Quick facts
  • AlsoListedIn: Actors
  • Also Known As: Rodney Stephen Steiger, Rodney Stephen
  • Famous as: Actor
  • Born on: 14 April 1925 AD
  • Birthday: 14th April    Famous 14th April Birthdays
  • Died At Age: 77
  • Sun Sign: Aries    Aries Men
  • Born in: Westhampton
  • Died on: 09 July 2002 AD
  • place of death: Los Angeles
  • father: Frederick Steiger
  • mother: Lorraine Steiger
  • Spouses: Claire Bloom, Paula Ellis, Joan Benedict Steiger, Sherry Nelson, Sally Gracie
  • children: Anna Steiger, Michael Steiger
  • education: Actors Studio
  • Net worth: $8 Million
  • awards:: 1968 - Academy Award for Best Actor - In the Heat of the Night1968 - Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture – Drama - In the Heat of the Night1968 1967 - BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actor - In the Heat of the Night The Pawnbroker1969 - Da
Long facts
  • Childhood Early Life: Rod Steiger was born on April 14, 1925 in Westhampton, New York, to Lorraine and Frederick Steiger. Both his parents were vaudevillian. However, his father had left them soon after his birth and so he never knew him. He was brought up by her mother, who
  • Childhood Early Life: His mother’s drinking habit not only embarrassed young Rodney, but he often had to pull her out from her drinking holes and then queue up for bread. In spite of that, he attended West Side High School, where he displayed an interest in writing poetry and
  • Childhood Early Life: Fed up of quarreling with his mother, Stieger ran away from home at the age of 16. Lying about his age, he finally enlisted in the United States Navy on May 11, 1942 and underwent two years of training at the Naval Training Station in Newport.
  • Childhood Early Life: He then joined USS Taussig on May 20, 1944 as a torpedo-man. While serving on the destroyer, Stieger took part in different battles in the South Pacific Theatre, including the Battle of Iwo Jima and also encountered Halsey's Typhoon.
  • Childhood Early Life: After the war, he went back to New Jersey to look after his mother and began to earn his living by doing menial jobs at the Office of Dependants and Beneficiaries. He also joined their drama group, Civil Service Little Theater, mainly because it was atten
  • Childhood Early Life: Soon enough his acting talent was awakened. By then he had been receiving around $100 from G. I. Bill of Rights. Aided by that, he now began to study drama at the New School for Social Research and also learnt opera singing. Then in 1947, he joined Actor
  • Childhood Early Life: Steiger had made his stage debut in 1946 in ‘Curse you, Jack Dalton!’ a year before he joined Actors Studio. Later he made his TV debut with ‘Telas, the King’ (1950) and film debut with a small role in ‘Teresa’ (1951).
  • Childhood Early Life: Concurrently, he continued with his stage acting. From 1950 to 1952 he enacted small, but significant roles in plays like ‘An Enemy of the People’ (1950) and ‘Night Music’ (1951) and ‘Seagulls Over Sorrento’ (1952).
  • Childhood Early Life: Also from 1950 to 1955, he appeared in numerous televisions programs, averaging one per week. Among Steiger's credits were ‘Taste of Ashes’ (1950), ‘Café Ami’ (1951), ‘Ordeal in Space’ (1951), ‘The Window’ (1952), ‘Café Society’ (1953), ‘Raymond Schindle
  • Childhood Early Life: However, it was his lead role in ‘Marty’ (1953), which opened floodgate of film offers for him. He accepted the role of Charley "The Gent" Malloy in the 1954 film ‘On the Water Front’. His taxi scene with Marlon Brando later became part of film history.
  • Childhood Early Life: His next memorable film was ‘The Big Knife’ (1955). In this film, he enacted the role of an obnoxious film tycoon Stanley Shriner Hoff, going to the extent of bleaching his hair to suit the character. ‘The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell’, also released i
  • Childhood Early Life: His depiction of crooked boxing promoter Nick Benko in 'The Harder They Fall', released in 1956, also earned him critical acclaim. Then in 1957, he got his first lead role; he starred in ‘Run of the Arrow’. Although the film later attained cult status he
  • Childhood Early Life: Contrarily, he enjoyed his star role in 1957 British film ‘Across the Bridge’. In this film, he played the role of a crooked English businessman who flees to Mexico after stealing company funds and then gets into a different kind of trouble. His gripping
  • Childhood Early Life: Steiger also excelled in his 1958 crime thriller ‘Cry Terror’. Although the story contained too many coincidences, his ‘superbly laconic’ portrayal of the gangster Paul Hoplin was highly commended by the critics.
