Steiger was scheduled to receive a Life-time
Achievement Award at the 2002 Gala & Awards Ceremony.
His wife Joan Benedict accepted the award in his honor.
Steiger died unexpectedly July 9th at the age of 77
in a Los Angeles hospital. His last film, "A Month
of Sundays", won the Grand Jury Prize. He received
Oscar nominations in three films, "On the Waterfront",
"The Pawnbroker", and "In the Heat of
the Night", which earned a Best Actor Academy Award
2002 - Long time friend and confidant, Burt
Reynolds video tribute to Rod Steiger
at the Gala & Awards Ceremony in the Showboat
Casino Hotel, Atlantic City, NJ.
Consistently at the top of box-office polls, Reynolds
essayed a series of light, comically roguish, working
and middle-class heroes in such vehicles as "The
Longest Yard" (1974), "Smokey and the Bandit"
(1977), and "Hooper" (1978). His "good
ol' boy" image served as a pal to male devotees
of action flicks while women fans enjoyed his tongue-in-cheek