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Actor Rod Steiger dead at 78
Associated Press ^ | July 9, 2002 | Associated Press Staff

Posted on 07/09/2002 11:17:50 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP


Actor Rod Steiger dead at 78

07/09/2002

Associated Press

LOS ANGELES - Rod Steiger, the beefy, intense actor who won the Academy Award as best actor of 1967 for his role as the unrelenting Southern police chief in "In the Heat of the Night," died Tuesday. He was 78.

Steiger died at a Los Angeles-area hospital of pneumonia and kidney failure, said his publicist, Lori De Waal.

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Rod Steiger

A devoted practitioner of method acting, Steiger prided himself in undertaking challenging roles, especially real-life persons. "My generation of actors was taught to be able to create different people; that's what an actor is supposed to do," he explained.

In movies and television, he convincingly portrayed such figures as Mussolini, Rasputin, Pope John XXIII, Rudolph Hess, Pontius Pilate, Napoleon, W.C. Fields and Al Capone.

"I'm 60 percent virgin and 40 percent whore," he claimed in a 2000 TV interview. "I've not sold out that much, and I've made my own mistakes."

He admitted that he made a big mistake in declining the lead in "Patton," believing the film would glorify war and killing. George C. Scott played the role, and it brought him an Academy Award, which he refused.


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1 posted on 07/09/2002 11:17:50 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP
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To: MeeknMing
I thought the Pawnbroker was a good film. Tough to watch.
2 posted on 07/09/2002 11:19:19 AM PDT by Bahbah
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To: MeeknMing
You shoulda looked out for me a little, Charlie, instead of makin' me take all them dives for the short end money.
3 posted on 07/09/2002 11:22:36 AM PDT by Argus
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To: MeeknMing
Hey, Meek, look at the time the article was posted. How'd you do that?
4 posted on 07/09/2002 11:23:09 AM PDT by stands2reason
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To: MeeknMing
Oh oh. Doesn't this happen in three's? Who's next?
5 posted on 07/09/2002 11:24:01 AM PDT by Saundra Duffy
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To: MeeknMing
He would have been a good Patton. Better than George C. Scott's Patton? Maybe.
7 posted on 07/09/2002 11:26:22 AM PDT by RightWhale
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To: Saundra Duffy
Bob Hope?
8 posted on 07/09/2002 11:28:14 AM PDT by Registered
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To: MeeknMing
From "Mars Attacks!" as General Decker: "Intellectuals! Liberals! Peacemongers! IDIOTS!"

From "In the Heat of the Night" as Chief Bill Gillespie: "I got the motive which is money and the body which is dead."

9 posted on 07/09/2002 11:28:30 AM PDT by mhking
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To: one_particular_harbour; SeaDragon
Then there was "The Illustrated Man".....

I just saw that again last week. Do you realize it finally dawned on me that he played in every scene?

What an excellent movie.

10 posted on 07/09/2002 11:29:26 AM PDT by RikaStrom
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To: MeeknMing
Monsieur Komarovsky, RIP
11 posted on 07/09/2002 11:30:11 AM PDT by Petronski
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To: MeeknMing
I oft repeat one of his lines from 'Dr. Schivago' as he addressed it to the young idealist, socialist Strelnekoff:

"You're a high minded man aren't you? You are the kind of man the world pretends to love but, in fact, despises"!

12 posted on 07/09/2002 11:30:11 AM PDT by freedomson
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To: MeeknMing
Steiger was a genius. A couple of his more obscure films:

The Illustrated Man,

The Loved One

13 posted on 07/09/2002 11:30:35 AM PDT by Carry_Okie
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To: MeeknMing
"Well, it doesn't mean you're a bad person"

from 'No Way to Treat a Lady'

14 posted on 07/09/2002 11:32:14 AM PDT by freedomson
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To: Saundra Duffy
He's the third. Rosemary Clooney, Ted Williams, and now Rod...
15 posted on 07/09/2002 11:32:45 AM PDT by carton253
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To: MeeknMing
He was a typical Hollyweird leftist. But I think he was an excellent character actor, notably as one of the villains in "Dr. Zhivago", one of my favorite movies. He played the part to perfection.

