Michael V. Gazzo

Michael V. Gazzo

Michael Vincenzo Gazzo was an American playwright who later in life became a film and television actor.\nGazzo 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 authored the gritty Broadway play about drug addiction A Hatful of Rain, which ran for 389 performances in 1955 and 1956. It starred Ben Gazzara and Shelley Winters in the two lead roles, and subsequently was adapted into a film by Oscar winning director Fred Zinnemann in 1957. The movie was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role. A 1968 made-for-television version starred Peter Falk, Sandy Dennis and Michael Parks. Gazzo's other screen writing credits include the Elvis Presley American musical drama King Creole in 1958. He also authored Broadway play 'The Night Circus' starring Ben Gazzara.\nAs an actor, Gazzo was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Frank Pentangeli in The Godfather Part II. He lost to Robert De Niro, who played Vito Corleone in the same film.