Montgomery Clift
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"Edward Montgomery (Monty) Clift" (October 17, 1920July 23, 1966) was an American film and Theatre/stage actor. The New York Times’ obituary of Clift noted his portrayal of "moody, sensitive young men". He often played outsiders and "victim-heroes"; examples include the social climber in George Stevens's A Place in the Sun (film)/A Place in the Sun, the anguished Catholic priest in Alfred Hitchcock's I Confess (film)/I Confess, the doomed regular soldier Robert E. Lee Prewitt in Fred Zinnemann's From Here to Eternity, and the Jewish GI bullied by antisemites in Edward Dmytryk's The Young Lions (film)/The Young Lions.

Along with Marlon Brando and James Dean, Clift was one of the original method acting/method actors in Hollywood; he was one of the first actors to be invited to study in the Actor's Studio with Lee Strasberg, Michael Chekhov and Stella Adler. He also executed a rare move by not signing a contract after arriving in Hollywood, only doing so after his first couple films were a success—"a power differential that would go on to structure the star-studio relationship for the next 40 years."

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