Ben Gazzara

Biagio Anthony Gazzarra (August 28, 1930 – February 3, 2012), known as Ben Gazzara, was an American film, stage, and television actor and director. His best known films include Anatomy of a Murder (1959), Voyage of the Damned (1976), Inchon (1981), Road House (1989), The Big Lebowski (1998), Happiness (1998), The Thomas Crown Affair (1999), Summer of Sam (1999), Dogville (2003) and Paris, je t'aime (2006). He was a recurring collaborator with John Cassavetes, working with him on Husbands (1970), The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976) and Opening Night (1977). As the star of the television series Run for Your Life (1965-1968), Gazzarra was nominated for three Golden Globe Awards and two Emmy Awards. He won his first, and only, Emmy Award for his role in the television film Hysterical Blindness (2002). Description above from the Wikipedia article Ben Gazzara, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.    

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The Thomas Crown Affair (1999)

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A very rich and successful playboy amuses himself by stealing artwork, but may have met his match in a seductive detective.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John McTiernan
CAST:  Pierce Brosnan  •  Rene Russo  •  Denis Leary  •  Ben Gazzara

A very rich and successful playboy amuses himself by stealing artwork, but may have met his match in a seductive detective.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John McTiernan
CAST:  Pierce Brosnan  •  Rene Russo  •  Denis Leary  •  Ben Gazzara

The Big Lebowski (1998)

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Jeffrey 'The Dude' Lebowski, a Los Angeles slacker who only wants to bowl and drink White Russians, is mistaken for another Jeffrey Lebowski, a wheelchair-bound millionaire, and finds himself dragged into a strange series of events involving nihilists, adult film ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joel Coen  •  Ethan Coen
CAST:  Jeff Bridges  •  John Goodman  •  Steve Buscemi  •  Julianne Moore

Jeffrey 'The Dude' Lebowski, a Los Angeles slacker who only wants to bowl and drink White Russians, is mistaken for another Jeffrey Lebowski, a wheelchair-bound millionaire, and finds himself dragged into a strange series of events involving nihilists, adult film ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joel Coen  •  Ethan Coen
CAST:  Jeff Bridges  •  John Goodman  •  Steve Buscemi  •  Julianne Moore

Anatomy of a Murder (1959)

Semi-retired Michigan lawyer Paul Biegler takes the case of Army Lt. Manion, who murdered a local innkeeper after his wife claimed that he raped her. Over the course of an extensive trial, Biegler parries with District Attorney Lodwick and out-of-town prosecutor ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Otto Preminger
CAST:  James Stewart  •  Lee Remick  •  Ben Gazzara  •  Arthur O'Connell

Semi-retired Michigan lawyer Paul Biegler takes the case of Army Lt. Manion, who murdered a local innkeeper after his wife claimed that he raped her. Over the course of an extensive trial, Biegler parries with District Attorney Lodwick and out-of-town prosecutor ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Otto Preminger
CAST:  James Stewart  •  Lee Remick  •  Ben Gazzara  •  Arthur O'Connell

Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There (2003)

Broadway: The Golden Age is the most important, ambitious and comprehensive film ever made about America's most celebrated indigenous art form. Award-winning filmmaker Rick McKay filmed over 100 of the greatest stars ever to work on Broadway or in Hollywood. He ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rick McKay
CAST:  Edie Adams  •  Bea Arthur  •  Alec Baldwin  •  Kaye Ballard

Broadway: The Golden Age is the most important, ambitious and comprehensive film ever made about America's most celebrated indigenous art form. Award-winning filmmaker Rick McKay filmed over 100 of the greatest stars ever to work on Broadway or in Hollywood. He ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rick McKay
CAST:  Edie Adams  •  Bea Arthur  •  Alec Baldwin  •  Kaye Ballard

Buffalo '66 (1998)

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Billy is released after five years in prison. In the next moment, he kidnaps teenage student Layla and visits his parents with her, pretending she is his girlfriend and they will soon marry.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Vincent Gallo
CAST:  Vincent Gallo  •  Christina Ricci  •  Ben Gazzara  •  Mickey Rourke

Billy is released after five years in prison. In the next moment, he kidnaps teenage student Layla and visits his parents with her, pretending she is his girlfriend and they will soon marry.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Vincent Gallo
CAST:  Vincent Gallo  •  Christina Ricci  •  Ben Gazzara  •  Mickey Rourke

Dogville (2003)

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A barren soundstage is stylishly utilized to create a minimalist small-town setting in which a mysterious woman named Grace hides from the criminals who pursue her. The town is two-faced and offers to harbor Grace as long as she can make it worth their effort, so ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lars von Trier
CAST:  Nicole Kidman  •  Harriet Andersson  •  Lauren Bacall  •  Jean-Marc Barr

A barren soundstage is stylishly utilized to create a minimalist small-town setting in which a mysterious woman named Grace hides from the criminals who pursue her. The town is two-faced and offers to harbor Grace as long as she can make it worth their effort, so ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lars von Trier
CAST:  Nicole Kidman  •  Harriet Andersson  •  Lauren Bacall  •  Jean-Marc Barr