Leni

16 posted on 07/09/2002 11:34:04 AM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: Bahbah
No Way to Treat a Lady is the Steiger film that I always think of. Still scares me.
17 posted on 07/09/2002 11:34:14 AM PDT by mombonn
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To: MeeknMing
He played the title role in the TV version (before the movie starring Borgnine) of "Marty."
18 posted on 07/09/2002 11:34:56 AM PDT by Remole
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To: RightWhale
"He would have been a good Patton. Better than George C. Scott's Patton? Maybe."

BWAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA....get serious.

19 posted on 07/09/2002 11:37:07 AM PDT by slouper
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To: MeeknMing
Poor Jud is daid...
20 posted on 07/09/2002 11:37:16 AM PDT by hellinahandcart
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To: mombonn
Me too.
21 posted on 07/09/2002 11:38:01 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Petronski
We thank him for a life well spent/invested. May we all be so remembered.
22 posted on 07/09/2002 11:38:08 AM PDT by Thisiswhoweare
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To: hellinahandcart
He admitted that he made a big mistake in declining the lead in "Patton," believing the film would glorify war and killing.

Good actor. Bad American. Nowadays, bad actors and bad Americans.

BTW, I also loved him as Jud Frye.

"A candle lights his head."

23 posted on 07/09/2002 11:41:17 AM PDT by LisaFab
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To: RikaStrom
What a shame. Saw Steiger April 1 at the ceremony when the star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame was dedicated to Ray Bradbury. (Illustrated Man, makes sense!). He and his wife(?) were both wearing futuristic medallions that I recall were worn by the characters in the Illustrated Man, which was a nice touch for the event.
24 posted on 07/09/2002 11:41:58 AM PDT by Moonmad27
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To: one_particular_harbour
The "Illustrated Man" was one of my favorites.
25 posted on 07/09/2002 11:43:01 AM PDT by Slip18
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To: LisaFab
"He looks like he's asleep;
It's a shame that he won't keep--
But it's summer, and we're runnin' out of ice!"
26 posted on 07/09/2002 11:44:51 AM PDT by hellinahandcart
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To: MeeknMing
Was Steiger the voice for the Twilight Zone? I'm wrong, I just know it, but for some reason, my aging memory banks are tying his name to the narrator for that series.
27 posted on 07/09/2002 11:48:10 AM PDT by Prodigal Son
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To: freedomson
And the immortal:

"You've got KUGELHOF?!"

from "No Way to Treat a Lady"
28 posted on 07/09/2002 11:49:46 AM PDT by miss marmelstein
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To: Prodigal Son
Rod Serling.
29 posted on 07/09/2002 11:51:09 AM PDT by Darth Reagan
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To: Prodigal Son
Rod Serling
30 posted on 07/09/2002 11:51:16 AM PDT by drjimmy
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To: Thisiswhoweare
We thank him for a life well spent/invested. May we all be so remembered.

I might just have to pop Zhivago in the DVD player tonight. Great performance.

31 posted on 07/09/2002 11:51:33 AM PDT by Petronski
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To: Prodigal Son
That's Rod Serling. He wrote almost all the Twilight Zone episodes himself.
32 posted on 07/09/2002 11:52:41 AM PDT by Non-Sequitur
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To: MeeknMing
Rod always played the man I loved to hate...and he was GOOD! A wonderful actor.

sw

33 posted on 07/09/2002 11:54:13 AM PDT by spectre
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To: slouper
Steiger would have brought him to life rather than doing a caricature of him.
34 posted on 07/09/2002 11:57:27 AM PDT by RightWhale
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To: MeeknMing
Back in the early 50's there was a Playhouse 90-type of show where the acting was broadcast live. Very few of the performances were filmed but one that was was the first performance of Paddy Chayefsky's teleplay of "Marty". Rod Steiger played Marty, the butcher, the self-proclaimed "short ugly little man" and Nancy Marchand played the plain-Jane girl he hooked up with. Somehow PBS got a copy and ran it about 20 years ago. It was without a doubt the finest hour of television drama I have ever seen and completely blew the doors off of the movie version that Ernest Borgnine won his Oscar for.
35 posted on 07/09/2002 11:58:11 AM PDT by Non-Sequitur
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To: MeeknMing
Shouldn't the title be "Alive Until 78."?

