Van Heflin

Born Dec 13, 1908

Emmett Evan "Van" Heflin, Jr. was an American film and theater actor. He played mostly character parts over the course of his film career, but during the 1940s had a string of roles as a leading man. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Johnny Eager (1942).… Read More

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1908 Birth Born on December 13, 1908.


1932 23 Years Old Heflin attended Classen High School in Oklahoma City (One source says Long Beach Polytechnic High School.) and the University of Oklahoma, where he received a bachelor's degree in 1932 and was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity. … Read More


1939 30 Years Old Heflin also performed on stage throughout his acting career. His greatest roles on Broadway were playing Macaulay Connor opposite Katharine Hepburn, Joseph Cotten and Shirley Booth in The Philadelphia Story, which ran for 417 performances from 1939-1940, and the Arthur Miller plays A Memory of Two Mondays (as Larry) and A View From the Bridge (as Eddie).


1953 44 Years Old 1 More Event
Playing a huge variety of roles in both films and on stage, probably his best-known film became the 1953 classic western Shane, in which he co-starred with Alan Ladd.


1963 54 Years Old His film "Cry of Battle" was playing at the Texas Theatre in Dallas on November 22, 1963. … Read More
1965 56 Years Old Heflin appeared in a short but dramatic role as an eyewitness of Jesus' raising of Lazarus from death in the 1965 Bible film, The Greatest Story Ever Told. … Read More
1967 58 Years Old The couple divorced in 1967. … Read More


1971 62 Years Old 1 More Event
On June 6, 1971, Heflin had a heart attack while swimming in a pool. … Read More
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