Montgomery Clift

Actor, Model
One of Hollywood's first Method actors, Montgomery Clift rose to film stardom a full 10 years before his contemporary Marlon Brando, although a more naturalistic performance style and less prolific rsum prevented Clift ... Read more »
Born: 10/17/1920 in Omaha, Nebraska, USA


Actor (17)

George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey 1985 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Defector 1966 (Movie)

Professor James Bower (Actor)

Freud 1962 (Movie)

Sigmund Freud (Actor)

The Misfits 1961 (Movie)

Perce Howland (Actor)

Wild River 1960 (Movie)

Chuck Glover (Actor)

Suddenly, Last Summer 1959 (Movie)

Dr Cukrowicz (Actor)

Lonelyhearts 1958 (Movie)

Adam White (Actor)

The Young Lions 1958 (Movie)

Noah Ackerman (Actor)

Raintree County 1957 (Movie)

John Wickliff Shawnessy (Actor)

Indiscretion of an American Wife 1954 (Movie)

Giovanni Doria (Actor)

From Here to Eternity 1953 (Movie)

Robert E Lee "Prew" Prewitt (Actor)

I Confess 1953 (Movie)

Father Michael Logan (Actor)

A Place in the Sun 1950 (Movie)

George Eastman (Actor)

The Heiress 1949 (Movie)

Morris Townsend (Actor)

Red River 1948 (Movie)

Matthew Garth (Actor)

The Search 1948 (Movie)

Ralph Stevenson (Actor)

The Big Lift (Movie)

Danny MacCullough (Actor)


One of Hollywood's first Method actors, Montgomery Clift rose to film stardom a full 10 years before his contemporary Marlon Brando, although a more naturalistic performance style and less prolific résumé prevented Clift from achieving the iconic status that many movie historians felt he rightfully deserved. Emerging as a star on Broadway while still in his teens, Clift stubbornly rebuffed the courtship of several film studios for a decade, holding out for just the right project and working conditions. When he finally did succumb, it was to star alongside movie legend John Wayne in "Red River" (1948). A star from the release of his first film, Clift was immortalized on screen three years later as Elizabeth Taylor's morally challenged paramour in the romantic drama "A Place in the Sun" (1951). In the wake of these films, the handsome, brooding Clift became one of the biggest names in Hollywood with his Academy Award-nominated performance in the World War II melodrama "From Here to Eternity" (1953). Tragically, Clift's fortunes fell almost as quickly as they rose. Following a nearly fatal, disfiguring car accident while filming the Civil War drama "Raintree County" (1957), the actor's already excessive reliance on alcohol and pharmaceuticals increased to debilitating levels. In the years that followed - most famously described as "the longest suicide in Hollywood history" - both Clift's health and professional reputation went into decline. Although still capable of delivering admirable performances in such projects as "The Misfits" (1961) and "Judgment at Nuremberg" (1961), the increasingly erratic actor eventually found himself being offered few roles prior to his death at the age of 45. Nonetheless, over the course of 17 films, Clift earned not only four Academy Award nominations, but also an indelible legacy as one of the finest actors to ever grace the silver screen.


William Clift

died in 1964 sold stocks and bonds for bank, then became bank vice president

Ethel Clift

born on September 29, 1888 died in 1988 just a few weeks shy of her 100th birthday

William Clift

born in 1919 deceased formerly married to journalist Eleanor Clift

Jack Larson Actor

Had relationship c. 1957

Ethel McGinnis

fraternal twin of Clift's born first


Dalton School

New York , New York 1936
attended for less than a year

studied at private school in St Moritz, Switzerland

Actors Studio

New York , New York 1947
took a few classes when Actors Studio was newly formed in the fall of 1947; classmates were Julie Harris, Marlon Brando, Maureen Stapleton, David Wayne and Kevin McCarthy



Starred in Cold War thriller "The Defector," his final film


Starred in title role of John Huston's imaginative biopic "Freud"


Had supporting role in historical drama "Judgment at Nuremberg"


Starred with Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe in John Huston's "The Misfits"


Starred opposite Lee Remick in drama "Wild River"


Co-starred opposite Elizabeth Taylor and Katharine Hepburn in film adaptation of Tennessee Williams' "Suddenly Last Summer"


Starred in newspaper drama "Lonelyhearts"


Starred with Marlon Brando and Dean Martin in WWII drama "The Young Lions"


Starred opposite Elizabeth Taylor in "Raintree County"


Returned to Broadway in "The Seagull"


Co-starred in "From Here to Eternity"


Debuted as a lead actor in "The Search"; earned Best Actor Academy Award nomination


Made first film, "Red River"


Refused MGM offer to co-star in "Mrs. Miniver" because he wouldn't sign 7-year contract


Played young prince in Cole Porter Broadway musical, "Jubilee"


Made professional debut in small role in Stockbridge, Massachusetts stock production of "Fly Away Home"; made Broadway debut with this play in 1935


Made acting debut in amateur production of "As Husbands Go" in Sarasota, Florida at age 12


Worked as model with John Robert Powers agency; modeled Arrow Shirts

Bonus Trivia


A drunk-driving Clift wrapped his car around a pole after a party at Elizabeth Taylor's house in the middle of shooting "Raintree County" on May 13, 1956 and had to undergo extensive reconstructive facial surgery.


Following his debilitating car crash, Clift became dependent on painkillers and alcohol.


The 1979 Clash song "The Right Profile" was about Clift's later career; the title referred to his demand to be shot from the side that de-emphasized his facial reconstruction surgery.


R.E.M.'s 1992 song "Monty Got A Raw Deal" refers elliptically to Clift's status as a closeted bisexual as well as the addictions and personal demons that derailed his post-accident career.