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Birth information

19 February 1924 New York City, New York, USA

Death information

29 August 1987 Tucson, Arizona, USA

Given Name

Lamont Waltman Marvin Jr

How tall is Lee Marvin?

1.87 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Pamela Marvin
Elizabeth (Betty) Ebeling

Life Story of Lee Marvin

Prematurely white-haired character star who began as a supporting player of generally vicious demeanor, then metamorphosed into a star of both action and drama projects, Lee Marvin was born in New York City, the son of Courtenay Washington (Davidge), a fashion writer, and Lamont Waltman Marvin, an advertising executive. The young Marvin was thrown out of dozens of schools for incorrigibility. His parents took him to Florida, where he attended St. Leo's Preparatory School near Dade City. Dismissed there as well, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps at the beginning of World War II. In the battle of Saipan in June 1944, he was wounded in the buttocks by Japanese fire which severed his sciatic nerve. He received a medical discharge and got menial work as a plumber's apprentice in Woodstock, NY. While repairing a toilet at the local community theater, he was asked to replace an ailing actor in a rehearsal. He was immediately stricken with a love for the theater and went to New York City, where he studied and played small roles in stock and Off-Broadway. He landed an extra role in Henry Hathaway's You're in the Navy Now (1951), and found his role expanded when Hathaway took a liking...

Significant features of Lee Marvin

Typecast as a heavy before graduating to unsympathetic heroes
Films often portrayed his liberal politics
Gravelly smoke burnished voice
Often played tough, hard bitten anti-heroes
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How much money has Lee Marvin earned?

Cat Ballou (1965) $30,000
Paint Your Wagon (1969) $1,000,000
Pocket Money (1972) $1,000,000

Publications and Magazines about Lee Marvin

Robert J. Lentz Lee Marvin: His Films and Career. 2000
Pamela Marvin Lee - A Romance. 1997
Donald Zac Marvin: The Story of Lee Marvin. 1980
Betty Marvin Tales of a Hollywood Housewife: A Memoir by the First Mrs. Lee Marvin. 2010
Dwayne Epstein Lee Marvin: Point Blank. 2013

Biographical movies about Lee Marvin

Lee Marvin: A Personal Portrait by John Boorman 1998

What movies did Lee Marvin play or participate?

Actors Filmography
The Delta Force (1986) Nick, The Dirty Dozen: Next Mission (1985) Maj. John Reisman, Dog Day (1984) Jimmy Cobb, Gorky Park (1983) Jack Osborne, Death Hunt (1981) Millen, The Big Red One (1980) The Sergeant, Avalanche Express (1979) Col. Harry Wargrave, The Great Scout & Cathouse Thursday (1976) Sam Longwood, Shout at the Devil (1976) Colonel Flynn O'Flynn, The Klansman (1974) Sheriff Track Bascomb, The Spikes Gang (1974) Harry Spikes, The Iceman Cometh (1973) Hickey, Emperor of the North (1973) A No. 1, Prime Cut (1972) Nick Devlin, Pocket Money (1972) Leonard,...

Birth information

19 February 1924 New York City, New York, USA

Death information

29 August 1987 Tucson, Arizona, USA

Given Name

Lamont Waltman Marvin Jr

How tall is Lee Marvin?

1.87 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Pamela Marvin
Elizabeth (Betty) Ebeling

Life Story of Lee Marvin

Prematurely white-haired character star who began as a supporting player of generally vicious demeanor, then metamorphosed into a star of both action and drama projects, Lee Marvin was born in New York City, the son of Courtenay Washington (Davidge), a fashion writer, and Lamont Waltman Marvin, an advertising executive. The young Marvin was thrown out of dozens of schools for incorrigibility. His parents took him to Florida, where he attended St. Leo's Preparatory School near Dade City. Dismissed there as well, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps at the beginning of World War II. In the battle of Saipan in June 1944, he was wounded in the buttocks by Japanese fire which severed his sciatic nerve. He received a medical discharge and got menial work as a plumber's apprentice in Woodstock, NY. While repairing a toilet at the local community theater, he was asked to replace an ailing actor in a rehearsal. He was immediately stricken with a love for the theater and went to New York City, where he studied and played small roles in stock and Off-Broadway. He landed an extra role in Henry Hathaway's You're in the Navy Now (1951), and found his role expanded when Hathaway took a liking...

