Rod Steiger


Actor
Rod Steiger

About

Also Known As
Rodney Stephen Steiger
Birth Place
Westhampton, New York, USA
Born
April 14, 1925
Died
July 09, 2002
Cause of Death
Died From Pneumonia And Kidney Failure

Biography

Alongside Marlon Brando and James Dean, Rod Steiger helped redefine film acting in America after World War II. The brooding actor found success as the lovelorn butcher "Marty" (1953) on live television, but lost the film role to Ernest Borgnine. In the ensuing years, Steiger racked up a résumé of incendiary film appearances, as Brando's gangster brother in "On the Waterfront" (1954), as ...

Photos & Videos

The Harder They Fall - Movie Posters
In the Heat of the Night - Movie Posters
The Loved One - Lobby Card Set

Family & Companions

Sally Gracie
Wife
Actor. Married in 1952, divorced; died on August 13, 2001 at age 80.
Claire Bloom
Wife
Actor. Married on April 15, 1959; divorced in 1969.
Sherry Nelson
Wife
Married in April 1973; divorced in 1979.
Paula Ellis
Wife
Born c. 1960; married c. 1976; filed for divorce in June 1997; divorced.

Biography

Alongside Marlon Brando and James Dean, Rod Steiger helped redefine film acting in America after World War II. The brooding actor found success as the lovelorn butcher "Marty" (1953) on live television, but lost the film role to Ernest Borgnine. In the ensuing years, Steiger racked up a résumé of incendiary film appearances, as Brando's gangster brother in "On the Waterfront" (1954), as a prairie psychopath in "Oklahoma!" (1955), and as an embittered Civil War veteran who goes native in "Run of the Arrow" (1957). Lured to Europe for roles of greater depth than those Hollywood offered, Steiger returned stateside to play Sidney Lumet's "The Pawnbroker" (1964) and won an Academy Award as a bigoted Southern lawman who comes to respect black colleague Sidney Poitier in "In the Heat of the Night" (1967). Steiger maintained a steady workload over the years, playing priests, judges, army generals, presidents, doctors and mobsters on cinema and television screens, at home and abroad. At the time of his death in 2002, Steiger was honored as a fascinating personality, an uncompromising artist whose love of craft inspired generations of cinematic angry young men.

Rodney Steven Steiger was born on April 14, 1925, in Westhampton, NY. The only child of vaudeville performers, Steiger never knew his father, Frederick, who deserted the family shortly after his birth. Raised in Newark, NJ by his single mother, the former Lorraine Driver, whose Lutheran faith was a poor bulwark against depression and alcoholism, Steiger dropped out of high school at the age of 16 to join the U.S. navy during World War II. After seeing action in the Pacific Theater, he returned stateside, where he landed a job oiling check-cashing machine parts through the Civil Service. Interested in meeting girls, Steiger joined a local social club that needed men to perform in its amateur plays. Encouraged by his peers, Steiger headed to New York City, using the GI Bill of Rights to enroll in classes at The New School's Dramatic Workshop, where he studied with Actor's Studio cofounder Stella Adler.

Steiger made his Broadway debut in December 1950, in the small role of a townsman in the Actor's Studio revival of Henrik Ibsen's "An Enemy of the People," which ran for 36 performances at the Broadhurst Theater. He was given more to do in his next outing on the Great White Way, in a revival of Clifford Odets' "Night Music" at the ANTA Theater, although the production closed after only a week. In Hugh Hastings' wartime drama "Seagulls Over Sorrento," Steiger played a telegraph operator, but the American premiere of the British West End hit closed after only a dozen performances. Steiger's luck was better in the burgeoning medium of live television, where he had the starring role in "Marty" (1953), a drama by Paddy Chayefsky broadcast on "The Goodyear Television Playhouse" (NBC, 1948-1955). Steiger's raw, deeply-felt performance as a lonely Bronx butcher who finds love in middle-age made his career.

Steiger turned down the role he had originated on TV in Delbert Mann's feature film adaptation of "Marty" (1955) due to his refusal to sign a limiting long-term contract. While replacement Ernest Borgnine snagged the 1956 Academy Award for Best Actor in "Marty," Steiger pushed ahead through a string of memorable film appearances. He was Marlon Brando's mobster brother in Elia Kazan's incendiary "On the Waterfront" (1954) and a venal Hollywood studio chief in Robert Aldrich's "The Big Knife" (1955), adapted from the play by Clifford Odets. He was a singing sociopath in Fred Zinnemann's CinemaScope musical "Oklahoma!" (1955), but engendered sympathy as a Confederate soldier who chooses to live among the Plains Indians after the Civil War in Sam Fuller's "Run of the Arrow" (1957). One of only a handful of Hollywood films to treat with sympathy the plight of the Native American, "Run of the Arrow" reflected Steiger's liberal, humanist politics, which often put him through his long career at odds with cutthroat studio presidents and autocratic film directors.