  • Childhood Early Life: His portrayal of American gangster Alphonse Gabriel "Al" Capone in the 1959 biographical film ‘Al Capone’ was the next feather in his cap. Afterwards he did few more hit films such as ’Seven Thieves’ (1960), ‘13 West Street’ (1962),’Convicts Four’ (1962),
  • Childhood Early Life: His career reached its peak in 1965 with ‘The Pawnbroker’, where he played the part of an embittered Holocaust survivor living in New York. Although he failed to get Academy Award for it, he later said, it was best work.
  • Childhood Early Life: ‘The Pawnbroker’ was followed by two other hits; i.e. ‘Loved One’ and ‘Dr Zhivago’ both in 1965. Next in 1967, he co-starred in ‘In the Heat of the Night’, enacting the role of Police Chief Bill Gillespie. The role not only earned him Academy Award for B
  • Childhood Early Life: The film was followed by 'The Girl and the General' (1967), ‘No Way to Treat a Lady’ (1968), ‘The Sergeant’ (1968), ‘The Illustrated Man’ (1969)’ and ‘Three Into Two Won't Go’ (1969) before he got his first historical movie, ‘Waterloo’ (1970).
  • Childhood Early Life: Unfortunately, the American cinema went into a decline from the beginning of 1970s and it had a negative impact on Steiger’s career. Therefore, although he went on making movies, few were as successful as before.
  • Childhood Early Life: Among the movies made in 1970s, ‘Happy Birthday, Wanda June’ (1971), ‘Lolly-Madonna XXX’ (1973), ‘Last Days of Mussolini’ (1975), ’ W.C. Fields and Me’ (1976), ‘F.I.S.T.’ (1978), ‘Portrait of a Hitman’ (1979) and The ‘Amityville Horror’ (1979) are most s
  • Childhood Early Life: The situation became worse once he underwent open heart surgery in 1979. Although he did many films in 1980s and 1990s, except for ‘The January Man’ (1989), ‘The Player (1992) , ‘The Specialist’ (1994) he did not really get any worthwhile role. His final
  • Childhood Early Life: Although he failed to get the Academy Award for it ‘The Pawnbroker’ (1965) is probably Steiger’s best work. In this film, he played the role of a German-Jewish university professor living in Harlem, haunted by memories of Nazi prison camp, where he had se
  • Childhood Early Life: In 1968, Steiger won the Academy Awards for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his work in ‘In the Heat of the Night’.
  • Childhood Early Life: He also received the Golden Globe Awards and National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA for his role in ‘In the Heat of the Night’.
  • Childhood Early Life: He received the BAFTA Film Awards for his role in ‘In the Heat of the Night’ and ‘Pawnbroker’. In addition, he received New York Film Critics Circle Awards in Best Actor category for these movies. The Berlin International Film Festival also honored him wi
  • Childhood Early Life: Rod Steiger married five times. His first marriage to Sally Grace was solemnized in 1952 and it ended in a divorce in 1959. The couple did not have any children.
  • Childhood Early Life: On September 20,1959, he married Claire Bloom. The couple’s daughter Anna Steiger is now a famous opera singer. They divorced on June 10, 1969.
  • Childhood Early Life: He then married his secretary Sherry Nelson on April 21, 1973. The marriage ended in a divorce on January 22, 1980 without producing any offspring.
  • Childhood Early Life: He then married Paula Ellis on February 3, 1986 and had a son named Michael with her. They divorced in 1997.
  • Childhood Early Life: Finally on October10, 2000, hr married actress Joan Benedict Steiger. The union lasted until his death in 2002.
  • Childhood Early Life: Towards the end of his life, Steiger underwent a surgery for a gall bladder tumor, which resulted in grave complications. Ultimately, he died from pneumonia and kidney failure on July 9, 2002, in Los Angeles. His mortal remains were buried in Forest Lawn
  • Career: Steiger had made his stage debut in 1946 in ‘Curse you, Jack Dalton!’ a year before he joined Actors Studio. Later he made his TV debut with ‘Telas, the King’ (1950) and film debut with a small role in ‘Teresa’ (1951).
  • Career: Concurrently, he continued with his stage acting. From 1950 to 1952 he enacted small, but significant roles in plays like ‘An Enemy of the People’ (1950) and ‘Night Music’ (1951) and ‘Seagulls Over Sorrento’ (1952).
