Rod Steiger


…what was extraordinary about his performance, I feel, is the contrast of the tough-guy front and the extreme delicacy and gentle cast of his behaviour. What other actor, when his brother draws a pistol to force him to do something shameful, would put his hand on the gun and push it away with the gentleness of a caress? Who else could read ‘Oh, Charley!’ in a tone of reproach that is so loving and so melancholy and suggests the terrific depth of pain?…. If there is a better performance by a man in the history of film in America, I don’t know what it is. - Elia Kazan on Marlon Brando’s performance in On The Waterfront