Significant features of Lee Marvin

Typecast as a heavy before graduating to unsympathetic heroes
Films often portrayed his liberal politics
Gravelly smoke burnished voice
Often played tough, hard bitten anti-heroes
...

How much money has Lee Marvin earned?

Cat Ballou (1965) $30,000
Paint Your Wagon (1969) $1,000,000
Pocket Money (1972) $1,000,000

Publications and Magazines about Lee Marvin

Robert J. Lentz Lee Marvin: His Films and Career. 2000
Pamela Marvin Lee - A Romance. 1997
Donald Zac Marvin: The Story of Lee Marvin. 1980
Betty Marvin Tales of a Hollywood Housewife: A Memoir by the First Mrs. Lee Marvin. 2010
Dwayne Epstein Lee Marvin: Point Blank. 2013

Biographical movies about Lee Marvin

Lee Marvin: A Personal Portrait by John Boorman 1998

What movies did Lee Marvin play or participate?

Actors Filmography
The Delta Force (1986) Nick, The Dirty Dozen: Next Mission (1985) Maj. John Reisman, Dog Day (1984) Jimmy Cobb, Gorky Park (1983) Jack Osborne, Death Hunt (1981) Millen, The Big Red One (1980) The Sergeant, Avalanche Express (1979) Col. Harry Wargrave, The Great Scout & Cathouse Thursday (1976) Sam Longwood, Shout at the Devil (1976) Colonel Flynn O'Flynn, The Klansman (1974) Sheriff Track Bascomb, The Spikes Gang (1974) Harry Spikes, The Iceman Cometh (1973) Hickey, Emperor of the North (1973) A No. 1, Prime Cut (1972) Nick Devlin, Pocket Money (1972) Leonard,...

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Sissy Spacek and Lee Marvin in Die Professionals (1972)

Says he learned to act in the Marines during World War II, trying to act unafraid during ferocious combat, which brought him a Purple Heart during the invasion of Saipan.

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Sissy Spacek and Lee Marvin in Die Professionals (1972)

His body was interred next to that of Joe Louis in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.

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Lee Marvin in Unglaubliche Geschichten (1959)

Became a father for the first time at age 28 when his first wife Betty Ebeling gave birth to their son Christopher Lamont Marvin on November 22, 1952.

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Lee Marvin and Tipp McClure in Unglaubliche Geschichten (1959)

Became a father for the second time at age 30 when his first wife Betty Ebeling gave birth to their daughter Courtenay Lee Marvin on May 7, 1954.

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Lee Marvin and Joe Mantell in Unglaubliche Geschichten (1959)

Became a father for the third time at age 32 when his first wife Betty Ebeling gave birth to their daughter Cynthia Marvin on June 8, 1956.

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Lee Marvin and Joe Mantell in Unglaubliche Geschichten (1959)

Became a father for the fourth time at age 34 when his first wife Betty Ebeling gave birth to their daughter Claudia Marvin on March 3, 1958.

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Marlon Brando, Lee Marvin, and Robert Keith in Der Wilde (1953)

Was a direct descendant of Thomas Jefferson and twice a descendant of male line relatives of George Washington.

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Lee Marvin in Der Tod eines Killers (1964)

Was Steven Spielberg's first choice to play Quint in Jaws (1975).

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Angie Dickinson, Lee Marvin, and Clu Gulager in Der Tod eines Killers (1964)

Was as surprised as anyone when his recording of "Wandering Star", from the Paint Your Wagon (1969) soundtrack, became a surprise hit, earning the Gold Record (the standard in those days) for one million copies sold in 1969.

