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John Cazale

John Holland Cazale (/kəˈzeɪl/; Italian pronunciation: [kaˈdzaːle]; August 12, 1935 – March 12, 1978) was an American actor. He appeared in five films during six years that were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture: The Godfather, The Conversation, The Godfather Part II, Dog Day Afternoon, and The Deer Hunter. He appeared in archival footage in The Godfather Part III, also nominated for Best Picture, making him the only actor to have this multi-film distinction. From his start as a theater actor, he became one of Hollywood's premier character actors, starting with his role as the doomed, weak-minded Fredo Corleone opposite longtime friend Al Pacino in Francis Ford Coppola's film The Godfather and its 1974 sequel. Cazale chose to continue acting despite being diagnosed with lung cancer. He died in New York City on March 12, 1978, shortly after completing his role in The Deer Hunter. Theatre producer Joseph Papp called Cazale "an amazing intellect, an extraordinary person and a fine, dedicated artist". A film documentary tribute to Cazale, I Knew It Was You, was screened at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival Description above from the Wikipedia article John Cazale, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Aug 12, 1935 In Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The American Way 1962-04-12
Latest Project:
Movie I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale 2009-01-16
Known For
Poster of I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale
Poster of The Deer Hunter
Poster of Dog Day Afternoon
Poster of The American Way

I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale (2009)

as Himself
7.4 15 votes

The Godfather Family: A Look Inside (1990)

Drama Action Documentary
as Himself
8.2 5 votes

The Deer Hunter (1978)

Drama War
as Stan
7.7 837 votes

The Godfather Epic (1977)

as Fredo Corleone
8.5 16 votes

Dog Day Afternoon (1975)

Crime Drama Thriller
as Sal
7.6 629 votes

The Godfather: Part II (1974)

Drama Crime
as Fredo Corleone
8.3 3137 votes

The Conversation (1974)

Crime Drama Mystery
as Stan
7.5 323 votes

The Godfather (1972)

Drama Crime
as Fredo Corleone
8.4 5579 votes

The American Way (1962)

as Beatnik