“Goodbye” Montgomery Clift Died 23 July 1966



Edward Montgomery (Monty) Clift (October 17, 1920 – July 23, 1966) was an American film and stage actor

His notable roles 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 anti-semites in Edward Dmytryk’s The Young Lions.

He was involved in a car crash in 1956 which resulted in disfigurement. He subsequently succumbed to alcohol and prescription drug abuse, although continued his acting career, playing such parts as the rodeo performer in John Huston’s The Misfits and  the title role in Huston’s Freud.

In 1961, with the scars still visible from the 1956 car crash, Clift portrayed Rudolph Peterson, a concentration camp victim in the Stanley Kramer film Judgment at Nuremberg, earning Clift a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

He received four Academy Award nominations during his career, three for Best Actor and one for Best Supporting Actor



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