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Angie Dickinson and Lee Marvin in Der Tod eines Killers (1964)

Not a sentimental man by nature, he kept only four souvenirs of his career over the years. These were his Best Actor Oscar for Cat Ballou (1965), the citation he received from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame for his performance in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962), his Gold Record for "Wandering Star" and the high-heeled shoe that Vivien Leigh beat him with in Ship of Fools (1965).

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Lee Marvin in Der Tod eines Killers (1964)

Named after Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, who was his second cousin three times removed.

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Lee Marvin in Der Tod eines Killers (1964)

Bonded with co-star Vivien Leigh on the set of Ship of Fools (1965). When he and his partner Michelle Triola visited Leigh at her exquisite home in England, he tore up a deck of antique playing cards that they were playing with. Much to Triola's surprise, Leigh was not at all disturbed by Marvin's boorish behavior but seemed enchanted by him.

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Norman Fell, Lee Marvin, and Clu Gulager in Der Tod eines Killers (1964)

While serving in the Marine Corps he became best friends with John Miara of Malden, MA. Miara became Marvin's model for the character of Maj. Reisman in The Dirty Dozen (1967).

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Lee Marvin in Der Tod eines Killers (1964)

Turned down the lead role of Gen. George S. Patton in Patton (1970) because he did not want to glorify war.

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Lee Marvin in Der Tod eines Killers (1964)

Revisited Saipan (where he was wounded during World War II) in 1967, where his guide was P.F. Kluge, who went on to write Eddie and the Cruisers (1983).

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Lee Marvin in Der Tod eines Killers (1964)

Together with Nicolas Cage (Adaptation. (2002)), José Ferrer (Moulin Rouge (1952)) and Peter Sellers (Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)), he is one of only four actors with an Oscar nomination for playing multiple characters in a film (in Cat Ballou (1965) he plays two characters, Kid Shelleen and Tim Strawn). Marvin is the only one who actually won one for a double role.

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Lee Marvin and Virginia Christine in Der Tod eines Killers (1964)

Could not ride a motorcycle at the time The Wild One (1953) was filmed but, determined not to be bettered by the star, Marlon Brando, he quickly learned. He later became a keen competitor on his Triumph 200cc Tiger Cub in desert races.

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Angie Dickinson and Lee Marvin in Point Blank (1967)

Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume Two, 1986-1990, pages 611-613. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1999.

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Lee Marvin and Keenan Wynn in Point Blank (1967)

Was offered the lead in The War of the Worlds (1953).

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Lee Marvin in Point Blank (1967)

John Boorman originally wanted Marvin and Marlon Brando to play Ed and Lewis, respectively, in Deliverance (1972). However, Marvin suggested that he and Brando were too old and that Boorman should use younger actors.

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Lee Marvin in Point Blank (1967)

Jean Seberg likened his singing voice to "rain gurgling down a rusty pipe.".

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Lee Marvin in Die Hölle sind wir (1968)

He was one of the first Hollywood celebrities to declare his support for the gay rights movement, in his "Playboy" interview from January 1969. He further stated that he would have no problem playing gay characters on screen, since he was secure with his own sexual orientation.

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Lee Marvin in Die Hölle sind wir (1968)

Served as a Marine in the Pacific theater during WW2. In total, he took part in the invasions of 21 islands and was wounded and nearly died as a result during the Battle of Saipan, an engagement in which most of his unit was killed. He was a sniper and would be sent in during the night in a small rubber boat, prior to the rest of his platoon. He was awarded a Purple Heart for his wounds, and spent 13 months in therapy recovering from them. His wartime experiences deeply affected him for the remainder of his life.

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Lee Marvin and Toshirô Mifune in Die Hölle sind wir (1968)

At the time of his death from a sudden heart attack, he had been hospitalized at Tucson (AZ) Medical Center since 13 August 1987 with what his spokesman described as "a run-down condition related to the flu".

