Posted by: Frederick Cornwell Sanders | 2013/10/17

“October 17, 1920” by Rick Sanders

English: Montgomery Clift from premiere video ...

English: Montgomery Clift from première video of A Place in the Sun (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In 1920, Montgomery Clift, the American actor is born. He dies in 1966.

Wikipedia says about the start of his career:

Appearing on Broadway at the age of 15, Clift achieved success and performed on stage for 10 years before moving to Hollywood. At 20, he played the son in the Broadway production of There Shall Be No Night, which won the 1941 Pulitzer Prize for drama, and starred Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne.

Clift’s first movie role was opposite John Wayne in the 1948 film Red River, which was shot in 1946 and released in 1948. Clift’s second movie was The Search. Clift was unhappy with the quality of the script, and rewrote most of it himself. The movie was nominated for a screenwriting Academy Award, but the original writers were credited. Clift’s performance saw him nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor. His naturalistic performance led to director Fred Zinnemann‘s being asked, “Where did you find a soldier who can act so well?.”

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