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LOS ANGELES Actor James Dean has symbolized teen rebellion for 60 years, but it was a tough kid from Hollywood who showed him the fine points.

The hot tempered leader of a street gang called the Athenians, Frank Mazzola staged the famous knife fight in Without a Cause, Dean landmark 1955 film about violent, disaffected, middle class youth. He advised Dean and director Nicholas Ray on gang talk and gang dress.Cheap Jerseys china He also steered the filmmakers away from an embarrassing choice of vehicles in the climactic run showdown.

had cars in the script that were like a model the Dead End Kids would drive, he told Lawrence Frascella and Al Weisel for Fast, Die Young, their 2005 book about Without a Cause. weren custom cars like we had. who went on to become an accomplished film editor, died Jan. 13, according to Jaime Larkin, a spokeswoman for the Motion Picture and Television Fund in Los Angeles. He was 79.

The cause of Mazzola death was not disclosed. However, he had Alzheimer disease and disappeared from his West Hollywood home for four days in June.

Mazzola was born in Hollywood on March 7, 1935, to a family that had worked in and around movies for generations. His father, Leonard Al Mazzola, was a stuntman and actor who got his start in silent films. As a child, Frank Mazzola was an extra in Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939) and other films.

By the time he was 19, he had graduated from Hollywood High School and briefly attended the University of Oregon. But much of his life was dominated by the Athenians so named, he told the Los Angeles Times in 2000, because guys were athletes and some were scholars. Their ranks included a kid named Syd Field, who later became a well known scriptwriting guru.

wasn like Scorsese Streets of New York, Mazzola said. was Hollywood. Mazzola, by his account, was involved in violence, from shoving matches on Hollywood Boulevard to stabbings in San Bernardino. He told an interviewer that he once smashed an opponent hard enough to send him flying through a shattered second story window.

When he tried to muscle his way onto the set of Without a Cause, the casting director saw trouble and threw him out. But Mazzola came back, managed to sneak up to Ray office, and impressed the director with his authenticity. He was given a $200 consulting fee, an office, and a script.

Mazzola had seen Dean on the set of of Eden but didn know him. first impression was that Jimmy was like a wild animal out of a cage, Mazzola, who had a small part in the film, said years later. was telling people to back away and to not look at him. Without a Cause, Mazzola took Dean to meet the Athenians. They sparred in a boxing ring. They hung out. Mazzola told him a little about fighting, reminding him to wrap his jacket around his forearm during the knife fight scene a maneuver Mazzola said he had developed through necessity.

Ultimately, Mazzola played the part of a gang member named Crunch. In some ways, he said, Dean played him, adopting his characteristic pose of leaning against a wall in his red jacket and T shirt.

Dean, who terrified Mazzola with his crazy driving on the tortuous road through Laurel Canyon, died in a car crash on Sept. 30, 1955, in Central California.

Mazzola went on to work behind the scenes at several studios, editing his first films in the late 1960s.

He became well known for his work with British director Donald Cammell, first on (1970), co directed by Nicolas Roeg.

almost got into a fight when one of the producers walked in like he was a tough guy, saying, flashbacks, no flash forwards, no cuts less than 10 frames,’ Mazzola later recalled. told him the only person I cut for is the director period. He said, the money guy, blah blah all that nonsense. was similarly independent during his restoration of Cammell Side (2000).

The director had committed suicide in 1996. When Mazzola viewed his friend final film, he said he out one of those primal screams. I kept running out of the room, coming back and watching it through my fingers. It was a complete embarrassment. reworking of it undid changes wrought by the studio.

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October 19th, 2010 at 3:22 am

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