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Ben Gazzara dies at 81; veteran actor of stage and screen
Ben Gazzara dies at 81; veteran actor of stage and screen

A New York native of Sicilian heritage, Ben Gazzara was a strongly masculine, subtly menacing screen presence with a gravelly voice that one writer described as "saloon-cured" and another said could strip paint at 50 paces. The veteran actor, who died Friday in New York City, found fame on Broadway in the 1950s, starred in the TV series "Run for Your Life" in the 1960s and was closely identified on the big screen with independent filmmaker John Cassavetes. The cause of death was pancreatic cancer, said his attorney Jay I. Julien. He was 81. -------------------- FOR THE RECORD: Ben Gazzara obituary: An obituary of actor Ben Gazzara in the Feb. 4 LATExtra section omitted...

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