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Rodney Stephen Steiger net worth:
$8 Million

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Rodney Stephen Steiger information

Birth date: April 14, 1925
Death date: 2002-07-09
Birth place: Westhampton, New York, United States
Height:5' 10" (1.78 m)
Profession:Actor, Soundtrack
Education:Actors Studio
Nationality:American
Spouse:Joan Benedict Steiger
Children:Michael Steiger
Parents:Frederick Steiger, Lorraine Driver
Awards:Academy Award for Best Actor, Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture – Drama, BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actor, David di Donatello for Best Foreign Actor, National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor, Satellite Mary Pickford Award
Nominations:Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Best Actor in a Single Performance, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Single Performance By An Actor In A Leading Role, Genie Award for Best Performance by a Foreign Actor
Movies:In the Heat of the Night, Doctor Zhivago, On the Waterfront, The Pawnbroker, Duck, You Sucker!, The Illustrated Man, Mars Attacks!, The Amityville Horror, No Way to Treat a Lady, The Longest Day, The Harder They Fall, The Specialist, The Hurricane, Oklahoma!, End of Days, The Loved One, Run of the Arrow, Jubal, The January Man, Love and Bullets, Poolhall Junkies, Crazy in Alabama, Lion of the Desert, The Sergeant, Shiloh, Seven Thieves, The Big Knife, Across the Bridge, The Chosen, Men of Respect, Lolly-Madonna XXX, The Ballad of the Sad Cafe, The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell, Lucky Luciano, Hands over the City, Truth or Consequences, N.M., Innocents with Dirty Hands, Cry Terror!, Shiloh 2: Shiloh Season, The Mark, The Unholy Wife, The Naked Face, Back from Eternity, Catch the Heat, Three into Two Won't Go, Klondike Fever, Happy Birthday, Wanda June, Last Days of Mussolini, Cattle Annie and Little Britches, That Summer of White Roses, The Last Producer
TV shows:Jesus of Nazareth, Hollywood Wives

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Rod Steiger Net Worth $8 Million

Rod Steiger Net Worth: Rod Steiger was an American performer that has a net worth of $8 million. Rod Steiger was born in Westhampton, Ny in April 1925 and passed away in July 2002. Rod joined the United States Navy during the Second World War and saw action on destroyers in the Pacific. During his performing career Steiger had over 140 credits to his name. Steiger won an Academy Award in 1968 and was nominated for just two others. He also won a Golden Globe the exact same year because of his performance in In the Heat of the Night.


