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Rod Steiger Ranked

by Jaspar Lamar Crabb
Rod Steiger always came across as a little of Brando, a little of Newman, and frankly more than a little of Borgnine. Frequently mistaking screaming and flailing about for acting, Steiger was never afraid to go for broke… Could anyone have played Napoleon quite like THIS? Honorable Mentions to HENNESSY, THE ILLUSTRATED MAN, THE HARDER THEY FALL, DR ZHIVAGO (his summation of T Courtenay’s character is a stunning piece of acting) Interestingly, his most subtle work remains his best….working with directors like Kazan, Lumet and Jewison (who were able to control him), Steiger was brilliant. His more outrageous perfomances in the likes… Read more

Rod Steiger always came across as a little of Brando, a little of Newman, and frankly more than a little of Borgnine. Frequently mistaking screaming and flailing about for acting, Steiger was never afraid to go for broke…

Could anyone have played Napoleon quite like THIS?

Honorable Mentions to HENNESSY, THE ILLUSTRATED MAN, THE HARDER THEY FALL, DR ZHIVAGO (his summation of T Courtenay’s character is a stunning piece of acting)

Interestingly, his most subtle work remains his best….working with directors like Kazan, Lumet and Jewison (who were able to control him), Steiger was brilliant. His more outrageous perfomances in the likes of THE LOVED ONE & NO WAY TO TREAT A LADY rival Peter Sellers!

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