Lee Marvin
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Lee Marvin
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.
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OP-ED COLUMNIST; Egghead and Blockheads
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WASHINGTON THERE are two American archetypes that were sometimes played against each other in old Westerns. The egghead Eastern lawyer who lacks the skills or stomach for a gunfight is contrasted with the tough Western rancher and ace shot who has no patience for book learnin’. The duality of America’s creation story was vividly
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'Artemis Fowl' author Eoin Colfer's 'Plugged' isn't for kids - Los Angeles Times
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When he first sat down to work on it, he said his goal was to "write a straight book for once without jokes and a character that was going to be modeled on Lee Marvin in 'Point Blank.' The kind of story where he went looking for revenge
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Top Ten Tuesday – The Best of Lee Marvin - We Are Movie Geeks
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We're celebrating one of Hollywood's great tough guys and one of our favorite actors September 6 th at The Way Out Club in St. Louis with Super-8 LEE MARVIN Movie Madness. Lee Marvin rose through the ranks of movie stardom as a character actor,
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Classic Liz Taylor, Lucille Ball titles released - phillyBurbs.com
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The guest stars from the fifth year include Bill Mumy, George Takei, James Coburn, Lee Marvin, Martin Landau, Mickey Rooney, Shelley Fabares and — in the famous episode “Nightmare at 20000 Feet” — William Shatner. The numerous extras include 20 new
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This Evening: Brad Marchand Knows Kris Draper's Daughter Once Pooped In The ... - Deadspin
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All begin at 7 pm Roger Ebert's incredible 1970 interview with Lee Marvin, on the anniversary of Lee Marvin's death: "Another record dropped on the turntable: faint, ghostly harp music. Marvin whirled wildly, looking up into the shadows of the far
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Pondering obesity, power of suggestion - Bryan County News
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It's in black and white and stars John Wayne, Lee Marvin and Jimmy Stewart. Liberty Valance is a bully who robs stagecoaches, beats people up for sport and works for cattle barons who are opposed to the territory gaining statehood
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'Point Blank' - MiamiHerald.com
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It's grand larceny for the French crime thriller "Point Blank" to lift its title from the stylish 1967 Lee Marvin underworld classic. But since the new film is such a rocket-fueled wrong-man nail-biter, charges are dismissed
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OP-ED COLUMNIST; Field Of Dashed Dreams
NYTimes - over 5 years
PEOSTA, Iowa The president was in ''Afternoon of a Faun'' mode, a rural deity playing on his panpipes in the woods. Then, suddenly, he stood very still as he sensed electoral danger. After assuring Obama that she was a supporter, an Iowa mother named Emily asked the president at a town hall at the Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah what had gone
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Insight: Marijuana Dispensaries in Sacramento County / Dream Develop Do ... - Capital Public Radio News
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Lee Marvin? Marijuana Dispensaries in Sacramento County The Sacramento County Board of Supervisors will be reconsidering a temporary ordinance Wednesday that will "all but ban medical marijuana dispensaries in Sacramento," according to the Sacramento
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Syfy Channel's Twilight Zone marathon offers classic stars and stories - Examiner.com
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Lee Marvin in Steel followed next, wherein the then-future Oscar-winner (1966's Cat Ballou) plays a boxing promoter working to get one last fight out of an obsolete robot boxer. 1964's From Agnes With Love was next, featuring ne'er do well Wally Cox
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Play about life's choices, 'Lee Marvin Be Thy Name,' set to première in Modesto - Modesto Bee
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The dying man may — or may not — be 1960s actor Lee Marvin. What happens after this decidedly grim, if odd, setup makes up the bulk of the new play "Lee Marvin Be Thy Name," ready to debut tonight at Prospect Theatre Project in Modesto
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Lee Marvin
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1987
    Age 63
    Marvin died of a heart attack on August 29, 1987.
