Rod Steiger

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  • Birth Name: Rodney Stephen Steiger
  • Birth Place: Westhampton, New York, United States
  • Died: July 9, 2002
  • Profession: Actor
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Fast Facts

  • Dropped out of high school at 16 to join the Navy; served on the destroyer USS Taussig in the South Pacific during WWII.
  • Enrolled in a civil service theater group, mostly to meet women, after being discharged from the Navy in 1945.
  • Studied acting in New York at the American Theatre Wing, the Drama Workshop and the Actors Studio.
  • Appeared in more than 250 live television productions between 1948 and 1953.
  • Won rave reviews for playing the title role in Paddy Chayefsky's TV production of Marty, but turned down the film role (which won Ernest Borgnine an Oscar).
  • Turned down the role of Gen. George S. Patton in Patton because he was a pacifist and feared the movie would glorify war.
  • Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1997.

Awards

  • 1981, Genie Awards — Best Performance by a Foreign Actor: Nominee
  • 1966, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 1967, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Foreign Actor: Winner
  • 1968, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Foreign Actor: Winner
  • 1964, Emmy — Outstanding Single Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1964, Berlin Film Festival — Silver Bear for Best Actor: Winner
  • 1967, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Winner
  • 1965, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1959, Emmy — Best Single Performance by an Actor: Nominee
  • 1968, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Winner
  • 1954, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 1980, Genie Awards — Best Performance by a Foreign Actor: Nominee

Relationships

  • Sherry Nelson — Ex-wife
  • Joan Benedict — Wife
  • Paula Ellis — Ex-wife
  • Lorraine Driver Steiger — Mother
  • Sally Gracie — Ex-wife
  • Anna Justine Steiger — Daughter
  • Michael Steiger — Son
  • Claire Bloom — Ex-wife
  • Frederick Steiger — Father

College

  • Attended the New School for Social Research, New York, New York, United States

Details

  • Birth Name: Rodney Stephen Steiger
  • Birth Place: Westhampton, New York, United States
  • Died: July 9, 2002
  • Profession: Actor