John Cazale in the Deer Hunter | 1978

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John Cazale in the Deer Hunter | 1978

Starring: Robert De Niro, John Cazale and John Savage
Directed by: Michael Cimino
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John Holland Cazale (English pronunciation: /kəˈzeɪl/, Italian pronunciation: [kaˈzaːle]) (August 12, 1935 – March 12, 1978), was an American film and theater actor. During his six-year film career he appeared in five films, each of which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture: The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, The Conversation, Dog Day Afternoon and The Deer Hunter. From his start as an acclaimed theater actor he became one of Hollywood's premiere character actors, starting with Coppola's The Godfather in which he played Fredo Corleone, the weak link in the Corleone crime family. "Cazale broke hearts on screen with portrayals of volatile, vulnerable, vacillating men, including Pacino's tragic bank-robbing partner in Dog Day Afternoon," writes David Germain of the Associated Press. He is described as an actor "whose intense face is known to just about any serious cinema fan but whose name often escapes them." In his final film, The Deer Hunter, he chose to continue...

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