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Van Heflin Overview:

Legendary actor, Van Heflin, was born Emmett Evan Heflin Jr. on Dec 13, 1910 in Walters, Oklahoma. Heflin appeared in over 65 film and TV roles. His best known films include A Woman Rebels (film debut 1936), Santa Fe Trail (1940), Johnny Eager (1942), Shane (1953), 3:10 to Yuma (1957) and Stagecoach (1966). Heflin died at the age of 60 on Jul 23, 1971 in Hollywood, CA and was cremated and his ashes scattered at sea.

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Square-faced and thin-lipped, Van Heflin was one of Hollywood's most interesting and underrated stars. He often gave quite exceptional performances in meaty, well-written parts. He died following a massive stroke sustained while swimming.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Film Stars).

HONORS and AWARDS:

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Van Heflin was nominated for one Academy Award, winning for Best Supporting Actor for Johnny Eager (as Jeff Hartnett) in 1942.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1942Best Supporting ActorJohnny Eager (1941)Jeff HartnettWon
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He was honored with two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the categories of Television and Motion Pictures. Van Heflin's handprints and footprints were 'set in stone' at Grauman's Chinese Theater during imprint ceremony #110 on Oct 8, 1954.

BlogHub Articles:

The Moment I Fell for

By Judy on Sep 23, 2014 From Cary Grant Won't Eat You

I didn’t know a thing about when I saw The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946). I picked the movie because of my love for Barbara Stanwyck, whom I assumed from the title would be the star of the film; I didn’t realize she wouldn’t appear until half an hour into it. The story begins in 192... Read full article


31 Days of Oscar Blogathon: in Johnny Eager (1941)

By shadowsandsatin on Feb 15, 2014 From Shadows and Satin

was a standout in Johnny Eager. You don’t hear a lot about these days. When the classic conversation rolls around to actors of the Golden Age, you can pretty much count on the names of Clark Gable and Cary Grant popping up, along with Humphrey Bogart and James Cagney – maybe Wi... Read full article


, Happy Birthday! Born December 13; 1910-1971 (2)

By C. S. Williams on Dec 14, 2013 From Classic Film Aficionados

As many film-actors have before and since, began on stage. To put it mildly, he had a string of busts, which began in 1928, until 1936 and “End of Summer”. By chance, Katherine Hepburn saw the play and asked Heflin to take the role of Lord Gerald Waring Gaythorne in the upcoming productio... Read full article


, Happy Birthday! Born December 13; 1910-1971

By C. S. Williams on Dec 14, 2013 From Classic Film Aficionados

As many film-actors have before and since, began on stage. To put it mildly, he had a string of busts, which began in 1928, until 1936 and “End of Summer”. By chance, Katherine Hepburn saw the play and asked Heflin to take the role of Lord Gerald Waring Gaythorne in the upcoming productio... Read full article


, Happy Birthday! Born December 13; 1910-1971

By C. S. Williams on Dec 14, 2013 From Classic Film Aficionados

As many film-actors have before and since, began on stage. To put it mildly, he had a string of busts, which began in 1928, until 1936 and “End of Summer”. By chance, Katherine Hepburn saw the play and asked Heflin to take the role of Lord Gerald Waring Gaythorne in the upcoming productio... Read full article


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Van Heflin Quotes:

Walter O'Neil: I wasn't going to shoot.
Sam Masterson: I wasn't going to wait and see.


Charles Bovary: This could be a disaster, Emma, these people are aristocrats, I know them, I've treated their servants.


Joe Starrett: What Ryker has comin' isn't fit for a woman to see.


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Van Heflin Facts
Uncle of actress Marta Heflin, Mady Kaplan and Jonathan Kaplan.

Starred as the title character in NBC Radio's "The Adventures of Philip Marlowe" (1947).

Brother-in-law of Sol Kaplan.

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