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Actor Ben Gazzara died Friday night in New York

Ben Gazzara, legend of American cinema, died in New York at the age of 81 years.

Mr. Gazzara studied with Lee Strasberg at the Actors Studio in Manhattan, where the careers of stars like Marlon Brando and Rod Steiger were shaped, and like them he had a visceral presence. It earned him regular work across half a century, not only onstage — his last Broadway appearance was in the revival of “Awake and Sing!” in 2006 — but in dozens of movies and all sorts of television shows, including the starring role in the 1960s series “Run for Your Life.”

Modest son of Italian immigrants, the young Biagio teaches acting at Actor Studios in Manhattan, revealing himself to New York audience on the stage of Broadway, including the show in A Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams.

The whole America learned to know him then through his roles in several TV series that earned him three Emmy awards, meager rewards for an actor of this caliber ever Oscar winner.

In the second part of his career, Ben Gazzara was invited to participate in some cult movies like The Big Lebowski Coen Brothers, Summer of Sam Spike Lee, Lars Von Trier’s Dogville, or Rosemary’s Baby by Roman Polanski.
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Depression and a throat cancer for several years, Ben Gazzara has finally breathed his last Friday in New York, his hometown, at the age of 81 years, died of cancer of the pancreas.

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