‘Anatomy of a Murder’ star Gazzara dies

Filed in heightened

By Brent Lang, TheWrap.com

Ben Gazzara died Friday of pancreatic cancer, The New York Times reported.?

The star of award films and plays such as “Anatomy of a Murder” and “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” was 81 years old.

Gazzara employed his distinctive, guttural voice and powerful stare most memorably in a series of film collaborations with the director?John Cassavetes. For the maverick director, Gazzara played a collection of bitter spouses and down-on-their heels gamblers and directors in films such as “The Killing of a Chinese Bookie” and “Opening Night.”?

For the maverick director, Gazzara played a collection of bitter spouses and down-on-their heels gamblers and theater directors in films such as “The Killing of a Chinese Bookie” and “Opening Night.”?

More from TheWrap: Super Bowl pregame: Feds seize, arrest online sporting-event pirates

Like Peter Falk, his co-star in Cassavetes’ “Husbands,” Gazzara was perfectly suited to the director’s signature examinations of bruised men who struggle to articulate and come to grips with their emotions, fears and hopes in a rapidly changing world.?

Fittingly, he died the same day that Cassavetes did more than twenty years ago.?

Among his other notable film roles were an accused rapist in “Anatomy of a Murder” (1959), the smooth-talking pornographer Jackie Treehorn in the Coen Brothers’ “The Big Lebowski” (1998), and a grandfather separating from his wife of 40 years in Todd Solondz’s “Happiness”(1998).?

More from TheWrap: Tony Oller offered starring role in ‘Vigilandia’

Less successful was his starring role opposite his then-lover Audrey Hepburn in Peter Bogdanovich’s “They All Laughed” (1981). The romantic comedy was a box office and critical disaster.

As for “Roadhouse” (1989), the critics hated the Patrick Swayze action movie too, but thanks to frequent television play, Gazarra’s role as villainous businessman became a cult favorite.?

On stage, Gazzara originated the role of the alcoholic, sexually confused Brick in Tennessee Williams’ “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.” It helped make his name, but he saw the role go to Paul Newman in the 1958 film adaptation.

Even after Hollywood beckoned, Gazzara was comfortable migrating from stage to screen, making frequent appearances on Broadway. He was nominated for three Tony awards for playing a drug addict in “A Hatful of Rain,”?for doing double duty in two short plays Eugene O?Neill?s ?Hughie? and David Scott Milton?s ?Duet,” and for playing the alcoholic George in a revival of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf.”

More from TheWrap: ‘Glee’ sidelined for two months

His last Broadway role came in 2006′s acclaimed revival of the social protest drama “Awake and Sing!”

Gazzara’s performance in HBO’s “Hysterical Blindness” earned him his first Emmy award in 2006. He also ?earned plaudits for his starring role in the TV movie, “An Early Frost” (1985), one of the first nationally broadcast works to deal with the AIDS crisis.?

Gazzara was married three times to Louise Erickson (1951?1957), actress Janice Rule (1961?1979), and German model Elke Stuckmann.

He his survived by Stuckmann, their daughter, and an adopted daughter. Gazarra’s brother, Anthony, also survives him.?

More in TODAY entertainment:

Source: http://todayentertainment.today.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/02/03/10313294-anatomy-of-a-murder-star-ben-gazzara-dies-at-81

draya michele ozzie guillen ozzie guillen washington monument demarcus ware terra nova miles austin

Leave a Reply

great track record of success
We Chat With The 4Moms Founders About Robotic Strollers, Creativity, And Baby Exoskeletons

Building hardware is hard and breaking into entrenched markets is even harder. However, the founders of 4Moms, Rob Daley and Henry Thorne, managed to do both. 4Moms is a baby products company that aims to change the way we think about traditional products like play yards, strollers, and sleepy-time swings. Their products are beautifully-engineered pieces [...]

Lost the plot: luxury villas built on rickety poles above Chinese factory to be torn down amid health and safety concerns

Prime real estate is worth its weight in gold these days so you can hardly blame one Hong Kong businessman for extending upwards… Planning permission can be a real drag, can’t it? All you want is a little extra space for the bespoke kitchen extension of your dreams (hmmm make that a small conservatory, too, [...]

Artist uses talent to fight childhood cancer

[unable to retrieve full-text content] Source: abclocal.go.com — Friday, October 04, 2013A local artist is using his incredible talent to combat children’s brain Cancer in memory of the little girl he lost. … Source: http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?section=news/local/los_angeles&id=9275290&rss=rss-kabc-article-9275290 When Is Veterans Day 2012 brooke burke Alexa Vega Bram Stoker books Paula Broadwell Photos Veterans Day 2012 Nate Silver

Tim Tebow: Shirtless in Vogue!

Source: http://www.thehollywoodgossip.com/2012/09/tim-tebow-shirtless-in-vogue/ the international preppers geraldo obama trayvon martin pietrus cheney tori spelling

Bruce Liere's Blog Sarasota hosts Sea Cows, Sea Race horses and …

Inquire someone the things they notice after they image farm pets within California and you are planning to learn about an thinks picture in which areas the riders and also horse with a Gulf Coastline seaside with all the sun establishing the history above highly detailed glowing blue h2o.Click Here That can be a is, [...]