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July 17, 2002
Kudos for your extensive July 10 obituary on Rod Steiger, "Method Actor Infused His Roles With Raw Intensity." In that piece, Times film reviewer Kevin Thomas correctly asserted that Steiger's commanding best shone through even in the supporting roles of his later years. At the time I had not yet viewed his earlier films, but his gritty 1996 turn as a corrupt former Detroit cop trying to help his son (played by Ken Olin) in Paul Haggis' pilot for "EZ Streets" inspired me to do so. Wow. A lion has indeed left the circus.
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October 4, 2010 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
As a kid growing up asthmatic and poor in the Bronx, Martin Scorsese took refuge in movie theaters. When he was about 12, the future director of "The Departed," "Taxi Driver" and "Raging Bull" saw Elia Kazan's Academy Award-winning masterpiece "On the Waterfront," a gritty drama shot on the streets of Hoboken, N.J., about dock workers that starred Marlon Brando, Eva Marie Saint, Rod Steiger and Karl Malden. The following year, 1955, he went to see Kazan's "East of Eden," which marked James Dean's first starring role, as a troubled young man with a "good" twin brother and a judgmental father.
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ENTERTAINMENT
January 11, 1998 | Steve Hochman
Rod Steiger isn't the retiring type--in his career or in his opinions. At 72, the Malibu resident who broke through in "On the Waterfront," has five movies ready to open,including "Incognito," opening Jan. 30, and "Revenant," due late spring, and is set to film "Six Wire Winter" with English writer-director Peter Webb in March. He'll receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on April 10.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 1, 2009 | F. Kathleen Foley; Charlotte Stoudt; Philip Brandes; David C. Nichols
Savvy screenwriter and script doctor William Goldman scored one of his early successes with his 1964 novel, "No Way to Treat a Lady," in which the hag-ridden son of a famous actress tries to win his star mother's posthumous approval by donning disguises and killing older women -- all stand-ins, of course, for his emotionally unavailable mommy. The novel was adapted into a 1968 film, penned by Goldman and John Gay and starring Rod Steiger as Kit Gill, a wannabe actor turned killer, and George Segal as Moe Brummel, a downtrodden Jewish detective whose own mother gives him far too much attention, of the cloyingly intrusive kind.
NEWS
September 15, 1994 | JAN HERMAN, Jan Herman covers theater for The Times Orange County Edition.
Sitting in the living room of his home, which is perched on a mountainside in Malibu, Rod Steiger has his back to a panoramic view of Paradise Cove far below. His hand rests on a white telephone. He picks it up on the first ring. "Who? Yeah. Who? Yeah. OK. I'll tell her to call you." About to hang up, he changes his mind. "Wait a minute." Steiger shifts his stout body, comfortably ensconced in the cushions of a huge armchair, and bellows toward the other end of the house: "Paula?" Silence.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 19, 1994 | M.E. WARREN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Picture Rod Steiger. The Oscar-winning actor is still solidly built, powerful looking, at age 69. His head is shaved clean. His brown eyes come at you like magnetic tractor beams out of a jowly face that softens magically when he smiles. But don't picture him smiling. Picture him as "the kind of guy who goes into a bar and everybody tries to sneak out the back." Is this a role that the star of "On the Waterfront," "The Pawnbroker" and "In the Heat of the Night" has taken on? No.
SPORTS
November 1, 1991 | From Associated Press
The Los Angeles Press Club will salute Times sports columnist Jim Murray, Cardinal Roger Mahony, and actor Rod Steiger at its 29th Headliner banquet Nov. 13 at the Biltmore Hotel.
NEWS
June 12, 1988
It was with some doubt that we tuned in "Desperado: Avalanche at Devil's Ridge." We were pleasantly surprised to find an intelligent script, carefully produced with competent actors, all unknowns save for Rod Steiger. Bill Fitts, West Hollywood
ENTERTAINMENT
February 11, 1993 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Baby Steiger: Oscar-winning actor Rod Steiger, 68, and his wife, Paula, 32, have a new son, Michael Winston Steiger, born Monday in Santa Monica Hospital. The infant is Steiger's second child. He is the father of London-based opera singer Anna Steiger, 33, whose mother is actress Claire Bloom.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 8, 1989
Actor Rod Steiger, winner of the best-actor Oscar for his work in 1967's "In the Heat of the Night," will be presented today with the Torch of Liberty Award by the Orange County chapter of the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith. Steiger was selected because of his acting career, which has included 1954's "On the Waterfront" and 1965's "The Pawnbroker."
