Definition of Kazan, Elia
(1909–2003), US movie and theater director, born in Turkey; born Elia Kazanjoglous. In 1947, he cofounded the Actors' Studio, a leading center of method acting. He directed A Streetcar Named Desire (stage, 1947; movie, 1951). Other notable movies: On the Waterfront (1954) and East of Eden (1955).