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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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Blu-ray Review: and Claire Bloom in The Illustrated Man (1969)

By KC on Oct 25, 2017 From Classic Movies

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

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


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:

Carl: She had lived in the past, and she had lived in the future, and she put it all on me.


Jud Fry: Look at me. I'm a hired hand. I got dirt on my hands. Pig slop. I ain't fit to touch you, am I - you're better. Oh, you're so much better, Miss Laurey Williams! Well we'll see how much better you are, and then you won't be so free and easy and hifalutin' with your airs! You such a FINE lady!


[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.


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Rod Steiger Facts
Received the Gift of Life Award after tirelessly speaking out against the social stigma against mental disease, from which he suffered for many years.

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.

He was honored with being chosen as one of AFI's 50 stars of the second half of the 20th century.

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