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Rod Steiger (1925–2002)

Rod Steiger received his first film roles in the early 1950s. His first major one was in Teresa (1951), but his first lead role was in the TV version of The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse: Marty (1953). The movie version, however, had Ernest Borgnine in the lead and won him an Academy Award. Steiger's breakthrough role came in 1954, with the... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 24 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

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(7/26/79) Guested on the daytime TV program "Midday with Bill Boggs" with James Brolin to promote The Amityville Horror (1979). See more »

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1 Biographical Movie | 1 Print Biography | 1 Portrayal | 6 Interviews | 5 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 2 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »


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My 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. See more »


Was not the first choice to play the role of Sheriff 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 part 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... See more »


Full-bodied, somewhat bombastic acting style See more »

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