Lee Marvin

Actor, Plumber's assistant
Having started out portraying sadistic bad guys in a number of notable film noirs, actor Lee Marvin was propelled to stardom and leading man status following his Oscar-winning performance as two characters in the ... Read more »
Born: 02/19/1924 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (76)

The Big Red One: The Reconstruction 2005 (Movie)

Sergeant (Actor)

The Delta Force 1986 (Movie)

Colonel Nick Alexander (Actor)

Canicule 1983 (Movie)

Jimmy Cobb (Actor)

Gorky Park 1983 (Movie)

Jack Osborne (Actor)

Death Hunt 1980 (Movie)

Sergeant Edgar Millen (Actor)

The Big Red One 1980 (Movie)

Sergeant (Actor)

Avalanche Express 1978 (Movie)

Colonel Harry Wargrave (Actor)

Samuel Fuller & The Big Red One 1978 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Shout at the Devil 1975 (Movie)

Flynn O'Flynn (Actor)

The Great Scout & Cathouse Thursday 1975 (Movie)

Sam Longwood (Actor)

The Klansman 1973 (Movie)

Sheriff Bascomb (Actor)

The Spikes Gang 1973 (Movie)

Harry Spikes (Actor)

Pocket Money 1972 (Movie)

Leonard (Actor)

Prime Cut 1972 (Movie)

Nick Devlin (Actor)

The Bob Hope Show (12/09/72) 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

The Emperor of the North Pole 1972 (Movie)

A No 1 (Actor)

The Iceman Cometh 1972 (Movie)

Hickey (Actor)

The Bob Hope Show (04/05/71) 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

Monte Walsh 1970 (Movie)

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Paint Your Wagon 1969 (Movie)

Ben Rumson (Actor)

Hell in the Pacific 1968 (Movie)

American Marine Pilot (Actor)

Sergeant Ryker 1968 (Movie)

Sergeant Paul Ryker (Actor)

Point Blank 1967 (Movie)

Walker (Actor)

The Dirty Dozen 1967 (Movie)

Major Reisman (Actor)

Tonite Let's All Make Love in London 1966 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Ship of Fools 1965 (Movie)

Tenny (Actor)

The Professionals 1965 (Movie)

Fardan (Actor)

Cat Ballou 1964 (Movie)

Kid Shellen/Tim Strawn (Actor)

Lawbreaker 1963 - 1964 (TV Show)

Actor

Alcoa Premiere 1961 - 1963 (TV Show)

Actor

Donovan's Reef 1963 (Movie)

Aloysius "Boats" Gilhooley (Actor)

The Dick Powell Show 1961 - 1963 (TV Show)

Actor

The Killers 1963 (Movie)

Charlie (Actor)

The Losers 1962 - 1963 (TV Show)

Actor

The General Electric Theater 1952 - 1962 (TV Show)

Actor

The Barbara Stanwyck Theater 1960 - 1961 (TV Show)

Actor

The Comancheros 1961 (Movie)

Crow (Actor)

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance 1961 (Movie)

Liberty Valance (Actor)

M Squad 1957 - 1960 (TV Show)

Actor

Missouri Traveler 1958 (Movie)

Tobias Brown (Actor)

Ride Lonesome 1958 (Movie)

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Raintree County 1957 (Movie)

Orville "Flash" Perkins (Actor)

Attack! 1956 (Movie)

Colonel Bartlett (Actor)

Medic 1954 - 1956 (TV Show)

Actor

Seven Men From Now 1956 (Movie)

Big Masters (Actor)

The Rack 1956 (Movie)

Captain John Miller (Actor)

I Died a Thousand Times 1955 (Movie)

Babe (Actor)

Not As a Stranger 1955 (Movie)

Brundage (Actor)

Pete Kelly's Blues 1955 (Movie)

Al Gannaway (Actor)

Shack Out on 101 1955 (Movie)

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Violent Saturday 1955 (Movie)

Dill (Actor)

A Life in the Balance 1954 (Movie)

The Murderer (Actor)

Bad Day at Black Rock 1954 (Movie)

Hector David (Actor)

Gorilla at Large 1954 (Movie)

Shaugnessey (Actor)

The Caine Mutiny 1954 (Movie)

Meatball (Actor)

The Raid 1954 (Movie)

Lieutenant Keating (Actor)

Down Among the Sheltering Palms 1953 (Movie)

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The Big Heat 1953 (Movie)

Vince Stone (Actor)

The Doctor 1951 - 1953 (TV Show)

Actor

The Glory Brigade 1953 (Movie)

Corporal Bowman (Actor)

The Wild One 1953 (Movie)

Chino (Actor)

Duel at Silver Creek 1952 (Movie)

Tinhorn Burgess (Actor)

Gun Fury 1952 (Movie)

Blinky (Actor)

Seminole 1952 (Movie)

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We're Not Married 1952 (Movie)

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U.S.S. Tea Kettle 1950 (Movie)

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Climax! (TV Show)

Actor

Diplomatic Courier (Movie)

