Ben Gazzara (Performer) | Playbill

Ben Gazzara


Darkly handsome, with a brooding, manly persona, the New York-born, Italian-American actor—born Biagio Anthony Gazzara—caught the acting bug when still a teenager. Though he majored in electrical engineering at City College, he soon after was taking acting classes at the Dramatic Workshop of The New School in New York with the influential German director Erwin Piscator.

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  • Also Known As: Biagio Anthony Gazzara
  • Born: Aug 28, 1930 in New York, New York
  • Death: Feb 03, 2012 in New York, New York


Drama Desk Award
2006 Outstanding Ensemble Performance Winner
2004 Outstanding Solo Performance Nobody Don't Like Yogi Nominee
1976 Outstanding Actor in a Play Nominee
Theatre World Awards
1954 Theatre World Award Winner
Tony Award
1977 Best Actor in a Play Nominee
1975 Best Actor in a Play Nominee
1956 Best Actor in a Play Nominee

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