Friday, May 21, 2010
Remembering Anthony Steel
Born Anthony Maitland Steel on May 21, 1920 in Cumberland, London, England. The son of an Indian army officer he was educated at Cambridge. He served in the Grenadier Guards during World War II and entered British cinema after the war. He became one of England's most promising leading men during the 1950s. Steel left England for Hollywood and then married Swedish bombshell Anita Ekberg [1931- ] in 1956. The marriage didn't work and the two divorced in 1959. A second fiddle to Ekberg during their marriage he couldn't capture the promise of his early career and was actually blackballed by the Rank Organization. He drifted all over Europe making films among them two German Euro-westerns, “Last of the Renegades”, and “Massacre at Marble City” both in 1964. He made over 64 films during his career but died a pauper of heart failure on March 21, 2001 in Northolt, Middlesex, England. Today we remember Anthony Steel on what would have been his 90th birthday.