on DVD review
for Four-Hour Version of Waterloo
was with real sorrow that I heard of the death of Rod Steiger,
the veteran American actor who played the role of Napoleon Bonaparte
who won an academy award for Best Actor for his performance of
a racist Southern sheriff in In the Heat of the Night,
died on 9 July. He was 77.
To my mind, Steiger's performance in Waterloo was one of
the best I have seen and certainly the most brilliant portrayal
of the French emperor.
showed Bonaparte's fiery temper, and his emotional side as well,
to a depth little seen on screen.
can forget the scene where he farewells the Old Guard?
actor played many other famous people in his lengthy career including
Mussolini, Rasputin, Pope John XXIII, Rudolph Hess, Pontius Pilate
and Al Capone.
for me, Steiger was the ultimate Napoleon.