Biography of Lee Marvin (1924-1987)

American actor born on February 19, 1924 in New York and died on August 29, 1987 in Tucson (Arizona).

Son of an advertising and an expert on fashion, Lee Marvin spent his childhood at school in College, to try to correct his difficult character. At the beginning of the second world war he enlisted in the Marines. Injured in the sciatic nerve, he returned home because of disability and got a job as a plumber in Woodstock. By chance, he was asked to replace an actor in a play and then decided what I was going to dedicate his life. He moved to New York and there joined the Off Broadway, where it began with small roles. In several of their first film titles or even appeared in the credits, such is the case of You're in the Navy Now (1951), Henry Hathaway (which was his first title) or we're not married! (1952), Edmund Goulding.

Although his career in supporting roles lasted fairly, had the opportunity to work with the best directors: Fritz Lang in the bribed (1953), László Benedek in wild! (1954), along with Marlon Brando; and Edward Dmytryk, in (1954) Caine Mutiny. Eight Iron men (1952), he had obtained his first starring role. His characters were initially attached to the role of the evil-doer, which contributed their hard physical. One of his best works in the 1950s was the tree of life (1957), a drama directed by Edward Dmytryk that had in the deal with Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift. The film, adapted from the novel by Ross Lockridge, earned Marvin a golden Laurel nomination.

Since then, the industry began to recognize him regularly. The man who shot Liberty Valance (1962), JohnFord, provided another golden Laurel nomination; Code of the underworld (1964), Donald Siegel, made him win the British BAFTA best actor; and the explosive naive (1965), by Elliot Silverstein, was your confirmation, with the Laurel of gold and Oscar to the best secondary for his role as Kid Shelleen adaptation of the novel by Roy Chanslor, which resulted in a comic western starring Jane Fonda. Twelve dirty dozen (1967), of Robert Aldrich, also was the adaptation of a novel, in this case of E.M. Nathanson; his production became a challenge, since it included the construction of a castle, and Marvin returned to win again the Laurel of gold for her performance.

However, his most representative of his career titles include hell in the Pacific (1968), John Boorman, in a hand with the actor Mifune Toshiro; and the legend of the nameless City (1969), Joshua Logan, a musical that brought together elements of comedy and western, coprotagonizado by Clint Eastwood and Jean Seberg. The script by Paddy Chayefsky made possible the credibility of these classics of cinema's action, which took the screen embodiment of the hard man in one genre so little given to characters such as the comedy. Marvin got a Golden Globe nomination for her role in the film, and their interpretation of the theme "I Was Born Under a Wandering Star" has been as an icon of world cinema.

The Decade of the 1970s offered the actor stories tailored to your. Already enshrined as one of the greats, he starred in the western the undesirable (1972), Stuart Rosenberg, along with Paul Newman, but above all it would devote to the drama and action. Meat alive (1972), Michael Ritchie, starring Gene Hackman, took place in the world of the underworld, while the Emperor of the North (1973), Robert Aldrich, narrated the story of two men who had participated in the World War II and, after the race, had been left homeless, so they become vagrants for which their world revolves around the railway.

Among the latest titles that starred Marvin is one especially representative of the Decade of the eighties: Gorky Park (1983), Michael Apted, based on the novel by Martín Cruz Smith, collecting, in a thriller, the times of the cold war. Day of dogs (1984), Yves Boisset, a French production based on the novel by Jean Vautrin, met him in the cast with Miou-Miou and Jean Carmet. The Delta Force (1986), Menahem Golan, closed his film career; based on a true story, exploring the issue of terrorism with patriotic and firm intention at the foreign threat.

Lee Marvin got married twice: with Betty Ebeling, with whom he had four children and whose relationship lasted from 1951 to 1967; and with Pamela Feeley, with whom he lived from 1970 until the death of the actor, in 1987, due to a heart attack.


1951: You're in the Navy Now; Teresa; Hong Kong. 1952: Mail diplomat; We are not married; The outsiders; Eight Iron Men; The Duel at Silver Creek. 1953: The Glory Brigade; The Stranger Wore a Gun; The bribed; Betrayal at Fort King; Fever of revenge; Down Among The Sheltering Palms. 1954: Wild!; The Caine Mutiny; The Raid; Gorilla at Large. 1955: Conspiracy of silence; A Life in the Balance; You won't be a stranger; Tragic Saturday; Shack Out on 101; The Blues from Pete Kelly; I've killed thousands of times. 1956: Seven Men From Now; Attack; Traitor to his homeland; Pillars of the Sky. 1957: The tree of life. 1958: The Missouri Traveler. 1961: The comancheros. 1962: The man who shot Liberty Valance. 1963: The Irish Tavern. 1964: Code of the underworld. 1965: The ship of fools; The explosive naive. 1966: The professionals. 1967: Twelve of the scaffold; At point-blank range; Tonite let's all Make Love in London; The Rock; Operation Dirty Dozen. 1968: Sergeant Ryker; Hell in the Pacific. 1969: The legend of the city without a name. 1970: monte Walsh. 1972: The undesirable; Live flesh. 1973: The Emperor of the North; The Iceman Cometh. 1974: Three outlaws and a gunman; The clan man. 1976: Boots hard, silk stockings; Shout at the devil. 1978: The train of spies. 1979: One red, division of shock. 1980: Hunting wild. 1982: marine Corps Combat Leadership Skills. 1983: Gorky Park. 1984: Dog day. 1985: The Delta Force.

Works for television

1957: M Squad (series; also producer). 1963: The Lawbreakers. 1967: The Meanest Men in the West. 1983: The Making of "Gorky Park". 1985: The Dirty Dozen: The Next Mission.

Other television appearances

1952: Dragnet (episode: The Big Cast); Thriller (episode: Needle in a Haystack). 1955: TV Reader's Digest; Studio One (episode Shakedown Cruise). 1957: The United States Steel Hour (episode: Shadow of Evil). 1959: Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse (episode: Man in Orbit). 1961: Wagon Train (episode: The Christopher Hayle Story); Checkmate (episode: Jungle Castle); The untouchables (episode: The Nick Acropolis Story); Alcoa Premiere (episode: People Need People); The Investigators (episode: The Oracle); The Twilight Zone (episode: The Grave); Route 66 (episode: Mon Petit Chou). 1962: Ben Casey (episode: A Story To Be Softly Sold); Bonanza (episode: The Crucible); Dr. Kildare (episode: One For The Road); The Virginian (episode: It Tolls For Thee); The untouchables (episode: A Fist For Five). 1963: Kraft Suspense Theatre (episode: The Case Against Paul Ryker); The Great Adventure (episode: Six Wagons To Sea); Combat! (episode: Bridge at Chalons); The Twilight Zone (episode: Steel). 1964: Dr. Kildare (The Sound of a Faraway Hill).