Lee Van Cleef

Lee Van Cleef
Was an American actor best known for his roles in Spaghetti Westerns such as For A Few Dollars More and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Hatchet-faced with piercing eyes, he had declined to have his nose altered to play a sympathetic character in his film debut, High Noon, and was relegated to a non-speaking outlaw as a result. For a decade he was typecast as a minor villain, his sinister features[peacock term] overshadowing his acting skills. After suffering serious injuries in a car crash, Van Cleef began to lose interest in his apparently waning[peacock term] career by the time Sergio Leone gave him a major role in For a Few Dollars More. The film made him a box-office draw, especially in Europe. Military service: After basic training and further training at the Naval Fleet Sound School, Van Cleef was assigned to a submarine chaser and then to a minesweeper, USS Incredible, on which he worked as a sonarman. fter leaving the Navy, Van Cleef read for a part in Our Town at the Little Theater Group in Clinton, New Jersey and received his first stage role.[7] From there, he continued to meet with the group and audition for parts. The next biggest part was that of the boxer, Joe Pendleton, in the play Heaven Can Wait. During this time, he was observed by visiting talent scouts, who were impressed by Van Cleef's stage presence and delivery. One of these scouts later took him to New York City talent agent Maynard Morris of the MCA agency, who then sent him to the Alvin Theater for an audition. The play was Mister Roberts.[citation needed] Van Cleef's screen debut came in High Noon. During a performance of Mister Roberts in Los Angeles, he was noticed by film director Stanley Kramer, who offered Van Cleef a role in his upcoming film. Kramer originally wanted Van Cleef for the role of the deputy Harvey Pell, but as he wanted Van Cleef to have his "distinctive nose" fixed, Van Cleef declined the role in favor of the part of the silent gunslinger Jack Colby. He was then cast mostly in villainous roles, due to his sharp cheeks and chin, piercing eyes, and hawk-like nose,[citation needed][peacock term] from the part of Tony Romano in Kansas City Confidential (1952), culminating 14 years later in Sergio Leone's The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) Despite suffering from heart disease from the late 1970s and having a pacemaker installed in the early 1980s,[14] Van Cleef continued to work in films until his death on December 16, 1989, at age 64.[15] He collapsed in his home in Oxnard, California, from a heart attack.[16] Throat cancer was listed as a secondary cause of death.[17] He was buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Hollywood Hills, California, with an inscription on his grave marker referring to his many acting performances as a villain: "BEST OF THE BAD". CLR Description above from the Wikipedia article Lee Van Cleef, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.
Name Lee Van Cleef
Also Known As Clarence Leroy Van Cleef Jr.
Birthday 1925-01-09
Deathday 1989-12-16
Gender Male
IMDB Lee Van Cleef profile on IMDB
Place of Birth Somerville, New Jersey, USA
As: Jack Colby
1952-07-24
High Noon...
As: Sentenza
1967-12-29
The Good, the Bad an...
As: Col. Douglas Mortime
1967-05-10
For a Few Dollars Mo...
As: Police Commissioner
1981-07-10
Escape from New York...
As: Ed McGaffey
1957-10-23
The Tin Star...
As: Tony Romano
1952-11-11
Kansas City Confiden...
As: Ed Bailey
1957-05-30
Gunfight at the O.K....
As: Fante
1955-02-15
The Big Combo...
As: Gus
1956-08-01
Pardners...
As: McCarn
1980-08-14
The Octagon...
As: Travis
1970-09-03
Barquero...
As: Rock-Skipping Grandf
1989-04-21
Speed Zone...
As: Billy Joe Cudlip
1968-04-10
Beyond the Law...
As: Dr. Tom Anderson
1956-07-14
It Conquered the Wor...
As: Frank
1959-02-15
Ride Lonesome...
As: Corp. Stone
1953-06-13
The Beast from 20,00...
As: 1st Sgt. Rickett
1958-04-02
The Young Lions...
As: Dakota
1976-04-01
The Stranger and the...
As: Faro
1957-06-21
The Lonely Man...
As: Police Sgt. Emmett L
1956-12-21
Accused of Murder...
As: Marshal Chris Adams
1972-08-01
The Magnificent Seve...
As: Alfonso Parral
1958-06-25
The Bravados...
As: Sheriff Clayton
1972-12-29
The Grand Duel...
As: Kiefer
1975-10-29
Take a Hard Ride...
As: Al Drucker
1955-02-01
Ten Wanted Men...
As: Jonathan Corbett
1966-11-29
The Big Gundown...
As: Burt Roth
1986-10-01
Armed Response...
As: Sergio Danielo Chris
1990-05-31
Thieves of Fortune...
As: Ryan
1968-03-08
Death Rides a Horse...
As: Sabata
1969-09-16
Sabata...
As: Sabata / Major
1971-09-03
Return of Sabata...
As: Frankie
1973-11-23
Mean Frank and Crazy...
As: Fat Jones
1956-03-30
Tribute to a Bad Man...
As: Miguel
1958-12-01
Machete...
As: Frank Talby
1967-12-19
Day of Anger...
As: Pete Monty
1953-07-31
Vice Squad...
As: Jaroo
1970-06-19
El Condor...
As: Leo
1961-05-01
Posse from Hell...
As: McClain
1977-01-01
Kid Vengeance...
As: Julot
1984-05-10
Killing Machine...
