Matt Bomer to play Montgomery Clift on HBO

Saturday, January 10th, 2015. Filed under: Entertainment Film Hollywood Stars
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Matt Bomer will star in a Montgomery Clift biopic in development at HBO.
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(Relaxnews) – The actor has landed the title role in “Monty Clift,” a biopic in development at HBO on the 1950s Hollywood star.

After cutting his teeth on Broadway, Montgomery Clift launched his silver screen career in 1948, just before turning 30, when he co-starred with John Wayne in the western “Red River.” But it was only three years later, after co-starring with Elizabeth Taylor in George Stevens’ “A Place in the Sun,” that he became a major celebrity.

His performance in “From Here to Eternity” and “I Confess” confirmed his status as one of the leading actors of his day. But it wasn’t long before his overbooked schedule and his drug and alcohol addiction caught up with him, forcing him to take a break from the set for a few years. His situation worsened in 1956 after a car accident from which he emerged disfigured.

His career continued to decline in the 1960s, when he appeared in only a handful of films, looking weathered and diminished. His last on-screen performance was in Raoul Levy’s “The Defector,” released in 1966. Clift was found dead of a heart attack during the same year.

In HBO’s forthcoming TV movie, the Hollywood star known for his independence and his homosexuality will be played by Matt Bomer. The 38-year-old actor appeared last year in the cable network’s “The Normal Heart,” a TV movie on the early days of the AIDS epidemic in 1980s America, which was helmed by Ryan Murphy (“Glee,” “American Horror Story”). Bomer earned a People’s Choice Award for the role on Wednesday, January 7 and is nominated for a Golden Globe Award at the ceremony to be held this Sunday, January 11.

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