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Van Heflin



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).

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MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Count Three And Pray
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet Land and Live in the Jungle
  • Actor
1996
80% 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
37% 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
60% 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
71% 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
86% 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 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
No Score Yet 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

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