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Rod Steiger Biography

Birth Name:
Rodney Stephen Steiger
Birth Place:
Westhampton, New York, United States
Profession
Actor

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
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  • 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

  • 1981Genie Awards-Best Performance by a Foreign Actor: nominated
  • 1980Genie Awards-Best Performance by a Foreign Actor: nominated
  • 1968BAFTA Film Awards-Best Foreign Actor: winner
  • 1968Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: winner
  • 1967BAFTA Film Awards-Best Foreign Actor: winner
  • 1967Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: winner
  • 1967New York Film Critics Circle-Best Actor: winner
  • 1966Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: nominated
  • 1965Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1964Berlin Film Festival-Silver Bear for Best Actor: winner

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