Lee Marvin Overview:

Legendary actor, Lee Marvin, was born on Feb 19, 1924 in New York City, NY. Marvin died at the age of 63 on Aug 29, 1987 in Tucson, AZ and was laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA.

MINI BIO:

Menacing, tall and gangling American actor with distinctive receding temples to his dark (later silver) hair, furiously busy in the early fifties as western villains and thuggish gangsters (sometimes in cahoots with Ernest Borgnine, whose career followed a similar pattern). He had progressed to principal villain when a TV series M Squad promoted him to showier roles, one of which, the drunken gunfighter in Cat Ballou, won him an Oscar and made him a star as a series of powerful, sometimes more sympathetic protagonists in action films. Died from a heart attack.

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

HONORS and AWARDS:

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Lee Marvin was nominated for one Academy Award, winning for Best Actor for Cat Ballou (as Kid Shelleen/Tim Strawn) in 1965.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1965Best ActorCat Ballou (1965)Kid Shelleen/Tim StrawnWon
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BlogHub Articles:

as Liberty Valance (1962)

By 4 Star Film Fan on May 18, 2016 From 4 Star Films

I can enter into a discussion of The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance from two different avenues.?Most obvious is the film itself. As far as star power, is playing third fiddle to John Wayne and James Stewart, the undisputed stars of this film. However, Liberty Valance is a wonderful role, be... Read full article


as Liberty Valance (1962)

By 4 Star Film Fan on May 18, 2016 From 4 Star Films

I can enter into a discussion of The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance from two different avenues.?Most obvious is the film itself. As far as star power, is playing third fiddle to John Wayne and James Stewart, the undisputed stars of this film. However, Liberty Valance is a wonderful role, be... Read full article


Hollywood Veterans in Arlington National Cemetery:

on Mar 21, 2015 From Comet Over Hollywood

Last weekend, filmmaker Brandon Brown and I set out to find six celebrities buried in Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, DC. The venture took four hours and more than five miles of walking. To put that into perspective, we were hunting for six graves out of more than 400,000 people buried in... Read full article


Book Review--Tales of a Hollywood Housewife: A Memoir by the First Mrs.

By KC on Aug 7, 2013 From Classic Movies

Tales of a Hollywood Housewife: A Memoir by the First Mrs. iUniverse Betty Marvin, 2010 When I reviewed the marvelous : Point Blank earlier this summer, I was especially charmed by the stories told about him by his first wife, Betty Marvin. She was the most important voice in ... Read full article


The Five Best Performances

By Rick29 on Mar 11, 2013 From Classic Film & TV Cafe

While recently reading a new biography of , I was reminded of his many memorable performances. That led to this latest installment in our "Five Best" series: 1. Point Blank. As the vengeance-driven Walker, could have opted to play the protagonist as a robotic killing machine... Read full article


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Lee Marvin Quotes:

Major John Reisman: You know what to do, feed the French and shoot the Germans!


Walker: How bad does he want you, Chris?
Chris: Oh, I don't know. Who knows.
Walker: Yeah, you know. How bad?
Chris: Pretty bad, I guess.
Walker: Bad enough to let you through into the Huntley?
Chris: Why should I?
Walker: Well, it's up to you.


Parson: [when some travelers have been newly rescued from hunger and cold] Rumson, I am entering your house to pray for the unfortunate victims.
Ben Rumson: Not tonight Parson, these folks have suffered enough. Now why don't you do that outside where God can hear you better, 'cause I'll be talking in here.


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Lee Marvin Facts
He supported Eugene McCarthy in the 1968 Democratic primaries, and voted for George McGovern in the 1972 presidential election.

Turned down the role of Col. Trautman in First Blood (1982), as he didn't want to play a colonel.

Lived with Michelle Triola for six years. In 1977 she sued him for palimony and the case went to trial. On 18 April 1979, Judge Arthur K. Marshall ordered Marvin to pay $104,000 to Triola for "rehabilitation purposes", but denied her community property claim for one-half of the $3.6 million which Marvin had earned during their six years of cohabitation. Both sides claimed victory, but in August 1981, the California Court of Appeal ruled that Triola could not show any contract between herself and Marvin to justify any payment to her. As a result, Triola recovered no money from Marvin.

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