Elia Kazan (born Elias Kazantzoglou, September 7, 1909 – September 28, 2003) was a Greek-American director, producer, writer and actor, described by The New York Times as “one of the most honored and influential directors in Broadway and Hollywood history”. He was born in Istanbul, Ottoman Empire, to ethnic Greek parents. After studying acting at Yale, he acted professionally for eight years, later joining the Group Theater in 1932, and co-founded the Actors Studio in 1947. With Robert Lewis and Cheryl Crawford, he introduced Method acting to the American stage and cinema as a new form of self-expression and psychological “realism.”
BBC Brief obituary of Elia Kazan with reader comments.
New York Times Comprehensive obituary on Elia Kazan’s life and career on Broadway and Hollywood.
PBS Feature essay and career timeline on Elia Kazan.
Petri Liukkonen Biography of Elia Kazan.
Reel Classics Biography of Kazan focusing on his film directing credits.
Spartacus Education Useful biography of Kazan with media and interview excerpts.
University of Pennsylvania Article on friends Elia Kazan and Arthur Miller, Communism, Marilyn Monroe etc.
University Press of Mississippi Brief biography of Kazan with an excellent quote about his decision to speak at the House Committee on Un-American Activities Committee.
Wired For Books 1985 audio interview with Elia Kazan by Don Swaim.
World Socialist Website Comprehensive biography of Kazan titled ‘Filmmaker and Informer’ with discussion about him naming entertainment industry Communists at the House Committee on Un-American Activities.
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