After playing Chicago crime kingpin "Al Capone" (1959) for Allied Artists Pictures and helping Edward G. Robinson rob a Monte Carlo casino in "Seven Thieves" (1960), Steiger enjoyed a run of good guy roles that provided the actor with a low-key alternative to his trademark escalating bombast. In "The Mark" (1961), Steiger was effective as a psychologist who attempts to reform pedophile Stuart Whitman. In "13 West Street" (1962), his even-keeled police detective counseled star Alan Ladd from turning to vigilantism in the aftermath of a violent attack. He was on his worst behavior again as the sadistic prison guard Tiptoes in Millard Kaufman's "Convicts 4" (1962) and traveled to Italy to play a corrupt real estate developer in Francesco Rosi's "Hands over the City" (1963) and a lothario romancing aristocrat Paulette Goddard and daughter Claudia Cardinale in Francesco Masselli's "Time of Indifference" (1964).

Having toggled between leading man and supporting roles through the first decade of his acting career, Steiger returned to the United States as a bone fide movie star. He received an Academy Award nomination for playing "The Pawnbroker" (1964) for Sidney Lumet, an elderly Holocaust survivor who reflects on the tragedies of the past as he navigates an uncertain and unpromising future. Steiger followed this intense performance with a giddy cameo as Mr. Joyboy, a Hollywood funeral parlor embalmer in "The Loved One" (1965), Tony Richardson's all-star adaptation of the satiric novel by Evelyn Waugh. In David Lean's "Doctor Zhivago" (1965), Steiger filled out the bottom third of a doomed Revolution-era love triangle alongside Omar Sharif and Julie Christie. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor in Norman Jewison's "In the Heat of the Night" (1967), as a small town Southern sheriff who must team with Sidney Poitier's visiting African-American detective to solve a murder case.

Steiger followed his Oscar-winning performance, a study in down-home irascibility, by playing a serial killer with serious mother issues in Paramount's Broadway-set black comedy "No Way to Treat a Lady" (1968), directed by Jack Smight. One of Steiger's more undervalued film appearances, the role allowed Steiger to appear in a variety of disguises throughout and to poke fun at his own theatrical volatility. The actor lobbied hard to win the title role of John Flynn's "The Sergeant" (1968), a career soldier and decorated World War II veteran who falls in love with handsome new recruit John Phillip Law while overseeing operations at an army fuel depot in rural France. Steiger worked again with Smight in "The Illustrated Man" (1968), as a heavily-tattooed vagrant whose skin art prompts a triptych of chilling tales. Adapted from the novel by Ray Bradbury, the production allowed Steiger to appear alongside second wife Claire Bloom, although the couple divorced the following year.

Refusing the title role in "Patton" (1970), Steiger chose instead to appear as Napoleon Bonaparte in Sergei Bondarchuk's "Waterloo" (1970), a noble box office failure that nonetheless netted the actor a million dollar paycheck. Though he lobbied exhaustively, in his mid-forties, to play the role of Michael Corleone in Francis Ford Coppola's "The Godfather" (1972), Paramount executives turned down his request for a screen test. Branded as a difficult actor often not worth the trouble, Steiger returned to Europe to play a Mexican revolutionary in Sergio Leone's "Duck, You Sucker!" (1971), Benito Mussolini in Carlo Lizzani's "The Last 4 Days" (1974), and an Irish family man who becomes a terrorist after his family is slain by British troops in Don Sharp's "Hennessy" (1975). Back in the States, the actor was an inspired choice to play W. C. Fields in Arthur Hiller's "W.C. Fields and Me" (1976) but a bout with depression following open heart surgery reduced him to supporting roles in Norman Jewison's "F.I.S.T." (1978) and Stuart Rosenberg's "The Amityville Horror" (1979). Steiger was Old West lawman Bill Tilghman in Lamont Johnson's Western "Cattle Annie and Little Britches" (1981). Working in support of lead actresses Amanda Plummer and Diane Lane, Steiger dialed down his trademark bombast to sell the weariness of a career lawman who has grown old chasing Burt Lancaster's wily outlaw Bill Doolin.

