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Elia Kazan

1909 - 2003

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Elia Kazan (; born Elias Kazantzoglou (Greek: Ηλίας Καζαντζόγλου); September 7, 1909 – September 28, 2003) was an American film and theatre director, producer, screenwriter and actor, described by The New York Times as "one of the most honored and influential directors in Broadway and Hollywood history".Born in Constantinople (now Istanbul), to Cappadocian Greek parents, his family came to the United States in 1913. After attending Williams College and then the Yale School of Drama, he acted professionally for eight years, later joining the Group Theatre in 1932, and co-founded the Actors Studio in 1947. With Robert Lewis and Cheryl Crawford, his actors' studio introduced "Method Acting" under the direction of Lee Strasberg. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Elia Kazan has received more than 3,805,222 page views. His biography is available in 66 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 65 in 2019). Elia Kazan is the 113th most popular film director (down from 62nd in 2019), the 280th most popular biography from Turkey (down from 203rd in 2019) and the most popular Turkish Film Director.

Elia Kazan is most famous for being the director of the film On the Waterfront.

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Among film directors, Elia Kazan ranks 113 out of 1,581Before him are Victor Fleming, Jules Dassin, Wes Craven, Louis Malle, George Cukor, and David Fincher. After him are Peter Jackson, Erich von Stroheim, Jerzy Grotowski, Sam Peckinpah, Lina Wertmüller, and John Carpenter.

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Among people born in 1909, Elia Kazan ranks 22Before him are Mohammed V of Morocco, Li Xiannian, Ernst Gombrich, Errol Flynn, Talal of Jordan, and Benny Goodman. After him are Fred Perry, Carmen Miranda, Miep Gies, John Fante, Marinus van der Lubbe, and Magda Schneider. Among people deceased in 2003, Elia Kazan ranks 22Before him are Soong Mei-ling, Robert Kardashian, Otto Günsche, Gianni Agnelli, Leopoldo Galtieri, and Maurice Blanchot. After him are Richard Crenna, Compay Segundo, Franco Modigliani, Frederick Chapman Robbins, Luciano Berio, and Nǃxau ǂToma.

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Among people born in Turkey, Elia Kazan ranks 280 out of 1,301Before him are Şehzade Abdullah (1776), Chryseis (null), Eudokia Makrembolitissa (1021), Thomas Palaiologos (1409), Mehmet Ali Ağca (1958), and Michael IX Palaiologos (1277). After him are Cevdet Sunay (1899), Calouste Gulbenkian (1869), Michael IV the Paphlagonian (1010), Polyxena (null), Raziye Sultan (null), and Cleanthes (-330).


Among film directors born in Turkey, Elia Kazan ranks 1After him are Yılmaz Güney (1937), Henri Verneuil (1920), Nuri Bilge Ceylan (1959), Ferzan Özpetek (1959), Yılmaz Erdoğan (1967), Semih Kaplanoğlu (1963), Yeşim Ustaoğlu (1960), Deniz Gamze Ergüven (1978), Sırrı Süreyya Önder (1962), and Zeki Demirkubuz (1964).