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Also Known As: Edward Montgomery Clift Died: July 23, 1966
Born: October 17, 1920 Cause of Death: occlusive coronary artery disease
Birth Place: Omaha, Nebraska, USA Profession: actor, model

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One of Hollywood's first Method actors, Montgomery Clift rose to film stardom a full 10 years before his contemporary Marlon Brando, although a more naturalistic performance style and less prolific résumé prevented Clift from achieving the iconic status that many movie historians felt he rightfully deserved. Emerging as a star on Broadway while still in his teens, Clift stubbornly rebuffed the courtship of several film studios for a decade, holding out for just the right project and working conditions. When he finally did succumb, it was to star alongside movie legend John Wayne in "Red River" (1948). A star from the release of his first film, Clift was immortalized on screen three years later as Elizabeth Taylor's morally challenged paramour in the romantic drama "A Place in the Sun" (1951). In the wake of these films, the handsome, brooding Clift became one of the biggest names in Hollywood with his Academy Award-nominated performance in the World War II melodrama "From Here to Eternity" (1953). Tragically, Clift's fortunes fell almost as quickly as they rose. Following a nearly fatal, disfiguring car accident while filming the Civil War drama "Raintree County" (1957), the actor's already excessive...

One of Hollywood's first Method actors, Montgomery Clift rose to film stardom a full 10 years before his contemporary Marlon Brando, although a more naturalistic performance style and less prolific résumé prevented Clift from achieving the iconic status that many movie historians felt he rightfully deserved. Emerging as a star on Broadway while still in his teens, Clift stubbornly rebuffed the courtship of several film studios for a decade, holding out for just the right project and working conditions. When he finally did succumb, it was to star alongside movie legend John Wayne in "Red River" (1948). A star from the release of his first film, Clift was immortalized on screen three years later as Elizabeth Taylor's morally challenged paramour in the romantic drama "A Place in the Sun" (1951). In the wake of these films, the handsome, brooding Clift became one of the biggest names in Hollywood with his Academy Award-nominated performance in the World War II melodrama "From Here to Eternity" (1953). Tragically, Clift's fortunes fell almost as quickly as they rose. Following a nearly fatal, disfiguring car accident while filming the Civil War drama "Raintree County" (1957), the actor's already excessive reliance on alcohol and pharmaceuticals increased to debilitating levels. In the years that followed - most famously described as "the longest suicide in Hollywood history" - both Clift's health and professional reputation went into decline. Although still capable of delivering admirable performances in such projects as "The Misfits" (1961) and "Judgment at Nuremberg" (1961), the increasingly erratic actor eventually found himself being offered few roles prior to his death at the age of 45. Nonetheless, over the course of 17 films, Clift earned not only four Academy Award nominations, but also an indelible legacy as one of the finest actors to ever grace the silver screen.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 The Defector (1966) Prof. James Bower
2.
 Freud (1962) Sigmund Freud
3.
 Judgment at Nuremberg (1961) Rudolf Petersen
4.
 The Misfits (1961) Perce Howland
5.
 Wild River (1960) Chuck Glover
6.
 Suddenly, Last Summer (1959) Dr. [John] Cukrowicz
7.
 The Young Lions (1958) Noah Ackerman
8.
 Lonelyhearts (1958) Adam White [Lassiter]
9.
 Raintree County (1957) John Wickliff Shawnessy
10.
 Indiscretion of an American Wife (1954) Giovanni Doria
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Milestones close milestones

1933:
Made acting debut in amateur production of "As Husbands Go" in Sarasota, Florida at age 12
1933:
Worked as model with John Robert Powers agency; modeled Arrow Shirts
1934:
Professional debut in small role in Stockbridge, Massachusetts stock production of "Fly Away Home"; made Broadway debut when play transferred (1935)
1935:
Played young prince in Cole Porter Broadway musical, "Jubilee"
1941:
Refused MGM offer to co-star in "Mrs. Miniver" because he wouldn't sign 7-year contract
1946:
Made first film, "Red River"
1948:
First released film, "The Search"; earned Best Actor Academy Award nomination
1954:
Returned to Broadway in "The Seagull"
1956:
Wrapped car around a pole after a party at Elizabeth Taylor's house in the middle of shooting "Raintree County" on May 13; undergoes extensive reconstructive facial surgery
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Education

Dalton School: New York , New York - 1936
Actors Studio: New York , New York - 1947

Notes

"I am neither a young rebel nor an old rebel, nor a tired rebel but quite simply an actor who tries to do his job with the maximum of conviction and sincerity." --Montgomery Clift

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companion:
Jack Larson. Actor, playwright. Had relationship c. 1957.

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father:
William Clift. Bank executive. Died in 1964; sold stocks and bonds for bank, then became bank vice president.
mother:
Ethel Clift. Born on September 29, 1888; died in 1988 just a few weeks shy of her 100th birthday.
brother:
William Clift Jr. Born in 1919; deceased; formerly married to journalist Eleanor Clift.
sister:
Ethel McGinnis. Fraternal twin of Clift's; born first.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Monty: A Biography of Montgomery Clift"
"Montgomery Clift"
"The Films of Montgomery Clift"
"Montgomery Clift: Beautiful Loser" Bloomsbury Publishing
"Montgomery Clift: A Bio-Bibliography" Greenwood Press
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