    More Details Hide Details He is interred at Arlington National Cemetery where his headstone reads "Lee Marvin, PFC, US Marine Corps, World War II". Marvin's appearances on television included Suspense (1 episode, 1950), Rebound, M Squad, Climax! Biff Baker, U.S.A., Dragnet, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, The Ford Show Starring Tennessee Ernie Ford, General Electric Theater, The Americans, The Investigators, The Barbara Stanwyck Show, Route 66, The Untouchables, Checkmate, The Dick Powell Show, Combat! The Twilight Zone, Kraft Suspense Theatre, Dr. Kildare, Wagon Train, Bonanza, The Virginian and The Muppet Show.
  • 1986
    Age 62
    In December 1986, Marvin was hospitalized for more than two weeks because of condition related to Coccidioidomycosis.
    More Details Hide Details He went into respiratory distress and was administered steroids to help his breathing. He had major intestinal ruptures as a result, and underwent a colostomy.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1979
    Age 55
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Rights equivalent to community property only apply in non-marital relationship contracts when the parties expressly, whether orally or in writing, contract for such rights to operate between them. In August 1981, the California Court of Appeal found that no such contract existed between them and nullified the award she had received. Michelle Triola died of lung cancer on October 30, 2009. This case was used as fodder for a mock debate skit on Saturday Night Live called "Point Counterpoint", and on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson as a skit with Carson as Adam, and Betty White as Eve.
  • FORTIES
  • 1971
    Age 47
    In 1971, Marvin was sued by Michelle Triola, his live-in girlfriend from 1965 to 1970, who legally changed her surname to "Marvin".
    More Details Hide Details Although the couple never married, she sought financial compensation similar to that available to spouses under California's alimony and community property laws. Triola claimed Marvin made her pregnant three times and paid for two abortions, while one pregnancy ended in miscarriage. She claimed the second abortion left her unable to bear children. The result was the landmark "palimony" case, Marvin v. Marvin, 18 Cal. 3d 660 (1976).
  • 1970
    Age 46
    Marvin was married to Pamela Feeley from October 18, 1970 until his death.
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  • 1968
    Age 44
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Marvin was originally cast as Pike Bishop (later played by William Holden) in The Wild Bunch (1969), but fell out with director Sam Peckinpah and pulled out in order to star in the Western musical Paint Your Wagon (1969), in which he was top-billed over a singing Clint Eastwood. Despite his limited singing ability, he had a hit song with "Wand'rin' Star". By this time he was getting paid a million dollars per film, $200,000 less than top star Paul Newman was making at the time; yet he was ambivalent about the film business, even with its financial rewards: Marvin had a much greater variety of roles in the 1970s and 1980s, with fewer 'bad-guy' roles than in earlier years. His 1970s films included Monte Walsh (1970) with Jeanne Moreau, the violent Prime Cut (1972) with Gene Hackman, Pocket Money (1972) with Paul Newman, Emperor of the North Pole (1973) opposite Ernest Borgnine, as Hickey in The Iceman Cometh (1973) with Fredric March and Robert Ryan, The Spikes Gang (1974) with Noah Beery, Jr., The Klansman (1974) with Richard Burton, Shout at the Devil (1976) with Roger Moore, The Great Scout and Cathouse Thursday (1976) with Oliver Reed, and Avalanche Express (1978) with Robert Shaw. Marvin was offered the role of Quint in Jaws (1975) but declined, stating "What would I tell my fishing friends who'd see me come off a hero against a dummy shark?".
  • 1965
    Age 41
    He also won the 1965 Silver Bear for Best Actor at the 15th Berlin International Film Festival.
    More Details Hide Details Marvin next performed in the hit Western The Professionals (1966), in which he played the leader of a small band of skilled mercenaries (Burt Lancaster, Robert Ryan, and Woody Strode) rescuing a kidnap victim (Claudia Cardinale) shortly after the Mexican Revolution. He followed that film with the hugely successful World War II epic The Dirty Dozen (1967) in which top-billed Marvin again portrayed an intrepid commander of a colorful group (future stars John Cassavetes, Charles Bronson, Telly Savalas, Jim Brown, and Donald Sutherland) performing an almost impossible mission. In the wake of these two films and after having received an Oscar, Marvin was a huge star, given enormous control over his next film Point Blank. In Point Blank, an influential film for director John Boorman, he portrayed a hard-nosed criminal bent on revenge. Marvin, who had selected Boorman himself for the director's slot, had a central role in the film's development, plot line, and staging.