OPINION
July 17, 2002
Kudos for your extensive July 10 obituary on Rod Steiger, "Method Actor Infused His Roles With Raw Intensity." In that piece, Times film reviewer Kevin Thomas correctly asserted that Steiger's commanding best shone through even in the supporting roles of his later years. At the time I had not yet viewed his earlier films, but his gritty 1996 turn as a corrupt former Detroit cop trying to help his son (played by Ken Olin) in Paul Haggis' pilot for "EZ Streets" inspired me to do so. Wow. A lion has indeed left the circus.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 11, 1998 | Steve Hochman
Rod Steiger isn't the retiring type--in his career or in his opinions. At 72, the Malibu resident who broke through in "On the Waterfront," has five movies ready to open,including "Incognito," opening Jan. 30, and "Revenant," due late spring, and is set to film "Six Wire Winter" with English writer-director Peter Webb in March. He'll receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on April 10.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 19, 1994 | M.E. WARREN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Picture Rod Steiger. The Oscar-winning actor is still solidly built, powerful looking, at age 69. His head is shaved clean. His brown eyes come at you like magnetic tractor beams out of a jowly face that softens magically when he smiles. But don't picture him smiling. Picture him as "the kind of guy who goes into a bar and everybody tries to sneak out the back." Is this a role that the star of "On the Waterfront," "The Pawnbroker" and "In the Heat of the Night" has taken on? No.
NEWS
September 15, 1994 | JAN HERMAN, Jan Herman covers theater for The Times Orange County Edition.
Sitting in the living room of his home, which is perched on a mountainside in Malibu, Rod Steiger has his back to a panoramic view of Paradise Cove far below. His hand rests on a white telephone. He picks it up on the first ring. "Who? Yeah. Who? Yeah. OK. I'll tell her to call you." About to hang up, he changes his mind. "Wait a minute." Steiger shifts his stout body, comfortably ensconced in the cushions of a huge armchair, and bellows toward the other end of the house: "Paula?" Silence.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 11, 1993 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Baby Steiger: Oscar-winning actor Rod Steiger, 68, and his wife, Paula, 32, have a new son, Michael Winston Steiger, born Monday in Santa Monica Hospital. The infant is Steiger's second child. He is the father of London-based opera singer Anna Steiger, 33, whose mother is actress Claire Bloom.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 7, 1992 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Guilty as Charged" (selected theaters) combines political satire and Grand Guignol horror in a consistently fresh and funny way, resulting in an amusing thriller of considerable sophistication. Inspired writer Charles Gale sets up two stories that seem poles apart, but under Sam Irvin's witty, confident direction, they collide deftly and hilariously.
NEWS
July 5, 1986 | From Times Wire Services
Robert Drivas, an actor and director who moved between stage, screen and television during his relatively brief career, died Sunday at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center here at age 50. Drivas probably was best known to film audiences for his featured performance in "The Illustrated Man," the 1969 picture that starred Rod Steiger in a compendium of Ray Bradbury stories. His other pictures included "Cool Hand Luke," "Where It's At" and "True Grit."
ENTERTAINMENT
February 7, 1992 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Guilty as Charged" (selected theaters) combines political satire and Grand Guignol horror in a consistently fresh and funny way, resulting in an amusing thriller of considerable sophistication. Inspired writer Charles Gale sets up two stories that seem poles apart, but under Sam Irvin's witty, confident direction, they collide deftly and hilariously.
SPORTS
November 1, 1991 | From Associated Press
The Los Angeles Press Club will salute Times sports columnist Jim Murray, Cardinal Roger Mahony, and actor Rod Steiger at its 29th Headliner banquet Nov. 13 at the Biltmore Hotel.
NEWS
May 12, 1991 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was a bright, airy afternoon at the Bel Air Hotel restaurant. But Rod Steiger was in a dead serious mood. "I may have made a possible mistake in my life by making my profession too important," Steiger was saying with a wave of his fork. "Now that I am a little older, I have begun to realize that. Acting is not everything. " Steiger gave a dour glance up from his large salad. "I was on my own from the time I was 10.
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