Elia Kazan

by stlucas on February 13, 2017

Birth Name: Elia Kazantzoglou

Date of Birth: September 7, 1909

Place of Birth: Constantinople, Ottoman Empire (now Istanbul, Turkey)

Date of Death: September 28, 2003

Place of Death: Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S.

Ethnicity: Greek

Elia Kazan was a Greek-American director, producer, writer, and actor. He was born in Constantinople, Ottoman Empire (now Istanbul, Turkey), the son of George Kazantzoglou and Athena Shishmanoglou. The family moved to the U.S. when Elia was four years old.

George and Athena were Cappadocian Greeks. Cappadocian Greeks are people of Greek background who are native to the Cappadocia region of Central-eastern Anatolia (modern Turkey).

His son is screenwriter/filmmaker Nicholas Kazan and his granddaughter is actress Zoe Kazan.

Elia’s paternal grandfather was also named Elia Kazantzoglou.

Elia’s maternal grandfparents were Isaak Shishmanoglou and Anna Karajosifoglou.

Sources: Genealogy of Elia Kazan – https://www.geni.com

Elia Kazan: A Life – autobiography by Elia Kazan, 1988

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