Michael V. Gazzo

Michael V. Gazzo
Frank Pentangeli
Michael V. Gazzo portraying Frank Pentangeli in the film The Godfather Part II
Born
Michael Vincenzo Gazzo

(1923-04-05)April 5, 1923
Died February 14, 1995(1995-02-14) (aged 71)
Resting place Westwood Memorial Park
Occupation Playwright, actor
Years active 1953–1995
Spouse(s) Grace Gazzo (3 children)[1]
Children Peppi, Michael, Christopher

Michael Vincenzo Gazzo (April 5, 1923 – February 14, 1995) was an American playwright who later in life became a film and television actor.[2] He was nominated for an Academy Award for his role in The Godfather Part II (1974).

Biography

Gazzo was born on April 5, 1923. He was a member of the Actors Studio and later trained actors such as Debra Winger, Henry Silva and Tony Sirico. He wrote A Hatful of Rain, a Broadway play about drug addiction, which ran for 389 performances in 1955 and 1956. It starred Ben Gazzara and Shelley Winters in the two lead roles, and was adapted into a film by Oscar-winning director Fred Zinnemann in 1957. The movie was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Anthony Franciosa). A 1968 made-for-television version (as a filmed play) starred Peter Falk, Sandy Dennis and Michael Parks.[3] Gazzo's other screen writing credits include the Elvis Presley American musical drama King Creole in 1958.[4] Gazzo authored the Broadway play The Night Circus, also starring Ben Gazzara.[5]

Gazzo was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Frank Pentangeli in The Godfather Part II.[6]

Gazzo died on February 14, 1995 at age 71 due to complications from a stroke.[7] He was buried in the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles.

Filmography

References

  1. ^ Brantley, Ben (February 24, 1995). "Michael V. Gazzo, 71, Is Dead - Playwright of 'Hatful of Rain'". The New York Times. Retrieved June 25, 2017.
  2. ^ Biography for Michael V. Gazzo on IMDb
  3. ^ A Hatful of Rain on IMDb
  4. ^ King Creole on IMDb
  5. ^ "The Night Circus @ John Golden Theatre". Playbill. Playbill, Inc. Retrieved June 25, 2017.
  6. ^ Folkart, Burt A. (February 25, 1995). "Michael Gazzo; Film and TV Actor, Playwright". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 29, 2016.
  7. ^ Brantley, Ben (February 24, 1995). "Michael V. Gazzo, 71, Is Dead – Playwright of 'Hatful of Rain'". The New York Times.

Sources

  • Bacarella, Michael, ItalActors: 101 Years of Italian Actors in U.S. Entertainment, The National Italian American Foundation[ISBN missing]

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