Addio a Ben Gazzara e Zalman King

Pubblicato sabato 4 febbraio 2012.

NEW YORK: The US actor Ben Gazzara, who enjoyed a long career on Broadway and in Hollywood, died of pancreatic cancer on Friday in Manhattan, the New York Times reported. He was 81.

Gazzara, who starred in films, television and on the stage played Brick in the original Broadway version of Tennessee Williams’ "Cat On A Hot Tin Roof," originating a tough-guy persona that he would cultivate on the big screen.

In his later years he worked with the Coen brothers in "The Big Lebowski," in 1998, in the television series "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit," and more recently in many movies made for television.

Gazzara’s lawyer told the Times that the actor died at a Manhattan hospital.

Separately, actor and filmmaker Zalman King, who became known for his erotic work after writing and producing his breakthrough film "9 Ω Weeks," has died. He was 70.

King’s son-in-law Allison Burnett says the filmmaker died Friday morning at his home in Santa Monica, California, after a six-year battle with cancer.

Born Zalman King Lefkovitz in 1941, King began his career as an actor in the 1960s.

He and wife, Patricia Louisianna Knop, collaborated on the screenplay for "9 Ω Weeks," which became a cult hit starring Kim Basinger and Mickey Rourke.

King’s other credits include "Wild Orchid" and "Two Moon Junction," which he wrote and directed. He is survived by his wife and daughters Chloe King and Gillian Lefkovitz.

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