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Rod Steiger

His versatility was enormous, his devotion to his craft profound. He first came to international prominence in Elia Kazan's On the Waterfront, an actor's film if ever there was one. He followed up that success with a long list of distinguished performances, most memorably in The Pawnbroker, The Heat of the Night, and Waterloo.

Through a long career and five marriages, he knew both great success and deep depression. But his love of his work kept him going. "If I was in a room with nothing but an automatic camera and the studio cat," he says, "I would worry the cat was being entertained."

Let's discuss the interesting film career Rod Steiger.

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by Anonymousreply 82November 26, 2023 11:52 AM

On one hand, he was an actor who gave great performances in beautiful films; on the other he was a terrible ham who appeared in low budgeted flicks.

I will never really understand what happened.

by Anonymousreply 1November 18, 2023 2:28 PM

In conversation with Sue Lawley, Mr. Steiger discusses The Method, Marlon Brando, and his decade long depression.

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by Anonymousreply 2November 18, 2023 2:31 PM

He was completely out of place in Zhivago. What the hell was he doing there?

by Anonymousreply 3November 18, 2023 2:33 PM

He was a wonder in No Way to Treat a Lady.

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by Anonymousreply 4November 18, 2023 2:40 PM

^ NWtTaL looks exceedingly unpleasant.

by Anonymousreply 5November 18, 2023 2:48 PM

I always had this notion that he was kind of gay, or gay-adjacent....I mean, he had a thing for drag roles. What was the deal?

by Anonymousreply 6November 18, 2023 3:05 PM


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by Anonymousreply 7November 18, 2023 3:07 PM

You should see him interviewed by Robert Osbore for Private Screenings. He does some funny impressions of Bogart and David Lean.

by Anonymousreply 8November 18, 2023 3:08 PM

Many many years ago I was a background artist on a film. The old white shirt I was given to wear had a Rod Steiger label sewn inside the collar

by Anonymousreply 9November 18, 2023 3:13 PM

Them rags gets re-used, r9.

by Anonymousreply 10November 18, 2023 3:19 PM

From "extra" to "background actor" to "background artist."

by Anonymousreply 11November 18, 2023 3:23 PM

His lobster monologue in "The Loved One" will live forever.

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by Anonymousreply 12November 18, 2023 3:27 PM

More from "The Loved One."

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by Anonymousreply 13November 18, 2023 3:31 PM

R3 I thought he was great in Zhivago. He was the outsider remember?

Of course, when you are acting with Alec Guinness and Ralph Richardson, I can understand how he might seem out of place.

by Anonymousreply 14November 18, 2023 3:38 PM

I thought he stole the show in Dr Zhivago.

He was great in In The Heat Of The Night too. Could have been a very difficult character to play and he did a real balancing act.

by Anonymousreply 15November 18, 2023 3:49 PM

The scene in The Sergeant where he's nervously primping in front of the mirror as he gets ready for the visit by the private he has a crush on will always, always stay with me.

by Anonymousreply 16November 18, 2023 4:51 PM

That's a good one

by Anonymousreply 17November 18, 2023 7:38 PM

He was hilariously over the top in Amityville Horror but maybe that's the only way you could act that role.

by Anonymousreply 18November 18, 2023 8:52 PM

I liked him in The Big Knife.

by Anonymousreply 19November 18, 2023 9:24 PM

If you can’t say it, shout it.

by Anonymousreply 20November 18, 2023 9:26 PM

[Quote] He was completely out of place in Zhivago. What the hell was he doing there?

You could say the same for Julie Christie, Tom Courtney, Omar Shariff . . . playing at being Russian. Actually, Steiger is good in that boring film.

by Anonymousreply 21November 19, 2023 12:02 AM

Steiger with the inimitable Ayllene Gibbons as Mrs. Joyboy

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by Anonymousreply 22November 19, 2023 12:07 AM

Steiger high on the hog in Robert Aldrich's The Big Knife

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by Anonymousreply 23November 19, 2023 12:09 AM

Steiger in Dr. Zhivago

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by Anonymousreply 24November 19, 2023 12:20 AM

His Oscar winning role and a very good performance

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by Anonymousreply 25November 19, 2023 12:23 AM

Overactor. I always found his hamminess unbearable. Why the constant screeching? He ruined every movie he was in.

by Anonymousreply 26November 19, 2023 12:25 AM

[quote]He ruined every movie he was in.

He was well cast in "Oklahoma!," but his character's song was cut.

by Anonymousreply 27November 19, 2023 2:19 AM

The Illustrated Man sounds like an interesting movie but I've avoided it simply because I can't stand Rod Steiger's hamminess.

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by Anonymousreply 28November 19, 2023 2:27 AM

Steiger was a ham.


by Anonymousreply 29November 19, 2023 2:29 AM

Hennessy was a terrible movie.

Which is sad because the cast- Steiger, Lee Remick, Richard Johnson, Eric Porter, and Trevor Howard- are great.

by Anonymousreply 30November 19, 2023 3:04 AM

Did anyone see his Marty? He did it on TV first but not the movie which won Ernest Borgnine the Oscar.

