Monday, April 07, 2003

Rod Steiger RIP


In Memoriam of Rod Steiger

Copyright 2002 Glenn Walker

The recent death by kidney failure of actor Rod Steiger marks the passing of yet another Hollywood's greatest.

He began his career in television in the 1950s on the many different playhouse programs and first found fame in the TV version of Marty in 1953, the role that won Ernest Borgnine the Oscar in the movie.

Although Steiger moved on to the silver screen as well he continued to work in television over the years appearing in the stage play "Death of a Salesman" in 1966, the controversial "Tales of the City" miniseries and as Pontius Pilate in the "Jesus of Nazareth" miniseries.

Rod Steiger appeared in well over a hundred films in a myriad of roles including the boxing promoter in The Harder They Fall, the priest in The Amityville Horror, the doctor in Shiloh, a Supreme Court judge in The Hurricane, the general in Mars Attacks! and the title part in The Illustrated Man.

He was also memorable in classics like The Longest Day, The Loved One, Waterloo, The Chosen and Doctor Zhivago, but his greatest triumphs were his Oscar nominated performances in The Pawnbroker, In The Heat Of The Night and On The Waterfront where he played Marlon Brando's older brother. He of course won the Oscar for his performance as Chief of Police Bill Gillespie in In The Heat Of The Night.

Rod Steiger was one of the best and he will be truly missed.

Previously printed at Project: Popcorn

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