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Birth information

12 August 1935 Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Death information

12 March 1978 New York City, New York, USA

Given Name

John Holland Cazale

How tall is John Cazale?

1.79 m

Life Story of John Cazale

John Cazale was born in Boston, Massachusetts, to an Irish-American mother, Cecilia (Holland), and an Italian-American father, John Cazale. Cazale only made five feature films in his career, all which many fans and critics alike call classics. But before his film debut, the short The American Way (1962), he won numerous Obie Awards for his stage performances in "The Indian Wants the Bronx" and "The Line".

Cazale scored the role of Fredo Corleone in Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather (1972), after his long time friend, Al Pacino, invited him to audition. He reprised his role as the troubled Fredo in The Godfather: Part II (1974), where his character endures one of the most infamous movie moments in the history of cinema.

Cazale also starred with Gene Hackman and Harrison Ford in the thriller, The Conversation (1974), as Hackman's assistant, Stan. The Godfather's director, Francis Ford Coppola, also directed the movie.

Cazale's fourth feature film, Dog Day Afternoon (1975), earned him a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Sal, a bank robber. His long time friend and Godfather co-star, Al Pacino, played his partner,...

Significant features of John Cazale

Playing deadbeat, loser characters
Vibrant voice
Often played depressed characters
Subtle but emotional performances
Expressive eyes
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Biographical movies about John Cazale

I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale 2009

What movies did John Cazale play or participate?

Actors Filmography
The Deer Hunter (1978) Stan, The Godfather Saga (1977) Fredo Corleone, Dog Day Afternoon (1975) Sal, The Godfather: Part II (1974) Fredo Corleone, The Conversation (1974) Stan, The Godfather (1972) Fredo, N.Y.P.D. (1968) Tom Andrews, The American Way (1962) Beatnik,
Selfs Filmography
Lumet: Film Maker (1975) Himself, The Godfather: Behind the Scenes (1971) Himself,

Birth information

12 August 1935 Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Death information

12 March 1978 New York City, New York, USA

Given Name

John Holland Cazale

How tall is John Cazale?

1.79 m

Life Story of John Cazale

John Cazale was born in Boston, Massachusetts, to an Irish-American mother, Cecilia (Holland), and an Italian-American father, John Cazale. Cazale only made five feature films in his career, all which many fans and critics alike call classics. But before his film debut, the short The American Way (1962), he won numerous Obie Awards for his stage performances in "The Indian Wants the Bronx" and "The Line".

Cazale scored the role of Fredo Corleone in Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather (1972), after his long time friend, Al Pacino, invited him to audition. He reprised his role as the troubled Fredo in The Godfather: Part II (1974), where his character endures one of the most infamous movie moments in the history of cinema.

Cazale also starred with Gene Hackman and Harrison Ford in the thriller, The Conversation (1974), as Hackman's assistant, Stan. The Godfather's director, Francis Ford Coppola, also directed the movie.

Cazale's fourth feature film, Dog Day Afternoon (1975), earned him a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Sal, a bank robber. His long time friend and Godfather co-star, Al Pacino, played his partner,...

Significant features of John Cazale

Playing deadbeat, loser characters
Vibrant voice
Often played depressed characters
Subtle but emotional performances
Expressive eyes
Most often appeared with...

Biographical movies about John Cazale

I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale 2009

What movies did John Cazale play or participate?

Actors Filmography
The Deer Hunter (1978) Stan, The Godfather Saga (1977) Fredo Corleone, Dog Day Afternoon (1975) Sal, The Godfather: Part II (1974) Fredo Corleone, The Conversation (1974) Stan, The Godfather (1972) Fredo, N.Y.P.D. (1968) Tom Andrews, The American Way (1962) Beatnik,
Selfs Filmography
Lumet: Film Maker (1975) Himself, The Godfather: Behind the Scenes (1971) Himself,

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Was in a relationship with Meryl Streep at the time of his death.

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John Cazale in Hundstage (1975)

Was dying of cancer while filming The Deer Hunter (1978) and ultimately passed before the film actually premiered.

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Al Pacino, John Cazale, Penelope Allen, and Marcia Jean Kurtz in Hundstage (1975)

Cazale appeared in only five feature films in his career, and all of them were nominated for Best Picture.

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Al Pacino and John Cazale in Hundstage (1975)

Graduated from the drama school at Boston University.

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Al Pacino and John Cazale in Hundstage (1975)

Played characters named Stan in two movies The Conversation (1974) and The Deer Hunter (1978).

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Al Pacino, John Cazale, Carol Kane, Penelope Allen, Sully Boyar, etc.

His father, John Cazale, was of Italian descent. His mother, Cecilia (Holland), was of Irish ancestry.

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Al Pacino and John Cazale in Hundstage (1975)

Years after his death he appeared in a sixth feature film, The Godfather: Part III (1990) in archive footage. That film, like all of the films Cazale appeared in, was nominated for Best Picture.

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John Cazale in Der Pate 2 (1974)

Was friends with Al Pacino when they both were working as messengers in New York in their 20's.

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Al Pacino and John Cazale in Der Pate 2 (1974)

In spite of the desperate, violent characters he played in a handful of films, he was by all accounts an enormously kind and gentle person off screen, having been a close personal friend of most of the actors he had worked with. Among his greatest achievements was that he helped the discovery of childhood friend Al Pacino, fellow, actor Robert De Niro, and his girlfriend at the time of his early death, Meryl Streep.

