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.

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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.

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The Raid (1954): Starring

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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


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. Stanwyck in The Strange... Read full article


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Van Heflin Quotes:

Martha Ivers: A sure thing is never a gamble.
Sam Masterson: No? What odds you give that that's a fact?


Mrs. Alice Evans: Oh Dan, I don't want a hero, I want you!
Dan Evans: Honest to God, if I didn't have to do it, I wouldn't, but I heard Alex scream. The town drunk gave his life because he believed that people should be able to live in decency and peace together. Do you think I can do less?


Sailor: [the car's crashed] What happened?
Sam Masterson: The road curved, I didn't.


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Van Heflin Facts
His favorite pastime was sailing.

His first marriage lasted six months. His wife's identity is unknown, as it happened before he became famous.

Daughters: actresses Vana O'Brien and Cathleen (Kate Heflin). Son: Tracy Heflin. Grandfather of actor Ben O'Brien and actress Eleanor O'Brien. Brother of actress Frances Heflin. Uncle of actresses Marta Heflin and Mady Kaplan.

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