As: Maj. Cham
1957-05-22
China Gate...
As: Warren
1985-08-01
Jungle Raiders...
As: Mike Bennett
1959-01-01
Guns Girls and Gangs...
As: Father John / Lewis
1975-01-01
God's Gun...
As: Roy King
1971-12-03
Bad Man's River...
As: MSgt. Sullivan
1968-11-19
Commandos...
As: Dirk Hanley
1953-01-03
The Lawless Breed...
As: Capt. Apache
1971-10-27
Captain Apache...
As: Smitty
1953-06-24
Arena...
As: Nerva
1953-02-27
The Bandits of Corsi...
As: Hank
1954-04-02
Gypsy Colt...
As: McNeal
1979-06-01
The Hard Way...
As: Col. Mazzarini
1988-04-28
The Commander...
As: Sgt. Damon Pardee
1957-11-01
Raiders of Old Calif...
As: Tillotson Henchman
1954-04-25
Arrow In The Dust...
As: Archie 'China' Trave
1986-09-01
Code Name: Wild Gees...
As: Earl Ferris
1954-08-27
Dawn at Socorro...
As: Hakar (uncredited)
1954-07-01
Princess of the Nile...
As: Harry Chapman
1977-11-30
The Perfect Killer...
As: Dave Chittun
1952-07-22
Untamed Frontier...
As: Marcus Vizzini
1957-09-01
Joe Dakota...
As: Frank Emmett
1955-01-23
Treasure Of Ruby Hil...
As: Jay Lord
1955-11-17
The Vanishing Americ...
As: Shad Donaphin
1957-04-14
The Badge of Marshal...
As: Pvt. Reno Benton
1953-12-02
The Nebraskan...
As: Kirby
1957-10-27
Gun Battle at Monter...
As: Ace Winton
1954-04-14
Rails Into Laramie...
As: Bolt Mackay
1953-11-08
Jack Slade...
As: Steve Margolies
1957-07-16
Last Stagecoach West...
As: Chris Gretchko / Ray
1978-10-25
The Squeeze...
As: Sam Bass
1960-05-07
The Slowest Gun in t...
As: Reese
1962-04-22
The Man Who Shot Lib...
As: Clanton
1955-10-17
A Man Alone...
As: River Pirate
1962-11-01
How the West Was Won...
As: Chepei
1956-03-28
The Conqueror...
As: Pecos Larry
1955-06-15
The Road to Denver...
As: John Peter McAlliste
1985-01-01
The Master Ninja 5...
As: Flash Logan
1955-05-19
I Cover the Underwor...
As: Himself
1990-01-01
The Best of Martial ...
As: Fire Knife
1954-05-01
The Yellow Tomahawk...
As: Doug Sadler
1957-07-18
The Quiet Gun...
As: The Crayton Twins
1954-06-20
The Desperado...
As: Marv
1953-12-09
Tumbleweed...
As: Brutus Allen
1953-03-08
White Lightning...
As: Jake Hayes
1958-03-06
Day of the Badman...
As: John Peter McAlliste
1984-01-01
Master Ninja II...
As: Unknown
1958-10-10
77 Sunset Strip...
As: Unknown
1955-09-20
Cheyenne...
As: Unknown
1957-09-22
Maverick...
As: Unknown
1957-09-21
Perry Mason...
As: Unknown
1959-01-09
Rawhide...
As: Unknown
1957-09-14
Have Gun – Will Tr...
As: Unknown
1951-10-05
Schlitz Playhouse of...
As: Unknown
1958-09-23
Bronco...
As: Unknown
1959-10-04
The Alaskans...
As: Unknown
1958-09-30
The Rifleman...
As: Unknown
1958-10-05
Lawman...
As: Unknown
1955-03-01
Buffalo Bill, Jr....
As: John Peter McAlliste
1984-01-20
The Master...
As: Skip
1960-10-03
The Andy Griffith Sh...
As: Unknown
1957-10-04
Trackdown...
As: Unknown
1959-10-24
Mr. Lucky...
As: Unknown
1955-09-10
Gunsmoke...
As: Unknown
1953-02-01
General Electric The...
As: Unknown
1957-10-10
Zorro...
As: Unknown
1959-10-07
Hawaiian Eye...
As: Unknown
1959-10-02
The Twilight Zone...
As: Unknown
1965-09-16
Laredo...
As: Unknown
1965-09-14
My Mother the Car...
As: Unknown
1958-10-02
Yancy Derringer...
As: Unknown
1957-07-01
Richard Diamond, Pri...
As: Unknown
1959-01-10
Black Saddle...
As: Unknown
1965-01-24
Branded...
As: Unknown
1958-09-06
Wanted: Dead or Aliv...
As: Unknown
1963-01-07
The Dakotas...
As: Unknown
1959-09-13
Riverboat...
As: Unknown
1956-10-04
Wire Service...
As: Unknown
1959-10-01
Law of the Plainsman...
As: Unknown
1953-01-01
City Detective...
As: Unknown
1956-09-25
State Trooper...
As: Unknown
1951-08-11
The Adventures of Ki...
As: Unknown
1959-09-21
The DuPont Show with...
As: Unknown
1952-10-01
Cavalcade of America...
As: Unknown
1954-09-21
Studio 57...
As: Unknown
1951-09-08
The Adventures of Bo...
As: Bull Harper
1949-09-15
The Lone Ranger...