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Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Doctor Zhivago1965Komarovsky
E venne un uomo1965The Intermediary
The Loved One1965Mr. Joyboy
Time of Indifference1964Leo
The Pawnbroker1964Sol Nazerman
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre1964TV SeriesMike Kirsch
The Movie Maker1964TV Movie
Le mani sulla citt1963Edoardo Nottola
Route 661962TV SeriesJustin Lezama
Ben Casey1962TV SeriesCharles Dirkson
The Longest Day1962Destroyer Commander
Convicts 41962Tiptoes
13 West Street1962Detective Sergeant Pete Koleski
The Mark1961Dr. Edmund McNally
Wagon Train1961TV SeriesSaul Bevins
The World in My Pocket1961Frank Morgan
BBC Sunday-Night Play1960TV Mini-SeriesSherriff Harvey Denton
Seven Thieves1960Paul Mason
General Electric Theater1960TV SeriesBruno Holder
The Joseph Cotten Show: On Trial1959TV SeriesCharles Steinmetz
Al Capone1959Al Capone
Schlitz Playhouse1957-1958TV SeriesCharles Steinmetz
Decision1958TV SeriesVisitor
Playhouse 901958TV SeriesHarvey Denton
Cry Terror!1958Paul Hoplin
Suspicion1958TV SeriesFrank Marre
Across the Bridge1957Carl Schaffner
Run of the Arrow1957O'Meara
The Unholy Wife1957Paul Hochen
Back from Eternity1956Vasquel
Screen Directors Playhouse1956TV SeriesVisitor
Jubal1956'Pinky' Pinkum
The Harder They Fall1956Nick Benko
The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell1955Maj. Allan Guillion
Oklahoma!1955Jud Fry
The Big Knife1955Stanley Shriner Hoff
The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse1951-1955TV SeriesMarty Pilletti
Producers' Showcase1955TV SeriesBusch
Kraft Theatre1952-1954TV Series
On the Waterfront1954Charley Malloy
Justice1954TV Series
The Philip Morris Playhouse1954TV Series
You Are There1954TV SeriesRomeo / Richard Burbage
Goodyear Playhouse1952-1953TV Series
Medallion Theatre1953TV Series
Suspense1952-1953TV SeriesLeo Whaley
Danger1950-1953TV Series
The Gulf Playhouse1953TV SeriesFirst Man
Tales of Tomorrow1952-1953TV SeriesPeter / Henry
Out There1951TV Series
Lux Video Theatre1951TV SeriesVictor Honegger
Teresa1951Frank
Actor's Studio1950TV Series
Poolhall Junkies2002Nick
The Hollywood Sign2001Floyd Benson
A Month of Sundays2001Charley McCabe
The Flying Dutchman2001TV MovieBen
Lightmaker2001King Osso
Animated Epics: Moby Dick2000TV MovieAhab (voice)
The Last Producer2000Sheri Ganse
Body and Soul2000Johnny Ticotin
Cypress Edge2000Woodrow McCammon
End of Days1999Father Kovak
The Hurricane1999Judge Sarokin
Crazy in Alabama1999Judge Mead
Chicken Soup for the Soul1999TV Series
Hotel Alexandria1999TV Mini-Series
Shiloh 2: Shiloh Season1999Doc Wallace
The Snatching of Bookie Bob1998Bookie Bob
Legacy1998/ISadler
The Simpsons1998TV SeriesCaptain Tenille
Modern Vampires1998TV MovieDr. Frederick Van Helsing
Animals with the Tollkeeper1998Fontina
The Kid1997Harry Sloan
