Lee Marvin

Lee Marvin

Highest Rated: 100% The Comancheros (1961)

Lowest Rated: 11% Not as a Stranger (1955)

Birthday: Feb 19, 1924

Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

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.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
18% 49% The Delta Force Col. Nick Alexander (Character) $15.9M 1986
No Score Yet 23% Dirty Dozen: The Next Mission Maj. John Reisman (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet 56% Dog Day Jimmy Cobb (Character) - 1984
75% 60% Gorky Park Jack Osborne (Character) - 1983
17% 71% Death Hunt Millen (Character) - 1981
90% 78% The Big Red One The Sergeant (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet 14% Avalanche Express Wargrave (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet 41% The Great Scout & Cathouse Thursday Sam Longwood (Character) - 1976
50% 33% Shout at the Devil Colonel Flynn O'Flynn (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet 42% The Spikes Gang Harry Spikes (Character) - 1974
22% 26% The Klansman Sheriff Track Bascomb (Character) - 1974
63% 85% Emperor of the North A No. 1 (Character) - 1973
91% 75% The Iceman Cometh Theodore "Hickey" Hickman (Character) - 1973
69% 72% Prime Cut Nick Devlin (Character) - 1972
57% 30% Pocket Money Leonard (Character) - 1972
89% 64% Monte Walsh Monte Walsh (Character) - 1970
67% 82% Hell in the Pacific American Pilot (Character) - 1969
27% 68% Paint Your Wagon Ben Rumson (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sergeant Ryker Sgt. Paul Ryker (Character) - 1968
85% 90% The Dirty Dozen Maj. John Reisman (Character) - 1967
95% 84% Point Blank Walker (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet 29% The Meanest Men in the West Kalig Talbot (Character) - 1966
88% 82% The Professionals Henry "Rico" Fardan (Character) - 1966
88% 74% Cat Ballou Kid Shelleen/Strawn (Character) - 1965
72% 78% Ship of Fools Tenny (Character) - 1965
79% 71% The Killers Charlie Strom (Character) - 1964
55% 76% Donovan's Reef "Boats" Gilhooley (Character) - 1963
94% 92% The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance Liberty Valance (Character) - 1962
100% 75% The Comancheros Tully Crow (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet 20% The Missouri Traveler Tobias Brown (Character) - 1958
11% 52% Raintree County Orville "Flash" Perkins (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet 50% The Rack Capt. John R. Miller (Character) - 1956
100% 81% Seven Men From Now Bill Masters (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet Pillars of the Sky Sgt. Lloyd Carracart (Character) - 1956
100% 78% Attack! Lt. Col. Clyde Bartlett, CO (Character) - 1956
11% 54% Not as a Stranger Brundage (Character) - 1955
80% 67% Violent Saturday Dill (Character) - 1955
97% 88% Bad Day at Black Rock Hector David (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet 56% I Died a Thousand Times Babe Kossuck (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet 46% Shack Out on 101 Slob/Mr. Gregory (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet 62% A Life in the Balance The Killer (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet 44% Pete Kelly's Blues Al Gannaway (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet 63% The Raid Lt. Keating (Character) - 1954
No Score Yet 25% Gorilla at Large Shaughnessy (Character) - 1954
92% 87% The Caine Mutiny Meatball (Character) - 1954
78% 72% The Wild One Chino (Character) - 1954
No Score Yet 28% Gun Fury Blinky (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Glory Brigade Cpl. Bowman (Character) - 1953
100% 90% The Big Heat Vince Stone (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet 24% The Stranger Wore a Gun Dan Kurth (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet 39% Seminole Sgt. Magruder (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet 38% Eight Iron Men Sgt. Joe Mooney (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet 53% Hangman's Knot Rolph Bainter (Character) - 1952
100% 40% You're in the Navy Now Radio Man (Character) - 1951

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet M Squad Detective Lt. Frank Ballinger (Character) 1999 1957-1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dr. Kildare Unknown (Guest Star) 1964 1962
82% 94% The Twilight Zone Steel Kelly (Character) 1963 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Combat! Unknown (Guest Star) 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Untouchables Unknown (Guest Star) 1961-1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bonanza Unknown (Guest Star) 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ben Casey Gerry Bramson (Guest Star) 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Route 66 Unknown (Guest Star) 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wagon Train Unknown (Guest Star) 1960-1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Climax! Unknown (Character) 1957-1958 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet Suspense Unknown (Character) 1953
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dragnet Unknown (Guest Star) 1952

QUOTES FROM Lee Marvin CHARACTERS

Charlie says: Lady, I don't have the time....

Charlie says: Lady, I don't have the time.

Capt. Jesus Raza says: You want perfection, or nothing. The revolution was never perfect. We fight because we believe, we leave because we are disilliusioned, we return because we are lost, we die because we are committed.

Bill Dolworth says: To die for a woman is even more foolish, any woman, even her.

Bill Dolworth says: My word to Grant 'aint worth a plug nickle.

Rico (Henry Fardan) says: You gave your word to me.

Hans Ehrengard says: Mr Grant, I can make 'em go, but I can't make 'em do.

Liberty Valance says: Well, lookie at the new waitress.

Col. Nick Alexander says: "McCoy it's a go. Take em down!"

Col. Nick Alexander says: McCoy it's a go. Take em down!

Maj. Reisman says: Any questions?

Archer Maggott says: Suh? Do we have to eat with niggahs? [Jefferson jumps Maggot]

Sgt. Bowren says: [as Reisman exits the room] : What's going on, sir?

Maj. Reisman says: Oh, the gentleman from the South had a question about the dining arrangements. He and his comrades are discussing place settings now.

Maj. Reisman says: Any questions?

Maj. Reisman says: You know what to do, feed the French and shoot the Germans!

Maj. Reisman says: You've seen a general inspecting troops before haven't you? Just walk slow, act dumb and look stupid!

Ben Rumson says: "Now your standing there."

Ben Rumson says: Now your standing there.

Griff says: I can't murder anybody.

Sergeant Possum says: We don't murder; we kill.

Griff says: It's the same thing.

Sergeant Possum says: The hell it is, Griff. You don't murder animals; you kill 'em.

Johnson says: Would you look at how fast they put the names of all our guys who got killed?

Sergeant Possum says: That's a World War One memorial.

Johnson says: But the name's are the same.

Sergeant Possum says: They always are.

Liberty Valance says: "Alright Dude, this time Right Between the eyes!"

Liberty Valance says: Alright dude, this time right between the eyes!

Dutton Peabody says: "Liberty Valence...and his Vermadons!"

Dutton Peabody says: Liberty Valence, and his vermadons!

Jackson Two-Bears says: Kid, Kid what a time to fall of the wagon. Look at your eyes.

Kid Shelleen/Tim Strawn says: What's wrong with my eyes?

Jackson Two-Bears says: Well, they're all red, bloodshot.

Kid Shelleen/Tim Strawn says: You ought to see 'em from my side.