|Born||Anthony Maitland Steel
21 May 1920
London, England, U.K.
|Died||21 March 2001 (aged 80)
Northwood, Middlesex, U.K.
|Spouse(s)||Johanna Melcher (1964-2001)
Anita Ekberg (1956-1959)
Juanita Forbes (1949-1954)
Anthony Steel was born in London, the son of an Indian army officer and educated at Cambridge. After serving as an officer in the Grenadier Guards during the Second World War, he entered the British cinema and made 64 film appearances between 1948 and 1984. He also appeared extensively on television.
He became a popular matinee idol during the early 1950s, including the UK production of Another Man's Poison (1952) before his 1956 marriage to Swedish actress Anita Ekberg. Together they moved to Hollywood, with mixed results. He starred in Harry Black. Later he made several European films during the 1970s and 1980s, including appearing as Sir Stephen in the Just Jaeckin film adaptation of Story of O (1975).
Steel was married three times:
He had an affair with actress Patricia Roc in 1952 while they were co-starring in Something Money Can't Buy, resulting in a son, Michael. At the time Roc was married to André Thomas but they were unable to have children so Thomas agreed to raise Michael as his own.