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Rod Steiger in On the Waterfront

Rod Steiger (1925 - 2002)

Film Deaths[]

  • On the Waterfront (1954) [Charley 'The Gent' Malloy]: Shot in the chest (off-screen) by Lee J. Cobb's thugs; his body is shown afterwards, hanging on a hook in an alley when Marlon Brando and Eva Marie Saint discover him.
  • Oklahoma! (1955) [Jud Fry]: Accidentally stabbed in the chest when he falls onto his own knife, after Gordon MacRae jumps from a burning haystack and tackles Rod.
  • Jubal (1956) [Pinky Pinkum]: He leads a lynch mob which captures Glenn Ford, intending to string him up from a pulley/winch on a barn wall. However, Ford tells the mob that Steiger has murdered Valerie French, which Robert Burton confirms and the mob encircles Steiger as Ford rides away. The camera lingers on the pulley/winch, which implies Steiger's going to be hanged. Thought it best to include this as it is a very probable death. (Thanks to Brian)
  • Back from Eternity (1956) [Vasquel]: Killed (off-screen) by the natives in the jungle, after Rod uses his last bullets to kill Beulah Bondi and Cameron Prud'Homme to spare them from the natives; the movie ends with Rod awaiting his fate, but the implication is clear. (Thanks to Mac)
  • Cry Terror (1958) [Paul Hoplin]: Electrocuted when he accidently stepped on a rail on the train tracks while chasing Inger Stevens.
  • The World in My Pocket (1961) [Frank Morgan]: Along with Nadja Tiller, he commits suicide by jumping off a cliff.
  • Death of a Salesman (1966) [Willy Loman]: Commits suicide by walking into traffic.
  • No Way to Treat a Lady (1968) [Christopher Gill]: Shot in the stomach by George Segal during a chase through the empty theatre; he dies after delivering a final delirious monologue on the stage.
  • The Sergeant (1968) [Sgt. Albert Callan]: Commits suicide by shooting himself in the head with a rifle.
  • The Illustrated Man (1969) [Carl]: Playing multiple roles (all named "Carl") in the four different stories; in "The Veldt," he is mauled to death (off-screen), along with Claire Bloom, by computer-generated lions in a virtual-reality room; we only see the lions about to attack. (He survives in the other stories.)
  • Lucky Luciano (1973) [Gene Giannini]: Shot to death by Frank Adonis.
  • Hennessy (1975) [Niall Hennessy]: Commits suicide by blowing himself up with a bomb strapped to his body, while being chased by police. (Thanks to Tony)
  • Last Days of Mussolini (Mussolini: Ultimo atto) (1975) [Benito Mussolini]: Executed (off-screen).
  • Les Innocents aux mains sales; Dirty Hands (1975) [Louis Wormser]: Dies of a heart attack in his living room, while Romy Schneider runs out to get help from Paolo Giusti.
  • W.C. Fields and Me (1976) [W.C. Fields]: Dies of stomach hemorrhage in his hospital bed.
  • Love and Bullets (1979) [Joe Bomposa]: Killed in an explosion, along with Val Avery, and the rest of his men when Charles Bronson places a bomb in the coffin. (Thanks to Robert)
  • Wolf Lake (1980) [Charlie]: Shot in the chest by Robin Mattson, just as Rod is about to shoot David Huffman. (According to the IMDB, the version titled The Honor Guard ends differently, with David dying and Rod surviving.)
  • Catch the Heat (Feel the Heat) (1987) [Jason Hannibal]: Shot in the stomach by Tiana Alexandra when he pulls his gun on her.
  • The Kindred (1987) [Dr. Phillip Lloyd]: Killed (off-screen) by the mutant creatures after they pull him through a hole in the floor.
  • American Gothic (Hide and Shriek) (1988) [Pa]: Shot in the back with a shotgun by Sarah Torgov, after Rod discovers his family dead and angrily renounces God.
  • Men of Respect (1990) [Charlie D'Amico]: Killed by mob assassins.
  • Guilty As Charged (1991) [Ben Kallin]: Commits suicide by electrocuting himself in his own electric chair, using a rope to pull the switch.
  • The Neighbor (1993) [Dr. Myron Hatch]: Stabbed repeatedly by Linda Kozlowski after he tries to give her an abortion against her will.
  • The Specialist (1994) [Joe Leon]: Killed in an explosion after Sylvester Stallone sends him a bomb hidden in a necklace. (Thanks to Gary)
  • The Last Tattoo (1994) [Gen. Frank Zane]: Killed by an unknown assailant.
  • Mars Attacks! (1996) [General Decker]: Crushed to death when the Martian leader steps on him after using a shrinking ray to reduce him to the size of an insect. (as Rod is shooting at him to no effect). (Played for comic effect.)
  • The Real Thing (1996) [Victor]: Commits suicide by shooting himself in the mouth.
  • Incognito (1997) [Milton A. Donovan]: Killed by assassins.
  • Truth or Consequences, N.M. (1997) [Tony Vago]: Shot in the back by Kiefer Sutherland in Rod's office. (Thanks to Tal)
  • Cypress Edge (1999) [Woodrow McCammon]: Killed in an explosion. (Thanks to Gary)

TV Deaths[]

  • Passion and Paradise (1989 TV) [Harry Oakes]: Shot and burned to death (off-screen) by assassins.
  • In the Line of Duty: Manhunt in the Dakotas (1991 TV) [Gordon Kahl]: Burned to death when his farmhouse catches fire during a shoot-out with the FBI. (Historically inaccurate, because Gordon actually died from a shot by a fatal wounded Sheriff Gene Matthews (David Dwyer) (Thanks to Robert)
  • Sinatra (1992 mini-series) [Sam Giancana]: Killed in a shootout.
  • The Simpsons: Simpson Tide (1998; animated) [Captain Tenille]: Accidentally launched through a torpedo tube by Homer Simpson (voiced by Dan Castellaneta); we see the indentation of his body when it hits another submarine. (Thanks to Buck)
  • Frozen in Fear (The Flying Dutchman) (2001 TV) [Ben]: Commits suicide by shooting himself in the head. (Thanks to Gary)

Notable Connections[]

  • Ex-Mr. Sally Gracie