American actor Rod Steiger is best known for his portrayal of offbeat characters in crime drama movies like ‘On the Waterfront’ (1954) and ‘The Pawnbroker’ (1964). He won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of police chief Bill Gillespie in the mystery drama film ‘In the Heat of the Night’ (1967). His other highly rated performances were in ‘The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell’ (1955), ‘The Harder They Fall’ (1956) and ‘The Player’ (1992). His performance as Joe Leon in the movie ‘The Specialist’ received negative reviews. His role as Mr. Hammerman in ‘Carpool’ (1966) and Father Kovak in ‘End of Days’ (1999) also failed to make an impact.
Steiger received positive reviews for his voice recording in the animated series ‘The Simpsons’ (1998). He also appeared as Pontius Pilate in the spiritual television series ‘Jesus of Nazareth’ (1977) and Vincenzo Forteli in the mystery and suspense series ‘Columbo’ (1995).