Montgomery Clift

Biography

Edward Montgomery Clift (October 17, 1920 – July 23, 1966) was an American film and stage actor. The New York Times’ obituary noted his portrayal of "moody, sensitive young men". He invariably played outsiders, often "victim-heroes," - examples include the social climber in George Stevens's A Place in the Sun, the anguished Catholic priest in Hitchcock's I Confess, the doomed regular soldier Robert E. Lee Prewitt in Fred Zinnemann's From Here to Eternity, and the Jewish GI bullied by antisemites in Edward Dmytryk's The Young Lions. Later, after a disfiguring car crash in 1956, and alcohol and prescription drug abuse, he became erratic. Nevertheless important roles were still his, including "the reckless, alcoholic, mother-fixated rodeo performer in Huston's The Misfits, the title role in Huston's Freud, and the concentration camp victim [sic] in Stanley Kramer's Judgment at Nuremberg." Clift received four Academy Award nominations during his career, three for Best Actor and one for Best Supporting Actor.

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Birth Name

Edward Montgomery Clift

Birth Place

Omaha, Nebraska, USA

Birth Date

10/17/1920

Death Date

7/23/1966
Known For
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I Confess

Fr. Michael William Logan

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From Here to Eternity

Pvt. Robert E. Lee Prewitt

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A Place in the Sun

George Eastman

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The Young Lions

Noah Ackerman

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The Heiress

Morris Townsend

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The Misfits

Perce Howland

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Wild River

Chuck Glover

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Suddenly, Last Summer

Dr. Cukrowicz

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The Big Lift

Sgt. 1st Class Danny MacCullough

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Freud

Sigmund Freud

Starring In
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My Name Is Alfred Hitchcock

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Making Montgomery Clift

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The Fabulous Allan Carr

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Frank Sinatra. Die Stimme Amerikas

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The Search

Ralph Stevenson

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The Rat Pack

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Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust

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Edith Head: The Paramount Years

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George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey

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The Defector

Professor James Bower

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The Love Goddesses

Himself (archive footage)

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The Legend of Marilyn Monroe

Perce Howland (archive footage) (uncredited)

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Freud

Sigmund Freud

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Judgment at Nuremberg

Rudolph Petersen

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The Misfits

Perce Howland

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Wild River

Chuck Glover

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Suddenly, Last Summer

Dr. Cukrowicz

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The Young Lions

Noah Ackerman

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Lonelyhearts

Adam White

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Raintree County

John Wickliff Shawnessy

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From Here to Eternity

Pvt. Robert E. Lee Prewitt

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Indiscretion of an American Wife

Giovanni Doria

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I Confess

Fr. Michael William Logan

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A Place in the Sun

George Eastman

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The Big Lift

Sgt. 1st Class Danny MacCullough

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The Heiress

Morris Townsend

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Red River

Matthew 'Matt' Garth

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The Search

Ralph Stevenson

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