Lee Van Cleef
  • Lee Van Cleef

  • Birthday: 1925-01-09
  • Place of Birth: Somerville, New Jersey, USA
  • Biography:

    Was an American actor best known for his roles in Spaghetti Westerns such as For A Few Dollars More and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Hatchet-faced with piercing eyes, he had declined to have his nose altered to play a sympathetic character in his film debut, High Noon, and was relegated to a non-speaking outlaw as a result. For a decade he was typecast as a minor villain, his sinister features[peacock term] overshadowing his acting skills. After suffering serious injuries in a car crash, Van Cleef began to lose interest in his apparently waning[peacock term] career by the time Sergio Leone gave him a major role in For a Few Dollars More. The film made him a box-office draw, especially in Europe. Military service: After basic training and further training at the Naval Fleet Sound School, Van Cleef was assigned to a submarine chaser and then to a minesweeper, USS Incredible, on which he worked as a sonarman. fter leaving the Navy, Van Cleef read for a part in Our Town at the Little Theater Group in Clinton, New Jersey and received his first stage role.[7] From there, he continued to meet with the group and audition for parts. The next biggest part was that of the boxer, Joe Pendleton, in the play Heaven Can Wait. During this time, he was observed by visiting talent scouts, who were impressed by Van Cleef's stage presence and delivery. One of these scouts later took him to New York City talent agent Maynard Morris of the MCA agency, who then sent him to the Alvin Theater for an audition. The play was Mister Roberts.[citation needed] Van Cleef's screen debut came in High Noon. During a performance of Mister Roberts in Los Angeles, he was noticed by film director Stanley Kramer, who offered Van Cleef a role in his upcoming film. Kramer originally wanted Van Cleef for the role of the deputy Harvey Pell, but as he wanted Van Cleef to have his "distinctive nose" fixed, Van Cleef declined the role in favor of the part of the silent gunslinger Jack Colby. He was then cast mostly in villainous roles, due to his sharp cheeks and chin, piercing eyes, and hawk-like nose,[citation needed][peacock term] from the part of Tony Romano in Kansas City Confidential (1952), culminating 14 years later in Sergio Leone's The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) Despite suffering from heart disease from the late 1970s and having a pacemaker installed in the early 1980s,[14] Van Cleef continued to work in films until his death on December 16, 1989, at age 64.[15] He collapsed in his home in Oxnard, California, from a heart attack.[16] Throat cancer was listed as a secondary cause of death.[17] He was buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Hollywood Hills, California, with an inscription on his grave marker referring to his many acting performances as a villain: "BEST OF THE BAD". CLR Description above from the Wikipedia article Lee Van Cleef, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Lee Van Cleef Movie List

Title Role Year
The Commander Col. Mazzarini 1988 Free Watch now
Armed Response Burt Roth 1986 Try Prime Free >
Code Name: Wild Geese Archie 'China' Travers 1984 Try Prime Free >
Killing Machine Julot 1984 Free Watch now
Escape from New York Police Commissioner Bob Hauk 1981 Free Watch now
The Octagon McCarn 1980 Try Prime Free >
The Squeeze Chris Gretchko / Ray Sloan 1978 Free Watch now
The Perfect Killer Harry Chapman 1977 Try Prime Free >
Kid Vengeance McClain 1977 Free Watch now
Take a Hard Ride Kiefer 1975 Free Watch now
God's Gun Father John / Lewis 1975 Free Watch now
The Stranger and the Gunfighter Dakota 1974 Free Watch now
Mean Frank and Crazy Tony Frankie 1973 Free Watch now
The Magnificent Seven Ride! Marshal Chris Adams 1972 Free Watch now
Captain Apache Capt. Apache 1971 Free Watch now
Bad Man's River Roy King 1971 Free Watch now
Barquero Travis 1970 Free Watch now
El Condor Jaroo 1970 Try Prime Free >
Sabata Sabata 1969 Free Watch now
Beyond the Law Billy Joe Cudlip 1968 Free Watch now
Death Rides a Horse Ryan 1967 Free Watch now
The Big Gundown Jonathan Corbett 1966 Try Prime Free >
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Sentenza / Angel Eyes 1966 Try Prime Free >
For a Few Dollars More Col. Douglas Mortimer 1965 Free Watch now
Posse from Hell Leo 1961 Try Prime Free >
The Slowest Gun in the West Sam Bass 1960 Free Watch now
Guns Girls and Gangsters Mike Bennett 1959 Free Watch now
Ride Lonesome Frank 1959 Free Watch now
The Young Lions 1st Sgt. Rickett 1958 Try Prime Free >
The Bravados Alfonso Parral 1958 Try Prime Free >
The Tin Star Ed McGaffey 1957 Try Prime Free >
China Gate Maj. Cham 1957 Try Prime Free >
The Lonely Man Faro 1957 Free Watch now
Last Stagecoach West Steve Margolies 1957 Try Prime Free >
Raiders of Old California Sgt. Damon Pardee 1957 Free Watch now
Joe Dakota Marcus Vizzini 1957 Try Prime Free >
Gun Battle at Monterey Kirby 1957 Try Prime Free >
The Quiet Gun Doug Sadler 1957 Try Prime Free >
Pardners Gus 1956 Try Prime Free >
It Conquered the World Dr. Tom Anderson 1956 Try Prime Free >
Accused of Murder Police Sgt. Emmett Lackey 1956 Try Prime Free >
The Conqueror Chepei 1956 Try Prime Free >
The Big Combo Fante 1955 Free Watch now
I Cover the Underworld Flash Logan 1955 Try Prime Free >
A Man Alone Clanton 1955 Try Prime Free >
Rails Into Laramie Ace Winton 1954 Try Prime Free >
Arrow In The Dust Tillotson Henchman 1954 Try Prime Free >
The Desperado The Crayton Twins 1954 Try Prime Free >
Tumbleweed Marv 1953 Try Prime Free >
The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms Corp. Stone 1953 Try Prime Free >
The Lawless Breed Dirk Hanley 1952 Try Prime Free >
Untamed Frontier Dave Chittun 1952 Try Prime Free >
Kansas City Confidential Tony Romano 1952 Free Watch now

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