The radical liberal is dead and he lived 78 years.

36 posted on 07/09/2002 11:58:14 AM PDT by Positive
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To: Positive
The radical liberal is dead and he lived 78 years.

Get a life. His acting is being honored as he has died, not his politics. See, the two things are being split apart in this discussion. I don't know if Mozart would be a democrat or a Republican. I better check before I pop my CD of his music in though. Why don't you check that out for me buddy.

37 posted on 07/09/2002 12:01:31 PM PDT by dogbyte12
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To: Non-Sequitur
That's Rod Serling. He wrote almost all the Twilight Zone episodes himself.

92 out of 156. But who's countin'?

Michael M. Bates: My Side of the Swamp

38 posted on 07/09/2002 12:02:48 PM PDT by mikeb704
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To: Carry_Okie
The Loved One

One of my all time favorite black comedies.

His monologue about shopping for, and then serving, his mom's dinner was as tremendous as it was disturbing.
39 posted on 07/09/2002 12:02:50 PM PDT by wheezer
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To: MeeknMing
Damn shame, another good one lost.
40 posted on 07/09/2002 12:07:42 PM PDT by StoneColdGOP
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To: carton253
John Frankenheimer
41 posted on 07/09/2002 12:09:31 PM PDT by Doctor Stochastic
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To: Non-Sequitur; drjimmy; Darth Reagan
Rod Serling.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

I knew that wasn't right- man if that's what I have to look forward to for the next 30 years or so (faulty memory) I don't know if I'm up for it. Maybe I shouldn't take it so hard though- I've always been bad with names.

42 posted on 07/09/2002 12:15:08 PM PDT by Prodigal Son
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To: hellinahandcart
Pore Jud is daid, pore Jud Fry is daid;
He's lookin' oh, so peaceful and serene.
He's all laid out to rest
With his hands across his chest;
His fingernails have never been so clean.
43 posted on 07/09/2002 12:17:41 PM PDT by LisaFab
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To: Saundra Duffy
Oh oh. Doesn't this happen in three's? Who's next?




44 posted on 07/09/2002 12:19:15 PM PDT by archy
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To: RightWhale
Steiger would have brought him to life rather than doing a caricature of him.

Considering that Scott's is the most stunning portrayal I have ever seen on film, while Steiger's stereotypical sheriff in "In The Heat of the Night" could have been played by Jackie "Buford T. Justice" Gleason I must concur with the earlier poster.

BWAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA....get serious.

45 posted on 07/09/2002 12:22:08 PM PDT by eddie willers
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To: LurkerNoMore!
He was my neighbor.
46 posted on 07/09/2002 12:25:29 PM PDT by Ms. AntiFeminazi
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To: stands2reason; Admin Moderator
Hey, Meek, look at the time the article was posted. How'd you do that?

Oh, man! That is weird! How would that happen?
Admin Moderator: Is this a server problem or my problem? My 'puter clock
shows 2:26 p.m. Central right now.

47 posted on 07/09/2002 12:27:05 PM PDT by MeekOneGOP
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To: Doctor Stochastic
If you count only Hollywood, he's the third, with Rosemary Clooney and John Frankenheimer before him. No one's mentioned John Enwhistle.
48 posted on 07/09/2002 12:27:42 PM PDT by baseballfanjm
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To: RightWhale
Better than George C. Scott's Patton?

No way! George C. Scott's rendetion was perfect in every respect. He even looks a great deal like the real Patton.

49 posted on 07/09/2002 12:28:35 PM PDT by GingisK
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To: Registered
Ouch! Don't let Snow Bunny hear ya say that. That'd shake her up, I bet!
50 posted on 07/09/2002 12:30:03 PM PDT by MeekOneGOP
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