  • Career: Also from 1950 to 1955, he appeared in numerous televisions programs, averaging one per week. Among Steiger's credits were ‘Taste of Ashes’ (1950), ‘Café Ami’ (1951), ‘Ordeal in Space’ (1951), ‘The Window’ (1952), ‘Café Society’ (1953), ‘Raymond Schindle
  • Career: However, it was his lead role in ‘Marty’ (1953), which opened floodgate of film offers for him. He accepted the role of Charley "The Gent" Malloy in the 1954 film ‘On the Water Front’. His taxi scene with Marlon Brando later became part of film history.
  • Career: His next memorable film was ‘The Big Knife’ (1955). In this film, he enacted the role of an obnoxious film tycoon Stanley Shriner Hoff, going to the extent of bleaching his hair to suit the character. ‘The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell’, also released i
  • Career: His depiction of crooked boxing promoter Nick Benko in 'The Harder They Fall', released in 1956, also earned him critical acclaim. Then in 1957, he got his first lead role; he starred in ‘Run of the Arrow’. Although the film later attained cult status he
  • Career: Contrarily, he enjoyed his star role in 1957 British film ‘Across the Bridge’. In this film, he played the role of a crooked English businessman who flees to Mexico after stealing company funds and then gets into a different kind of trouble. His gripping
  • Career: Steiger also excelled in his 1958 crime thriller ‘Cry Terror’. Although the story contained too many coincidences, his ‘superbly laconic’ portrayal of the gangster Paul Hoplin was highly commended by the critics.
  • Career: His portrayal of American gangster Alphonse Gabriel "Al" Capone in the 1959 biographical film ‘Al Capone’ was the next feather in his cap. Afterwards he did few more hit films such as ’Seven Thieves’ (1960), ‘13 West Street’ (1962),’Convicts Four’ (1962),
  • Career: His career reached its peak in 1965 with ‘The Pawnbroker’, where he played the part of an embittered Holocaust survivor living in New York. Although he failed to get Academy Award for it, he later said, it was best work.
  • Career: ‘The Pawnbroker’ was followed by two other hits; i.e. ‘Loved One’ and ‘Dr Zhivago’ both in 1965. Next in 1967, he co-starred in ‘In the Heat of the Night’, enacting the role of Police Chief Bill Gillespie. The role not only earned him Academy Award for B
  • Career: The film was followed by 'The Girl and the General' (1967), ‘No Way to Treat a Lady’ (1968), ‘The Sergeant’ (1968), ‘The Illustrated Man’ (1969)’ and ‘Three Into Two Won't Go’ (1969) before he got his first historical movie, ‘Waterloo’ (1970).
  • Career: Unfortunately, the American cinema went into a decline from the beginning of 1970s and it had a negative impact on Steiger’s career. Therefore, although he went on making movies, few were as successful as before.
  • Career: Among the movies made in 1970s, ‘Happy Birthday, Wanda June’ (1971), ‘Lolly-Madonna XXX’ (1973), ‘Last Days of Mussolini’ (1975), ’ W.C. Fields and Me’ (1976), ‘F.I.S.T.’ (1978), ‘Portrait of a Hitman’ (1979) and The ‘Amityville Horror’ (1979) are most s
  • Career: The situation became worse once he underwent open heart surgery in 1979. Although he did many films in 1980s and 1990s, except for ‘The January Man’ (1989), ‘The Player (1992) , ‘The Specialist’ (1994) he did not really get any worthwhile role. His final
  • Career: Although he failed to get the Academy Award for it ‘The Pawnbroker’ (1965) is probably Steiger’s best work. In this film, he played the role of a German-Jewish university professor living in Harlem, haunted by memories of Nazi prison camp, where he had se
  • Career: In 1968, Steiger won the Academy Awards for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his work in ‘In the Heat of the Night’.
  • Career: He also received the Golden Globe Awards and National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA for his role in ‘In the Heat of the Night’.
  • Career: He received the BAFTA Film Awards for his role in ‘In the Heat of the Night’ and ‘Pawnbroker’. In addition, he received New York Film Critics Circle Awards in Best Actor category for these movies. The Berlin International Film Festival also honored him wi
  • Career: Rod Steiger married five times. His first marriage to Sally Grace was solemnized in 1952 and it ended in a divorce in 1959. The couple did not have any children.
  • Career: On September 20,1959, he married Claire Bloom. The couple’s daughter Anna Steiger is now a famous opera singer. They divorced on June 10, 1969.
  • Career: He then married his secretary Sherry Nelson on April 21, 1973. The marriage ended in a divorce on January 22, 1980 without producing any offspring.
  • Career: He then married Paula Ellis on February 3, 1986 and had a son named Michael with her. They divorced in 1997.
