Lee Van Cleef Overview:

Character actor, Lee Van Cleef, was born Clarence Leroy Van Cleef Jr. on Jan 9, 1925 in Somerville, NJ. Van Cleef died at the age of 64 on Dec 16, 1989 in Oxnard, CA and was laid to rest in Forest Lawn (Hollywood Hills) Cemetery in Los Angeles, CA.

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Lee Van Cleef Quotes:

Frank Talby: All right Scott, you can come with me, but don't get your hopes up to high, 'cause it's a dirty life.


Col. Douglas Mortimer: [meeting up with Monco to get the stolen loot] I was worried about you - all alone, with so many problems to solve...


Tony Romano: It don't take no big thinking to figure a couple of guys like us ain't in this bananaville on a vacation!


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Lee Van Cleef Facts
He was involved in a car accident in 1959 in which he lost his left kneecap. Doctors told him he would never be able to ride a horse again because of the injury. Within six months he was back in the saddle.

Interviewed in "Bad at the Bijou" by William R. Horner (McFarland, 1982).

Producer Stuart Cohen recently revealed that Van Cleef was considered for the role of Garry in John Carpenter's The Thing (1982), since Carpenter had recently worked with him on Escape from New York (1981).

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