Incognito1997Milton A. Donovan
Truth or Consequences, N.M.1997Tony Vago
Mars Attacks!1996General Decker
Shiloh1996Doc Wallace
EZ Streets1996TV SeriesQuinn's father
Little Surprises1996TV ShortJoe
Carpool1996Mr. Hammerman
Dalva1996TV MovieJohn Wesley Northridge II
The Commish1996TV SeriesOskar Rothman / Carl Wolfe
The Real Thing1996Victor
Captain Nuke and the Bomber Boys1995The President
Out There1995TV MovieCol. Buck Gunner
Columbo1995TV SeriesVincenzo Fortelli
In Pursuit of Honor1995TV MovieCol. Owen Stuart
Choices of the Heart: The Margaret Sanger Story1995TV MovieAnthony Comstock
OP Center1995TV MovieBoroda
Seven Sundays1994Benjamin
The Specialist1994Joe Leon
The Critic1994TV SeriesRod Steiger
The Last Tattoo1994Gen. Frank Zane
The Neighbor1993Dr. Myron Hatch
Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City1993TV Mini-SeriesBookshop Owner
Kölcsönkapott idö1993Sepak
Due vite, un destino1992TV MovieFrank Argento
Lincoln1992TV MovieGen. Ulysses S. Grant (voice)
The Player1992Rod Steiger
Sinatra1992TV Mini-SeriesSalvatore 'Sam' 'Momo' Giancana
Guilty as Charged1991Kallin
In the Line of Duty: Manhunt in the Dakotas1991TV MovieGordon Kahl
The Ballad of the Sad Cafe1991Rev. Willin
Men of Respect1990Charlie D'Amico
Tennessee Waltz1989Judge Prescott
Djavolji raj1989Martin
Passion and Paradise1989TV MovieSir Harry Oakes
The January Man1989Mayor Eamon Flynn
Desperado: Avalanche at Devil's Ridge1988TV MovieSilas Slaten
American Gothic1988Pa
Catch the Heat1987Jason Hannibal
The Kindred1987Dr. Phillip Lloyd
Sword of Gideon1986TV MovieMordechai Samuels
Hollywood Wives1985TV Mini-SeriesOliver Easterne
The Glory Boys1984TV Mini-SeriesProfessor David Sokarev
The Naked Face1984Lieutenant McGreary
Cook & Peary: The Race to the Pole1983TV MovieRobert E. Peary
Der Zauberberg1982Mynheer Peperkorn
The Chosen1981Reb Saunders
Cattle Annie and Little Britches1981Tilghman
Wolf Lake1980Charlie
Lion of the Desert1980Benito Mussolini
The Lucky Star1980Colonel Gluck
Klondike Fever1980Soapy Smith
The Amityville Horror1979Father Delaney
Portrait of a Hitman1979Max Andreotti
Breakthrough1979Gen. Webster
Love and Bullets1979Joe Bomposa
F.I.S.T.1978Senator Madison
Jesus of Nazareth1977TV Mini-SeriesPontius Pilate
W.C. Fields and Me1976W.C. Fields
Hennessy1975Niall Hennessy
Dirty Hands1975Louis Wormser
The Last 4 Days1974Benito Mussolini
Lucky Luciano1973Gene Giannini
Gli eroi1973Guenther von Lutz, German baron
Lolly-Madonna XXX1973Laban Feather
Happy Birthday, Wanda June1971Harold Ryan
Duck, You Sucker1971Juan Miranda
Waterloo1970/INapoleon Bonaparte
Three Into Two Won't Go1969Steve Howard
The Illustrated Man1969Carl
The Sergeant1968MSgt. Albert Callan
No Way to Treat a Lady1968Christopher Gill
La ragazza e il generale1967The General
In the Heat of the Night1967Gillespie
BBC Play of the Month1966TV SeriesWilly Loman

