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.
Elia Kazan was a Greek-American director, producer, writer, and actor. He twice won the Academy Award for Best Director, for Gentleman’s Agreement (1947) and On the Waterfront (1954).
He was born in Constantinople, Ottoman Empire (now Istanbul, Turkey), the son of Athena (Shishmanoglou/Sismanozlon) and George Kazantzoglou. 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).
Elia was married to English author Frances Kazan, until his death. He had four children with his first wife, playwright Molly Day Thacher, and a son with his second wife, actress Barbara Loden, to whom he was married until her death.
Screenwriter and filmmaker Nicholas Kazan is among Elia’s children with Molly. Elia’s granddaughters are actresses Zoe Kazan and Maya 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