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Montgomery Clift

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Montgomery Clift

Montgomery Clift (October 17, 1920 - July 23, 1966) was an American actor. Born in Omaha, Nebraska, Clift appeared on Broadway at the age of thirteen. He achieved success on the stage and starred there for ten years before moving to Hollywood, debuting in 1948's Red River opposite John Wayne. Along with Marlon Brando and James Dean, Clift was considered the most influential actor of his generation. Clift was also famous for his stunning good looks and intense, penetrating eyes.

Clift was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor that same year for The Search. He had a highly successful film career, performing in many Oscar-nominated roles and becoming a matinee idol for his good looks. His love scenes with Elizabeth Taylor in A Place In The Sun 1951 set the standard for romance in cinema. His signature role was Prewitt in From Here To Eternity 1953. Then he was off the screen for 4 years, until Raintree County in 1957. Amazingly, Clift was nominated for a best supporting actor Oscar for Judgement At Nuremberg in a role that only took up seven minutes of screen time. But the public never knew until after his death that he was a bisexual, and his guilt over this led to his continuing alcoholism and drug use. In 1956, while filming Raintree County, he smashed his car into a tree, and only quick thinking by co-star Elizabeth Taylor, who pulled two teeth out of his throat to keep him from choking, saved his life. He needed reconstructive surgery on his face, but returned to acting and to stardom.

He turned down the starring roles in East of Eden and Sunset Boulevard.

Montgomery Clift died at the age of 45 of heart problems brought on by his drug and alcohol addictions. He is interred in the Quaker Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York.

The songs "Monty got a Raw Deal" by R.E.M. and "The Right Profile" by The Clash are about him

Academy Award Nominations

Clift has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6104 Hollywood Blvd.

Filmography

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