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Oklahoma!1955performer: "Pore Jud Is Daid" 1943, "Laurey's Dream Ballet" 1943 - uncredited

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Story of Film: An Odyssey2011TV Mini-Series documentary thanks - 2 episodes
I Believe in America2007in memory of
Reeseville2003dedicatee
Dieter & Andreas1989Short grateful acknowledgment

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Real James Dean2006Video documentaryHimself
Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust2004DocumentaryHimself
The 75th Annual Academy Awards2003TV SpecialHimself (Memorial Tribute)
Biography1994-2002TV Series documentaryHimself
Dinner for Five2002TV SeriesHimself - Special Guest
Besuch bei Rod Steiger2001TV Movie documentaryHimself
Contender: Mastering the Method2001Video documentary shortHimself / Charley 'The Gent' Malloy
Muhammad Ali: Through the Eyes of the World2001Documentary
The Directors1997-2001TV Series documentaryHimself
The Heaven and Earth Show2001TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Bravo Profiles2001TV Series documentaryHimself
Private Screenings2000TV SeriesHimself
Scene by Scene2000TV SeriesHimself
Omnibus2000TV Series documentaryHimself
End of Days: The Beginning2000Video documentary shortHimself
The Unforgettable Diana Dors2000TV Short documentaryHimself
The Martin Short Show1999TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Hollywood Squares1999TV SeriesHimself
E! Mysteries & Scandals1999TV Series documentaryHimself
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Stars: America's Greatest Screen Legends1999TV Special documentaryHimself
HARDtalk1999TV SeriesHimself
Linehan1999TV SeriesHimself
Journey Into Amazonia1999TV Series documentaryHimself - Narrator
Television: The First Fifty Years1999Video documentaryHimself - Interviewee / Marty Piletti
Kingdom of Shadows1998Video documentaryNarrator (voice)
NY TV: By the People Who Made It - Part I & II1998TV Movie documentaryHimself
Politically Incorrect1998TV SeriesHimself
The 70th Annual Academy Awards1998TV SpecialHimself - Past Winner (uncredited)
Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's1997DocumentaryHimself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1997TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 54th Annual Golden Globe Awards1997TV SpecialHimself
James Dean: A Portrait1996TV Movie documentaryHimself
James Dean and Me1995TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
'Doctor Zhivago': The Making of a Russian Epic1995TV Special documentaryHimself
Humphrey Bogart: Behind the Legend1994DocumentaryHimself
The Celebrity Guide to Entertaining1993Video documentary
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Sidney Poitier1992TV SpecialHimself
The American Gangster1992DocumentaryHimself
The Oprah Winfrey Show1992TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Earth and the American Dream1992DocumentaryReader (voice)
From Hollywood to Hanoi1992DocumentaryHimself
Street Scenes: New York on Film1992TV Movie documentaryHimself
One on One with John Tesh1992TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Reflections on the Silver Screen1992TV SeriesHimself
Aspel & Company1990TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Exiles1989DocumentaryNarrator
This Is Your Life1989TV Series documentaryHimself
Sunday, Sunday1989TV SeriesHimself
Good Morning America1977-1989TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Pat Sajak Show1989TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Hello Actors Studio1988TV Movie documentaryHimself
Change of Heart1987TV Short documentaryHimself
Our World1986TV SeriesHimself
The 12th Annual People's Choice Awards1986TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Favourite Movie Picture
The London Standard Film Awards1986TV SpecialHimself
James Bond: The First 21 Years1983TV Movie documentaryHimself
Tom Cottle: Up Close1982TV SeriesHimself
I Love Liberty1982TV SpecialHimself
The 39th Annual Golden Globe Awards1982TV Special documentaryHimself
Tomorrow Coast to Coast1981TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 33rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1981TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Paddy Chayefsky Tribute
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Fred Astaire1981TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
The Merv Griffin Show1981TV SeriesHimself - Guest
100 Tage auf dem 'Zauberberg' - Bericht über die Verfilmung des Romans von Thomas Mann1981TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Making of Lion of the Desert1981Documentary shortHimself
The 52nd Annual Academy Awards1980TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member
The Mike Douglas Show1971-1977TV SeriesHimself - Actor
Dinah!1976TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 2nd Annual People's Choice Awards1976TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Favourite All-Around Male Entertainer
Film '721974TV SeriesHimself
The Moviemakers1973Documentary shortHimself
The David Frost Show1970-1971TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Jerry Visits1971TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1966-1971TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Parkinson1971TV SeriesHimself
Cinema1970TV Series documentaryHimself
Frost on Sunday1970TV SeriesHimself - Presenter
The Dick Cavett Show1970TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Year of the Communes1970DocumentaryNarrator
Tattooed Steiger1969Documentary shortHimself
Hemingway's Spain: A Love Affair1968TV Movie documentaryHimself (offscreen dramatic readings from Ernest Hemingway's novels) (voice)
How It Is1968TV SeriesHimself
The 40th Annual Academy Awards1968TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Best Actor in a Leading Role & Co-Presenter: Writing Awards
Telescope1968TV Series documentaryHimself
Stars for Israel1967TV MovieHimself
The 38th Annual Academy Awards1966TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Actor in Leading Role
Late Show London1966TV SeriesHimself
The Eamonn Andrews Show1965TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show1962TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Jack Paar Tonight Show1962TV SeriesHimself
Here's Hollywood1961TV SeriesHimself
Monitor1960TV Series documentaryHimself
The Ed Sullivan Show1955-1959TV SeriesHimself / Character in scene from 'Roshomon' / Himself - Onstage Bow
This Week1957TV SeriesHimself
Lux Video Theatre1956TV SeriesHimself - Intermission Guest
Film Fanfare1956TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee
The 27th Annual Academy Awards1955TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Supporting Role & Co-Presenter: Short Subject Awards

