Rod was married five times, to actress Sally Gracie (1952-1958), actress Claire Bloom (1959-1969), Sherry Nelson (1973-1979), Paula Ellis (1986-1997) and actress Joan Benedict (2000-his death in 2002).
Rod turned down doing the film version of Marty (1955) saying he didn't want to repeat himself after doing the 1953 tv film. The producers claimed they didn't want him because they believed no one would pay to see him after having watched it before on tv.
Rod did voice-over narration for an audiotape adapatation of Aesop's Fables with Gregory Hines and Cathy Moriarty in May 1995.
Rod played many historical characters inlcuding Napoleon Bonaparte in Waterloo (1970); Benito Mussolini in The Last Four Days (1974) and in Lion in the Desert (1981); W.C. Fields in W.C. Fields and Me (1976); Pontius Pilate in the TV miniseries "Jesus of Nazareth" (1977); and mob boss Sam Giancana in the TV miniseries "Sinatra" (1992).
Rod joined the U.S Navy after running away from home at the age of 16 and served on several battleships during World War Two.
Rod won the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Actor in a Drama for In The Heat Of The Night (1967) and was nominated before for the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Actor in a Drama for The Pawnbroker (1964).
Rod won the Oscar for Best Actor In A Leading Role for In The Heat Of The Night (1967) and was nominated twice before, for Best Actor In A Supporting Role in On The Waterfront (1954) and Best Actor In A Leading Role in The Pawnbroker (1964).
Rod was nominated twice for the Emmy Awards, in 1959 for Best Single Performance by an Actor in Playhouse 90 and in 1964 for Outstanding Single Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
in Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre.
Rod was nominated for the Worst Supporting Actor Razzie award for The Specialist (1994).
Rod's daughter, Anna, is an opera singer.
Rod received a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame at 7080 Hollywood Boulevard, on April 10, 1997.
Rod wanted the role of Michael Corleone in The Godfather (1972) but Coppola and the other producers thought his request was too bizarre given his age.
Rod turned down the role of George S. Patton in Patton (1970).
Rod spent 10-20 hours a day in make-up, having temporary tattos applied to his body for The Illustrated Man (1969), and this effort is in the Guinness Book Of World Records as being longest time per day for motion-picture make-up application.
Rod was 5 feet 10 inches tall.
Rod Steiger: Man is a greater miracle than any god he ever invented.
Rod Steiger: Complacency in the presence of miracles is like opening the door to your own tomb.
Rod Steiger: The first thing that your should do when you win an Oscar is thank God. The second thing you should do is forget it. The third thing you should do is call your agent and tell him you need a job.
Rod Steiger: We come. We go. And in between we try to understand.
Rod Steiger: The most important thing is to be whatever you are without shame.