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  • Rod Steiger

    Born on April 14, 1925 in Westhampton, New York

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In the Heat of the Night (1967)

Rod Steiger as "Bill Gillespie"

African-American Philadelphia police detective Virgil Tibbs (Sidney Poitier) is arrested on suspicion of murder by Bill Gillespie (Rod Steiger), the racist police chief of tiny Sparta, Mississippi. After Tibbs proves not only his own innocence but that of another man, he joins forces with Gillespie to track down the real killer. Their investigation takes them through every social level of the town, with Tibbs making enemies as well as unlikely friends as he hunts for the truth.

Academy Award (1967) Won Best Actor
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1967) Won Foreign Actor
Golden Globe (1967) Won Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama


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