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Rod Steiger (1925–2002)

Rodney Stephen Steiger was born in Westhampton, New York, to Augusta Amelia (Driver) and Frederick Jacob Steiger, both vaudevillians. He was of German and Austrian ancestry. After his parents' divorce, Steiger was raised by his mother in Newark, New Jersey. He dropped out of Westside High school at age 16 and joined the Navy. He saw action in the ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 22 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »

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On the Waterfront
On the Waterfront Charley Malloy
In the Heat of the Night
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 2002 Poolhall Junkies
 2001 A Month of Sundays
Charley McCabe
 2001 The Flying Dutchman (TV Movie)
 2001 Lightmaker
King Osso
 2000 Animated Epics: Moby Dick (TV Movie)
Ahab (voice)
 2000 The Last Producer
Sheri Ganse
 2000 Body and Soul
Johnny Ticotin
 2000 Cypress Edge
Woodrow McCammon
 1999 The Hurricane
Judge Sarokin
 1999 Chicken Soup for the Soul (TV Series)
 1999 Hotel Alexandria (TV Mini-Series)
- Il factotum (1999)
- L'alibi (1999)
- Gli innocenti (1999)
- Il debito (1999)
 1999 Shiloh 2: Shiloh Season
Doc Wallace
 1998 The Snatching of Bookie Bob
Bookie Bob
 1998/I Legacy
 1998 The Simpsons (TV Series)
Captain Tenille
- Simpson Tide (1998) ... Captain Tenille (voice)
 1997 The Kid
Harry Sloan
 1997 Incognito
Milton A. Donovan
 1997 Truth or Consequences, N.M.
Tony Vago
 1996 Shiloh
Doc Wallace
 1996 EZ Streets (TV Series)
Quinn's father
- Pilot (1996) ... Quinn's father
 1996 Little Surprises (TV Short)
 1996 Carpool
Mr. Hammerman
 1996 Dalva (TV Movie)
John Wesley Northridge II
 1996 The Commish (TV Series)
Oskar Rothman / Carl Wolfe
- Redemption (1996) ... Oskar Rothman / Carl Wolfe
 1996 The Real Thing
 1995 Captain Nuke and the Bomber Boys
The President
 1995 Out There (TV Movie)
Col. Buck Gunner
 1995 Columbo (TV Series)
Vincenzo Fortelli
- Strange Bedfellows (1995) ... Vincenzo Fortelli
 1995 In Pursuit of Honor (TV Movie)
Col. Owen Stuart
 1995 OP Center (TV Movie)
 1994 Seven Sundays
 1994 The Critic (TV Series)
Rod Steiger
- L.A. Jay (1994) ... Rod Steiger (voice)
 1994 The Last Tattoo
Gen. Frank Zane
 1993 The Neighbor
Dr. Myron Hatch
 1993 Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City (TV Mini-Series)
Bookshop Owner
- Episode #1.6 (1993) ... Bookshop Owner (credit only)
- Episode #1.5 (1993) ... Bookshop Owner
 1993 Kölcsönkapott idö
 1992 The Final Contract (TV Movie)
Frank Argento
 1992 Lincoln (TV Movie)
Gen. Ulysses S. Grant (voice)
 1991 Guilty as Charged
 1991 In the Line of Duty: Manhunt in the Dakotas (TV Movie)
Gordon Kahl
 1990 Men of Respect
Charlie D'Amico
 1989 Tennessee Waltz
Judge Prescott
 1989 The January Man
Mayor Eamon Flynn
 1988 Desperado: Avalanche at Devil's Ridge (TV Movie)
Silas Slaten
 1988 American Gothic
 1987 Catch the Heat
Jason Hannibal
 1987 The Kindred
Dr. Phillip Lloyd
 1986 Sword of Gideon (TV Movie)
Mordechai Samuels
 1984 The Glory Boys (TV Mini-Series)
Professor David Sokarev
- Episode #1.3 (1984) ... Professor David Sokarev
- Episode #1.2 (1984) ... Professor David Sokarev
- Episode #1.1 (1984) ... Professor David Sokarev
 1984 The Naked Face
Lieutenant McGreary
 1981 The Chosen
Reb Saunders
 1980 Wolf Lake
 1980 The Lucky Star
Colonel Gluck
 1979 Portrait of a Hitman
Max Andreotti
 1979 Breakthrough
Gen. Webster
 1978 F.I.S.T.
Senator Madison
 1977 Jesus of Nazareth (TV Mini-Series)
Pontius Pilate
- Part 2 (1977) ... Pontius Pilate
- Part 1 (1977) ... Pontius Pilate (uncredited)
 1975 Hennessy
Niall Hennessy
 1975 Dirty Hands
