" (1965) and "The Name of the Game" (1968).  He also wrote and directed the film called, "Beyond the Ocean" (1990) however, this film has still not been released to the public.
Gazzara continues to work today and has worked with some of the most prominent directors in the industry.  Ben is currently married to Elke Stuckmann whom is his third wife.  They married in 1982.  He was married twice before, first to Louise Erickson from 1951 thorough 1957.  His second wife was the only one to have a child with was Janice Rule whom he wed in 1961 and they had one daughter, Elizabeth before ending the marriage in January 1982.      
In 1999, Gazzara was diagnosed with throat cancer but continues to work as an actor today with three projects currently in post production.


2011 Fatten Her
2011 The Wait
2011 Max Rose
2011 Chez Gino
2010 Christopher Roth 
2010 13 
2006 L'onore e il rispetto 
2009 Holy Money
2008 VEve 
2008 Empire State Building Murders 
2008 Looking for Palladin 
2007 Donne sbagliate 
2006 Quiet Flows the Don 
2006 Tikhiy Don
2006 Paris, Je T'Aime 
2005 Piovuto dal cielo 
2005 Pope John Paul II 
2005 Schubert
2005 Bonjour Michel 
2005 The Shore 
2003 Dogville
2003 L'ospite segreto
2002 Hysterical Blindness 
2001 Brian's Song 
2001 Home Sweet Hoboken 
2001 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
2001 Nobody's Heart
2000 The List 
2000 Jack of Hearts 
2000 Undertaker's Paradise 
2000 Shark in a Bottle 
2000 Very Mean Men 
2000   Believe 
2000 Blue Moon 
2000 Poor Liza 
1999 The Thomas Crown Affair 
1999 Summer of Sam 
1999 Tre stelle 
1999 Paradise Cove 
1999 Un bacio nel buio 
1998 Il tesoro di Damasco 
1998 Angelo nero 
1998 Illuminata 
1998 Happiness 
1998 The Big Lebowski 
1998 Buffalo '66
1998 Too Tired to Die 
1998 Protector 
1997 The Spanish Prisoner 
1997 Stag 
1997 Shadow Conspiracy 
1997 Farmer & Chase 
1997 Vicious Circles
1997 The Notorious
1996 Strangers
1996 Ladykiller 
1996 Una donna in fuga 
1995 The Zone 
1995 Nefertiti, figlia del sole 
1995 Convict Cowboy 
1995 Bandits 
1994 Fatal Vows: The Alexandra O'Hara Story 
1994 Parallel Lives 
1994 Les hirondelles ne meurent pas à Jerusalem 
1994 Sherwood's Travels 
1993 The Window Over the Way 
1993 Love, Honor & Obey: The Last Mafia Marriage 
1993 Blindsided 
1991 Lies Before Kisses 
1991 Per sempre 
1990 Quicker Than the Eye 
1990 People Like Us 
1990 Beyond the Ocean 
1989 Road House 
1988 Don Bosco 
1987 Downpayment on Murder 
1987 Police Story: The Freeway Killings 
1987 Control 
1986 Il camorrista 
1986 Champagne amer
1985 A Letter to Three Wives 
1985 An Early Frost 
1985 Figlio mio infinitamente caro 
1985 Woman of Wonders 
1984 A Proper Scandal 
1982 La ragazza di Trieste 
1982 A Question of Honor 
1981 Tales of Ordinary Madness 
1981 They All Laughed 
1981 Inchon 
1979 Bloodline 
1979 Saint Jack 
1977 Opening Night 
1977 The Trial of Lee Harvey Oswald 
1977 The Death of Richie 
1976 Voyage of the Damned 
1976 High Velocity 
1976 The Killing of a Chinese Bookie 
1975 Capone
1974 QB VII
1973 Maneater 
1973 The Neptune Factor
1973 You'll Never See Me Again 
1972 Afyon oppio 
1972 Pursuit 
1972 The Family Rico 
1972 Fireball Forward 
1972 When Michael Calls 
1970 Husbands 
1969 The Bridge at Remagen 
1969 If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium 
1965-1968 Run for Your Life
1967 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre 
1965 A Rage to Live 
1965 Kraft Suspense Theatre  
1964 Carol for Another Christmas 
1963-1964 Arrest and Trial 
1962 Conquered City 
1962 Convicts 4 
1962 Risate di gioia 
1961 The Young Doctors 
1961 Cry Vengeance! 
1959 The DuPont Show of the Month
1959 Armchair Theatre 
1959 Anatomy of a Murder 
1952-1958 Kraft Theatre
1957-1958 Playhouse 90
1957 The Strange One 
1954 Justice
1954 The United States Steel Hour
1952-1954 Danger 
1954 Medallion Theatre
1952-1953 Treasury Men In Action (Federal Men) 

Matinee Classics - 336 Hours starring James Garner, Eva Marie Saint, Rod Taylor, Werner Peters, John Banner and Russell Thorson
Matinee Classics - Run for Your Life starring Ben Gazzara, Nicholas Colasanto, Jack Krupnick, Fernando Lamas and Stephen McNally
Matinee Classics - Run for Your Life starring Ben Gazzara, Nicholas Colasanto, Jack Krupnick, Fernando Lamas and Stephen McNally
Matinee Classics - Anatomy of a Murder starring James Stewart, Lee Remick, Ben Gazzara, Arthur O'Connell, Eve Arden, Kathryn Grant, George C. Scott, Orson Bean, Russ Brown, Murray Hamilton, Brooks West, Ken Lynch, John Qualen, Howard McNear, Emily Eby, Alexander Campbell, Joseph N. Welch and Duke Ellington
Matinee Classics - The Bridge at Remagen starring George Segal, Robert Vaughn, Ben Gazzare, E. G. Marshall, Peter van Eyck,  Hans Christian Blech, Heinz Reincke, Joachim Hansen, Bo Hopkins, Robert Logan, Matt Clark, Steve Sandor, Richard Munch and Guster Meisner
Matinee Classics - The Bridge at Remagen starring George Segal, Robert Vaughn, Ben Gazzare, E. G. Marshall, Peter van Eyck,  Hans Christian Blech, Heinz Reincke, Joachim Hansen, Bo Hopkins, Robert Logan, Matt Clark, Steve Sandor, Richard Munch and Guster Meisner
Matinee Classics - The Death of Richie starring Ben Gazzara, Eileen Brennan, Robby Benson, Lance Kerwin, Shirley O'Hara, Jennifer Rhodes and John Zaremba

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