Elia Kazan

Elia Kazan ( September 7 , 1909, Kayseri – September 28, 2003) was a Greek-American director and actor, who also produced and wrote screenplays and novels. His films include A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), On the Waterfront (1954), and East of Eden (1955), and A Face in the Crowd (1957). Kazan co-founded the influential Group Theater in 1932 and Actors Studio in 1947, and together with Lee Strasberg, introduced Method acting to the American stage and cinema as a new form of self-expression and psychological “realism”.