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Ben Gazzara Obituary

Saturday, February 4th, 2012


Ben Gazzara dies at 81; veteran actor of stage and screen



In a 60-year career that began on stage, the gravel-voiced Ben Gazzara appeared in more than 100 films and TV movies. He also starred in the 1960s series ‘Run for Your Life,’ enjoyed a renaissance in the ’90s and won an Emmy in 2002.


By Dennis McLellan
Los Angeles Times
February 4, 2012


A New York native of Sicilian heritage, Ben Gazzara was a strongly masculine, subtly menacing screen presence with a gravelly voice that one writer described as “saloon-cured” and another said could strip paint at 50 paces.


The veteran actor, who died Friday in New York City, found fame on Broadway in the 1950s, starred in the TV series “Run for Your Life” in the 1960s and was closely identified on the big screen with independent filmmaker John Cassavetes.


The cause of death was pancreatic cancer, said his attorney Jay I. Julien. He was 81.


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