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Oscar winner Rod Steiger discusses his career as a top dramatic star with TCM host Robert Osborne .
Shannon Davis Forsyth
Private Screenings: Rod Steiger
Private Screenings: Rod Steiger will also cover such lesser known Steiger films as Al Capone (1959), No Way to Treat a Lady (1968), The Harder They Fall (1956) and Jubal (1956).
In Private Screenings: Rod Steiger, Steiger discusses being the child of an alcoholic mother and being abandoned by his father. He confesses his dream was to be a singer like Frank Sinatra. In addition, he shares several anecdotes, including the story of how he enlisted in the Navy when he was 17, where his talent for acting manifested itself during his assignment on a Naval Destroyer. Steiger took control of the ships battle telephone - the use of which for any other purpose than battle communications was grounds for dishonorable discharge - to broadcast an entertainment show. When he was discharged (honorably), he attended acting school because of the G.I. Bill; otherwise, he would not have been able to afford college.
Steiger began his career on the New York stage and moved to live television in such groundbreaking productions as Paddy Chayefsky's Marty (1953). Though he never signed a studio contract, his performances also include roles as Marlon Brando's older brother in On the Waterfront (1954), for which he was recognized with his first Oscar® nomination; as Jud in Oklahoma! (1955); as the title character in Al Capone; and as a haunted concentration camp survivor in The Pawnbroker (1965), which earned him another Oscar® nomination.
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