Chris Kazan

December 17, 1991

Chris Kazan, 52, Dies; Writer and Professor

Chris Kazan, a novelist and screenwriter, died on Saturday at his home in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 52 years old.

He died of cancer, said his father, the director Elia Kazan.

Among the screenplays Mr. Kazan wrote and produced were "The Visitor," a 1972 film directed by his father, and "Beyond the Aegean," scheduled to be filmed next year. His novels include "Mouth Full of Sugar" (1969) and "The Love Freak" (1971).

Mr. Kazan was born in New York City and received a bachelor's degree from Harvard University. He was an assistant professor of film at Columbia University's School of the Arts for several years. He had only recently moved to Santa Monica.

In addition to his father, who lives in New York City, he is survived by his wife, Jeneene Harris Kazan, and a stepdaughter, Rebecca Donald, both of Sandy Hook, Conn.; a stepson, Leroy Donald 3d of Little Rock, Ark.; two brothers, Nicholas, of Santa Monica, and Leo, of New York City; and two sisters, Judy K. Morris of Washington and Katharine Athena Kazan of Madison, Wis.