Lee Marvin

United States Marine
Born Feb 19, 1924

Lee Marvin was an American film actor. Known for his gravelly voice, white hair and 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) stature, Marvin at first did supporting roles, mostly villains, soldiers and other hardboiled characters, but after winning an Academy Award for Best Actor for his dual roles in Cat Ballou (1965), he landed more heroic and sympathetic leading roles.… Read More

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1924 Birth Born on February 19, 1924.


1942 18 Years Old Marvin left school at 18 to enlist in the United States Marine Corps Reserve on August 12, 1942. … Read More


1944 20 Years Old While serving as a member of "I" Company, 3rd Battalion, 24th Marines, 4th Marine Division, he was wounded in action on June 18, 1944, during the assault on Mount Tapochau in the Battle of Saipan, during which most of his company were casualties. … Read More
1945 21 Years Old After over a year of medical treatment in Naval Hospitals, Marvin was given a medical discharge with the rank of private first class (he had been a corporal years earlier) in 1945 at Philadelphia. … Read More
1950 26 Years Old In 1950, Marvin moved to Hollywood. … Read More
1951 27 Years Old A father of four, Marvin was married twice. His first marriage to Betty Ebeling began in February 1951 and ended in divorce on January 5, 1967; during this time his hobbies included sport fishing off the Baja California coast and duck hunting along the Mexican border near Mexicali. … Read More
1952 28 Years Old His debut was in You're in the Navy Now (1951), and in 1952 he appeared in several films, including Don Siegel's Duel at Silver Creek, Hangman's Knot, and the war drama Eight Iron Men. … Read More


1955 31 Years Old Also in 1955, he played a conflicted, brutal bank-robber in Violent Saturday. … Read More
1957 33 Years Old He also starred in The Missouri Traveler (1958) but it took over 100 episodes as Chicago cop Frank Ballinger in the successful 1957–1960 television series M Squad to actually give him name recognition. … Read More
1960 36 Years Old Marvin was a Democrat who opposed the Vietnam War. He publicly endorsed John F. Kennedy in the 1960 presidential election.


1965 41 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Marvin won the 1965 Academy Award for Best Actor for his comic role in the offbeat Western Cat Ballou starring Jane Fonda.
1968 44 Years Old In 1968, Marvin also appeared in another Boorman film, the critically acclaimed but commercially unsuccessful World War II character study Hell in the Pacific, also starring famed Japanese actor Toshiro Mifune. … Read More
1970 46 Years Old Marvin was married to Pamela Feeley from October 18, 1970 until his death.
1971 47 Years Old In 1971, Marvin was sued by Michelle Triola, his live-in girlfriend from 1965 to 1970, who legally changed her surname to "Marvin". … Read More


1979 55 Years Old In 1979, Marvin was ordered to pay $104,000 to Triola for "rehabilitation purposes" but the court denied her community property claim for one-half of the $3.6 million which Marvin had earned during their six years of cohabitation – distinguishing non-marital relationship contracts from marriage, with community property rights only attaching to the latter by operation of law. … Read More


1986 62 Years Old In December 1986, Marvin was hospitalized for more than two weeks because of condition related to Coccidioidomycosis. … Read More
1987 64 Years Old Marvin died of a heart attack on August 29, 1987. … Read More
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