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Lee Marvin

Lee Marvin

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Also Known As: Died: August 29, 1987
Born: February 19, 1924 Cause of Death: heart attack
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: Cast ...
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1942:
Fought in Pacific chapter of WWII; gun shot wound resulted in 13 months of hospitalization before discharge
1947:
Stage debut in "Roadside" with Maverick Theater, Woodstock, NY; then to Greenwich Village, New York
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Appeared Off-Broadway and in summer stock
1950:
Moved to Hollywood under the aegis of Henry Hathaway
1950:
Film debut (a bit) in "Teresa", directed by Fred Zinnemann
1951:
Film acting debut in Henry Hathaway's "You're In the Navy Now
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Returned to New York for Broadway appearance in "Billy Budd"; then toured in "A Streetcar Named Desire" and "The Hasty Heart"
1952:
Signed contract with Columbia
1953:
Famous early career moment on screen: as the tough thug who throws scalding hot coffee in Gloria Grahame's face in Fritz Lang's noir classic, "The Big Heat"
1954:
Portrayed a dim-witted, sadistic cowboy who menaced Spencer Tracy in "Bad Day at Black Rock"
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Starred on TV's "M Squad" (117 episodes)
1962:
Delivered strong performance as vicious killer Liberty Valence in John Ford's "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence"
1964:
Played methodical, gray-haired businessman-assassin in Don Siegel's "The Killers" (film was originally made-for-TV, but deemed to violent and released theatrically; marked Ronald Reagan's final screen role before his political career)
1965:
Won Best Actor Oscar doing double duty as Kid Shelleen, the whisky-soaked but good-hearted gunfighter, and his evil twin Tim Straun, who dressed in black and wore a silver nose because his own had been bitten off in a brawl
1967:
Led a band of "dead-end" soldiers behind enemy lines in the hit "The Dirty Dozen"
1967:
Created one of the most influential violent heroes as the destroyer of the "organization" in John Boorman's "Point Blank"
1969:
Made screen singing debut in Josh Logan's dreadful "Paint Your Wagon"
1972:
Appeared in "Prime Cut", once again as a violent hero
1979:
Played a squadron leader in Samuel Fuller's comeback pic "The Big Red One"
1979:
Played a squadron leader in Samuel Fuller's comeback picture "The Big Red One"
1979:
Was successful defendant in landmark "palimony" suit brought against him by onetime live-in girlfriend, Michelle Triola Marvin
1983:
Portrayed devious fur dealer in "Gorky Park"

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