Lee Van Cleef - Rotten Tomatoes

Lee Van Cleef

Lowest Rated:   0% Speed Zone (1989)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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
94% 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
83% Ride Lonesome
  • Frank
1959
No Score Yet Guns, Girls & Gangsters
  • Actor
1959
83% The Young Lions
  • Sgt. Rickett
1958
No Score Yet 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
82% Kansas City Confidential (The Secret Four)
  • Tony Romano
1952
96% High Noon
  • Jack Colby
1952

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
  • Gambler (Steinhart)
  • 1961

Quotes from Lee Van Cleef's Characters