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Encyclopedia > John Cazale
John Cazale
John Cazale (far right) in The Godfather.
Born August 12, 1935
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Died March 12, 1978
New York City, New York, USA

John Frank Charles Cazale (August 12, 1935March 12, 1978) was a distinguished Golden Globe Award nominated American film and stage actor whose brief career spanned several acclaimed films of the 1970s. He is most known for playing weak-willed Fredo Corleone in The Godfather, grim-violent hitman (Dog Day Afternoon, The Deer Hunter), etc. Image File history File links Corleonesons. ... The Godfather is a 1972 crime film directed and co-written by Francis Ford Coppola based on the the novel of the same name authored by the screenplays co-writer Mario Puzo. ... August 12 is the 224th day of the year (225th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1935 (MCMXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Nickname: City on the Hill, Beantown, The Hub (of the Universe)1, Athens of America, The Cradle of Revolution, Puritan City, Americas Walking City Location in Massachusetts, USA Counties Suffolk County Mayor Thomas M. Menino(D) Area    - City 232. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... March 12 is the 71st day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (72nd in leap years). ... 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... Nickname: Big Apple, Gotham Location in the state of New York Coordinates: Country United States State New York Boroughs The Bronx Brooklyn Manhattan Queens Staten Island Settled 1613 Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Area    - City 1,214. ... NY redirects here. ... August 12 is the 224th day of the year (225th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1935 (MCMXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... March 12 is the 71st day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (72nd in leap years). ... 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... The Golden Globe Award The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and television programs, given out each year during a formal dinner. ... This article is about motion pictures. ... Serge Sudeikins poster for the Bat Theatre (1922). ... Actors in period costume sharing a joke while waiting between takes during location filming An actor is a person who acts, or plays a role, in a dramatic production. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, inclusive. ... Federico Fredo Corleone is a fictional character in Mario Puzos novel The Godfather. ... The Godfather is a 1972 crime film directed and co-written by Francis Ford Coppola based on the the novel of the same name authored by the screenplays co-writer Mario Puzo. ... Dog Day Afternoon is a 1975 film directed by Sidney Lumet and written by Frank Pierson. ... The Deer Hunter is a 1978 English language film that tells the fictional story of a group of Rusyn-American steel workers during the Vietnam War era. ...

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Biography

An Italian American, Cazale was born in Boston, Massachusetts. He studied drama at Oberlin College and Boston University, and was very good friends with Al Pacino as a teenager. He moved to New York City and worked as a messenger for an oil company, while working as an off-Broadway actor and auditioning for film and television projects. He is remembered not only for his roles, but also for helping discover his childhood friend Pacino, fellow theater actor Robert De Niro, and his fiancée at the time of his death, Meryl Streep. An Italian-American is an American of Italian descent either born in America or someone who has immigrated. ... Nickname: City on the Hill, Beantown, The Hub (of the Universe)1, Athens of America, The Cradle of Revolution, Puritan City, Americas Walking City Location in Massachusetts, USA Counties Suffolk County Mayor Thomas M. Menino(D) Area    - City 232. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... Oberlin College is a small, selective liberal arts college in Oberlin, Ohio, in the United States. ... For the unrelated Jesuit university in Chestnut Hill, see Boston College. ... Alfredo James Al Pacino (born April 25, 1940) is an Academy Award, Emmy Award and Tony Award-winning American stage and film actor. ... Nickname: Big Apple, Gotham Location in the state of New York Coordinates: Country United States State New York Boroughs The Bronx Brooklyn Manhattan Queens Staten Island Settled 1613 Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Area    - City 1,214. ... {{}} This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Meryl Streep (born Mary Louise Streep on June 22, 1949) is a two-time Academy Award winning American actress who has worked in theatre, television, and film. ...