    Marvin won the 1965 Academy Award for Best Actor for his comic role in the offbeat Western Cat Ballou starring Jane Fonda.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1960
    Age 36
    Marvin was a Democrat who opposed the Vietnam War. He publicly endorsed John F. Kennedy in the 1960 presidential election.
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  • 1957
    Age 33
    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.
    More Details Hide Details One critic described the show as "a hyped-up, violent Dragnet with a hard-as-nails Marvin" playing a tough police lieutenant. Marvin received the role after guest-starring in a memorable Dragnet episode as a serial killer. In the 1960s, Marvin was given prominent supporting roles in such films as The Comancheros (1961), John Ford's The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962), and Donovan's Reef (1963), all starring John Wayne, with Marvin's roles getting larger with each film. As the vicious Liberty Valance, Marvin played his first title role and held his own with two of the screen's biggest stars (Wayne and James Stewart). For director Don Siegel, Marvin appeared in The Killers (1964) playing an efficient professional assassin alongside Clu Gulager. The Killers was also the first film in which Marvin received top billing. Television series guest appearances he has been in include Wagon Train, The Twilight Zone both a couple of episodes, Bonanza and a couple of Bob Hope Television Specials.
  • 1955
    Age 31
    Also in 1955, he played a conflicted, brutal bank-robber in Violent Saturday.
    More Details Hide Details A latter-day critic wrote of the character, "Marvin brings a multi-faceted complexity to the role and gives a great example of the early promise that launched his long and successful career." During the mid-1950s, Marvin gradually began playing more important roles. He starred in Attack, (1956) and had a supporting role in the Western Seven Men from Now (1956).
  • TWENTIES
  • 1952
    Age 28
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He played Gloria Grahame's vicious boyfriend in Fritz Lang's The Big Heat (1953). Marvin had a small but memorable role in The Wild One (1953) opposite Marlon Brando (Marvin's gang in the film was called "The Beetles"), followed by Seminole (1953) and Gun Fury (1953). He also had a notable small role as smart-aleck sailor Meatball in The Caine Mutiny. He had a substantially more important part as Hector, the small-town hood in Bad Day at Black Rock (1955) with Spencer Tracy.
  • 1951
    Age 27
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He and Ebeling had a son, Christopher (1952–2013), and three daughters: Courtenay (b. 1954), Cynthia (b. 1956) and Claudia (1958-2012).
  • 1950
    Age 26
    In 1950, Marvin moved to Hollywood.
    More Details Hide Details He found work in supporting roles, and from the beginning was cast in various war films. As a decorated combat veteran, Marvin was a natural in war dramas, where he frequently assisted the director and other actors in realistically portraying infantry movement, arranging costumes, and the use of firearms.
  • 1945
    Age 21
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Contrary to rumors, Marvin did not serve on Iwo Jima, receive a Navy Cross, or serve with actor, producer, and former Marine Bob Keeshan (later best known as Captain Kangaroo) during World War II. Marvin's military awards include: the Purple Heart Medal, the Presidential Unit Citation, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal, Combat Action Ribbon. After the war, while working as a plumber's assistant at a local community theatre in Upstate New York, Marvin was asked to replace an actor who had fallen ill during rehearsals. He then began an amateur off-Broadway acting career in New York City and eventually made it to Broadway with a small role in the original production of Billy Budd.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1944
    Age 20
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He was shot by machine gun fire, which severed his sciatic nerve, and then was hit again in the foot by a sniper.
  • 1942
    Age 18
    Marvin left school at 18 to enlist in the United States Marine Corps Reserve on August 12, 1942.
    More Details Hide Details He served with the 4th Marine Division in the Pacific Theater during World War II.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1924
    Age 0
    Born on February 19, 1924.
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