Rod Steiger Overview:

Actor, Rod Steiger, was born Rodney Stephen Steiger on Apr 14, 1925 in Westhampton, NY. Steiger died at the age of 77 on Jul 9, 2002 in Los Angeles, CA and was laid to rest in Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills) Cemetery in Los Angeles, CA.

HONORS and AWARDS:

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Rod Steiger was nominated for three Academy Awards, winning one for Best Actor for In the Heat of the Night (as Police Chief Bill Gillespie) in 1967.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1954Best Supporting ActorOn the Waterfront (1954)Charles MalloyNominated
1965Best ActorThe Pawnbroker (1965)Sol NazermanNominated
1967Best ActorIn the Heat of the Night (1967)Police Chief Bill GillespieWon
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He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures.

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The Illustrated Man (1960) is trilogy of terror-tinged sci-fi tales drawn from Ray Bradbury’s eighteen story anthology of the same name. stars as the titular tattooed drifter in a framing story with Robert Drivas and then-wife Claire Bloom, and in various roles in the stories which... Read full article


Seven Thieves (1960) with Edward G. Robinson and

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Seven Thieves (1960) with Edward G. Robinson and

By Orson De Welles on Jul 9, 2015 From Classic Film Freak

Share This! If you go to the IMDB page for the 1960 film Seven Thieves, you won?t see much in terms of commentary and reviews. There are less than twenty user review and only a few external reviews. So what gives? Is this schlock to be avoided? The answer- and those of you familiar with the film wil... Read full article


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Rod Steiger Quotes:

Willie: Is - Is that what you mean by skin illustrations? Tattoos?
Carl: They're not tattoos, they're skin illustrations! Don't you ever call them tattoos!


[last lines]
Nick Benko: A man that gives away twenty-six thousand dollars you can't talk to. I wanna tell ya one more thing. I wouldn't give twenty-six cents for your future.


Destroyer Commander: You remember it. Remember every bit of it, 'cause we are on the eve of a day that people are going to talk about long after we are dead and gone.


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Campaigned vigorously for a role in The Godfather (1972), which began shooting in early 1971, three years after Steiger had reached the top of his craft, receiving the Academy Award for Best Actor his role as the sheriff in In the Heat of the Night (1967). Surprisingly, the role Steiger wanted was not the title role of Don Vito Corleone (eventually played by his On the Waterfront (1954) co-star Marlon Brando, but the role of Michael Corleone, the Don's youngest son. Paramount executives found his desire to be bizarre as he was much too old for the part and turned him down without even a screen-test.

Won the part of Viktor Komarovsky in Doctor Zhivago (1965) only after two other actors turned the part down. After a month went by with Marlon Brando failing to respond to director David Lean's written inquiry into whether he wanted to play Komarovsky, Lean offered the part to James Mason, who was a generation older than Brando, because he did not want an actor who would overpower the character of Yuri Zhivago (specifically, to show Zhivago up as a lover of Lara, who would be played by the young Julie Christie, which the charismatic Brando might have done, shifting the sympathy of the audience). Mason initially accepted thee part, but eventually dropped out and Steiger was given the role.

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