HBO Films is backing a made-for-television movie on the life of Hollywood actor Edward Montgomery (Monty) Clift.

According to Deadline Hollywood, Matt Bomer (The Normal Heart, White Collar) will portray Clift in the film, titled Monty Clift.

Clift, who died in 1966 at the age of 45 from a heart attack, was an iconic Hollywood star. His The New York Times obituary noted his portrayal of “moody sensitive young men” in such films as From Here to Eternity and A Place in the Sun. He received four nominations for Academy Awards.

According to the biographer Patricia Bosworth, Clift was bisexual.

“Monty carried on affairs with men and women,” she wrote in her 1978 book Montgomery Clift: A Biography.

Clift's career was cut short when he smashed his car into a telephone pole in 1956, leaving his face partially paralyzed. Though he continued to work, the accident led to substance abuse issues that plagued him until his death.

(Related: Matt Bomer thanks husband in accepting People's Choice Award.)