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Welcome to the Basement2015TV SeriesMr. Joyboy
Moguls & Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood2010TV Mini-Series documentaryGillespie
Il falso bugiardo2008Himself
The Citizen Cohl: Untold Story2008ShortHimself
An Unlikely Weapon2008DocumentaryHimself
James Dean: Forever Young2005DocumentaryHimself
Hollywood Legenden2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
Broadway: The American Musical2004TV Mini-Series documentaryJud Fry (in 'Oklahoma!')
American Masters2003TV Series documentaryCharley Malloy
RIP 20022002TV Movie documentary
The Men Who Made the Movies: Samuel Fuller2002TV Movie documentaryPvt. O'Meara
El informal2002TV SeriesEl Profeta Jeta
Hollywood Remembers2000TV Series documentary
The Best of Film Noir1999Video documentaryHimself
The Best of Hollywood1998TV Movie documentaryInterview
Femmes Fatales: Sharon Stone1998TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
20th Century-Fox: The First 50 Years1997TV Movie documentaryDestroyer Commander (uncredited)
Great Performances: Dance in America1987TV Series
America at the Movies1976DocumentaryCharlie Malloy
MGM 40th Anniversary1964Short
The Ed Sullivan Show1955-1963TV SeriesProsecuter - scene from 'The Court Martial of Billy Mitchell' / Himself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2002Lifetime Achievement AwardAtlantic City Film FestivalPosthumously.
2002Lifetime Achievement AwardMarco Island Film Festival
2002Lifetime Achievement AwardMethod Fest
2001Feature Film AwardNew York International Independent Film & Video FestivalBest ActorA Month of Sundays (2001)
1999Maverick Tribute AwardCinequest San Jose Film Festival
1999Lifetime Achievement AwardPalm Beach International Film FestivalActing
1998Life Achievement AwardKarlovy Vary International Film Festival
1997Career Exellence AwardMontréal World Film FestivalFor exceptional contribution to the cinematographic art.
1997Mary Pickford AwardSatellite Awards
1997Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn 10 April 1997. At 7080 Hollywood Blvd.
1996Lifetime Achievement AwardStockholm Film Festival
1981Best ActorMontréal World Film FestivalThe Chosen (1981)
1969DavidDavid di Donatello AwardsBest Foreign Actor (Migliore Attore Straniero)The Sergeant (1968)
1969Sant JordiSant Jordi AwardsBest Performance in a Foreign Film (Mejor Interpretación en Película Extranjera)In the Heat of the Night (1967)
1968OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Leading RoleIn the Heat of the Night (1967)
1968Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actor - DramaIn the Heat of the Night (1967)
1968BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Foreign ActorIn the Heat of the Night (1967)
1968Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsMale Dramatic PerformanceIn the Heat of the Night (1967)
1968NSFC AwardNational Society of Film Critics Awards, USABest ActorIn the Heat of the Night (1967)
1967BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Foreign ActorThe Pawnbroker (1964)
1967KCFCC AwardKansas City Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ActorIn the Heat of the Night (1967)
1967NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ActorIn the Heat of the Night (1967)
1964Silver Berlin BearBerlin International Film FestivalBest ActorThe Pawnbroker (1964)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1999Stinker AwardThe Stinkers Bad Movie AwardsWorst Supporting ActorCrazy in Alabama (1999)
1996GeminiGemini AwardsBest Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-SeriesChoices of the Heart: The Margaret Sanger Story (1995)
1995Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst Supporting ActorThe Specialist (1994)
1994Stinker AwardThe Stinkers Bad Movie AwardsWorst ActorThe Specialist (1994)
1988ACECableACE AwardsSupporting Actor in a Movie or MiniseriesSword of Gideon (1986)
1981GenieGenie AwardsBest Performance by a Foreign ActorThe Lucky Star (1980)
1980GenieGenie AwardsBest Performance by a Foreign ActorKlondike Fever (1980)
1970Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsMale Star14th place.
1968Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsMale Star5th place.
1966OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Leading RoleThe Pawnbroker (1964)
1966Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actor - DramaThe Pawnbroker (1964)
1964Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Single Performance by an Actor in a Leading RoleBob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (1963)
1959Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsBest Single Performance by an ActorPlayhouse 90 (1956)
1959Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Male Dramatic PerformanceAl Capone (1959)
1955OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Supporting RoleOn the Waterfront (1954)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1965NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ActorThe Pawnbroker (1964)

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1966Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsDramatic Performance, MaleThe Pawnbroker (1964)

TitleSalary
Waterloo (1970)$1,000,000
In the Heat of the Night (1967)$150,000
The Pawnbroker (1964)$25,000