He brought a similar quiet intensity to his role as a Hassidic Jew in Jeremy Kagan's "The Chosen" (1981), an adaptation of the novel by Chaim Potok. Having based his performance on childhood memories of growing up in a predominantly Jewish neighborhood, Steiger was honored with a Best Actor award at the 1981 Montreal World Film Festival. He spent the balance of the decade jobbing from film to film, lending his considerable gravitas to such unworthy exploitation films as "The Kindred" (1987), "American Gothic" (1988) and "Guilty as Charged" (1991), invariably as unyielding authority figures. In 1997, Steiger received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In the last decade of his life, Steiger bounced between playing mobsters - in such films as "The Specialist" (1994) with Sylvester Stallone and the made-for-TV "Sinatra" (1992) - or military men, as in Tim Burton's "Mars Attacks!" (1996) and a 1998 episode of the animated sitcom "The Simpsons" (Fox, 1989- ), in which he provided the voice of submarine commander Captain Tenille. Steiger's last feature film role was in Mars Callahan's "Poolhall Junkies" (2002), which went into limited release only a month before his death on July 9, 2002, from pneumonia kidney failure after undergoing cancer surgery.

By Richard Harland Smith

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Poolhall Junkies (2003)
The Last Producer (2001)
Lightmaker (2001)
Duke Osso
End of Days (1999)
Father Kovak
The Hurricane (1999)
Crazy in Alabama (1999)
Shiloh 2: Shiloh Season (1999)
Animals (1998)
Cypress Edge (1998)
Revenant (1998)
Incognito (1998)
The Kid (1997)
Artist's Revolution (1997)
Narration
Truth Or Consequences, N.m. (1997)
Dalva (1996)
Grandfather
Carpool (1996)
The Commish: Redemption (1996)
Oskar Rothman
Shiloh (1996)
Doc Wallace
Mars Attacks! (1996)
Columbo: Strange Bedfellows (1995)
Little Surprises (1995)
In Pursuit of Honor (1995)
Colonel Owen Stuart
Out There (1995)
Choices of the Heart: The Margaret Sanger Story (1995)
Captain Nuke and the Bomber Boys (1995)
Livers Ain't Cheap (1995)
The Specialist (1994)
The Last Tattoo (1994)
Seven Sundays (1994)
Benjamin
The Neighbor (1993)
Myron Hatch
The Player (1992)
Himself
In the Line of Duty: Manhunt in the Dakotas (1991)
Guilty as Charged (1991)
Ben Kallin
The Ballad Of The Sad Cafe (1991)
Men of Respect (1990)
Charlie D'Amico
Black Water (1989)
Sauf votre respect (1989)
The January Man (1989)
That Summer of White Roses (1989)
The Exiles (1989)
Himself
Desperado: Avalanche at Devil's Ridge (1988)
Feel the Heat (1987)
Jason Hannibal
Hello Actors Studio (1987)
Himself
American Gothic (1987)
The Kindred (1987)
Dr Philip Lloyd
Sword of Gideon (1986)
The Naked Face (1985)
Lieutenant Mcgreavy
The Lucky Star (1984)
Colonel Gluck
Cook and Peary: The Race to the Pole (1983)
Der Zauberberg (1982)
Cattle Annie and Little Britches (1981)
Us Marshal Bill Tilghman
Wolf Lake (1981)
Charlie
The Chosen (1981)
Lion of the Desert (1981)
The Amityville Horror (1979)
Father Delaney
Teil Steiner - Das Eiserne Kreuz 2 (1979)
Love And Bullets (1979)
Jack London's Klondike Fever (1979)
Les Innocents aux mains Sales (1978)
Louis
F.I.S.T. (1978)
Portrait of a Hitman (1977)
W.C. Fields and Me (1976)
W C Fields
Hennessy (1975)
Hennessy
Last Days of Mussolini (1974)
Mussolini
Lucky Luciano (1973)
Lolly Madonna XXX (1973)
Duck, You Sucker (1972)
Juan Miranda
Happy Birthday, Wanda June (1971)
Harold Ryan
Waterloo (1971)
Napoleon Bonaparte
3 Into 2 Won't Go (1969)
Steve Howard
The Illustrated Man (1969)
Carl
The Sergeant (1968)
M. Sgt. Albert Callan
No Way To Treat a Lady (1968)
Christopher Gill
And There Came a Man (1968)
The Intermediary
In the Heat of the Night (1967)
Bill Gillespie
The Girl and the General (1967)
The General
Doctor Zhivago (1965)
Komarovsky
Time of Indifference (1965)
Leo
The Pawnbroker (1965)
Sol Nazerman
The Loved One (1965)
Mr. Joyboy
Hands Over The City (1963)
Dante Dipinto
The Longest Day (1962)
Commander
13 West Street (1962)
Detective Sergeant Koleski
The World in My Pocket (1962)
Frank Morgan
Convicts 4 (1962)
Tiptoes
The Mark (1961)
Dr. Edmund McNally
Seven Thieves (1960)
Paul Mason
Al Capone (1959)
Al Capone
Cry Terror! (1958)
Paul Hoplin
Run of the Arrow (1957)
O'Meara
The Unholy Wife (1957)
Paul Hochen
Across The Bridge (1957)
Carl Schaffer
The Harder They Fall (1956)
Nick Benko
Jubal (1956)
Pinky
Back from Eternity (1956)
Vasquel
The Big Knife (1955)
Stanley Shriner Hoff
The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell (1955)
Maj. Allan Guillion
Oklahoma! (1955)
Jud Fry
On the Waterfront (1954)
Charley "the Gent" Malloy
Teresa (1951)
Frank

