Michael V. Gazzo Movies and Career Information
Apr 05, 1923
Actor and Writer
Michael Vincenzo Gazzo (April 5, 1923 – February 14, 1995) was a Broadway playwright who later in life became an American film and television actor. He was a member of the Actors Studio, and would later go on to train such actors as Debra Winger, Henry Silva and Tony Sirico. He was author of the Broadway play on drug addiction A Hatful of Rain, which ran for 389 performances in 1955 and 1956 - starring Ben Gazzara and Shelley Winters in the two lead roles. He subsequently adapted it as a film in 1957. The film was then nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Anthony Franciosa). Later a 1968 made-for-television version (as a filmed play) starred Sandy Dennis, Michael Parks, and Peter Falk in the main roles. He was also co-screenwriter of the Elvis Presley film King Creole (1958). As an actor, Gazzo was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Frank Pentangeli in The Godfather Part II, which he lost to Robert De Niro for the same film. Michael Gazzo died from a stroke in 1995. He was buried in the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles.