Lee Van Cleef


Actor
Lee Van Cleef

About

Birth Place
Somerville, New Jersey, USA
Born
January 09, 1925
Died
December 14, 1989
Cause of Death
Apparent Heart Attack

Biography

Lean, cool character player whose angular features marked him as a villain and who found his fortune as the hero of "spaghetti westerns" such as "For a Few Dollars More" (1965) and "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" (1967)....

Family & Companions

Barbara Hevelone
Wife
Second wife; married in July 13, 1976.

Bibliography

"Lee Van Cleef: A Biographical, Film and Television Reference"
Mike Malloy, McFarland

Biography

Lean, cool character player whose angular features marked him as a villain and who found his fortune as the hero of "spaghetti westerns" such as "For a Few Dollars More" (1965) and "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" (1967).

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

The Best of the Martial Arts Films (1992)
Thieves of Fortune (1990)
Speed Zone (1989)
Killing Machine (1986)
Maitre Julot
Armed Response (1986)
Jungle Raiders (1984)
Inspector Warren
Geheimcode Wildganse (1984)
Archie "China" Travers
Escape From New York (1981)
The Octagon (1980)
Mccarn
The Squeeze (1980)
Chris
Nowhere to Hide (1977)
Kid Vengeance (1977)
Mcclain
Take a Hard Ride (1975)
The Magnificent Seven Ride! (1972)
Chris [Adams]
Captain Apache (1971)
Captain Apache
Hunt the Man Down (1971)
Return Of Sabata (1971)
Sabata (1970)
Sabata
Barquero (1970)
Travis
El Condor (1970)
Jaroo
Day of Anger (1969)
Frank Talby
Death Rides a Horse (1969)
Ryan
The Big Gundown (1968)
Jonathan Corbett
For a Few Dollars More (1967)
Col. Douglas Mortimer
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966)
Setenza
How the West Was Won (1963)
Marty
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
Reese
Posse From Hell (1961)
Leo
Ride Lonesome (1959)
Frank John
Machete (1958)
Miguel
The Bravados (1958)
Alfonso Parral
The Young Lions (1958)
Sergeant Rickett
Guns, Girls and Gangsters (1958)
Mike Bennett
Day of the Bad Man (1958)
Jake Hayes
Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957)
Editor Bailey
The Lonely Man (1957)
Faro
Raiders of Old California (1957)
Pardee
Gun Battle at Monterey (1957)
Kirby
Joe Dakota (1957)
Adam Grant
China Gate (1957)
Major Cham
The Tin Star (1957)
Editor McGaffey
The Quiet Gun (1957)
Doug Sadler
Last Stagecoach West (1957)
Steve Margolis
The Badge of Marshal Brennan (1957)
Shad Doniphan
Pardners (1956)
Gus
The Conqueror (1956)
Chepei
It Conquered the World (1956)
Dr. Tom Anderson
Tribute to a Bad Man (1956)
Fat Jones
Accused of Murder (1956)
Sgt. Emmett Lackey
The Vanishing American (1955)
Jay Lord
Ten Wanted Men (1955)
Al Drucker
The Road to Denver (1955)
Pecos Larry
A Man Alone (1955)
Clantin
I Cover the Underworld (1955)
Flash Logan
The Naked Street (1955)
Harry Goldische
Treasure of Ruby Hills (1955)
Frank Emmett
The Big Combo (1955)
Fante
The Yellow Tomahawk (1954)
Fire Knife
Gypsy Colt (1954)
Hank
Dawn at Socorro (1954)
Earl Ferris
Arrow in the Dust (1954)
Crew boss
Rails into Laramie (1954)
Ace Winton
The Desperado (1954)
Paul Creyton/Buck Creyton
Princess of the Nile (1954)
Hakar
Jubilee Trail (1954)
Charles Hale's henchman
The Nebraskan (1953)
Reno
Bandits of Corsica (1953)
Nerva
The Lawless Breed (1953)
Dirk Hanley
The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953)
Corp. Stone, sharpshooter
Arena (1953)
Smitty
Tumbleweed (1953)
Marv
Jack Slade (1953)
Toby MacKay
White Lightning (1953)
Brutus Allen
Vice Squad (1953)
Pete Monte
Kansas City Confidential (1952)
Tony Romano
Untamed Frontier (1952)
Dave Chittun
High Noon (1952)
Jack Colby

Cast (Special)

The Great Mysteries of Hollywood (1981)
When the West Was Fun: A Western Reunion (1979)
Last Stagecoach West (1954)
Steve Margolis (Guest)

Life Events

1942

Employed as farm worker in New Jersey

1952

Film debut, "High Noon"

Photo Collections

Death Rides a Horse - Movie Poster
Death Rides a Horse - Movie Poster

Videos

Movie Clip

For A Few Dollars More (1965) - This Train'll Stop At Tucumcari Lee Van Cleef as Mortimer carries the opening scene, identified already as a bounty hunter, Jesús Guzmán the “carpetbagger” on the train, Roberto Camardiel as the station master in Tucumcari (though the real Tucumcari wasn’t established until 1901), in the second film in Sergio Leone’s trilogy starring Clint Eastwood, For A Few Dollars More, 1965.
For A Few Dollars More (1965) - Open, The Bounty Killers Appeared Austere but arresting and unmistakable, a single shot from director Sergio Leone, a single piece of action, Ennio Morricone’s score and the distinctive graphics, opening the second film in the famous Clint Eastwood “Spaghetti Western” trilogy, For A Few Dollars More, 1965 and 1967.
High Noon (1952) - Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darlin' Outlaws Colby (Lee Van Cleef), Ben Miller (Sheb Wooley) and Pierce (Robert Wilke) gather as Tex Ritter sings "Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darlin'" in the opening of Fred Zinnemann's High Noon, 1952.
How The West Was Won (1962) - In The Spirit Of Your Forefathers Trapper Rawlings (James Stewart) is planning revenge on merchant bandit Hawkins (Walter Brennan) and crew, even as he’s fleecing bible beating Prescott (Karl Malden) and his clan (Agnes Moorehead, Debbie Reynolds, Carroll Baker et al), mayhem ensuing, in director Henry Hathaway’s segment of How The West Was Won, 1962.
Gypsy Colt (1954) - These Come Home Horses Meg (Donna Corcoran) is distraught because her horse, who used to pick her up from school, has been sold, but today he turns up, bringing her home to her parents (Ward Bond, Frances Dee), and a confrontation with the trainer (Lee Van Cleef) who works for the new owner, in MGM’s Gypsy Colt, 1954.
Kansas City Confidential - You Are From Tijuana? Framed Joe (John Payne) arrives with new friend Helen (Coleen Gray, her first scene, whom we will learn is the daughter of the master criminal) at the resort where Kane (Neville Brand) and Romano (Lee Van Cleef) realize he's taken the identity of their fellow hood, Teresa (Dona Drake) greeting, in Phil Karlson's Kansas City Confidential, 1952.
Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, The (1962) - That's My Steak Men fight over meat, with Ranse (James Stewart) waiting table, Liberty (Lee Marvin) making trouble, and Tom (John Wayne) booting Strother Martin, in an outrageous confrontation from John Ford's The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, 1962.
Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, The (1962) - Western Law Veteran senator Ranse Stoddard (James Stewart) begins narrating the long flashback, recalling his arrival on the stagecoach and his first encounter with the bandit (Lee Marvin) in John Ford's The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, 1962.
Gunfight At The O.K. Corral (1957) - Get Out Whlle You Can Doc Holliday (Kirk Douglas) ducks his hotel bill and enters a saloon to settle a score with gambler Bailey (younger Lee Van Cleef), anticipating his own arrest, in John Sturges' Gunfight At The O.K. Corral, 1957.
Ride Lonesome (1959) - I Did Him A Hurt Once With director Budd Boetticher’s landscapes, about an hour into the picture, we finally meet villain Frank (Lee Van Cleef) who, explaining to a sidekick (Dyke Johnson), begins to realize why bounty hunter Randolph Scott (not seen) doesn’t mind being followed, in Ride Lonesome, 1959.
Good, The Bad And The Ugly, The (1966) - You Can Have The Rope Setenza (Lee Van Cleef) sees what's coming as Joe (Clint Eastwood) rescues Tuco (Eli Wallach) from hanging once again, building up toward the three-way confrontation in the desert, the climax in the third film in Sergio Leone's trilogy, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, 1966.
Good, The Bad And The Ugly, The (1966) - Opening Credits Ennio Morricone's famous score tends to dominate the opening credit sequence for the final film in Sergio Leone's famed "Man With No Name" trilogy, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, 1967, with Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef and Eli Wallach.

Trailer

Magnificent Seven Ride!, The (1972) -- Theatrical Trailer After two sequels shot in Spain, this third was made back in California, mostly around Joshua Tree National Park, again from the Mirisch Company, with Lee Van Cleef as the third to portray mercenary Chris (after Yul Brynner and George Kennedy), in the third and last sequel, with Luke Askew and Ralph Waite among his recruits, The Magnificent Seven Ride!, 1972.
For A Few Dollars More (1965) -- (U.S. Trailer) Two bounty hunters join forces to bring an outlaw to justice in For a Few Dollars More, 1965, the second film in Sergio Leone's trilogy starring Clint Eastwood.
Nebraskan, The - (Black-and-white Trailer) A frontier scout tries to make peace between settlers and the Sioux in The Nebraskan (1953).
Gypsy Colt - (Original Trailer) It's Lassie, Come Home but with a horse in Gypsy Colt (1954) starring Ward Bond.
Beast From 20,000 Fathoms, The - (Original Trailer) A nuclear blast in the Arctic awakens The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953).
Young Lions, The - (Original Trailer) A Jewish soldier (Montgomery Clift) faces anti-Semitism when he enlists to fight World War II in The Young Lions (1958).
Tin Star, The - (Original Trailer) An experienced bounty hunter (Henry Fonda) helps a young sheriff (Anthony Perkins) learn the meaning of his badge in Anthony Mann's The Tin Star (1957).
Dawn At Socorro - (Original Trailer) In one of Rory Calhoun's best westerns he plays a gunfighter turned gambler who falls in love with a dance-hall girl, then has to win her in a poker game.
Good, the Bad and the Ugly, The - (U.S. Trailer) Three men seek hidden loot during the Civil War in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966), the third film in Sergio Leone's Clint Eastwood trilogy.
Tribute To A Bad Man - (Original Trailer) A brutal rancher (James Cagney) has to soften his ways to win the woman he loves. Directed by Robert Wise.
Ride Lonesome - (Original Trailer) A bounty hunter (Randolph Scott) tries to bring a murderer to justice through perilous territory in Budd Boetticher's Ride Lonesome (1959).
High Noon - (Original Trailer) A retired marshall (Gary Cooper) must defend his town from a vengeful ex-con in High Noon (1952), directed by Fred Zinnemann.

Family

Clarence Van Cleef
Father
Marion Van Cleef
Mother

Companions

Barbara Hevelone
Wife
Second wife; married in July 13, 1976.

Bibliography

"Lee Van Cleef: A Biographical, Film and Television Reference"
Mike Malloy, McFarland