Why Famous: In the Heat of the Night, No Way to Treat a Lady and Last Days of Mussolini.
- 1959-09-19 Academy award-winning actor Rod Steiger (34) weds stage and film actress Claire Bloom (28) in Los Angeles, California
- 2000-10-10 Actor Rod Steiger (75) weds actress and fifth wife Joan Benedict (73) in Malibu, California
- 1967-08-02 "In the Heat of the Night" directed by Norman Jewison, based on John Ball's novel of the same name, starring Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger premieres in New York (Academy Awards Best Picture 1968)
- 1968-02-12 25th Golden Globes: "In the Heat of the Night", Rod Steiger, & Edith Evans win
- 1968-04-10 40th Academy Awards: "In the Heat of the Night", Rod Steiger & Katherine Hepburn win