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

The Player (1992)
Other
The Exiles (1989)
Other
Hello Actors Studio (1987)
Other

Cast (Special)

Hell in the Pacific (2001)
Interviewee
Television: The First 50 Years (2001)
Interviewee
Elizabeth Taylor: England's Other Elizabeth (2001)
Journey Into Amazonia (2000)
Narrator
Shirley Jones: Hollywood's Musical Mom (2000)
Private Screenings: Rod Steiger (2000)
The AFI's 100 Years... 100 Stars (1999)
Politically Incorrect After Party Presented By Pepsi (1999)
Public Enemies on the Rock (1998)
Narrator
The 70th Annual Academy Awards (1998)
Performer
NYTV: By the People Who Made It (1998)
The 54th Annual Golden Globe Awards (1997)
Presenter
The GI Bill: The Law That Changed America (1997)
Little Surprises (1996)
Masters of Fantasy: Ray Bradbury: An American Icon (1996)
Narrator
The Forbidden City: The Great Within (1995)
Narration
Doctor Zhivago: The Making of a Russian Epic (1995)
James Dean: A Portrait (1995)
Earth and the American Dream (1993)
Voice
The Year of the Generals (1992)
Voice
Street Scenes: New York on Film (1992)
Lincoln (1992)
Voice
AFI Salute to Sidney Poitier (1992)
Performer
Listen Up! Voices in Celebration of Education (1992)
Miracle on 44th Street: A Portrait of the Actors Studio (1991)
The 12th Annual People's Choice Awards (1986)
Performer
I Love Liberty (1982)
The Lonely Wizard (1957)
Charles Steinmetz
Marty (1953)
Marty Polletti

Cast (Short)

The Movie Makers (1973)
Himself
New Star: Geraldine Chaplin (1965)
Himself
This Is... Omar Sharif (1965)
Himself

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Animated Epics: Moby Dick (2000)
Voice
Body and Soul (1999)
Legacy (1998)
Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City (1994)
Op Center (1994)
Boroda
Sinatra (1992)
Sam Giancana
Passion and Paradise (1989)
Hollywood Wives (1986)
Jesus of Nazareth (Do Not Use) (1977)

Life Events

1948

Appeared in over 250 live TV dramas

1951

Film acting debut in "Teresa"

1951

Broadway debut in "Night Music"

1954

Received first Oscar nomination, as Best Supporting Actor, for his role in "On the Waterfront"

1956

Played first leading role in features in "The Harder They Fall", opposite Humphrey Bogart

1957

First received top billing in a feature film in "Run of the Arrow"

1957

Made first film outside the US, "Across the Bridge", a British production

1957

Starred in the TV pilot, "The Lonely Wizard", for an untitled anthology series which was not picked up; marked Steiger's last TV role for 20 years

1959

Played first biographical film role, "Al Capone"

1962

Had leading role in the stage play "Moby Dick--Rehearsed", written by Orson Wells

1963

Acted in first foreign-language feature, "Le mani sulla citta/Hands Over the City", directed by Francesco Rosi

1965

Earned Best Actor Academy Award nomination for "The Pawnbroker"

1968

Won Best Actor Oscar for "In the Heat of the Night"

