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Despite only having held five feature film roles, John Cazale proved to be one of the great character actors of the 1970s. He played Fredo in The Godfather.
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Streep also appeared in the film as Walken's girlfriend.
After filming finished, it was not long before Cazale's health began to decline. He spent his final days in a New York hospital with Streep by his side and died on March 12, 1978. Later that year, The Deer Hunter opened to positive reviews and went on to receive nine Academy Award nominations, winning five of them. While he never received an Academy Award nomination,
Cazale was highly admired by critics and fellow performers. Al Pacino once said, "He was the most giving actor I've ever worked with, the most involved and sensitve."
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