Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

THE INTERVIEW

Gilles Kepel, Islamic and Arab world specialist

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Argentina braced for another debt default

Read more

DEBATE

Too Late for Sanctions? Pressure Mounts on Russia over Ukraine (part 2)

Read more

DEBATE

Too Late for Sanctions? Pressure Mounts on Russia over Ukraine

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

'What would you do?'

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Ebola virus: Liberia shuts most border points

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Netanyahu says Gaza operation will not end quickly

Read more

FOCUS

As France’s Carrefour pulls out, what next for India’s retail market?

Read more

#TECH 24

Internet of Things

Read more

  • Israeli strikes target symbols of Hamas power

    Read more

  • US says Russia violated arms treaty by testing cruise missile

    Read more

  • Argentina in last-ditch effort to avert default

    Read more

  • Karzai’s cousin killed in Afghan suicide attack

    Read more

  • Libya oil tanker fire blazes out of control

    Read more

  • In pictures: From Gaza to Mosul, bittersweet end of Ramadan for Muslims

    Read more

  • France offers asylum to Iraqi Christians

    Read more

  • Moroccan police arrest French al-Qaeda recruiter

    Read more

  • Israel warns of ‘prolonged’ campaign in Gaza

    Read more

  • French mayor files complaint against US father who risked kids’ lives on Mont Blanc

    Read more

  • French footballer Griezmann headed to Atletico Madrid

    Read more

  • Luc Besson’s sci-fi thriller ‘Lucy’ tops US box office

    Read more

  • Video: Slaviansk mourns mass grave victims

    Read more

  • France honours those lost on Air Algérie Flight AH5017

    Read more

  • Video: Ethiopia turns to wine to boost image, economy

    Read more

Culture

US actor Ben Gazzara dies of pancreatic cancer aged 81

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2012-02-06

American actor Ben Gazzara died of pancreatic cancer Friday at the age of 81 in a Manhattan hospital, his attorney said.

AFP - US actor Ben Gazzara, who enjoyed a long and successful career on Broadway and in Hollywood, died of pancreatic cancer on Friday in Manhattan, his attorney said. He was 81.

The lawyer told reporters that the actor died at a Manhattan hospital.

During his 60-year Hollywood career, the actor appeared in more than 100 films and TV movies, including "Husbands," "The Killing of a Chinese Bookie" and "Opening Night."

He won an Emmy Award for his supporting role in the 2002 HBO drama "Hysterical Blindness."

He also received an Emmy nomination for the 1985 TV movie "An Early Frost," in which he played a middle-age husband who learns that his son is gay and dying of AIDS.

Gazzara, who starred in films, television and on the stage, played Brick in the original Broadway version of Tennessee Williams' "Cat On A Hot Tin Roof," originating a tough-guy persona that he would cultivate on the big screen.

In his later years he worked with the Coen brothers in "The Big Lebowski," in 1998, in the television series "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit," and more recently in many movies made for television.

Born into a family of Sicilian immigrants on August 28, 1930, Gazzara started acting at 13 when he appeared in a play staged at the nearby Boys Club.

After graduating from high school, he entered Manhattan's Dramatic Workshop and in 1951 was accepted into the prestigious Actors Studio.

While successful on the big screen, he periodically returned to Broadway. He received a Tony nomination in 1975 for "Hughie/Duet" and another nomination in 1977 for a revival of "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"

Gazzara is survived by his wife of 30 years, Elke, and a daughter.
 

Date created : 2012-02-06

  • CINEMA

    Berlin Film Festival competition dips into the past

    Read more

  • CINEMA

    'The Artist': From French risk to Hollywood juggernaut

    Read more

  • CINEMA

    Five highlights from the year in film

    Read more

COMMENT(S)