#Fact
1His third wife, Sherry Nelson, was a former ballerina, before becoming Rod's secretary. Her marriage to him was her second.
2His paternal grandfather, Frederick Steiger, was German, and his paternal grandmother, Anna A. Libschick, was Austrian. Rod's maternal grandparents, Frank Driver and Amelia Fesler, were of German origin.
3When polled by the AFI Steiger named "The Good Earth" as his favorite film.
4Had appeared in two Best Picture Academy Award winners: On the Waterfront (1954) and In the Heat of the Night (1967).
5He was the first person to win the best actor BAFTA two years in a row and the Oscar in the second year (For The Pawnbroker (1964) and In the Heat of the Night (1967)). The second one was Colin Firth in A Single Man (2009) and The King's Speech (2010).
6His last televised appearance was on Jon Favreau's Dinner for Five (2001), the episode aired April 29, 2002, Steiger passed away in July.
7He studied drama at HB Studio in Greenwich Village, New York City.
8Member of Handgun Control Inc.
9Was not the first choice to play the role of Sheriff Bill Gillespie in the 1967 Best Picture Academy Award-winner In the Heat of the Night (1967), for which Steiger won the Best Actor Oscar. The role was first offered to George C. Scott, who accepted, according to producer Walter Mirisch's memoir "I Thought We Were Making Movies, Not History". Scott backed out when his wife Colleen Dewhurst wanted him to direct her in a play on Broadway. Ironically, Steiger later turned down the lead in Patton (1970) that went to Scott, which brought him his own Best Actor Oscar.
101976: Fell into a deep depression after undergoing triple heart bypass surgery.
11He was honored with being chosen as one of AFI's 50 stars of the second half of the 20th century.
12Won the role of Viktor Komarovsky in Doctor Zhivago (1965) only after two other actors turned the role down. After a month went by with Marlon Brando failing to respond to director David Lean's written inquiry into whether he wanted to play Komarovsky, Lean offered the role to James Mason, who was a generation older than Brando, because he did not want an actor who would overpower the character Yuri Zhivago (specifically, to show Zhivago up as a lover of Lara, who would be played by the young Julie Christie, which the charismatic Brando might have done, shifting the sympathy of the audience). Mason initially accepted the role, but eventually dropped out and Steiger was given the role.
13Campaigned vigorously for a role in The Godfather (1972), which began shooting in early 1971, three years after Steiger had reached the top of his craft, receiving the Academy Award for Best Actor his role as Sheriff Bill Gillespie in In the Heat of the Night (1967). Surprisingly, the role Steiger wanted was not the title role of Don Vito Corleone (eventually played by his On the Waterfront (1954) co-star Marlon Brando), but the role of Michael Corleone, the Don's youngest son. Paramount executives found his desire to be bizarre as he was much too old for the role and turned him down without even a screen-test.
14Shortly before his death, Steiger had undergone surgery for a (presumably malignant) gall bladder tumor.
15Most of the solo shots of Steiger during the famous taxicab scene in On the Waterfront (1954) were done after Marlon Brando had left for the day. Brando had it in his contract that he could finish shooting before the normal quitting time so that he could make his daily session with his psychiatrist. Steiger was deeply hurt and annoyed at Brando's rudeness and lack of courtesy to a fellow actor, as it was customary, in a two-shot, for an actor in close-up to be fed his lines by the other actor or for the other actor to just be there so the first actor would have him him or her to play to. Steiger used his negative emotions to enhance his performance, and though he paid tribute to Brando as a great actor, he personally loathed him thereafter. Director Elia Kazan stood in for Brando in the back of the cab so Steiger would have someone to emote to.
16After he played Jud Fry in Oklahoma! (1955), producer David O. Selznick wanted to sign him to a long-term contract and possibly star him in the lead of his proposed remake of Ernest Hemingway's "A Farewell to Arms" opposite David O. Selznick's wife, Jennifer Jones. "But I told him that I must have the right to choose my own mistakes", Steiger told his biographer, Tom Hutchinson. "His face fell - he couldn't believe anyone would refuse him. Neither could my agents!".
17He told Robert Osborne during an interview on Turner Classic Movies that when he was in the United States Navy during World War II, he used to sing when it was his turn to stand watch on-board ship. The ship's captain, overhearing him one night, put a stop to his impromptu performances.
18Steiger, who originated the role of Marty in the eponymous television production The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse: Marty (1953), said that he turned down the role in the 1955 movie production as the Hill-Hecht-Lancaster Productions contract would have bound him for years. Harold Hecht and Burt Lancaster, on their part, said that they did not want to cast Steiger as they felt the public would not go for the same actor that they had seen for free on television.
19Served in the United States Navy in the Pacific Ocean during World War II.
20Is listed as the Centre of the Hollywood Universe by the University of Virginia's Oracle of Kevin Bacon. He can be linked to any other movie actor in the classic Kevin Bacon-game style in an average of 2.651 steps.
21Enjoyed playing historical figures.
22He had always said that the favorite of all his films was The Pawnbroker (1964).
23He had an operatic voice; however, he had no ear for keeping in the same key, rendering his singing voice almost useless.
24His daughter, Anna Steiger, is an opera singer.
25Received the Gift of Life Award after tirelessly speaking out against the social stigma against mental disease, from which he suffered for many years.
26He had a daughter with Claire Bloom, and a son with Paula Ellis.
27He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7080 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on April 10, 1997.
28He was offered the title role in Patton (1970) but refused the role, saying, "I'm not going to glorify war." The role was then given to George C. Scott, who won the Oscar for the role. Steiger calls this refusal his "dumbest career move".

