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John Cazale

John Cazale (August 12, 1935 – March 12, 1978) was a distinguished American film actor whose career was tragically brief. He was born in Boston, Massachusetts and died March 12, 1978 from bone cancer.

After his award-winning work as a stage actor, Cazale's big screen debut, alongside his old friend Al Pacino, was as Fredo Corleone in Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather. The film broke box office records and made Pacino, Cazale and several of their previously unknown co-stars famous. Cazale would again star alongside Pacino in Sidney Lumet's Dog Day Afternoon (for which he received a Golden Globe nomination), as well as reprising his role as Fredo in The Godfather Part II.

Despite being diagnosed with cancer, Cazale continued to work, his final appearance being alongside his then fianceé Meryl Streep in his fifth film The Deer Hunter. Cazale never lived to see the release of the film and thus never learnt that every single feature in which he had starred had received an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture. He is the only actor of those with multiple films to their credit who has such a distinction.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.

John Cazale Facts

BirthdayAugust 12, 1935
BirthplaceBoston, Massachusetts, USA
Date of deathMarch 12, 1978 (age 42)
Height6' (1m83)  How tall is John Cazale compared to you?

Selected Filmography

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