NEW YORK (AP) — Broadway, film and television actor Ben Gazzara has died in New York City at age 81. His powerful dramatic performances brought an intensity to a variety of roles including Brick Pollitt in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof."
Longtime family friend Suzanne Mados says Gazzara died Friday in Manhattan.
Gazzara was a proponent of method acting, taking on the thoughts and emotions of his characters. That helped him achieve...
"What a wonderful actor, I did not know Mr. Gazzara personally but I am a fan! His smile and laugh was warm and trusting. God Bless!"
– Cheryl Viehweger, Huge fan!,
May 26, 2012
"I used to work at the Sunset Hotel and Villas In Hollywood, CA. Mr. Gazzara stayed there. I met him a few times and he would always speak to the staff and wanted to come in the kitchen and talk with me."