Today we celebrate the birth of actor Montgomery Clift, born Oct. 17, 1920 in Omaha, NE. Clift started appearing on Broadway in his teens and eventually arrived in Hollywood in the mid-1940s, where he became known as a sensitive, brooding actor, who was extremely serious about his craft. He starred in two movies that are frequently classified as film noir: A Place In The Sun (1951) with Elizabeth Taylor, for which he earned a Best Actor Oscar nomination, and Hitchcock’s I Confess (1953). Clift earned a total of four Oscar nominations during his relatively short film career. Clift’s life took a tragic turn in 1956, when his face was disfigured in a near-fatal automobile accident. Amazingly, he was able to resume acting after undergoing reconstructive surgery, but the accident left him addicted to painkillers that, along with drinking problems, gradually impacted his ability to work consistently. Clift died of a heart attack in 1966 at the age of 45.