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POSTED BY EIZ ON THURSDAY, 19 JANUARY, 2012, 7:14 AM
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      NEW YORK (AP) Ben Gazzara, whose powerful dramatic performances brought an intensity to a
      variety of roles and made him a memorable presence in such iconic productions over the decades
      as the original "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" on Broadway and the film ...


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BEN GAZZARA
Posted byo Eiz n Thursday, 19 January, 2012, 7:14 AM


 




                                                                 NEW YORK (AP) Ben Gazzara, whose
                                                                 powerful dramatic performances brought
                                                                 an intensity to a variety of roles and made
                                                                 him a memorable presence in such iconic
                                                                 productions over the decades as the
                                                                 original "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" on
                                                                 Broadway and the film "The Big
                                                                 Lebowski," has died at age 81.


                                                                 Longtime family friend Suzanne Mados
                                                                 said Gazzara died Friday in Manhattan.
                                                                 Mados, who owned the Wyndham Hotel,
                                                                 where celebrities such as Peter Falk and
      Martin Sheen stayed, said he died after being placed in hospice care for cancer. She and her
      husband helped marry Gazzara and his wife, German-born Elke Krivat, at their hotel.


      Gazzara was a proponent of method acting, in which the performer attempts to take on the
      thoughts and emotions of the character he's playing, and it helped him achieve stardom early in
      his career with two stirring Broadway performances.


      In 1955, he originated the role of Brick Pollitt, the disturbed alcoholic son and failed football star in
      "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof." He left the show after only seven months to take on an equally challenging
      role, Johnny Pope, the drug addict in "A Hatful of Rain." It earned him his first of three Tony Award
      nominations.


      In 1965, he moved on to TV stardom in "Run for Your Life," a drama about a workaholic lawyer who,
      diagnosed with a terminal illness, quits his job and embarks on a globe-trotting attempt to
      squeeze a lifetime of adventures into the one or two years he has left. He was twice nominated for
      Emmys during the show's three-year run.


      Gazzara made his movie debut in 1957 in "The Strange One," Calder Willingham's bitter drama
      about brutality at a Southern military school. He had previously played the lead role of the
      psychopathic cadet, Jocko de Paris, on Broadway in Willingham's stage version of the story, "End
      of Man."


      He followed that film with "Anatomy of a Murder," in which he played a man on trial for murdering a

				
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