Louis Wormser
 1973 Lucky Luciano
Gene Giannini
 1973 Gli eroi
Guenther von Lutz, German baron
 1973 Lolly-Madonna XXX
Laban Feather
 1971 Happy Birthday, Wanda June
Harold Ryan
 1969 The Illustrated Man
 1968 The Sergeant
MSgt. Albert Callan
 1968 No Way to Treat a Lady
Christopher Gill
 1967 The Girl and the General
The General
 1965 A Man Named John
The Intermediary
 1964 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (TV Series)
Mike Kirsch
- A Slow Fade to Black (1964) ... Mike Kirsch
 1964 The Movie Maker (TV Movie)
 1963 Hands Over the City
Edoardo Nottola
 1962 Route 66 (TV Series)
Justin Lezama
- Welcome to the Wedding (1962) ... Justin Lezama
 1962 Ben Casey (TV Series)
Charles Dirkson
- In the Name of Love, a Small Corruption (1962) ... Charles Dirkson
 1962 The Longest Day
Destroyer Commander
 1962 Convicts 4
 1961 The Mark
Dr. Edmund McNally
 1961 Wagon Train (TV Series)
Saul Bevins
- The Saul Bevins Story (1961) ... Saul Bevins
 1961 The World in My Pocket
Frank Morgan
 1960 BBC Sunday-Night Play (TV Mini-Series)
Sherriff Harvey Denton
- Playhouse 90: A Town Has Turned to Dust (1960) ... Sherriff Harvey Denton
 1960 Seven Thieves
Paul Mason
 1960 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Bruno Holder
- The Book of Silence (1960) ... Bruno Holder
 1959 The Joseph Cotten Show: On Trial (TV Series)
Charles Steinmetz
- The Lonely Wizard (1959) ... Charles Steinmetz
 1957-1958 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
Charles Steinmetz
- The Lonely Wizard (1957) ... Charles Steinmetz
 1958 Decision (TV Series)
- Markheim (1958) ... Visitor
 1958 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Harvey Denton
- A Town Has Turned to Dust (1958) ... Harvey Denton
 1958 Cry Terror!
Paul Hoplin
 1958 Suspicion (TV Series)
Frank Marre
- The Bull Skinner (1958) ... Frank Marre
 1957 Across the Bridge
Carl Schaffner
 1957 The Unholy Wife
Paul Hochen
 1956 Back from Eternity
 1956 Screen Directors Playhouse (TV Series)
- Markheim (1956) ... Visitor
 1956 Jubal
'Pinky' Pinkum
 1955 The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell
Maj. Allan Guillion
 1955 The Big Knife
Stanley Shriner Hoff
 1955 Producers' Showcase (TV Series)
- Yellow Jack (1955) ... Busch
 1952-1954 Kraft Theatre (TV Series)
- Dream House (1953)
- The Inn (1952)
 1954 Justice (TV Series)
 1952-1953 Goodyear Playhouse (TV Series)
 1953 Medallion Theatre (TV Series)
 1952-1953 Suspense (TV Series)
Leo Whaley
- Alibi Me (1952) ... Leo Whaley
 1950-1953 Danger (TV Series)
- Windy (1953)
- Taste of Ashes (1950)
 1953 The Gulf Playhouse (TV Series)
First Man
- Cafe Society (1953) ... First Man
 1952-1953 Tales of Tomorrow (TV Series)
Peter / Henry
- The Evil Within (1953) ... Peter
- The Window (1952) ... Henry
 1951 Out There (TV Series)
- Ordeal in Space (1951)
 1951 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Victor Honegger
- Cafe Ami (1951) ... Victor Honegger
 1951 Teresa
 1950 Actor's Studio (TV Series)
- Telas, the King (1950)
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Stage Play: Moby Dick. Drama. Written by Orson Welles [final Broadway credit]. Adapted from "Moby Dick" by Herman Melville. Incidental music by Harold Glick. Directed by Douglas Campbell. Ethel Barrymore Theatre: 28 Nov 1962- 8 Dec 1962 (13 performances). Cast: Judith Doty (as "Young Actress' Understudy"), Bill Fletcher (as "Member of the ... See more »

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[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. See more »


He 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". See more »


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