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by Anonymousreply 31November 19, 2023 3:44 AM

I only ever saw him in his brief appearance as the guy who bought the used bookstore from Mrs. Madrigal in the original 1993 "Tales of the City" miniseries. He was alright, I guess. Art Carney could have played the same character the same way and made more of an impression, but he was barely able to walk at that point. Steiger also had a voice cameo in an episode of "The Critic". He came out to a Hollywood tour bus and offered them cookies.

by Anonymousreply 32November 19, 2023 4:16 AM

When I was around 20, I worked at a very fancy restaurant in Santa Monica. I had this regular - a big, bald jovial guy - who I just loved. He was so fun and easy to wait on and tipped great. No idea it was Rod Steiger. Hell, I know idea what a Rod Steiger even was!

He loved to tease me about that. Again, a really great guy.

I had just left the restaurant when I heard he died. So sad.

by Anonymousreply 33November 19, 2023 4:30 AM

in a korean wig.

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by Anonymousreply 34November 19, 2023 4:52 AM

^ he does his hilarious Bogart impersonation.

by Anonymousreply 35November 19, 2023 5:14 AM

He and Elizabeth Taylor developed a close friendship during his final years.

by Anonymousreply 36November 19, 2023 5:17 AM

Claire Bloom wrote candidly about their marriage in her autobiography.

by Anonymousreply 37November 19, 2023 5:18 AM

He IS the American actor Rod Steiger!

by Anonymousreply 38November 19, 2023 5:19 AM

Top 3 favorite performances of all time is his In the Heat of the night.

I also love the small scene between Sydney Poitier and Beah Richards when she called a guy a cracker.

by Anonymousreply 39November 19, 2023 5:26 AM

I like his speech. Newman, Beatty, Hiffman and Spencer Tracy were also nominees that year.

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by Anonymousreply 40November 19, 2023 6:04 AM

For years I remembered thinking his version as a Jewish Marty was simply brilliant.

Then I found out he wasn’t even Jewish.

Still, he was incredible in The Pawnbroker.

by Anonymousreply 41November 19, 2023 6:15 AM

I enjoyed his various guises in the black comedy No Way to Treat a Lady

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by Anonymousreply 42November 19, 2023 6:18 AM

He's wonderful in The Loved One

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by Anonymousreply 43November 19, 2023 6:32 AM

When Rod gets his Oscar why isn't claire Bloom clapping?

by Anonymousreply 44November 19, 2023 6:50 AM

"On December 17, 1944, off the coast of Luzon in the Philippines, Steiger and the Taussig encountered Typhoon Cobra, which became known as Halsey's Typhoon, with winds reaching one hundred knots (115 mph) and 80 foot (24 m) waves. As a result, three U.S. destroyers were lost, but the Taussig survived, with Steiger tying a rope to himself on deck and flattening himself as waves engulfed the ship."

by Anonymousreply 45November 19, 2023 8:19 AM


Rod Steiger is so great in this scene. He is in turn proud, belligerent, imperious, diligent and humble.

by Anonymousreply 46November 19, 2023 8:51 AM

He suffered from depression and battled suicidal impulses.

He chillingly related how he once contemplated swimming into the whirling propeller of an outboard motor.

by Anonymousreply 47November 19, 2023 10:38 AM

He was absolutely awful in that W.C. Fields bio.

by Anonymousreply 48November 19, 2023 10:54 AM

He is great and I don’t know shit. But I usually think he over does his acting and often not in a good way. IMO kind of like an older Al Pacino, to me, trying to hard. As opposed to the younger Al.

Although I thought Steiger nailed it as Patton :-)

by Anonymousreply 49November 19, 2023 10:59 AM

Sean Penn is the ultimate ham.

by Anonymousreply 50November 19, 2023 11:26 AM

R50 greetings from Faye Dunaway

by Anonymousreply 51November 19, 2023 12:27 PM

He admits to being sick of talking about the taxi scene from On the Waterfront.

by Anonymousreply 52November 19, 2023 12:46 PM

R49- No one overdoes it more than Marlon Brando in A Streetcar Named Desire-


by Anonymousreply 53November 19, 2023 12:49 PM

Hammy but entertaining.

by Anonymousreply 54November 19, 2023 12:50 PM

What in the world is wrong with hammy overacting? Do we want all our characters tasteful and comatose?

by Anonymousreply 55November 19, 2023 1:17 PM

R4- Off topic but George Segal was really good looking in the 1960's and 1970's.

by Anonymousreply 56November 19, 2023 2:03 PM

R55 - are those are the only choices: hammy or comatose?

by Anonymousreply 57November 19, 2023 2:31 PM

R49 George C. Scott was Patton, not Rod Steiger

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by Anonymousreply 58November 19, 2023 4:45 PM


LOL I put a fucking :-) at the end of the Patton comment.

Yes it was George C Scott as Patton

by Anonymousreply 59November 19, 2023 5:00 PM

R58- He has the same mouth as his formerly good looking son Campbell Scott.

by Anonymousreply 60November 19, 2023 5:00 PM

Claire and Rod at the 68 Oscars

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by Anonymousreply 61November 19, 2023 6:28 PM

R61- In 1968 they presented an Academy Award together.

