Rod Steiger Biography

Birthday: 1925-04-14
Place of Birth: Westhampton, New York
Height: 5' 10" (1.78 m)
Wiki Biography: Rod Steiger received his first film roles in the early 1950s. His first major one was in Teresa (1951), but his first lead role was in the TV version of "The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse: Marty (#5.23)" (1953). The movie version, however, had Ernest Borgnine in the lead and won him an Academy Award. Steiger's breakthrough role came in 1954, with the classic On the Waterfront (1954). Since then he has been a presence on the screen as everything from a popular leading man to a little-known character actor. Steiger made a name for himself in many different types of roles, from a crooked promoter in The Harder They Fall (1956) to the title character in Al Capone (1959). He was one of dozens of stars in the epic World War II film The Longest Day (1962). In 1964, he received his second Oscar nomination for The Pawnbroker (1964). The next couple of years he was at the height of his powers. In 1965, he starred in the dark comedy The Loved One (1965), and in David Lean's epic Doctor Zhivago (1965). In 1966, he starred in the "BBC Play of the Month" (1965) episode "Death of a Salesman" as Willy Loman in the TV version of his stage play "Death of a Salesman," but in 1967, he landed what many consider his greatest role: Sheriff Bill Gillespie in In the Heat of the Night (1967), opposite Sidney Poitier. Steiger deservedly took home the Best Actor Oscar for his work in that film. He took another controversial role as a man with many tattoos in The Illustrated Man (1969) and as a serial killer in the classic No Way to Treat a Lady (1968). After that, he seemed to have withdrawn from high-profile movies and became more selective in the roles he chose. He turned down the lead in Patton (1970) and also in The Godfather (1972). Among his more notable roles in the 1970s are Happy Birthday, Wanda June (1971), Lolly-Madonna XXX (1973), as Benito Mussolini in The Last 4 Days (1974), Portrait of a Hitman (1979), "Jesus of Nazareth" (1977), F.I.S.T (1978) and The Amityville Horror (1979). He starred in the critically acclaimed The Chosen (1981) with Robby Benson and Maximilian Schell, perhaps the highlight of his 1980s movie career. Steiger increasingly moved away from the big Hollywood pictures, instead taking roles in foreign productions and independent movies. As the 1980s ended, Steiger landed a role as the buttoned-up New York City Chief of Police in The January Man (1989). Steiger was seriously affected by depression for 8 years. As he returned to the screen in the late 1990s he began creating some of his most memorable roles. He was the doctor in the independently-made movie Shiloh (1996), about an abused dog. He was the crazed, kill-'em-all army general in Mars Attacks! (1996) who always called his enemies peace-mongers. He took a small part as a Supreme Court judge in The Hurricane (1999) and as a preacher in the badly produced film End of Days (1999). He was still active in films moving into the new millennium.

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Filmography

TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
In the Heat of the Night Gillespie 1989 - 1990 Crime
Herkansing, De Judge Sarokin 2010 Drama
Coming Out Diaries The President 2011
Bomber Boys The President 2012
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
On the Waterfront 1954
The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell 1955 0
The Big Knife 1955 Drama
Oklahoma! Jud Fry 1956 Musical, Romance
Oklahoma Jud Fry 1956 Musical, Romance
The Harder They Fall 1956 Drama, Sport
Back from Eternity Vasquez 1956
The Unholy Wife Paul Hochen 1957
Run of the Arrow Pvt. O'Meara 1957
Across the Bridge 1957 Crime, Drama, Thriller
Seven Thieves 1960 Crime, Drama
Convicts 4 1963 Drama
The Loved One Mr. Joyboy 1965
Doctor Zhivago Komarovsky 1965 Drama, Romance
In the Heat of the Night Gillespie 1967 Comedy, 0
Waterloo Napoleon Bonaparte 1970 Action, Drama, History
Happy Birthday, Wanda June Harold Ryan 1971
The Specialist Joe Leon 1975 0
W.C. Fields and Me 1976
F.I.S.T Sen. Andrew Madison 1978
Love and Bullets Joe Bomposa 1979 Comedy, 0
Klondike Fever 1980 Adventure
Lion of the Desert Benito Mussolini 1981 Drama
Der Zauberberg Mynheer Peperkorn 1982 Drama
Sword of Gideon 1986 0, 0
The Kindred Dr. Phillip Lloyd 1987 Horror
Catch the Heat Jason Hannibal 1987 Action, Comedy, Crime
American Gothic Pa 1988 Horror
January Man 1989 Action, Crime, Mystery
The January Man 1989 Action, Crime, Mystery
Djavolji raj Martin 1989 Drama
The Ballad of the Sad Cafe 1991
Guilty As Charged Kallin 1991 Comedy
Men of Respect 1991 Drama, Crime, Thriller
Tennessee Waltz Judge Prescott 1991 Thriller, Drama
The Neighbor Dr. Myron Hatch 1993 Thriller, Horror
Seven Sundays Benjamin 1995 Comedy
The Real Thing Victor 1996 Crime
Carpool 1996 0
Mars Attacks! General Decker 1996 Action, Comedy, Fantasy
Incognito 1997
Truth or Consequences, N.M. 1997 0, Comedy, 0, Biography
Animals with the Tollkeeper Fontina 1998 Romance, Fantasy
Legacy Sadler 1998 Action
Shiloh 2: Shiloh Season 1999
End of Days Father Kovak 1999 0, Reality Tv, Game Show
Crazy in Alabama Judge Louis Mead 1999 0, 0
Captain Nuke and the Bomber Boys The President 1999 Comedy, Thriller
The Hurricane 2000 Drama, Sport
Body and Soul Johnny Ticotin 2000 Drama, Sport
Lightmaker King Osso 2001
Cypress Edge Woodrow McCammon 2001 Drama, Thriller
A Month of Sundays Charley McCabe 2001 Drama
The Hollywood Sign Floyd Benson 2001 Comedy, Crime
The Kid Harry Sloan 2002 Drama, Sport
Poolhall Junkies 2003 Drama, Thriller
The Chosen 2015 Game Show
Hurricane 2018 0