1977

Returned to TV after 20 years to play Pontius Pilate in his first TV miniseries, "Jesus of Nazareth"

1983

First TV-movie, "Cook & Peary: The Race to the Pole", with Steiger as explorer Robert E Peary and co-star Richard Chamberlain as Frederick Cook

1987

Appeared as himself in the interview documentary feature, "Hello Actors Studio"

1997

Received star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (April 10)

2001

Portrayed a dying patriarch in the independent feature "A Month of Sundays"

2003

Co-starred in the feature "Poolhall Junkies"

Photo Collections

The Harder They Fall - Movie Posters
The Harder They Fall - Movie Posters
In the Heat of the Night - Movie Posters
In the Heat of the Night - Movie Posters
The Loved One - Lobby Card Set
Here is a set of Lobby Cards from The Loved One (1965). Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
The Harder They Fall - Lobby Card Set
Here is a set of Lobby Cards from The Harder They Fall (1956), starring Humphrey Bogart. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
Doctor Zhivago - Publicity Art
Here are some specialty drawings created by MGM for newspaper and magazine reproduction to publicize Doctor Zhivago (1965), directed by David Lean.
The Amityville Horror - Movie Poster
Here is the American One-Sheet Movie Poster from The Amityville Horror (1979). One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
The Loved One - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for The Loved One (1965). One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.

Videos

Movie Clip

Run Of The Arrow (1957) - Rebel Soldier Writer-producer-director Samuel Fuller supplies a balladeer (Frank Warner) with a genuine Confederate war song (using the original lyric, rather than the more polite segments usually recorded), before meeting vanquished O'Meara (Rod Steiger) and his mother (Olive Carey) in Run Of The Arrow, 1957.
Run Of The Arrow (1957) - Open, Palm Sunday The opening scene at Appomattox, 1865, as Confederate O'Meara (Rod Steiger) fires the last shot, not quite killing Yankee Ralph Meeker, leading to the credits for writer-producer-director Samuel Fuller's searing Run Of The Arrow, 1957.
Run Of The Arrow (1957) - Another Sioux Post Office Recalcitrant ex-Confederate soldier O'Meara (Rod Steiger) is learning Indian ways from Sioux trail buddy and ex-Union scout Walking Coyote (Jay C. Flippen) as they travel west, when they're intercepted by H.M. Wynant (as Crazy Wolf) and his crew, in Samuel Fuller's Run Of The Arrow, 1957.
Run Of The Arrow (1957) - I'm Not An American Irish Confederate fugitive O'Meara (Rod Steiger), having improbably survived the "Run Of The Arrow" Sioux ritual, is given shelter by Yellow Moccasin (Sarita Montiel, her voice dubbed by Angie Dickinson), then presents himself to chief Blue Buffalo (Charles Bronson), who has sophisticated views on justice, in Samuel Fuller's Run Of The Arrow, 1957.
Run Of The Arrow (1957) - This God Of Yours Irish Catholic-born fugitive Confederate veteran O'Meara (Rod Steiger) has come just about around to Sioux ways, Blue Buffalo (Charles Bronson) approving his proposal and marrying him to Yellow Moccasin (Sarita Montiel) in Samuel Fuller's Run Of The Arrow, 1957.
Back From Eternity (1956) - In The Base Of The Skull The stewardess (Adele Mara) visits gangster-escorting-child Jesse White, the professor and his wife (Cameron Prud’homme, Beulah Bondi) who converse with convict Vasquel (Rod Steiger), who seems cheery considering he’s traveling for his execution, his bounty hunter (Fred Clark) tolerant, as pilots (Keith Andes, Robert Ryan) cope with big weather problems, in Back From Eternity, 1956.
Cry Terror! (1958) - That Makes Him The Patsy James Mason as electronics expert Jim has hurried to his suburban home to explain to his wife (Inger Stevens) that he’s realized he was tricked into making a bomb used in a sensational hijack threat, and as the perpetrator Hoplin (Rod Steiger) appears, his play is not yet clear, in Cry Terror!, 1958 from independent and thriller specialist Andrew L. Stone.
Back From Eternity (1956) - Our Chances? After crash-landing, convict Vasquel (Rod Steiger) and bounty hunter Crimp (Fred Clark) tangle, pilots Bill (Robert Ryan) and Joe (Keith Andes) speak to survivors (Cameron Prud'homme, Phyllis Kirk, Jesse White, Anita Ekberg et al), John Farrow directing, in Back From Eternity, 1956.
Jubal (1956) - Most Horses Is Better Than Humans First scene after the opening, in which rancher Shep (Ernest Borgnine) found Glenn Ford (title character) staggering out of the Wyoming woods, introducing Pinky (Rod Steiger), Sam (Noah Beery Jr.) and Carson (John Dierkes), in Jubal, 1956, directed by Delmer Daves, often cited as a Western treatment of Shakespeare’s Othello.
Jubal (1956) - They'll Steal You Blind Director Delmer Daves introduces key characters, as new ranch foreman Glenn Ford (title character) has to intervene when Pinky (Rod Steiger) and friends tangle with a caravan of Christian pilgrims (Basil Ruysdael as Shem Hoktor, Felicia Farr his daughter, Charles Bronson riding shotgun), in Jubal, 1956.
Jubal (1956) - We're Ending This Before It Starts Joining dinner with big-hearted rancher Shep (Ernest Borgnine) who’s taken a liking to his new hand (Glenn Ford, title character) and offers him a job, with no idea about the misdeeds of his youthful Canadian wife Mae (English ingenue Valerie French, in her first Hollywood role), in director Delmer Daves’ dark Western, Jubal, 1956.
Jubal (1956) - You Might Get Burned Glenn Ford (title character) is winning over folks at the Wyoming cattle ranch, where he was brought by the owner who found him wandering in the mountains, especially the rancher’s young wife Mae (Valerie French), whose intentions are barely disguised, in director Delmer Daves’ Jubal, 1956.

