John Cazale passed away on this date in 1978. His brief stay in Hollywood generated one of the more interesting bodies of work in modern film.
While John Cazale never earned an Oscar nomination himself, his films fared significantly better. Every feature film in which he appeared received a nomination for Best Picture.
Three of his films, The Godfather, The Godfather: Part II, and The Deer Hunter, took home the top prize. The other two films Cazale made during his life, The Conversation and Dog Day Afternoon, both got nominations but didn't win.
Here's the real kicker, though: The Godfather: Part III, which didn't come out until 12 years after Cazale's 1978 death, featured archival footage of Cazale in the Fredo Corleone role. It got a best picture nod, too.
Read More: 5 Things You Didn't Know About John Cazale (originally published in 2009)