Rod Steiger

Born Apr 14, 1925

Rodney Stephen "Rod" Steiger was an Academy Award-winning American actor known for his performances in such films as On the Waterfront, The Big Knife, Oklahoma!, The Harder They Fall, Across the Bridge, The Pawnbroker, Doctor Zhivago, In the Heat of the Night, and Waterloo as well as the television programs Marty and Jesus of Nazareth.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Rod Steiger.


1925 Birth Steiger was born on April 14, 1925 in Westhampton, New York, the only child of Lorraine (née Driver) and Frederick Steiger, of French, Scottish and German descent. … Read More


1942 17 Years Old …  He enlisted on May 11, 1942, and received his training at the U.S. Naval Training Station in Newport, Rhode Island.
1944 19 Years Old 1 More Event
He joined the newly commissioned USS Taussig (DD-746) on May 20, 1944. … Read More


1946 - 1947 2 More Events
1950 25 Years Old 1 More Event
Steiger's stage work continued in 1950, with a minor role as a townperson in a stage production of An Enemy of the People at the Music Box Theatre. … Read More
1951 26 Years Old Steiger made his film debut in Fred Zinnemann's Teresa in 1951, and subsequently appeared in films such as The Big Knife (1955), Oklahoma! (1955), Across the Bridge (1957) and Al Capone (1959). … Read More
1952 27 Years Old The following year, he played a telegraphist in the play Seagulls Over Sorrento, performed at the John Golden Theatre beginning on September 11, 1952. … Read More
Steiger made his big screen debut in 1953, with a small role in Fred Zinnemann's Teresa, shot in 1951. … Read More


1955 30 Years Old …  Later in 1955, Steiger played an obnoxious film tycoon, loosely based on Columbia boss Harry Cohn, opposite Jack Palance and Ida Lupino in Robert Aldrich's film noir The Big Knife. … Read More
1956 31 Years Old Upon its release in April 1956, a writer for Variety was impressed with the "evil venom" displayed by his character, and remarked that there had not "been as hateful a screen heavy around in a long time". … Read More
1957 32 Years Old Steiger apperared in three films released in 1957. … Read More
1962 37 Years Old …  In 1962, Steiger appeared on Broadway in Moby Dick—Rehearsed, at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, as well as playing a detective searching for a scientist's (Alan Ladd's) mugger in Philip Leacock's 13 West Street for Columbia Pictures. … Read More


1965 - 1967 2 More Events
1968 43 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1968, Steiger played a deranged serial killer opposite George Segal in Jack Smight's black comedy thriller No Way to Treat a Lady. … Read More
It was entered into the Berlin International Film Festival and became the 19th most popular film at the UK box office in 1969. … Read More
1971 46 Years Old In 1971, Steiger played a chauvinistic big game hunter, explorer and war hero opposite Susannah York in Mark Robson's Happy Birthday, Wanda June, before agreeing to star alongside James Coburn as Mexican bandit Juan Miranda in Sergio Leone's Duck, You Sucker!, which was alternatively titled A Fistful of Dynamite.


1975 - 1979 3 More Events
1980 55 Years Old In 1980, Steiger received two Genie Award for Best Performance by a Foreign Actor nominations for his roles in Klondike Fever and The Lucky Star, both Canadian productions. … Read More
1981 56 Years Old Later in 1981, Steiger won the Montréal World Film Festival Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of white-bearded Orthodox rabbi Reb Saunders in Jeremy Kagan's The Chosen. … Read More
1984 59 Years Old In 1984, Steiger starred as a detective assigned to investigate the murder of a Chicago psychoanalyst (Roger Moore), a man whom he detests from a previous case, in Bryan Forbes's The Naked Face. … Read More


1985 - 1990 3 More Events
1993 68 Years Old In 1993, Steiger portrayed an aging gynaecologist who terrorizes his urban neighbors in a rural community in Burlington, Vermont in The Neighbor. … Read More
1996 71 Years Old Also in 1996, Steiger played a "jingoistic top general" who "petitions the president to go nuclear in the middle of a global crisis" in the ensemble production of Mars Attacks!
1997 72 Years Old In 1997, Steiger played Tony Vago, the mob boss of Vincent Gallo's character in Kiefer Sutherland's Truth or Consequences, N.M., a gritty noir about a drug heist gone wrong.
1998 73 Years Old It has since been acclaimed as one of the greatest films ever made, and in 1998 was selected as the 39th best American film in the original AFI's 100 Years 100 Movies list by the American Film Institute.
1999 74 Years Old 1 More Event
Steiger also responded unfavorably when he learned that Kazan had been awarded an honorary Oscar by the Academy in 1999. … Read More
2002 77 Years Old 1 More Event
He died of pneumonia and complications from surgery for a gall bladder tumor on July 9, 2002, aged 77, in Los Angeles, and was survived by his fifth wife Joan Benedict Steiger.
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