Ben Gazzara, the actor who originated the role of Brick in the Broadway production of Tennessee Williams’s Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, will discuss his life and work at New York University’s Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, located at 24 W. 12th Street, on Tuesday, January 25, at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public; for further information call 212.998.3862.
In a conversation with Antonio Monda, associate professor film and TV at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and actor/director Laura Caparrotti, Gazzara will discuss his new book In the Moment: My Life as an Actor (Carroll & Graf).
The son of Sicilian immigrants, Gazzara, after his debut as Brick, spent the next 20 years working with such actors as Laurence Olivier, Shelley Winters, Orson Welles, Anna Magnani, Frank Sinatra, and Anthony Hopkins, among others. He is most celebrated for his work with director John Cassavetes. Gazzara’s most recent films — Happiness, Buffalo 66, The Spanish Prisoner, and Dogville — continue to shape the independent film tradition for new generations.