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Frank Mazzola dies at 79; staged fight in 'Rebel Without a Cause'
Frank Mazzola dies at 79; staged fight in 'Rebel Without a Cause'

Actor James Dean has symbolized teen rebellion for 60 years, but it was a tough kid from Hollywood who showed him the fine points. The hot-tempered leader of a street gang called the Athenians, Frank Mazzola staged the famous knife fight in "Rebel Without a Cause," Dean's landmark 1955 film about violent, disaffected, middle-class youth. He advised Dean and director Nicholas Ray on gang talk and gang dress. He also steered the filmmakers away from an embarrassing choice of vehicles in the climactic "chickie run" showdown. "They had cars in the script that were like a model the Dead End Kids would drive," he told Lawrence Frascella and Al Weisel for...

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