Popular character actor Ben Gazzara dies in NY (AP)

FILE - In this Jan. 11, 2011 file photo, actor Ben Gazzara attends The National Board of Review of Motion Pictures awards gala in New York. 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/Evan Agostini, file)AP – 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.

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