Costa-Gavras Biography (1933-)

Full name, Konstantin Costa-Gavras; original name, Kostantinos Gavras; born February 12, 1933, in Athens (some sources say Loutra-Iraias), Greece; naturalized French citizen, 1956; married Michele Ray (a journalist), 1968; children: Alexandre, Helene, Romain. Career: Director, producer, and screenwriter. Cinematheque Francaise, president, 1982--. Worked as a ballet dancer andas an assistant to film directors Yves Allegret, Jacques Demy, Marcel Ophuls, Rene Clair, Jean Giorno, and Rene Clement. Involved with K. G. Productions.Awards, Honors: Moscow Film Festival Award, 1966, for Un homme detrop; New York Film Critics Award, best director, Jury Prize, Cannes International Film Festival, Academy Award nominations, best director and best screenplay based on material from another medium (with Jorge Semprun), and Raoul-Levy Prize, all 1969, for Z; Louis Delluc Prize, 1973, for Etat de siege; Best Director Award, Cannes International Film Festival, 1975, for Section speciale; Academy Award (with Donald Stewart), best screenplay, Golden Palm Award, Cannes International Film Festival, Writers Guild ofAmerica Screen Award (with Donald Stewart), Writers Guild of America Award, best dramatic screenplay based on material previously produced or published, and Golden Globe Award nominations, best director of a motion picture and bestscreenplay (with Donald Stewart), all 1982, for Missing; Golden Berlin Bear, Berlin International Film Festival, 1990, for Music Box; French Legion of Honor, named a commander of Arts and Letters of France and nameda chevalier. Addresses: Agent: John Ptak, William Morris Agency, 151 El Camino Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90212.

Director, Producer, Screenwriter
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February 12, 1933
Athens, Greece

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