M.P. at Trieste (Actor)

Hangman's Knot (Movie)

Rolph Bainter (Actor)

The DuPont Show of the Week (TV Show)

Actor

The Stranger Wore a Gun (Movie)

Dan Kurth (Actor)

The Twilight Zone (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Having started out portraying sadistic bad guys in a number of notable film noirs, actor Lee Marvin was propelled to stardom and leading man status following his Oscar-winning performance as two characters in the classic Western comedy "Cat Ballou" (1965). Prior to that particular triumph, Marvin began making a name for himself with supporting roles in "The Wild One' (1953) and "The Big Heat" (1953), with the latter showcasing a famed scene where his menacing character threw scalding coffee in Gloria Grahame's face. Later in the decade, he had a stint as an investigator of organized crime on the briefly popular "M Squad" (NBC, 1957-1960), which helped turn the actor into star. Following turns as a sadistic cowboy in "Bad Day at Black Rock" (1955), the titular murderer in "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence" (1962), and a methodical assassin in "The Killers" (1964), Marvin changed the course of his career with his Academy Award-worthy performance in "Cat Ballou." From there, Marvin portrayed characters whose inescapable use of violence was nonetheless heroic: he was an avenging member of a Western posse in "The Professionals" (1966), the leader of a squad of soldier-convicts sent on a suicide mission in "The Dirty Dozen" (1967), and a cold, vengeance-mind thief in the unrelenting crime thriller "Point Blank" (1967). His career crested with a co-starring role in the notorious Western musical "Paint Your Wagon" (1969), in which he displayed one of the worst singing voices in cinema history, before hitting a slow, downward slope throughout the 1970s with underwhelming films like "The Klansman" (1974), "Shout at the Devil" (1976) and "Avalanche Express" (1978). Marvin rebounded late in his career with two excellent movies - the gruesome World War II epic "The Big Red One" (1980) and the methodical crime thriller set in Soviet Russia, "Gorky Park" (1984), both of which helped put an exclamation point on a sterling career.

Relationships

Betty Edling

Wife
divorced

Pamela Feeley

Wife
married 1970 until his death was a friend from childhood wrote a memoir that was published in 1997

Lamont Marvin

Father
head of New York and New England Apple Institute

Courtenay Marvin

Mother

Michelle Triola

Companion
born c. 1933 together 1964-70 legally changed last name, sued Marvin for $3,800,000 in palimony, was awarded $104,000

EDUCATION

St Leo's Prep School

Dade County , Florida
dropped out in 1942; returned to graduate so he could join the Marines

expelled from numerous East Coast boarding schools; once threw a roommate from a second-floor window

American Theatre Wing

New York , New York
attended via the GI Bill

Lakewood High School

Lakewood , Florida

Milestones

1983

Portrayed devious fur dealer in "Gorky Park"

1979

Played a squadron leader in Samuel Fuller's comeback pic "The Big Red One"

1979

Played a squadron leader in Samuel Fuller's comeback picture "The Big Red One"

1979

Was successful defendant in landmark "palimony" suit brought against him by onetime live-in girlfriend, Michelle Triola Marvin

1972

Appeared in "Prime Cut", once again as a violent hero

1968

Made screen singing debut in Josh Logan's dreadful "Paint Your Wagon"

1967

Led a band of "dead-end" soldiers behind enemy lines in the hit "The Dirty Dozen"

1967

Created one of the most influential violent heroes as the destroyer of the "organization" in John Boorman's "Point Blank"

1965

Won Best Actor Oscar doing double duty as Kid Shelleen, the whisky-soaked but good-hearted gunfighter, and his evil twin Tim Straun, who dressed in black and wore a silver nose because his own had been bitten off in a brawl

1964

Played methodical, gray-haired businessman-assassin in Don Siegel's "The Killers" (film was originally made-for-TV, but deemed to violent and released theatrically; marked Ronald Reagan's final screen role before his political career)

1962

Delivered strong performance as vicious killer Liberty Valence in John Ford's "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence"

1954

Portrayed a dim-witted, sadistic cowboy who menaced Spencer Tracy in "Bad Day at Black Rock"

1953

Famous early career moment on screen: as the tough thug who throws scalding hot coffee in Gloria Grahame's face in Fritz Lang's noir classic, "The Big Heat"

1952

Signed contract with Columbia

1951

Film acting debut in Henry Hathaway's "You're In the Navy Now

1950

Moved to Hollywood under the aegis of Henry Hathaway

1950

Film debut (a bit) in "Teresa", directed by Fred Zinnemann

1947

Stage debut in "Roadside" with Maverick Theater, Woodstock, NY; then to Greenwich Village, New York

1941

Fought in Pacific chapter of WWII; gun shot wound resulted in 13 months of hospitalization before discharge

Starred on TV's "M Squad" (117 episodes)

Appeared Off-Broadway and in summer stock

Returned to New York for Broadway appearance in "Billy Budd"; then toured in "A Streetcar Named Desire" and "The Hasty Heart"

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