  • Career: Finally on October10, 2000, hr married actress Joan Benedict Steiger. The union lasted until his death in 2002.
  • Career: Towards the end of his life, Steiger underwent a surgery for a gall bladder tumor, which resulted in grave complications. Ultimately, he died from pneumonia and kidney failure on July 9, 2002, in Los Angeles. His mortal remains were buried in Forest Lawn
  • Major Works: Although he failed to get the Academy Award for it ‘The Pawnbroker’ (1965) is probably Steiger’s best work. In this film, he played the role of a German-Jewish university professor living in Harlem, haunted by memories of Nazi prison camp, where he had se
  • Major Works: In 1968, Steiger won the Academy Awards for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his work in ‘In the Heat of the Night’.
  • Major Works: He also received the Golden Globe Awards and National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA for his role in ‘In the Heat of the Night’.
  • Major Works: He received the BAFTA Film Awards for his role in ‘In the Heat of the Night’ and ‘Pawnbroker’. In addition, he received New York Film Critics Circle Awards in Best Actor category for these movies. The Berlin International Film Festival also honored him wi
  • Major Works: Rod Steiger married five times. His first marriage to Sally Grace was solemnized in 1952 and it ended in a divorce in 1959. The couple did not have any children.
  • Major Works: On September 20,1959, he married Claire Bloom. The couple’s daughter Anna Steiger is now a famous opera singer. They divorced on June 10, 1969.
  • Major Works: He then married his secretary Sherry Nelson on April 21, 1973. The marriage ended in a divorce on January 22, 1980 without producing any offspring.
  • Major Works: He then married Paula Ellis on February 3, 1986 and had a son named Michael with her. They divorced in 1997.
  • Major Works: Finally on October10, 2000, hr married actress Joan Benedict Steiger. The union lasted until his death in 2002.
  • Major Works: Towards the end of his life, Steiger underwent a surgery for a gall bladder tumor, which resulted in grave complications. Ultimately, he died from pneumonia and kidney failure on July 9, 2002, in Los Angeles. His mortal remains were buried in Forest Lawn
  • Awards Achievements: In 1968, Steiger won the Academy Awards for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his work in ‘In the Heat of the Night’.
  • Awards Achievements: He also received the Golden Globe Awards and National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA for his role in ‘In the Heat of the Night’.
  • Awards Achievements: He received the BAFTA Film Awards for his role in ‘In the Heat of the Night’ and ‘Pawnbroker’. In addition, he received New York Film Critics Circle Awards in Best Actor category for these movies. The Berlin International Film Festival also honored him wi
  • Awards Achievements: Rod Steiger married five times. His first marriage to Sally Grace was solemnized in 1952 and it ended in a divorce in 1959. The couple did not have any children.
  • Awards Achievements: On September 20,1959, he married Claire Bloom. The couple’s daughter Anna Steiger is now a famous opera singer. They divorced on June 10, 1969.
  • Awards Achievements: He then married his secretary Sherry Nelson on April 21, 1973. The marriage ended in a divorce on January 22, 1980 without producing any offspring.
  • Awards Achievements: He then married Paula Ellis on February 3, 1986 and had a son named Michael with her. They divorced in 1997.
  • Awards Achievements: Finally on October10, 2000, hr married actress Joan Benedict Steiger. The union lasted until his death in 2002.
  • Awards Achievements: Towards the end of his life, Steiger underwent a surgery for a gall bladder tumor, which resulted in grave complications. Ultimately, he died from pneumonia and kidney failure on July 9, 2002, in Los Angeles. His mortal remains were buried in Forest Lawn
  • Personal Life Legacy: Rod Steiger married five times. His first marriage to Sally Grace was solemnized in 1952 and it ended in a divorce in 1959. The couple did not have any children.
  • Personal Life Legacy: On September 20,1959, he married Claire Bloom. The couple’s daughter Anna Steiger is now a famous opera singer. They divorced on June 10, 1969.
  • Personal Life Legacy: He then married his secretary Sherry Nelson on April 21, 1973. The marriage ended in a divorce on January 22, 1980 without producing any offspring.
  • Personal Life Legacy: He then married Paula Ellis on February 3, 1986 and had a son named Michael with her. They divorced in 1997.
  • Personal Life Legacy: Finally on October10, 2000, hr married actress Joan Benedict Steiger. The union lasted until his death in 2002.
  • Personal Life Legacy: Towards the end of his life, Steiger underwent a surgery for a gall bladder tumor, which resulted in grave complications. Ultimately, he died from pneumonia and kidney failure on July 9, 2002, in Los Angeles. His mortal remains were buried in Forest Lawn