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In December 1986 he underwent intestinal surgery after suffering abdominal pains while at his ranch outside of Tucson, AZ. Doctors said then that there was an inflammation of the colon, but that no malignancy was found.

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Lee Marvin in Die Hölle sind wir (1968)

He supported Eugene McCarthy in the 1968 Democratic primaries, and voted for George McGovern in the 1972 presidential election.

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Lee Marvin in Die Hölle sind wir (1968)

Marvin hated his most famous film The Dirty Dozen (1967), which he made only for the money and said was nothing like the actual war. He much preferred Hell in the Pacific (1968) and The Big Red One (1980), both of which reflected his strong anti-war feelings.

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Lee Marvin in Die Hölle sind wir (1968)

He did not receive any offers at all for a year after M Squad (1957) finished, and fell into a deep depression.

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Lee Marvin in Die Hölle sind wir (1968)

Publicly endorsed John F. Kennedy in the 1960 presidential election.

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Clint Eastwood, Lee Marvin, and Wynn Hammer in Westwärts zieht der Wind (1969)

Went into semi-retirement from acting after filming The Great Scout & Cathouse Thursday (1976).

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Lee Marvin in Westwärts zieht der Wind (1969)

In 1975 he left Hollywood and moved to Tucson, AZ.

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Lee Marvin and Hoke Howell in Verflucht sind sie alle (1974)

Turned down two movies directed by William Friedkin, The French Connection (1971) and Sorcerer (1977).

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Lee Marvin in Verflucht sind sie alle (1974)

Turned down Salvador (1986).

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Lee Marvin and O.J. Simpson in Verflucht sind sie alle (1974)

Turned down Dirty Harry (1971) and Death Wish (1974), both vigilante-themed movies. Marvin was director Sidney Lumet's first choice for Paul Kersey in "Death Wish", but Lumet dropped out and Marvin was no longer interested because of it.

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Marlon Brando, Lee Marvin, and X Brands in Der Wilde (1953)

Marvin was a close friend of Robert Ryan, and they did several films together, and both served in the Marine Corps in World War Two. The pair were set to star in The Wild Bunch (1969), but Marvin had several heated arguments with director Sam Peckinpah and left the project. Ryan was no fan of Peckinpah either, but stayed on the film. He and Marvin were favorites of maverick director Samuel Fuller, who was also a close friend of both.

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Lee Marvin in Die Professionals (1972)

Jeff Bridges has said that it was seeing Marvin and Robert Ryan at work in The Iceman Cometh (1973) that made him decide to fully commit to acting. He found that Marvin and Ryan, despite their obvious tough-guy personas, were unusually kind and giving actors.

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Gene Hackman, Sissy Spacek, and Lee Marvin in Die Professionals (1972)

The first actor to win an Oscar for playing two roles in the same film. The first actor nominated for playing two roles was José Ferrer, with whom he appeared in The Caine Mutiny (1954).

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Lee Marvin in Die Professionals (1972)

Grandfather of Jess King.

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Lee Marvin and Angel Tompkins in Die Professionals (1972)

He was of English, and some Irish and Scottish, ancestry.

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Sissy Spacek and Lee Marvin in Die Professionals (1972)

His first wife, Betty, was Joan Crawford's kids' nanny before she met him.

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Gene Hackman and Lee Marvin in Die Professionals (1972)

Attended the Democratic National Convention in 1960.

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Lee Marvin in Die Professionals (1972)

According to his first wife Betty Ebeling (1928-2018) in her memoirs, "Tales Of a Hollywood Housewife", when Marvin died he left only $10,000 in his will for his four children. She also said that during their marriage he was often pulled over by police for drunken driving, but got away with only a warning and signing an autograph for the officers.

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Gene Hackman and Lee Marvin in Die Professionals (1972)

He became a major star with Cat Ballou (1965), but his career waned considerably after Paint Your Wagon (1969).

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