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John Cazale

FULL NAME John Cazale

BORN 12 August 1935, Boston, USA
DIED 12 March 1978 (aged 42), New York, USA
ASSOCIATION Actor
NATIONALITY American
HEIGTH 183 cm
REVIEWED ENTRIES 4
MAX. RATING
MIN. RATING
AVERAGE RATING 4.00

 

FILMOGRAPHY (COMPLETE)

YEAR TITLE ASSOCIATION RATING
1972 The Godfather Fredo Corleone
1974 The Conversation Stan
1974 The Godfather: Part II Fredo Corleone
1975 Dog Day Afternoon Sal
1978 The Deer Hunter Stan

 

PORTRAIT

John Cazale with Al Pacino in Dog Day Afternoon (1975) 

 

Italian-American John Cazale was an experienced stage actor when he was cast as Fredo Corleone in Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather, a film which brought him and the rest of the cast recognition both critically and among the public. And for the next few years, Cazale was seen as one of the most exciting new character actors around, often cast opposite his good friend Al Pacino. Cazale specialized in playing neurotic but usually kind-hearted companions to the lead, appearing in films such as The Conversation (also directed by Coppola) and Dog Day Afternoon. At the time when he made his final movie, The Deer Hunter, he was already terminally ill with lung cancer. Cazale only ever appeared in five films, but his unique achievement is that all of them were nominated the Academy Award for Best Picture (three of them won). He was engaged to Meryl Streep at the time of his death in March 1978.

 

CHARACTER QUOTES

Dog Day Afternoon (1975)

Sonny (Al Pacino): "So what country do you wanna go to?"
Sal (John Cazale): "Wyoming!"
Sonny (Al Pacino): "Sal, Wyoming's not a country!"