#Quote
1I like watching Charles Chaplin, Harry Baur, Spencer Tracy, Paul Muni. I like to watch any good actor. When I'm depressed, I'll look around for a bad film, like the old films with chariot races and pulling down the temples and that. I find them very relaxing, like reading a comic book.
2[on winning the Best Actor Oscar for In the Heat of the Night (1967)] I wanted to win it. It's important. It gives you greater latitude in the business and that means bigger and better parts. And I need that. I'm only 42. Paul Newman is 43, [Marlon Brando] is 43, but I look like their father.
3[on Marlon Brando] He was in a unique position. He could have done anything. But he didn't choose to.
4When you lose your curiosity, you're dead. I don't care if you live to be 117. You're dead.
5I'm ambivalent about Patton (1970). I'm kind of a half-assed pacifist and I must tell you, you know, your philosophy is as strong as your feelings on a particular day. If you're feeling good and you've accomplished something, you can back your philosophies to the hilt. And I don't know what happened, but I decided I'm not going to glorify this thing. I wasn't going to glorify war...I was a schmuck, because if I did Patton half as good as Mr. Scott [George C. Scott], I might have walked into The Godfather (1972). So that was a big mistake.
6When old actors come up to me and say, "I don't know if I should do this role. It might be bad for my image", I say, "That's tough that you only have one image. My heart bleeds for you!". We are supposed to create raw people, explore life and communicate at the highest level; be it pain, joy or what have you. That's what I believe. I guess you could say it does become a philosophy, a way of life.
7You get the Oscar and you get better scripts, better actors and better directors to work for and of course your salary goes up until you make your first mistake and then you have to start from the beginning again.
8The first thing that you should do when you win an Oscar is thank God. The second thing you should do is forget it.
9[on acting] It sounds pompous but it's the nearest thing I can do to being God. I'm trying to create human beings and so does He.
10I tell young actors today to join the Merchant Marines for a year, and I tell young women to volunteer in a hospital emergency ward if they can. You get to see different people, cultures, dress - it's a marvelous education for an actor.
11My career has been 65% virgin and 35% whore. I've refused roles many times because I'd have to lose my integrity, my dreams of doing something worthwhile with regard to character. That's the virgin part of me.
12Method acting is anything that gets you involved personally in the part, so that you can communicate in human terms with an audience. Despite all the obstacles, the American actor has changed the acting world.
13[on Hollywood] A community of lonely people searching for even the most basic kind of stimulation in their otherwise mundane lives.
14[on success] Successful people have control over the time in their life. A shoemaker who owns his own shop gets up one morning and says, "I'm not opening." That's a successful guy.

#Trademark
1Full-bodied, somewhat bombastic acting style
2His chunky frame and serious-looking face
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