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Leon Gast Biography

  • Profession: Director, Producer, Editor
  • Born: Jan 1, 0001
  • Died: Jan 1, 0001

Leon Gast is known for making such seminal documentaries as [[Feature~V22081~Hell's Angels Forever~hellsangelsforever]] and the Oscar-winning chronicle of the 1974 landmark fight between [[Performer~P915~Muhammad Ali~muhammadali]] and George Foreman, [[Feature~V135880~When We Were Kings~whenwewerekings]] (1996). He is especially noted for presenting his subjects with rare compassion and insight. A native of Jersey City, NJ, Gast studied dramatic arts at Columbia University, but dropped out shortly before graduation to work on the television series High Adventure with [[Performer~P70606~Lowell Thomas~lowellthomas]]. A documentary show centered on expeditions to seldom-seen places the world over, it provided Gast the opportunity to travel extensively. While attending these away shoots, he observed carefully and began learning how to make non-fiction films. During the 1960s and 1970s, Gast became famous for his still photography and his work appeared in such magazines as Vogue, Esquire, and Harper's Bazaar. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi