Lee Van Cleef

Highest Rated: 100% The Bravados (1958)
Lowest Rated: 0% Speed Zone (1989)
Birthday: Jan 9, 1925
Birthplace: Somerville, New Jersey, USA
Following a wartime tour with the Navy, New Jersey-born Lee Van Cleef supported himself as an accountant. Like fellow accountant-turned-actor Jack Elam, Van Cleef was advised by his clients that he had just the right satanic facial features to thrive as a movie villain. With such rare exceptions as The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms (1954), Van Cleef spent most of his early screen career on the wrong side of the law, menacing everyone from Gary Cooper (High Noon) to the Bowery Boys (Private Eyes) with his cold, shark-eyed stare. Van Cleef left Hollywood in the '60s to appear in European spaghetti Westerns, initially as a secondary actor; he was, for example, the "Bad" in Clint Eastwood's The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966). Within a few years, Van Cleef was starring in blood-spattered action films with such titles as Day of Anger (1967), El Condor (1970), and Mean Frank and Crazy Tony (1975). The actor was, for many years, one of the international film scene's biggest box-office draws. Returning to Hollywood in the late '70s, He starred in a very short-lived martial arts TV series The Master (1984), the pilot episodes of which were pieced together into an ersatz feature film for video rental. Van Cleef died of a heart attack in 1989.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Code Name Wild Geese Actor 2015
No Score Yet The Heist Actor 1989
0% Speed Zone Grandfather 1989
No Score Yet Thieves of Fortune Sergio 1989
No Score Yet Der Commander Col. Mazzarini 1988
No Score Yet Armed Response Burt Roth 1986
No Score Yet Kommando Leopard (Commando Leopard) Actor 1985
No Score Yet Jungle Raiders Inspector Warren 1985
No Score Yet Killing Machine Maitre Julot 1985
No Score Yet Geheimcode: Wildgänse (Code Name: Wild Geese) China 1984
86% Escape from New York Bob Hauk 1981
33% The Octagon McCarn 1980
No Score Yet The Hard Way Actor 1980
No Score Yet The Squeeze (The Rip-Off) Chris 1978
No Score Yet Crime Boss Actor 1977
No Score Yet Take a Hard Ride (Kid Vengeance) Kiefer 1977
No Score Yet God's Gun (A Bullet from God) (Diamante Lobo) Father John 1977
No Score Yet Kid Vengeance McClain 1977
No Score Yet The Perfect Killer Harry Chapman 1977
No Score Yet Nowhere to Hide Ike Scanlon 1977
No Score Yet Mean Johnny Barrows Actor 1975
No Score Yet Mean Frank and Crazy Tony Actor 1975
No Score Yet El kárate, el Colt y el impostor (Blood Money) Actor 1974
No Score Yet Bad Man's River Roy King 1974
No Score Yet Escape from Death Row Frankie Diomede 1973
No Score Yet The Grand Duel (Il Grande duello) Sheriff Clayton 1972
No Score Yet Return of Sabata Sabata / Major 1972
No Score Yet The Magnificent Seven Ride! Marshal Chris Adams 1972
No Score Yet Crime Boss Actor 1972
No Score Yet Storm Rider Actor 1972
No Score Yet Captain Apache (The Guns of April Morning) (Deathwork) Capt. Apache 1971
No Score Yet Indio Black, sai che ti dico: Sei un gran figlio di..(Adios Sabata) Actor 1971
No Score Yet Deserter Actor 1971
No Score Yet Hunt the Man Down (Bad Man's River) Actor 1971
No Score Yet El Condor Jaroo 1970
No Score Yet Barquero Travis 1970
No Score Yet Ehi amico... c'è Sabata, hai chiuso! (Sabata) Sabata 1969
No Score Yet Beyond The Law Billy Joe Cudlip 1968
No Score Yet Commandos Sgt. Sullivan 1968
No Score Yet I Giorni dell'ira (Blood and Grit) (Day of Anger) (Gunlaw) (Days of Wrath) Frank Talby 1967
40% Da uomo a uomo (Death Rides A Horse) (As Man to Man) Ryan 1967
97% The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Angel Eyes 1966
No Score Yet The Big Gundown Jonathan 'Colorado' Corbett 1966
91% For a Few Dollars More (Per Qualche Dollaro in Più) Col. Douglas Mortimer 1965
90% How the West Was Won Marty 1963
93% The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance Reese 1962
No Score Yet Posse from Hell Leo 1961
No Score Yet The Great St. Louis Bank Robbery Actor 1959
86% Ride Lonesome Frank 1959
No Score Yet Guns, Girls & Gangsters Actor 1959
83% The Young Lions Sgt. Rickett 1958
100% The Bravados Alfonso Parral 1958
No Score Yet The Lonely Man Faro 1957
No Score Yet The Badge of Marshal Brennan Shad Donaphin 1957
No Score Yet China Gate Maj. Cham 1957
82% Gunfight at the O.K. Corral Ed Bailey 1957
80% The Tin Star Ed McGaffey 1957
No Score Yet Raiders of Old California Sgt. Damon Pardee 1957
No Score Yet Pardners Gus 1956
80% It Conquered the World Dr. Tom Anderson 1956
No Score Yet Tribute to a Bad Man Fat Jones 1956
No Score Yet The Conqueror Chepei 1956
No Score Yet Accused of Murder Police Sgt. Emmett Lackey 1956
No Score Yet A Man Alone Clantin 1955
92% The Big Combo Fante 1955
No Score Yet Ten Wanted Men Al Drucker 1955
No Score Yet Treasure of Ruby Hills Emmett 1955
No Score Yet Dawn at Socorro Earl Ferris 1954
No Score Yet The Yellow Tomahawk Fireknife 1954
No Score Yet Arrow in the Dust Crew Boss 1954
No Score Yet Gypsy Colt Hank 1954
No Score Yet The Nebraskan Reno 1953
No Score Yet Arena Smitty 1953
94% The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms Cpl. Stone 1953
No Score Yet The Lawless Breed Dirk Hanley 1953
83% Kansas City Confidential (The Secret Four) Tony Romano 1952
96% High Noon Jack Colby 1952

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
1955-1975
Jeffords John Hooker Rad
  • 1966
  • 1965
  • 1960
No Score Yet The Andy Griffith Show
1960-1968
Skip
  • 1965
No Score Yet Rawhide
1959-1965
Grant
  • 1964
No Score Yet Maverick
1957-1962
Wolf McManus
  • 1961
80% The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
Gambler (Steinhart)
  • 1961
No Score Yet Bonanza
1959-1973
Appling
  • 1960
No Score Yet Zorro
1957-1961
Castillo
  • 1958

QUOTES FROM Lee Van Cleef CHARACTERS