Lee Marvin

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Movie Actor
Date of Birth February 19, 1924
Place of Birth New York City, New York
Date of Death Aug 29, 1987 (63)
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Lee Marvin

Lamont Waltman Marvin Jr., better known as Lee Marvin, was an American film and television actor. Known for his distinctive voice and premature white hair, Marvin initially appeared in supporting roles, mostly villains, soldiers, and other hardboiled characters. A prominent television role was that of Detective Lieutenant Frank Ballinger in the NBC crime series M Squad. Marvin is best remembered for his lead roles as "tough guy" characters such as Charlie Strom in The Killers, Rico Fardan in The Professionals, Major John Reisman in The Dirty Dozen, Walker in Point Blank, and the Sergeant in The Big Red One. One of Marvin's most notable film projects was Cat Ballou, a comedy Western in which he played dual roles. For portraying both gunfighter Kid Shelleen and criminal Tim Strawn, he won the Academy Award for Best Actor, along with a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe Award, an NBR Award, and the Silver Bear for Best Actor.

Born: Lamont Waltman Marvin Jr, February 19, 1924, New York City, U.S.
Died: August 29, 1987, Tucson, Arizona, U.S.
Resting place: Arlington National Cemetery
Education: Manumit School, St. Leo College Preparatory School
Occupation: Actor
Years active: 1948–1986
Partner(s): Michelle Triola (1965–1970)
Children: 4
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About Lee Marvin

Character actor known for his large frame and deep voice, he often played villains and soldiers. In 1966, he won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his dual roles as Kid Shelleen and Tim Strawn in the film Cat Ballou.

Before Fame

After serving in World War II, he briefly worked as a plumber's assistant before gaining Off-Broadway roles.


He played memorable roles in the films The Dirty Dozen, Point Blank and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance and he starred in the TV series M Squad. In his last acting appearance, he co-starred with Chuck Norris in the 1986 action film The Delta Force.

Family Life

His first cousin four times removed is Confederate General Robert E. Lee. He dated Michelle Triola from 195 to 1970 and he had four children.


He starred alongside Claudia Cardinale in the 1966 Western film The Professionals.

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