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Charley Malloy (also known as The Gent) is the secondary antagonist of the 1954 film, On The Waterfront. He is the older brother of Terry Malloy and Johnny Friendly's right-hand man.

He was portrayed by the late Rod Steiger.

Why He Rocks

  1. Rod Steiger does a great performance as the mob boss's closest man, and proves to be very emotional like his brother. Plus he doesn't even get a lot of screen time in the film, but he still manages to be memorable.
  2. Even though he became very close to Johnny Friendly, and helped him commit some of the murders, he still cares about his brother and doesn't want anything to happen to him.
  3. He's very smart and intelligent, as it was stated that he managed to get a good education after his parents' death, which he put to good use in the union.
  4. Just like his brother Terry, he also had to deal with being an orphan, and by betting against Terry and sabotaging his boxing career, he thought he was doing Terry a favor. (Even if he was also trying to make money off of his loss.
  5. During the famous taxicab scene, he makes up for his past actions by letting his brother escape Johnny's mob and giving him his gun for defense. Plus he knew about Johnny's ruthlessness toward his servants and he still kept Terry protected at the cost of his own life. That's big brother defense right there, and it proves that Charley genuinely loves Terry and values his life.
  6. Speaking of which, Charley's death is also a very emotional moment and the turning point where Terry decides to stand against the mob (who had killed him).