Last week movie legend Rod Steiger was in town to publicise his new
video release Shiloh and it was one lucky PR man’s task to help the
72-year-old through his arduous schedule.
Pictured on the right of Steiger, star of On the Waterfront and Dr
Zhivago, is Dave Robinson, account director at Scope Ketchum, whose
client is Warner Home Video.
Robinson tells me that the frantic two-day schedule was not all
’I was most often found kneeling down in front of Steiger in a
semi-prostrate position’, Robinson tells me. Fortunately there is an
innocent explanation for this.
Steiger has had a double hip replacement and finds it difficult to tie
his shoe laces so Robinson helped out.
However, the Steiger schedule brought Robinson the usual showbiz
The visit ended with him being invited by Steiger for an evening at the
theatre to see Dame Edna.
’Rod is a big fan of Barry Humphries. We were invited to his dressing
room where Steiger and Humphries compared notes on the number of wives
they had each had,’ says Robinson. ’I felt quite out of my depth having
not even managed wife number one yet.’ Steiger and Humphries have had
eight between them.