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Rod Steiger (1925 -- 2002)

After training in New York, Rod Steiger began his acting career on stage and in television, but it was the movies that made him a star. His burly, brooding presence captured the audience's attention in dozens of films throughout the second half of the 20th century, including No Way to Treat a Lady, The Pawnbroker, Dr Zhivago and Tim Burton's Mars Attacks!

He was Marlon Brando's older brother in On the Waterfront, and played such real life characters as Napoleon, Mussolini (twice), Al Capone and WC Fields. He won Oscar® and BAFTA awards for his mesmerising performance as the bombastic Southern sheriff in Norman Jewison's In the Heat of the Night (1967) opposite Sidney Poitier. Aged 77, Rod Steiger died of pneumonia on 9 July 2002.