DEAD: ON THIS DATE
Rod Steiger (aged 77)
Rodney Stephen Steiger (April 14, 1925 – July 9, 2002) was an American actor, noted for his portrayal of offbeat, often volatile and crazed characters. Cited as “one of Hollywood’s most charismatic and dynamic stars”, he is closely associated with the art of method acting, embodying the characters he played, which at times led to clashes with directors and co-stars. He starred as Marlon Brando’s mobster brother Charley in On the Waterfront (1954), the title character Sol Nazerman in The Pawnbroker (1964), and as police chief Bill Gillespie opposite Sidney Poitier in the film In the Heat of the Night (1967) which won him the Academy Award for Best Actor.
DEATH: Steiger died of pneumonia and kidney failure at the age of 77, as a result of complications from surgery for a gall bladder tumor on July 9, 2002, in a Westside hospital in Los Angeles. He was buried in Forest Lawn – Hollywood Hills Cemetery. The film Saving Shiloh, released in 2006, was dedicated to his memory.