Steiger, Rodney Stephen “Rod” born 14-04-1925 in Westhampton, New York, the son of Lorraine (born Driver) and Frederick Steiger, of French, Scottish, and German descent. Steiger was raised as a Lutheran. He never knew his father, a vaudevillian who had been part of a traveling song-and-dance team with Steiger’s mother, who subsequently left show business. Steiger grew up with his alcoholic mother before running away from home at age sixteen to join the United States Navy during World War II, where he saw action on destroyers in the Pacific as a serving as a torpedo-man. Information is a little sketchy about his exploits except to say that he was a torpedo operator and that he fought in the Battle of Midway.
Death and burial ground of Steiger, Rodney Stephen “Rod”.
Actor Rod Steiger died in Los Angeles on 09-07-2002, aged 77, from pneumonia and complications from surgery for a gall bladder tumor. He is buried in Forest Lawn – Hollywood Hills Cemetery.