John Cazale

John Holland Cazale was an American actor. He appeared in five films during six years that were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture: The Godfather, The Conversation, The Godfather Part II, Dog Day Afternoon, and The Deer Hunter. He appeared in archival footage in The Godfather Part III, also nominated for Best Picture, making him the only actor to have this multi-film distinction. From his start as a theater actor, he became one of Hollywood's premier character actors, starting with his role as the doomed, weak-minded Fredo Corleone opposite longtime friend Al Pacino in Francis Ford Coppola's film The Godfather and its 1974 sequel. Cazale chose to continue acting despite being diagnosed with lung cancer. He died in New York City on March 12, 1978, shortly after completing his role in The Deer Hunter. Theatre producer Joseph Papp called Cazale "an amazing intellect, an extraordinary person and a fine, dedicated artist". A film documentary tribute to Cazale, I Knew It Was You, was screened at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival Description above from the Wikipedia article John Cazale, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

The Conversation (1974)

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Surveillance expert Harry Caul is hired by a mysterious client's brusque aide to tail a young couple. Tracking the pair through San Francisco's Union Square, Caul and his associate Stan manage to record a cryptic conversation between them. Tormented by memories of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Francis Ford Coppola
CAST:  Gene Hackman  •  John Cazale  •  Frederic Forrest  •  Cindy Williams

Surveillance expert Harry Caul is hired by a mysterious client's brusque aide to tail a young couple. Tracking the pair through San Francisco's Union Square, Caul and his associate Stan manage to record a cryptic conversation between them. Tormented by memories of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Francis Ford Coppola
CAST:  Gene Hackman  •  John Cazale  •  Frederic Forrest  •  Cindy Williams

The Godfather (1972)

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Spanning the years 1945 to 1955, a chronicle of the fictional Italian-American Corleone crime family. When organized crime family patriarch, Vito Corleone barely survives an attempt on his life, his youngest son, Michael steps in to take care of the would-be ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Francis Ford Coppola
CAST:  Marlon Brando  •  Al Pacino  •  James Caan  •  Richard S. Castellano

Spanning the years 1945 to 1955, a chronicle of the fictional Italian-American Corleone crime family. When organized crime family patriarch, Vito Corleone barely survives an attempt on his life, his youngest son, Michael steps in to take care of the would-be ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Francis Ford Coppola
CAST:  Marlon Brando  •  Al Pacino  •  James Caan  •  Richard S. Castellano

Dog Day Afternoon (1975)

Based on the true story of would-be Brooklyn bank robbers John Wojtowicz and Salvatore Naturale. Sonny and Sal attempt a bank heist which quickly turns sour and escalates into a hostage situation and stand-off with the police. As Sonny's motives for the robbery are ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sidney Lumet
CAST:  Al Pacino  •  John Cazale  •  Charles Durning  •  Chris Sarandon

Based on the true story of would-be Brooklyn bank robbers John Wojtowicz and Salvatore Naturale. Sonny and Sal attempt a bank heist which quickly turns sour and escalates into a hostage situation and stand-off with the police. As Sonny's motives for the robbery are ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sidney Lumet
CAST:  Al Pacino  •  John Cazale  •  Charles Durning  •  Chris Sarandon

The Deer Hunter (1978)

A group of working-class friends decide to enlist in the Army during the Vietnam War and finds it to be hellish chaos -- not the noble venture they imagined. Before they left, Steven married his pregnant girlfriend -- and Michael and Nick were in love with the same ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Cimino
CAST:  Robert De Niro  •  John Cazale  •  John Savage  •  Christopher Walken

A group of working-class friends decide to enlist in the Army during the Vietnam War and finds it to be hellish chaos -- not the noble venture they imagined. Before they left, Steven married his pregnant girlfriend -- and Michael and Nick were in love with the same ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Cimino
CAST:  Robert De Niro  •  John Cazale  •  John Savage  •  Christopher Walken

The Godfather: Part II (1974)

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In the continuing saga of the Corleone crime family, a young Vito Corleone grows up in Sicily and in 1910s New York. In the 1950s, Michael Corleone attempts to expand the family business into Las Vegas, Hollywood and Cuba.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Francis Ford Coppola
CAST:  Al Pacino  •  Robert Duvall  •  Diane Keaton  •  Robert De Niro

In the continuing saga of the Corleone crime family, a young Vito Corleone grows up in Sicily and in 1910s New York. In the 1950s, Michael Corleone attempts to expand the family business into Las Vegas, Hollywood and Cuba.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Francis Ford Coppola
CAST:  Al Pacino  •  Robert Duvall  •  Diane Keaton  •  Robert De Niro

The Godfather Trilogy: 1901-1980 (1992)

The multigenerational saga of the rise and fall of the Corleone crime family. Story is told in chronological order, and numerous scenes that were deleted from each film have been restored.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Francis Ford Coppola
CAST:  Al Pacino  •  Marlon Brando  •  James Caan  •  John Cazale

The multigenerational saga of the rise and fall of the Corleone crime family. Story is told in chronological order, and numerous scenes that were deleted from each film have been restored.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Francis Ford Coppola
CAST:  Al Pacino  •  Marlon Brando  •  James Caan  •  John Cazale

I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale (2009)

John Cazale was in only five films - The Godfather, The Conversation, The Godfather - Part Two, Dog Day Afternoon and The Deer Hunter - each was nominated for Best Picture. Yet today most people don't even know his name. I KNEW IT WAS YOU is a fresh tour through ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Shepard
CAST:  John Cazale  •  Steve Buscemi  •  Francis Ford Coppola  •  Robert De Niro

John Cazale was in only five films - The Godfather, The Conversation, The Godfather - Part Two, Dog Day Afternoon and The Deer Hunter - each was nominated for Best Picture. Yet today most people don't even know his name. I KNEW IT WAS YOU is a fresh tour through ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Shepard
CAST:  John Cazale  •  Steve Buscemi  •  Francis Ford Coppola  •  Robert De Niro

The American Way (1962)

A comedy short which pokes merry anarchistic fun at such quintessential American institutions as mom, baseball, and apple pie. It features an early appearance from actor John Cazale.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Marvin Starkman
CAST:  John Cazale  •  Bill Graham  •  John Heffernan

A comedy short which pokes merry anarchistic fun at such quintessential American institutions as mom, baseball, and apple pie. It features an early appearance from actor John Cazale.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Marvin Starkman
CAST:  John Cazale  •  Bill Graham  •  John Heffernan

The Godfather Family: A Look Inside (1990)

A documentary on the making of the three Godfather films, with interviews and recollections from the film makers and cast. This feature also includes the original screen tests of some of the actors for "The Godfather" film, and some candid moments on the set of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jeff Werner
CAST:  Francis Ford Coppola  •  Mario Puzo  •  Marlon Brando  •  James Caan

A documentary on the making of the three Godfather films, with interviews and recollections from the film makers and cast. This feature also includes the original screen tests of some of the actors for "The Godfather" film, and some candid moments on the set of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jeff Werner
CAST:  Francis Ford Coppola  •  Mario Puzo  •  Marlon Brando  •  James Caan