Happiness (1998)

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The lives of many individuals connected by the desire for happiness, often from sources usually considered dark or evil.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Todd Solondz
CAST:  Jane Adams  •  Jon Lovitz  •  Philip Seymour Hoffman  •  Dylan Baker

The lives of many individuals connected by the desire for happiness, often from sources usually considered dark or evil.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Todd Solondz
CAST:  Jane Adams  •  Jon Lovitz  •  Philip Seymour Hoffman  •  Dylan Baker

Inchon (1982)

Gen. Douglas MacArthur leads a Korean War campaign, and the war tests a married couple's relationship.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Terence Young
CAST:  Laurence Olivier  •  Jacqueline Bisset  •  Ben Gazzara  •  Toshirō Mifune

Gen. Douglas MacArthur leads a Korean War campaign, and the war tests a married couple's relationship.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Terence Young
CAST:  Laurence Olivier  •  Jacqueline Bisset  •  Ben Gazzara  •  Toshirō Mifune

Opening Night (1977)

Actress Myrtle Gordon is a functioning alcoholic who is a few days from the opening night of her latest play, concerning a woman distraught about aging. One night a car kills one of Myrtle's fans who is chasing her limousine in an attempt to get the star's ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Cassavetes
CAST:  Gena Rowlands  •  John Cassavetes  •  Ben Gazzara  •  Joan Blondell

Actress Myrtle Gordon is a functioning alcoholic who is a few days from the opening night of her latest play, concerning a woman distraught about aging. One night a car kills one of Myrtle's fans who is chasing her limousine in an attempt to get the star's ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Cassavetes
CAST:  Gena Rowlands  •  John Cassavetes  •  Ben Gazzara  •  Joan Blondell

Paris Je T'aime (2006)

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Olivier Assayas, Gus Van Sant, Wes Craven and Alfonso Cuaron are among the 20 distinguished directors who contribute to this collection of 18 stories, each exploring a different aspect of Parisian life. The colourful characters in this drama include a pair of mimes ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gérard Depardieu  •  Joel Coen  •  Ethan Coen  •  Wes Craven  •  Alfonso Cuarón  •  Alexander Payne  •  Tom Tykwer  •  Sylvain Chomet  •  Gus Van Sant  •  Vincenzo Natali  •  Richard LaGravenese  •  Isabel Coixet  •  Olivier Assayas  •  Walter Salles  •  Bruno Podalydès  •  Oliver Schmitz  •  Gurinder Chadha  •  Nobuhiro Suwa  •  Daniela Thomas  •  Frédéric Auburtin  •  Christopher Doyle
CAST:  Steve Buscemi  •  Axel Kiener  •  Julie Bataille  •  Bruno Podalydès

Olivier Assayas, Gus Van Sant, Wes Craven and Alfonso Cuaron are among the 20 distinguished directors who contribute to this collection of 18 stories, each exploring a different aspect of Parisian life. The colourful characters in this drama include a pair of mimes ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gérard Depardieu  •  Joel Coen  •  Ethan Coen  •  Wes Craven  •  Alfonso Cuarón  •  Alexander Payne  •  Tom Tykwer  •  Sylvain Chomet  •  Gus Van Sant  •  Vincenzo Natali  •  Richard LaGravenese  •  Isabel Coixet  •  Olivier Assayas  •  Walter Salles  •  Bruno Podalydès  •  Oliver Schmitz  •  Gurinder Chadha  •  Nobuhiro Suwa  •  Daniela Thomas  •  Frédéric Auburtin  •  Christopher Doyle
CAST:  Steve Buscemi  •  Axel Kiener  •  Julie Bataille  •  Bruno Podalydès

Road House (1989)

The Double Deuce is the meanest, loudest and rowdiest bar south of the Mason-Dixon Line, and Dalton has been hired to clean it up. He might not look like much, but the Ph.D.-educated bouncer proves he's more than capable -- busting the heads of troublemakers and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rowdy Herrington
CAST:  Patrick Swayze  •  Kelly Lynch  •  Sam Elliott  •  Ben Gazzara

The Double Deuce is the meanest, loudest and rowdiest bar south of the Mason-Dixon Line, and Dalton has been hired to clean it up. He might not look like much, but the Ph.D.-educated bouncer proves he's more than capable -- busting the heads of troublemakers and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rowdy Herrington
CAST:  Patrick Swayze  •  Kelly Lynch  •  Sam Elliott  •  Ben Gazzara

Shadow Conspiracy (1997)

Bobby Bishop is a special assistant to the President of the United States. Accidentally, he meets his friend professor Pochenko on the street. Pochenko has time to tell Bishop about some conspiracy in the White House but then immediately gets killed by an assassin. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George P. Cosmatos
CAST:  Charlie Sheen  •  Donald Sutherland  •  Linda Hamilton  •  Stephen Lang

