Remembering Ben Gazzara 1930 - 2012

Actor Ben Gazzara, who died earlier today at age 81, appeared in many films, television series and Broadway shows, including:

The original 1955 Broadway production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof as Brick with Burl Ives and Barbara Bel Geddes.

The Strange One (1957) with Julie Wilson.

What's My Line? as a guest panelist on September 27, 1959.

Anatomy of a Murder (1959) with Jimmy Stewart, Lee Remick and Eve Arden.

The television drama, Arrest and Trial (1963-64).

A Rage to Live (1965) with Suzanne Pleshette.

The television drama, Run for Your Life (1965-68).

Husbands (1970) with director John Cassavetes and Peter Falk, who also appeared with Gazzara on a 1970 episode of The Dick Cavett Show.

Capone (1975) with Susan Blakely.

A 1976 Broadway revival of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? with Colleen Dewhurst (he was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance as George).

The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976) directed by John Cassavetes.

Opening Night (1977) with Gena Rowlands and director John Cassavetes.

Bloodline (1979) and They All Laughed (1981) - two films with actress Audrey Hepburn, whom he had a brief affair with.

An Early Frost (1985) as the father of a young gay man who has AIDS.

Road House (1989) with Patrick Swayze.

Buffalo '66 (1998) with Christina Ricci and Anjelica Huston.

The Coen Brothers' The Big Lebowski (1998) with Jeff Bridges.

Happiness (1998) with Louise Lasser.

Summer of Sam (1999) with John Leguizamo and Adrien Brody.

Blue Moon (2000) with Rita Moreno.

Hysterical Blindness (2002) with Gena Rowlands (he won an Emmy Award for his performance).

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