Clift was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor that same year for The Search. He had a highly successful film career, performing in many Oscar-nominated roles and becoming a matinee idol for his good looks. But the public never knew until after his death that he was a homosexual, and his guilt over this led to his continuing alcoholism and drug use. In 1956, while filming Raintree County, he smashed his car into a tree, and only quick thinking by co-star Elizabeth Taylor, who pulled two teeth out of his throat to keep him from choking, saved his life. He needed reconstructive surgery on his face, but returned to acting and to stardom.
He turned down the starring roles in East of Eden and Sunset Blvd.
Montgomery Clift died at the age of 45 of heart problems brought on by his drug and alcohol addictions. He is interred in the Quaker Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York.
Montgomery Clift Facts
|Birth Name||Edward Montgomery Clift|
|Birthday||October 17, 1920|
|Birthplace||Omaha, Nebraska, USA|
|Date of death||July 23, 1966 (age 45)|
|Height||5' 10" (1m78) How tall is Montgomery Clift compared to you?|
|Judgment at Nuremberg|
|From Here to Eternity|
|A Place in the Sun|
|Place in the Sun|
|Suddenly, Last Summer|