Bobby Bishop is a special assistant to the President of the United States. Accidentally, he meets his friend professor Pochenko on the street. Pochenko has time to tell Bishop about some conspiracy in the White House but then immediately gets killed by an assassin. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George P. Cosmatos
CAST:  Charlie Sheen  •  Donald Sutherland  •  Linda Hamilton  •  Stephen Lang

The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976)

Cosmo Vittelli, the proprietor of a sleazy, low-rent Hollywood cabaret, has a real affection for the women who strip in his peepshows and the staff who keep up his dingy establishment. He also has a major gambling problem that has gotten him in trouble before. When ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Cassavetes
CAST:  Ben Gazzara  •  Timothy Carey  •  Seymour Cassel  •  Robert Phillips

Cosmo Vittelli, the proprietor of a sleazy, low-rent Hollywood cabaret, has a real affection for the women who strip in his peepshows and the staff who keep up his dingy establishment. He also has a major gambling problem that has gotten him in trouble before. When ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Cassavetes
CAST:  Ben Gazzara  •  Timothy Carey  •  Seymour Cassel  •  Robert Phillips

The Spanish Prisoner (1997)

An inventor of a secret process suddenly finds himself alone as both his friends and the corporation he works for turn against him.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Mamet
CAST:  Steve Martin  •  Campbell Scott  •  Ben Gazzara  •  Rebecca Pidgeon

An inventor of a secret process suddenly finds himself alone as both his friends and the corporation he works for turn against him.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Mamet
CAST:  Steve Martin  •  Campbell Scott  •  Ben Gazzara  •  Rebecca Pidgeon

The Strange One (1957)

A military school student develops a destructive power over his fellow cadets.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jack Garfein
CAST:  Ben Gazzara  •  Pat Hingle  •  Peter Mark Richman  •  Arthur Storch

A military school student develops a destructive power over his fellow cadets.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jack Garfein
CAST:  Ben Gazzara  •  Pat Hingle  •  Peter Mark Richman  •  Arthur Storch

King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis (1969)

Constructed from a wealth of archival footage, the documentary follows Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. from 1955 to 1968, in his rise from regional activist to world-renowned leader of the Civil Rights movement. Rare footage of King's speeches, protests, and arrests ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sidney Lumet  •  Joseph L. Mankiewicz
CAST:  Paul Newman  •  Coretta Scott King  •  Joanne Woodward  •  Ralph Abernathy

Constructed from a wealth of archival footage, the documentary follows Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. from 1955 to 1968, in his rise from regional activist to world-renowned leader of the Civil Rights movement. Rare footage of King's speeches, protests, and arrests ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sidney Lumet  •  Joseph L. Mankiewicz
CAST:  Paul Newman  •  Coretta Scott King  •  Joanne Woodward  •  Ralph Abernathy

Hysterical Blindness (2002)

Two friends lament their unhappy single lives while searching for Mr. Right in 1980s New Jersey.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mira Nair
CAST:  Uma Thurman  •  Gena Rowlands  •  Juliette Lewis  •  Justin Chambers

Two friends lament their unhappy single lives while searching for Mr. Right in 1980s New Jersey.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mira Nair
CAST:  Uma Thurman  •  Gena Rowlands  •  Juliette Lewis  •  Justin Chambers

Summer of Sam (1999)

During the summer of 1977, a killer known as the Son of Sam keeps all of New York City on edge with a series of brutal murders.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Spike Lee
CAST:  John Leguizamo  •  Adrien Brody  •  Mira Sorvino  •  Jennifer Esposito

During the summer of 1977, a killer known as the Son of Sam keeps all of New York City on edge with a series of brutal murders.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Spike Lee
CAST:  John Leguizamo  •  Adrien Brody  •  Mira Sorvino  •  Jennifer Esposito

The Bridge at Remagen (1969)

In March of 1945, as the War in Europe is coming to a close, fighting erupts between German and American troops at the last remaining bridgehead across the Rhine.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Guillermin
CAST:  George Segal  •  Ben Gazzara  •  Robert Vaughn  •  Bradford Dillman

In March of 1945, as the War in Europe is coming to a close, fighting erupts between German and American troops at the last remaining bridgehead across the Rhine.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Guillermin
CAST:  George Segal  •  Ben Gazzara  •  Robert Vaughn  •  Bradford Dillman

An Early Frost (1985)

Successful lawyer Michael Pierson is gay, but he has always hidden this part of his life from his mother, Katherine, father, Nick, and grandmother Beatrice. But when Michael discovers he has AIDS and is dying of complications from the disease, he must open up to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Erman
CAST:  Ben Gazzara  •  Aidan Quinn  •  Gena Rowlands  •  Bill Paxton

Successful lawyer Michael Pierson is gay, but he has always hidden this part of his life from his mother, Katherine, father, Nick, and grandmother Beatrice. But when Michael discovers he has AIDS and is dying of complications from the disease, he must open up to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Erman
CAST:  Ben Gazzara  •  Aidan Quinn  •  Gena Rowlands  •  Bill Paxton
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