Vale: Ben Gazzara

Veteran US actor Ben Gazzara, who has a long career on stage and screen has died, aged 81.

In 1955, he originated the role of Brick Pollitt, the disturbed alcoholic son and failed football star in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.” He left the show after only seven months to take on an equally challenging role, Johnny Pope, the drug addict in “A Hatful of Rain.” It earned him his first of three Tony Award nominations.

Gazarra’s films included The Strange One, Anatomy of a Murder, The Killing of a Chinese Bookie, Opening Night, The Bridge at Remagen, The Young Doctors, They All Laughed, The Thomas Crown Affair, If It’s Tuesday, It Must Be Belgium, The Spanish Prisoner, Stag and Road House.

His TV roles included 1965’s Run for Your Life, a drama about a workaholic lawyer who, diagnosed with a terminal illness, quits his job and embarks on a globe-trotting attempt to squeeze a lifetime of adventures into the one or two years he has left. He was twice nominated for Emmys during the show’s three-year run.

Other TV roles included Danger, Kraft Television Theater, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Police Story, Pope John Paul II and numerous telemovies.

Source: Huffington Post

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