Lee Marvin

Lee Marvin

Highest Rated: 100% Cat Ballou (1965)

Lowest Rated: 11% Raintree County (1957)

Birthday: Feb 19, 1924

Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

Much like Humphrey Bogart before him, Lee Marvin rose through the ranks of movie stardom as a character actor, delivering expertly nasty and villainous turns in a series of B-movies before finally graduating to more heroic performances. Regardless of which side of the law he traveled, however, he projected a tough-as-nails intensity and a two-fisted integrity which elevated even the slightest material. Born February 19, 1924, in New York City, Marvin quit high school to enter the Marine Corps and while serving in the South Pacific was wounded in battle. He spent a year in recovery before returning to the U.S. to begin working as a plumber's apprentice. After filling in for an ailing summer-stock actor, his growing interest in performing inspired him to study at the New York-based American Theater Wing. Upon making his debut in summer stock, Marvin began working steadily in television and off-Broadway. He made his Broadway bow in a 1951 production of Billy Budd and also made his first film appearance in Henry Hathaway's You're in the Navy Now. The following year, Hathaway again hired him for The Diplomatic Courier, and was so impressed that he convinced a top agent to recruit him. Soon Marvin began appearing regularly onscreen, with credits including a lead role in Stanley Kramer's 1952 war drama Eight Iron Men. A riveting turn as a vicious criminal in Fritz Lang's 1953 film noir classic The Big Heat brought Marvin considerable notice and subsequent performances opposite Marlon Brando in the 1954 perennial The Wild One and in John Sturges' Bad Day at Black Rock cemented his reputation as a leading screen villain. He remained a heavy in B-movies like 1955's I Died a Thousand Times and Violent Saturday, but despite starring roles in the 1956 Western Seven Men From Now and the smash Raintree County, he grew unhappy with studio typecasting and moved to television in 1957 to star as a heroic police lieutenant in the series M Squad. As a result, Marvin was rarely seen in films during the late '50s, with only a performance in 1958's The Missouri Traveler squeezed into his busy TV schedule. He returned to cinema in 1961 opposite John Wayne in The Comancheros, and starred again with the Duke in the John Ford classic The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance a year later. Marvin, Wayne, and Ford reunited in 1963 for Donovan's Reef. A role in Don Siegel's 1964 crime drama The Killers followed and proved to be Marvin's final performance on the wrong side of the law.Under Stanley Kramer, Marvin delivered a warm, comic turn in 1965's Ship of Fools then appeared in a dual role as fraternal gunfighters in the charming Western spoof Cat Ballou, a performance which won him an Academy Award. His next performance, as the leader of The Dirty Dozen, made him a superstar as the film went on to become one of the year's biggest hits. Marvin's box-office stature had grown so significantly that his next picture, 1968's Sergeant Ryker, was originally a TV-movie re-released for theaters. His next regular feature, the John Boorman thriller Point Blank, was another major hit. In 1969, Marvin starred with Clint Eastwood in the musical comedy Paint Your Wagon, one of the most expensive films made to date. It too was a success, as was 1970's Monte Walsh. Considering retirement, he did not reappear onscreen for two years, but finally returned in 1972 with Paul Newman in the caper film Pocket Money. After turning down the lead in Deliverance, Marvin then starred in Prime Cut, followed in 1973 by Emperor of the North Pole and The Iceman Cometh.Poor reviews killed the majority of Marvin's films during the mid-'70s. When The Great Scout and Cathouse Thursday -- the last of three pictures he released during 1976 -- failed to connect with critics or audiences, he went into semi-retirement, and did not resurface prior to 1979's Avalanche Express. However, his return to films was overshadowed by a high-profile court case filed against him by Michelle Triola, his girlfriend for t


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet The Big Red One: The Reconstruction Sergeant Possum 2005
No Score Yet Spencer Tracy Legacy Actor 1987
18% The Delta Force Col. Nick Alexander 1986
No Score Yet The Dirty Dozen: Next Mission Maj. John Reisman 1985
No Score Yet Canicule (Dog Day) Jimmy Cobb 1984
78% Gorky Park Jack Osborne 1983
No Score Yet Dog Day Actor 1983
17% Death Hunt Sgt. Edgar Millen 1981
90% The Big Red One The Sergeant 1980
No Score Yet Avalanche Express Wargrave 1979
50% Shout at the Devil Flynn 1976
No Score Yet The Great Scout & Cathouse Thursday (Wildcat) Sam Longwood 1976
No Score Yet The Spikes Gang Harry Spikes 1974
25% The Klansman Sheriff Track Bascomb 1974
90% The Iceman Cometh Hickey 1973
71% Emperor of the North Pole (Emperor of the North) A No. 1 1973
64% Prime Cut Nick Devlin 1972
67% Pocket Money Leonard 1972
88% Monte Walsh Monte Walsh 1970
27% Paint Your Wagon Ben Rumson 1969
65% Hell in the Pacific American Pilot 1968
No Score Yet Sergeant Ryker Sgt. Ryker 1968
94% Point Blank Walker 1967
88% The Dirty Dozen Major Reisman Maj. Reisman 1967
No Score Yet Tonight Let's All Make Love in London Actor 1967
88% The Professionals Henry "Rico" Fardan 1966
No Score Yet The Meanest Men in the West Kalig 1966
72% Ship of Fools Tenny 1965
100% Cat Ballou Tim Strawn 1965
79% The Killers Charlie 1964
55% Donovan's Reef Thomas Aloysius 'Boats' Gilhooley 1963
93% The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance Liberty Valance 1962
100% The Comancheros Crow 1961
86% Ride Lonesome Actor 1959
No Score Yet The Missouri Traveler Tobias Brown 1958
11% Raintree County Orville 'Flash' Perkins 1957
No Score Yet The Rack Captain John R. Miller 1956
100% Attack Lt. Col. Clyde Bartlett, CO, White Battalion 1956
No Score Yet Pillars of the Sky Sgt. Lloyd Carracart 1956
100% Seven Men From Now Bill Master 1956
No Score Yet Shack Out on 101 "Slob" 1955
No Score Yet Pete Kelly's Blues Al Gannaway 1955
No Score Yet A Life in the Balance The Killer 1955
13% Not as a Stranger (Morton Thompson's Not as a Stranger) Brundage 1955
80% Violent Saturday Dill 1955
97% Bad Day at Black Rock Hector David 1955
No Score Yet I Died a Thousand Times Babe Kossuck 1955
92% The Caine Mutiny Meatball 1954
77% The Wild One Chino 1954
No Score Yet The Raid Lt. Keating 1954
No Score Yet Gorilla at Large Shaughnessy 1954
No Score Yet Gun Fury Blinky 1953
No Score Yet Seminole Sgt. Magruder 1953
No Score Yet The Stranger Wore a Gun Dan Kurth 1953
No Score Yet The Glory Brigade Cpl. Bowman 1953
100% The Big Heat Vince Stone 1953
No Score Yet Eight Iron Men Sgt. Joe Mooney, Squadleader 1952
No Score Yet Hangman's Knot Rolph Bainter 1952
No Score Yet Hong Kong Actor 1952
No Score Yet The Duel at Silver Creek Tinhorn Burgess 1952
No Score Yet We're Not Married Pinky 1952
No Score Yet Diplomatic Courier MP at Trieste 1952
100% You're in the Navy Now Crew Member 1951


No Score Yet The Flip Wilson Show
Guest 1972
80% The Twilight Zone
Steel Kelly Conny Miller 1963
No Score Yet Bonanza
Miner 1962


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