Van Heflin

Van Heflin

  • Highest Rated: 100% The Prowler (Cost of Living ) (1951)
  • Lowest Rated: 38% The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)
  • Birthday: Dec 13, 1910
  • Birthplace: Walters, Oklahoma, USA
  • The son of an Oklahoma dentist, Van Heflin moved to California after his parents separated. Drawn to a life on the sea, Heflin shipped out on a tramp steamer upon graduating from high school, returning after a year to attend the University of Oklahoma in pursuit of a law degree. Two years into his studies, Heflin was back on the ocean. Having entertained thoughts of a theatrical career since childhood, Heflin made his Broadway bow in Channing Pollock's Mister Moneypenny; when the play folded after 61 performances, Heflin once more retreated to the sea, sailing up and down the Pacific for nearly three years. He revitalized his acting career in 1931, appearing in one short-lived production after another until landing a long-running assignment in S. N. Behrmann's 1936 Broadway offering End of Summer. This led to his film bow in Katharine Hepburn's A Woman Rebels (1936), as well as a brief contract with RKO Radio. Katharine Hepburn requested Heflin's services once more for her Broadway play The Philadelphia Story, and while the 1940 MGM film version of that play cast James Stewart in Heflin's role, the studio thought enough of Heflin to sign him to a contract. One of his MGM roles, that of the alcoholic, Shakespeare-spouting best friend of Robert Taylor in Johnny Eager (1942), won Heflin a "Best Supporting Actor" Oscar. After serving in various Army film units in World War II, Heflin resumed his film career, and also for a short while was heard on radio as Raymond Chandler's philosophical private eye Philip Marlowe. He worked in both Hollywood and Europe throughout the 1950s. In 1963, he was engaged to narrate the prestigious TV anthology The Great Adventure. He was forced to pull out of this assignment when cast as the Louis Nizer character in the Broadway play A Case of Libel. Heflin's final film appearance was in the made-for-TV speculative drama The Last Child; he died of a heart attack at the age of 61. Van Heflin was married twice, first to silent film star Esther Ralston, then to RKO contract player Frances Neal (who should not be confused with Heflin's actress sister Frances Heflin).


Highest Rated Movies








No Score Yet Count Three And Pray Actor 2015
No Score Yet Land and Live in the Jungle Actor 1996
73% Airport D.O. Guerrero 1970
No Score Yet The Big Bounce Sam Mirakian 1969
No Score Yet The Ruthless Four (Ognuno per sé) (The Goldseekers ) (Sam Cooper's Gold ) Sam Cooper 1968
No Score Yet Stagecoach Curly 1966
No Score Yet Once a Thief Inspector Mike Vido SFPD 1965
38% The Greatest Story Ever Told Bar Armand 1965
No Score Yet Cry of Battle Joe Trent 1963
No Score Yet Relitto, Il, (The Wastrel) Actor 1961
No Score Yet Under Ten Flags (Sotto dieci bandiere) Actor 1960
No Score Yet They Came to Cordura Sgt. John Chawk 1959
No Score Yet Gunman's Walk Lee Hackett 1958
96% 3:10 to Yuma Dan Evans 1957
80% Patterns Fred Staples 1956
No Score Yet Battle Cry Major Sam Huxley 1955
No Score Yet Black Widow Peter Denver 1954
No Score Yet Woman's World Jerry 1954
No Score Yet The Raid Maj. Neal Benton 1954
97% Shane Joe Starrett 1953
No Score Yet The Golden Mask Nicholas Chapman 1953
50% My Son John Stedman of the FBI 1952
100% The Prowler (Cost of Living ) Webb Garwood 1951
No Score Yet Week-End with Father Brad Stubbs 1951
No Score Yet Tomahawk Bridger 1951
No Score Yet East Side, West Side Mark Dwyer 1949
No Score Yet Madame Bovary Charles Bovary 1949
90% Act of Violence Frank R. Enley 1948
78% The Three Musketeers Athos 1948
No Score Yet Tap Roots Keith Alexander 1948
No Score Yet B.F.'S Daughter Actor 1948
No Score Yet Green Dolphin Street Timothy 'Tai Haruru' Haslam 1947
89% Possessed David Sutton 1947
100% Till the Clouds Roll By James I. Hessler 1947
100% The Strange Love of Martha Ivers Sam Masterson 1946
No Score Yet Presenting Lily Mars John Thornway 1943
No Score Yet Seven Miles from Alcatraz Actor 1943
No Score Yet Tennessee Johnson Andrew Johnson 1942
No Score Yet Seven Sweethearts Henry Taggart 1942
100% Kid Glove Killer Gordon McKay 1942
No Score Yet Johnny Eager Jeff Hartnett 1942
No Score Yet Grand Central Murder "Rocky" Custer 1942
No Score Yet H.M. Pulham, Esq. Bill King 1941
No Score Yet The Feminine Touch Elliott Morgan, Publisher 1941
83% Santa Fe Trail Rader 1940
No Score Yet Back Door to Heaven John Shelley (adult) 1939
No Score Yet Saturday's Heroes Val 1937
No Score Yet Flight From Glory George Wilson 1937
No Score Yet A Woman Rebels Gerald 1936


Jeff Hartnett
You know when a woman loves like that she can love you with every card in the deck, and then pull a knife across your throat the next morning.
Jeff Hartnett
Mr. Freud, take a letter.
Robert Athos
[to D'Artagnan] My friend, my friend. My young country friend, when will you learn about Paris? By now Richelieu, without the slightest question, knows even the color of your underpants.
Robert Athos
[preparing to duel D'Artagnan with an injured right arm] You'll find the left hand most confusing.
Well, Athos, in a matter of hours we'll be on the road to Spain with a price on our heads. Will we live to see France again?
Robert Athos
Will we live to see Spain?
Robert Athos
To die among friends. Can a man ask more? Can the world offer less? Who wants to live 'till the last bottle is empty? It's all-for one, d'Artagnan, and one for all.
Martha Ivers
Its the only room I didn't change. [on showing her childhood room to Sam]
Sam Masterson
We were just a couple of kids.
Mrs. Ivers
Sorry that you ever left here. [to Sam]
Walter O'Neil
And you. What have you done?
Walter O'Neil
All life is a gamble.
Sam Masterson
You'll do it for old times sake.
Martha Ivers
A sure thing is never a gamble.
Martha Ivers
There's only way you'll find out, release the girl.
Sam Masterson
I haven't been on the rubberneck tour for years. [on being shown the house of Martha]
Sam Masterson
Better get out of those wet clothes.
Toni Marachek
I was so lonesome tonight, I was about to died.
Sam Masterson
LIke I said, we leave tomorrow.
Sam Masterson
You don't have to tell me who you are, I can tell by the smell.
Sam Masterson
You scared little boy. You're just about to do your old pal a great big favor.
Jeff Hartnett
This guy could have climbed the highest mountain in the world---if he'd just started up the right one.
Joe Starrett
The only way I'll leave is in a pine box.
Joe Starrett
The old-timers can't see it yet, but runnin' cattle on an open range can't go on. It takes too much space for too little results.
Joe Starrett
I like a man who watches things goin' around. It means he'll make his mark some day.
[while dueling] Why don't you use your right hand, Athos?
Robert Athos
I save my right hand for my drinking.
Joe Starrett
Shane! Shane! Come back!