4 Feb 2012

Actor Ben Gazzara dies

4:03 pm on 4 February 2012

Actor Ben Gazzara, known for his tough-guy roles in films, television shows and stage productions, has died of pancreatic cancer. He was 81.

A three-time Tony nominee for his stage work, Gazzara made his big break with his role as an accused killer in Otto Preminger's 1959 courtroom drama Anatomy of a Murder.

He went on to work with numerous high-profile Hollywood directors, including John Cassavetes, with whom he collaborated on several films, including the 1976 gangster drama The Killing of a Chinese Bookie.