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Old 02-03-12, 06:13 PM
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Actor Ben Gazzara dies of Pancreatic Cancer at 81

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Ben Gazzara died Friday of pancreatic cancer, the New York Times reported.



The star of award films and plays such as "Anatomy of a Murder" and "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" was 81 years old.

Gazzara employed his distinctive, gravel-specked voice and powerful stare most memorably in a series of film collaborations with the director John Cassavetes.

For the maverick director, Gazzara played a collection of bitter spouses and down-on-their heels gamblers and theater directors in films such as "The Killing of a Chinese Bookie" and "Opening Night."

Like Peter Falk, his co-star in Cassavetes' "Husbands," Gazzara was was perfect for director's signature examinations of bruised men who struggle to articulate and come to grips with their emotions, fears and hopes in a rapidly changing world.

Among his other notable film roles were an accused rapist in "Anatomy of a Murder" (1959), the smooth-talking pornographer Jackie Treehorn in the Coen Brothers' "The Big Lebowski" (1998), and a grandfather separating from his wife of 40 years in Todd Solondz's "Happiness"(1998).


Also the bad guy in the classic Road House
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Re: Actor Ben Gazzara dies of Pancreatic Cancer at 81

would have been more upset if I didn't already think he died 10 years ago. RIP, tho.
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Just watched "They All Laughed" last week , he was great as always.
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My favorite performance by Gazzara was as Jocko in The Strange One, his first film...a really scintilating debut.

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Watched 'Chinese Bookie' last night.

Guy had a good run.
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That's the second major actor from ROAD HOUSE to die of that.
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RIP

One of the greats.
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Sing it, Ben
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I haven't seen much of his work but I know for sure that he was great in both Buffalo '66 and The Killing of a Chinese Bookie.

RIP
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RIP Brad Wesley
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The film I know him from best is Road House. I need to check out his other work.

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Sad News. RIP . He was also very good in Summer of Sam
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Jackie Treehorn
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Re: Actor Ben Gazzara dies of Pancreatic Cancer at 81

I always found him likable, even when playing a complete asshole.

So long, Ben.
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him playing Charles Bukowski in Tales of Ordinary Madness may be the finest work i've seen him in. bravo!
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I'll always remember Run for Your Life.

R.I.P. Mr. Gazzara
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Loved his work with Cassavetes. He was also great in 'An Early Frost'

Too bad he'll be remembered by many for the crappy Swayze film Road House.
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Wow, huge coincidence - was just watching The Big Lebowski tonight with a group of friends and wondering whether Ben Gazzara was still alive. Sad to hear. He was a fantastic actor, great in all those Cassavetes films and many others. The first thing I ever saw him in was reruns of Run for Your Life when I was a kid, but caught up with most of his career later on. Another of many great character actors who came from the New York stage and the early days of live TV drama.
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Re: Actor Ben Gazzara dies of Pancreatic Cancer at 81

Originally Posted by Jon2
I'll always remember Run for Your Life.

R.I.P. Mr. Gazzara
And to think it took 45 years for the cancer to kill him after being diagnosed!
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Re: Actor Ben Gazzara dies of Pancreatic Cancer at 81

Bummer. Like many, my first exposure (to my knowledge) was in The Big Lebowski and he was so good.

Was going to post a picture of the sketch Jackie Treehorn makes but not sure if that would be kosher, forum rule-wise.
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Re: Actor Ben Gazzara dies of Pancreatic Cancer at 81

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And to think it took 45 years for the cancer to kill him after being diagnosed!
Yeah good one; Run For Your Life. He also played a doctor in a long running TV series too. In the 60's.
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I know Killing of a Chinese Bookie is considered one of Cassavetes lesser films, but I just love Gazzara's performance; he fully inhabits that character.
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