Trailer

Back From Eternity (1956) -- (Original Trailer) When an airliner crashes in the jungle, the repaired plane can only hold five of the survivors in Back From Eternity, 1956, with Robert Ryan and Rod Steiger, director John Farrow's remake of his own feature Five Came Back, 1939.
Amityville Horror, The - (Original Trailer) Newlyweds (James Brolin, Margot Kidder) discover their dream home is haunted in The Amityville Horror (1979).
On The Waterfront - (Original Trailer) Eight Academy Awards went to On The Waterfront (1954) about a stevedore (Marlon Brando) thinking of informing on the mob.
Doctor Zhivago - (Academy Award Trailer) Illicit lovers fight to stay together during the turbulent years of the Russian Revolution in David Lean's epic adaptation of Boris Pasternak's novel Doctor Zhivago (1965).
In The Heat Of The Night - (Original Trailer) A black police detective from the North forces a bigoted Southern sheriff to accept his help with a murder investigation In The Heat Of The Night (1967).
Lion of the Desert - (Original Trailer) Omar Mukhtar (Anthony Quinn) is the Lion of the Desert (1981), preventing a takeover of Libya by Italian Fascist troops.
Loved One, The - (Original Trailer) Robert Morse heads an all-star cast in the bizarre comedy The Loved One (1965) based on a novel by Evelyn Waugh.
Pawnbroker, The - (Original Trailer) A Harlem pawnbroker (Rod Steiger) tries to cope with his changing neighborhood while haunted by memories of the concentration camps in The Pawnbroker (1965).
Longest Day, The - (Original Trailer) An all-star cast including John Wayne and Henry Fonda in a re-creation of the D-Day invasion on The Longest Day (1962).
Seven Thieves - (Original Trailer) A professor (Edward G. Robinson) and thief decide to join together and pull off a heist in Seven Thieves (1960).
Unholy Wife, The - (Original Trailer) Am ambitious beauty marries a vintner, then falls for one of his workers in The Unholy Wife (1957) starring Diana Dors & Rod Steiger.
Teresa - (Original Trailer) In Teresa (1951) director Fred Zinneman imports the neo-realism style from Italy to America with a story of an Italian bride who marries an American GI.

Family

Fredrick Steiger
Father
Lorraine Steiger
Mother
Anna Steiger
Daughter
Opera singer. Mother, Claire Bloom; made NY City Opera debut in 1990.
Michael Winston Steiger
Son
Born on February 8, 1993; mother, Paula Ellis.

Companions

Sally Gracie
Wife
Actor. Married in 1952, divorced; died on August 13, 2001 at age 80.
Claire Bloom
Wife
Actor. Married on April 15, 1959; divorced in 1969.
Sherry Nelson
Wife
Married in April 1973; divorced in 1979.
Paula Ellis
Wife
Born c. 1960; married c. 1976; filed for divorce in June 1997; divorced.
Joan Benedict
Wife
Married on October 10, 2000.

Bibliography