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FILE - In this 1965 file photo, actor Ben Gazzara poses with dancers Sandy Garrett, left, and Victoria Scruton while filming an episode of the TV series "Run for Your Life," in Los Angeles. Gazzara, whose powerful dramatic performances brought an intensity to a variety of roles and made him a memorable presence in films, on television and on Broadway in the original "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," has died at age 81. Longtime family friend Suzanne Mados said Gazzara died Friday, Feb. 3, 2012, in Manhattan after being in hospice care with cancer. (AP Photo, file)

FILE - In this 1965 file photo, actor Ben Gazzara poses with dancers Sandy Garrett, left, and Victoria Scruton while filming an episode of the TV series "Run for Your Life," in Los Angeles. Gazzara, whose powerful dramatic performances brought an intensity to a variety of roles and made him a memorable presence in films, on television and on Broadway in the original "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," has died at age 81. Longtime family friend Suzanne Mados said Gazzara died Friday, Feb. 3, 2012, in Manhattan after being in hospice care with cancer. (AP Photo, file)

Character actor Ben Gazzara, 81, dies

Ben Gazzara, whose powerful dramatic performances brought an intensity to a variety of roles and made him a memorable presence in films, on television and on Broadway in the original "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," has died at age 81.