Rod 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 in 1967.
AUGUST 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 sexiness.
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