Cazale's was cited as a "Distinguished Performance" by the Off-Broadway Obie Awards for the 1967-68 season for his performance in Israel Horovitz's play "The Indian Wants the Bronx." Cazale made his big screen debut, alongside old friend Al Pacino, as Fredo Corleone in Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather. The film broke box office records and made Pacino, Cazale and several of their previously unknown co-stars famous. Cazale again starred alongside Pacino in Sidney Lumet's Dog Day Afternoon (for which he received a Golden Globe nomination), and reprised his role as Fredo in The Godfather Part II. During this time, he also starred with Gene Hackman in Coppola's The Conversation. The Obie Awards, short for Off-Broadway Theater Awards, are annual awards bestowed by the newspaper The Village Voice on theater artists performing in New York City. ... Israel Horovitz (born March 31, 1939 in Wakefield, Massachusetts) is an American playwright and screenwriter. ... Federico Fredo Corleone is a fictional character in Mario Puzos novel The Godfather. ... Francis Ford Coppola (born April 7, 1939) is a five time Academy Award winning American film director, producer, and screenwriter. ... The Godfather is a 1972 crime film directed and co-written by Francis Ford Coppola based on the the novel of the same name authored by the screenplays co-writer Mario Puzo. ... Portrait of Sidney Lumet, May 7, 1939. ... Dog Day Afternoon is a 1975 film directed by Sidney Lumet and written by Frank Pierson. ... The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and television programs, given out each year during a formal dinner. ... The Godfather Part II is a 1974 motion picture directed by Francis Ford Coppola from a script he co-wrote with Mario Puzo. ... Eugene Allen Hackman[1] (born January 30, 1930) is an acclaimed Academy Award-winning American actor. ... The Conversation is a 1974 mystery and thriller written and directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Gene Hackman, John Cazale, Robert Duvall (uncredited), Teri Garr, Cindy Williams, and Harrison Ford. ...


Death

Despite being diagnosed with bone cancer, Cazale continued to work, his final appearance being with his then fiancée Meryl Streep, whom he met on the set of his fifth film, The Deer Hunter. When distributor Universal Studios learned of Cazale's illness, they were reluctant to insure him, but Streep and director Michael Cimino went to bat for him and won out. Cazale did not live to see the release of the film, and thus never learned that every feature in which he starred had received an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture. No other actor with multiple films to his credit has such a distinction. An arm bone tumor Bone tumor is an inexact term, which can be used for both benign and malignant abnormal growths found in bone, but is most commonly used for primary tumors of bone, such as osteosarcoma (or osteoma). ... William-Adolphe Bouguereau The Proposal An engagement is an agreement or promise to marry, and also refers to the time between proposal and marriage. ... Meryl Streep (born Mary Louise Streep on June 22, 1949) is a two-time Academy Award winning American actress who has worked in theatre, television, and film. ... The Deer Hunter is a 1978 English language film that tells the fictional story of a group of Rusyn-American steel workers during the Vietnam War era. ... The current Universal Studios logo Universal Studios (sometimes called Universal Pictures or, officially, Universal City Studios), a subsidiary of NBC Universal, is one of the major American film studios that has production studios and offices located at 100 Universal City Plaza Drive in Universal City, California, an unincorporated area of... Michael Cimino (born February 3, 1939 in New York City, New York) is an American film director. ... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... The Academy Award for Best Picture is one of the awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; the awards are voted on by other people within the industry. ...


Legacy

Today, Cazale is the only actor with multiple roles to have all of his feature films listed on the Internet Movie Database Top 250. In spite of the desperate, violent characters he played in a handful of films, he was by all accounts a kind and gentle person off screen - described by those close to him to be "often shy" and "very emotionally sensitive", and a close friend of many actors he worked with. Good friend and frequent co-star Pacino collaborated with him on three films and various theater productions, and referred to him as "his acting partner." The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) is an online database of information about actors, films, television shows, television stars, video games and production crew personnel. ...


Years after his death he appeared in a sixth feature film, The Godfather Part III (1990) in archive footage. The Godfather Part III was also nominated for Best Picture. Most recently, Cazale's image was used for The Godfather video game, as his character, Fredo. He has a theater named after him, the McGinn/Cazale Theatre, located at 2162 Broadway at 76th Street, above the Promenade Theatre on the fourth floor. The Godfather Part III (1990) is the third film in the Godfather trilogy written by Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola, and directed by Coppola. ...


Filmography

Date Film Role
March 15, 1972 The Godfather Fredo Corleone
April 7, 1974 The Conversation Stan
December 12, 1974 The Godfather: Part II Fredo Corleone
September 21, 1975 Dog Day Afternoon Salvatore "Sal" Naturile
December 8, 1978 The Deer Hunter Stanley "Stosh"

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John Cazale - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (499 words)
John Cazale (August 12, 1935 – March 12, 1978) was a distinguished American film actor whose career was tragically brief.
Cazale was cited as a "Distinguished Performance" by the Off-Broadway Obie Awards for the 1967-68 season for his performance in Israel Horovitz's play "The Indian Wants the Bronx".
Cazale would again star alongside Pacino in Sidney Lumet's Dog Day Afternoon (for which he received a Golden Globe nomination), as well as reprising his role as Fredo in The Godfather Part II.
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