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6' 1" (1.85 m)
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I haven't had a drink in, oh, five years now," Tierney said in his clipped, tough-guy voice during a 1987 interview. "I finally wised up. I'd say it was about time. Heck, I threw away about seven careers through drink.
Was offered the role of Charlie "The Gent" Malloy, the mob lawyer, in Elia Kazan
's classic On the Waterfront
(1954). Tierney lost out on the part when he demanded more money than was offered. Subsequently, Rod Steiger
played Charlie, and won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination. Accepting the part likely would have revitalized Tierney's career, at least in the short-term.
B-movie leading man whose two-fisted, tough-guy image on screen in the 1940s and '50s rivaled that of his off-screen personal life.