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Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, and John Cazale in Der Pate 2 (1974)

Has a theater named after him, the McGinn/Cazale Theatre, located at 2162 Broadway at 76th Street, NY, NY above the former Promenade Theatre (now closed) on the fourth floor. The theater sits from 99 to 108 people. The "McGinn" in the theater's title is for actor Walter McGinn.

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Al Pacino and John Cazale in Der Pate 2 (1974)

Cited as a "Distinguished Performance" by the Off-Broadway Obie Awards for the 1967-1968 season for his performance in Israel Horovitz's play "The Indian Wants the Bronx".

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Al Pacino and John Cazale in Der Pate 2 (1974)

Close friend and frequent co-star, Al Pacino, referred to Cazale as his "acting partner", the guy he could've acted with his entire life.

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Al Pacino and John Cazale in Der Pate 2 (1974)

Three of the five feature-length movies he made also starred Al Pacino: The Godfather (1972), The Godfather: Part II (1974) and Dog Day Afternoon (1975)

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Al Pacino and John Cazale in Der Pate 2 (1974)

Greatly impressed with his performance in The Godfather (1972), director Francis Ford Coppola wrote a much bigger and central role for Cazale in the sequel, The Godfather: Part II (1974).

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Al Pacino and John Cazale in Der Pate 2 (1974)

Unlike most of the casting of the film, Cazale easily won his part as Fredo Corleone in The Godfather (1972) after being seen in the play 'Line' by producer of the film, Al Ruddy, who was invited to see the play by Cazale's co-star Richard Dreyfuss. He was an obvious choice to both Ruddy and Coppola for Fredo.

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Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, James Caan, John Cazale, Talia Shire, Abe Vigoda, etc.

Friend Al Pacino requested him to audition for the role of Sal in Dog Day Afternoon (1975). Director Sidney Lumet was, however, unsure, with Cazale not being anything like the real-life counterpart (the real Sal was eighteen, while Cazale was in his late thirties). Cazale immediately won over the part with the audition.

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John Cazale in Hundstage (1975)

Ad-libbed his famous "Wyoming?" line in Dog Day Afternoon (1975). Director Sidney Lumet laughed so hard that he feared he had ruined the take. It wasn't ruined, however, and was used in the final cut.

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Al Pacino and John Cazale in Hundstage (1975)

Three of the five feature films he appeared in, The Godfather (1972), The Godfather: Part II (1974) and The Deer Hunter (1978) won the Oscar for Best Picture. The other two, The Conversation (1974) and Dog Day Afternoon (1975) were nominated. The Godfather Part II and The Conversation were both released in the same year, 1974.

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Al Pacino, John Cazale, Carol Kane, Penelope Allen, and Sully Boyar in Hundstage (1975)

All of his films involved either Francis Ford Coppola, Al Pacino, or Robert De Niro. Or, in the case of the Godfather Part II, all three.

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Al Pacino and John Cazale in Hundstage (1975)

Of the five films he appeared in, three also featured Robert Duvall, three starred Al Pacino, three were directed by Francis Ford Coppola, two starred Bobby DeNiro, and three won the Oscar for Best Picture.

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Robert De Niro, John Cazale, and Chuck Aspegren in Die durch die Hölle gehen (1978)

He has appeared in five films that have been selected for the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant: The Godfather (1972), The Conversation (1974), The Godfather: Part II (1974), Dog Day Afternoon (1975) and The Deer Hunter (1978). He is the only actor to have every film he appeared in be in the registry.

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John Cazale in Hundstage (1975)

Worked as a messenger, photographer, and taxi driver in his early days as a struggling actor.

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Al Pacino and John Cazale in Hundstage (1975)

His father was a wholesale coal salesman and his mother was a homemaker.

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Al Pacino, John Cazale, and Sully Boyar in Hundstage (1975)

Was the middle kid of three children.

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Al Pacino and John Cazale in Der Pate 2 (1974)

Brother of Steve Cazale.

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Al Pacino and John Cazale in Der Pate 2 (1974)

Of the four actors who played Vito Corleone's children in the Godfather films, he was the only one not nominated for an Oscar for doing so. Al Pacino and James Caan were nominated for Best Supporting Actor for the first film. Al Pacino was nominated again, this time for Best Actor, for the second film, in which Talia Shire was nominated for Best Supporting Actress.

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Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, James Caan, John Cazale, Talia Shire, Julie Gregg, etc.

Although he played James Caan's younger brother in The Godfather (1972) and The Godfather: Part II (1974), he was five years his senior in real life.

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Al Pacino, John Cazale, and Sully Boyar in Hundstage (1975)

Although he played Morgana King and Marlon Brando's son in The Godfather (1972), he was only five and eleven years their junior respectively.

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Al Pacino, John Cazale, and Carol Kane in Hundstage (1975)

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Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, John Cazale, George Dzundza, John Savage, etc.

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John Cazale in Hundstage (1975)

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John Cazale in Die durch die Hölle gehen (1978)

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Christopher Walken and John Cazale in Die durch die Hölle gehen (1978)

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Meryl Streep and John Cazale in Die durch die Hölle gehen (1978)

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Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, John Cazale, etc.

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John Cazale and Chuck Aspegren in Die durch die Hölle gehen (1978)

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John Cazale in Der Dialog (1974)

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John Cazale in Der Dialog (1974)

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Gene Hackman and John Cazale in Der Dialog (1974)

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Gene Hackman, John Cazale, Ramon Bieri, Allen Garfield, Michael Higgins, etc.

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Al Pacino, John Cazale, and Sully Boyar in Hundstage (1975)

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