Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Lee Marvin

Lee Marvin (1924 – 1987) was an American actor known for his gravelly voice, white hair and 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) stature, Marvin initially appeared in supporting roles, mostly villains, soldiers and other hardboiled characters.

It all changed in 1965 when Marvin won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his comic role in the offbeat Western Cat Ballou starring Jane Fonda. He also won the 1965 Silver Bear for Best Actor at the 15th Berlin International Film Festival.

Marvin next performed in the hit Western The Professionals (1966), in which he played the leader of a small band of skilled mercenaries (Burt Lancaster, Robert Ryan, and Woody Strode) rescuing a kidnap victim (Claudia Cardinale) shortly after the Mexican Revolution.

He followed that film with the hugely successful World War II epic The Dirty Dozen (1967) in which top-billed Marvin again portrayed an intrepid commander of a colorful group (future stars John Cassavetes, Charles Bronson, Telly Savalas, Jim Brown, and Donald Sutherland) performing an almost impossible mission. In the wake of these two films and after having received an Oscar, Marvin was a huge star.

In 1969 despite his limited singing ability, Marvin starred in the musical Paint Your Wagon with Clint Eastwood and had a hit song with "Wand'rin' Star", which went to no.1 in the UK pop charts.

Marvin's last big role was in Samuel Fuller's The Big Red One (1980), a war film based on Fuller's own war experiences, his final appearance was in The Delta Force (1986) with Chuck Norris. [Wikipedia]

The Comancheros (1961)

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)

Donovan's Reef (1963)

Donovan's Reef (1963) Italian poster

The Killers (1964)

The Killers (1964) Spanish poster

Cat Ballou (1965)

Cat Ballou (1965) Japanese poster

The Professionals (1966)

The Professionals (1966) Spanish poster

The Dirty Dozen (1967)

The Dirty Dozen (1967) French poster

Point Blank (1967)

Point Blank (1967) French poster

Hell in the Pacific (1968) Japanese poster

Sergeant Ryker (1968)

Paint Your Wagon (1969)

Paint Your Wagon (1969) Italian poster

Monte Walsh (1970)

Pocket Money (1972)

Prime Cut (1972)

Prime Cut (1972)

Emperor of the North (1973)

The Klansman (1974)

The Klansman (1974) French poster

The Spikes Gang (1974)

The Great Scout and Cathouse Thursday (1976)

Shout at the Devil (1976)

Shout at the Devil (1976) Alternative Title

Avalanche Express (1979)

The Big Red One (1980)

Death Hunt (1981)

Gorky Park (1983)

The Delta Force (1986)

The Delta Force (1986) French poster

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