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Montgomery Clift

Montgomery Clift
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Birth nameEdward Montgomery Clift
Birth dateOctober 17, 1920
Place of birthOmaha, Nebraska, U.S.
Date of deathJuly 23, 1966(age 45)
Death placeNew York City, New York, U.S.
Years active1935 66

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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, as a result of heavy consumption of drink and prescription drugs, and after a disfiguring car crash in 1956, he became erratic. Nevertheless important roles still remained to him, 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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