Meryl Streep & John Cazale

John Cazale and Meryl Streep
1976 - 1978

John Cazale and Meryl Streep  

Meryl Streep and John Cazale were in a relationship for 2 years before John Cazale died aged 42.


Meryl Streep is a 67 year old American Actress. Born Mary Louise Streep on 22nd June, 1949 in Summit, New Jersey and educated at Bernards High School,Bernardsville, New Jersey, United States, she is famous for Linda In The Deer Hunter (1978), Joanna Kramer In Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) in a career that spans 1971–present and 1971–present. Her zodiac sign is Cancer.

American Actor John Cazale was born John Holland Cazale on 12th August, 1935 in Revere, Massachusetts, United States and passed away on 12th Mar 1978 Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States aged 42. He is most remembered for Fredo Corleone In The Godfather (1972), The Godfather Part ll (1974), Salvatore Naturale In Dog Day Afternoon (1975), Stanley ("Stosh") In The Deer Hunter (1978).. His zodiac sign is Leo.


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Relationship Statistics

Dating1976 - Mar 1978 2 years, 2 months
Total 1976 - Mar 1978 41 years, 10 months

Meryl Streep became involved with John Cazale when the two met while working together in a New York stage production. They stayed together until he died of bone cancer two years later.
Author Karina Longworth notes that despite her "high level of stardom" for decades, Streep has managed to maintain a relatively normal personal life. Streep lived with actor John Cazale for three years until his death from lung cancer in March 1978. Al Pacino remarked that "I've hardly ever seen a person so devoted to someone who is falling away like John was. To see her in that act of love for this man was overwhelming." Streep said of his death, "I didn't get over it. I don't want to get over it. No matter what you do, the pain is always there in some recess of your mind, and it affects everything that happens afterwards. I think you can assimilate the pain and go on without making an obsession of it".
Streep married sculptor Don Gummer six months after Cazale's death.

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Relationship Timeline

1976 - Hookup

Couple Comparison

Meryl Streep
John Cazale
Meryl Streep
John Cazale
Age (at start of relationship)
5' 6" (168 cm)
5' 10½" (179 cm)
Hair Color
Eye Color
Brown - Light
Brown - Light
Roman Catholic


Posted commentsView all comments (4)

rita capozziFeb 2, 2011

He died at 42. I see no disrespect since there is no age indicated implies no longer here. RIP John you were a great artist. Fredo was a great performance. Meryl must miss you deeply.

KatieFeb 14, 2010

It is quite disrespectful but it`s saying if they were together now that how old he be

sabrinaSep 13, 2009

i also think it is very disrespectul

Pip HigginsOct 19, 2008

How could John Cazale possibly be 72?? He died in around 1978 after The Deer Hunter - he was engaged to Streep at the time. Am i the only one who thinks its a bit disrespectful to imply he is still alive?

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