In 1969 they got a divorce together.

by Anonymousreply 62November 20, 2023 2:48 AM

and they also did a film together R62 1969s Three Into Two Won't Go

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by Anonymousreply 63November 20, 2023 3:05 AM

R62, Which would explain why she wasn’t applauding.

by Anonymousreply 64November 20, 2023 3:09 AM

I loved Rod Steiger in In the Heat of the Night. He and Sidney Poitier and Lee Grant. Fine acting.

by Anonymousreply 65November 20, 2023 3:51 AM

Y'all know Rod was kind of crazy, right? In real life? I think he suffered from depression and he was a very difficult overly emotional man in real life. But his attention to detail in building his characters was nothing short of genius. I guess it helps to be kind of unhinged.

by Anonymousreply 66November 20, 2023 4:49 AM

When he accepts his Oscar he has an accent.

by Anonymousreply 67November 20, 2023 5:48 AM

[quote]He was completely out of place in Zhivago. What the hell was he doing there?

Giving the one decent performance in an otherwise terrible film. He's the only actor who actually seems Russian.

by Anonymousreply 68November 20, 2023 8:06 AM

"Screen legend Rod Steiger" on Politically Correct in 1998

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by Anonymousreply 69November 20, 2023 8:51 AM

R11 In the UK we are called Extras, in the US background artists. But you know this already…

by Anonymousreply 70November 20, 2023 2:56 PM

I bet he and Liz were fuckbuddies.

by Anonymousreply 71November 21, 2023 6:31 AM

[quote]In the UK we are called Extras, in the US background artists. But you know this already

If you're going to lecture me, at least try to know what you're talking about. They were also called extras in the U.S. for many, many years, including when I did a lot of extra work as a young man. Later, the term "background actors" was substituted, not "background artists."

by Anonymousreply 72November 21, 2023 8:54 AM

Steiger once clashed with director Rouben Mamoulian on Oklahoma!, as he was intolerant of Steiger's unusual acting technique. Steiger ignored the director's concerns that he was mumbling his lines, and when he began chomping loudly on an apple during a scene with Gordon MacRae, Mamoulian exclaimed: "Get out of my life!"

by Anonymousreply 73November 21, 2023 9:01 AM

I remember renting a schlock horror film during high school and being surprised to find him in it. It was a really camp, over-the-top slasher film called American Gothic, set on a remote island populated by a family of demented killers who are frozen in time.

We loved the creepy adult children (one was played by another Oscar winner, I think, named Michael J. Pollard). The grown “children “ are dressed in a baby doll dress and sailor suit or denim toddler-type overalls. They play with real guns and push one of their victims too hard on the swing, and send him over a rocky cliff, all while singing a lullaby in baby voices. It’s pretty good as a guilty pleasure.

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by Anonymousreply 74November 21, 2023 9:02 AM

[quote]Steiger once clashed with director Rouben Mamoulian on Oklahoma!, as he was intolerant of Steiger's unusual acting technique.

Rouben Mamoulian directed the original Broadway production of "Oklahoma!," in which Steiger's role was played by Howard da Silva, later Ben Franklin in "1776." Fred Zinnemann directed the movie of "Oklahoma!"

by Anonymousreply 75November 21, 2023 9:16 AM

Scene by Scene

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by Anonymousreply 76November 21, 2023 12:53 PM

R76, “Is this in color?”

by Anonymousreply 77November 21, 2023 1:11 PM

R72 My god you are so fucking boring, I bet you could suck the energy out of a room just by entering it. I wasn’t lecturing you, I was trying to be friendly. Now fuck of and bask in your superiority.

by Anonymousreply 78November 22, 2023 10:50 AM

You sound nuts, R78.

by Anonymousreply 79November 22, 2023 11:03 AM

Sometimes I think the excessive amount of trolling and nit picking we experience here is exemplary of what goes on every day in our larger society, as we become more and more fractious and divided. We have translated our anxieties into provoking others and being mean. The subject that attracted us to this thread fades as our conflicts over bullshit become central. It's like watching lab rats.

by Anonymousreply 80November 22, 2023 12:01 PM

He could be talking about a staged Oklahoma which was done in Europe about the time the film came out. It could have been directed by Mamoulian. I don't know the specifics but Rod was definitely in it. Shirley Jones says Steiger was fired from it.

by Anonymousreply 81November 26, 2023 11:38 AM


You are having these kind of silly arguments and nitpicking and drama bitching in real time with real people?

For me the only time I see this kind of yacking is on line. People making slurs and talking tough and abusive behind the safety and secrecy of the iPad. Internet tough talkers..

In real life the people I meet are usually not unfriendly. Some even border on friendly. Even people who voted differently than me are often friendly.

Punks behind the safety of an iPad can say just about anything they want. If they said those things in real life they might end up with a punch in the mouth. In real life with real people many of the tough talkers are as silent as can be.

The Internet has not been healthy in terms of mental health. That is also what makes DL so much fun. The lack of good mental health for so many.

by Anonymousreply 82November 26, 2023 11:52 AM
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