Montgomery Clift

Born Oct 17, 1920

Edward Montgomery Clift was an American film and stage actor. The New York Times’ obituary noted his portrayal of "moody, sensitive young men". He often played outsiders, often "victim-heroes," - examples include the social climber in George Stevens's A Place in the Sun, the anguished Catholic priest in Hitchcock's I Confess, the doomed regular soldier Robert E.… Read More

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1920 Birth Clift was born on October 17, 1920, in Omaha, Nebraska. … Read More
1929 8 Years Old Thus, as long as Bill Clift was able to pay for it, Brooks, Ethel and Montgomery were privately tutored, travelling extensively in America and Europe and becoming fluent in German and French, kept apart from people whom Sunny thought "common". (Bosworth, chapters 1–4) The Wall Street Crash of 1929 and the Great Depression of the 1930s ruined Bill Clift financially. … Read More


1935 14 Years Old Instead, he took to stage acting, beginning in a summer production which led, by 1935, to his debut on Broadway. … Read More
1939 18 Years Old He appeared in plays written by Moss Hart, Robert Sherwood, Lillian Hellman, Tennessee Williams and Thornton Wilder, creating the part of Henry in the original production of The Skin of Our Teeth. "In 1939, as a member of the cast of the 1939 Broadway production of Noël Coward's Hay Fever, Clift participated in one of the very first television broadcasts in the United States. … Read More


1941 20 Years Old At 20, he played the son in the Broadway production of There Shall Be No Night, which won the 1941 Pulitzer Prize. … Read More
1946 25 Years Old His first movie role was opposite John Wayne in Red River, which was shot in 1946 and released in 1948. … Read More
1949 28 Years Old 1 More Event
The studio marketed Clift as a sex symbol prior to the movie's release in 1949. … Read More


1952 31 Years Old After an almost two years stop, in the summer of 1952 Clift committed himself to three more films: I Confess, to be directed by Alfred Hitchcock; Vittorio De Sica's Terminal Station, and Fred Zinnemann's From Here to Eternity. … Read More
1956 35 Years Old On the evening of May 12, 1956, while filming Raintree County, Clift was involved in a serious auto accident when he apparently fell asleep while driving and smashed his car into a telephone pole minutes after leaving a dinner party at the Beverly Hills home of his Raintree County co-star and close friend, Elizabeth Taylor, and her second husband, Michael Wilding. … Read More
1958 37 Years Old …  In 1958, he turned down what became Dean Martin's role as "Dude" in Rio Bravo, which would have reunited him with his co-stars from Red River, John Wayne and Walter Brennan, as well as with Howard Hawks, the director of both films. … Read More


1961 40 Years Old Monroe, who was also having emotional and substance abuse problems at the time, famously described Clift in a 1961 interview as "the only person I know who is in even worse shape than I am." … Read More
1963 42 Years Old …  On January 13, 1963, a few weeks after the initial release of Freud, Clift appeared on the live TV discussion program The Hy Gardner Show, where he spoke at length about the release of his current film; he also talked publicly for the first time about his 1956 car accident and its after-effects, as well as his film career, and treatment by the press. … Read More
1965 44 Years Old In 1965 he gave voice to William Faulkner's writings in the TV documentary William Faulkner’s Mississippi, airing on April 1965.
After four years of failed attempts to secure a film part, finally in 1966, thanks to Elizabeth Taylor’s efforts on his behalf, he was signed on to star in Reflections in a Golden Eye.
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