Edward Montgomery Clift was an American film and 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, the anguished Catholic priest in Alfred Hitchcock's 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. While by 1951, being claimed with Brando and soon James Dean, as one of the original Method actors in Hollywood. He was the first actor in the industry to refuse to sign a Hollywood contract and choose his films independentlyand claimed as "One of the Most Beautiful Faces in film history".
After surviving a car crash in 1956, which left his face partially paralyzed and his profile altered, Clift became addicted to alcohol and prescription drugs, leading to his erratic behavior off screen.