Van Heflin


Actor
Van Heflin

About

Also Known As
Emmett Evan Heflin Jr., Lt. Van Heflin A.A.F.R.
Birth Place
Walters, Oklahoma, USA
Born
December 13, 1910
Died
July 23, 1971
Cause of Death
Heart Attack

Biography

Rugged, versatile leading man with a flair for playing charming, opportunistic types. "The Prowler" (1951) and "3:10 to Yuma" (1957) show him at two extremes: as a crooked, ruthless cop and an honest, innocent farmer out to help the law. Perhaps best remembered as the resolute rancher in "Shane" (1953), he later appeared in character roles, such as the bomb-toting passenger aboard "Airp...

Photos & Videos

The Three Musketeers (1948) - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Green Dolphin Street - Publicity Stills
3:10 to Yuma - Movie Posters

Family & Companions

Esther Ralston
Wife
Actor. Married 1934-1936.
Frances Neal
Wife
Actor. Married 1942-1967.

Notes

For a number of years Heflin was the youngest actor to win an Oscar.

Biography

Rugged, versatile leading man with a flair for playing charming, opportunistic types. "The Prowler" (1951) and "3:10 to Yuma" (1957) show him at two extremes: as a crooked, ruthless cop and an honest, innocent farmer out to help the law. Perhaps best remembered as the resolute rancher in "Shane" (1953), he later appeared in character roles, such as the bomb-toting passenger aboard "Airport" (1970)

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

The Last Child (1971)
Airport (1970)
D. O. Guerrero
The Ruthless Four (1969)
Sam Cooper
The Big Bounce (1969)
Sam Mirakian
The Man Outside (1968)
Bill Maclean
Stagecoach (1966)
Curly
Once a Thief (1965)
Mike Vido
The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)
Bar Amand
The Wastrel (1963)
Duncan Bell
Cry of Battle (1963)
Joe Trent
Under Ten Flags (1960)
Cmdr. Reger
Five Branded Women (1960)
Velko
Tempest (1959)
Pugacioff
They Came to Cordura (1959)
Sgt. John Chawk
Gunman's Walk (1958)
Lee Hackett
3:10 to Yuma (1957)
Dan Evans
Patterns (1956)
Fred Staples
Count Three and Pray (1955)
Luke Fargo
Battle Cry (1955)
Maj. Sam "High Pockets" Huxley
Black Widow (1954)
Peter Denver
Tanganyika (1954)
John Gale
The Raid (1954)
Maj. Neal Benton, also known as Neal Swayze
Woman's World (1954)
Jerry Talbot
The Golden Mask (1954)
Wings of the Hawk (1953)
Irish Gallagher
Shane (1953)
Joe Starrett
My Son John (1952)
Stedman
Weekend with Father (1951)
Brad Stubbs
Tomahawk (1951)
Jim Bridger
The Prowler (1951)
Webb Garwood
East Side, West Side (1950)
Mark Dwyer
Madame Bovary (1949)
Charles Bovary
Act of Violence (1949)
Frank R. Enley
B. F.'s Daughter (1948)
Thomas W. Brett
Tap Roots (1948)
Keith Alexander
The Three Musketeers (1948)
Athos
The Secret Land (1948)
Narration
Possessed (1947)
David Sutton
Green Dolphin Street (1947)
Timothy Haslam
Till the Clouds Roll By (1947)
James I. Hessler
The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946)
Sam Masterson
Presenting Lily Mars (1943)
John Thornway
Seven Sweethearts (1942)
Henry Taggart
Grand Central Murder (1942)
"Rocky" Custer
Kid Glove Killer (1942)
Gordon McKay
Tennessee Johnson (1942)
Andrew Johnson
Johnny Eager (1942)
Jeff Hartnett
H. M. Pulham, Esq. (1941)
Bill King
The Feminine Touch (1941)
Elliott Morgan
Santa Fe Trail (1940)
[Carl] Rader
Back Door to Heaven (1939)
John Shelley, as an adult
Saturday's Heroes (1937)
Val Webster
The Outcasts of Poker Flat (1937)
Reverend Sam Woods
Flight from Glory (1937)
George Wilson
Annapolis Salute (1937)
Clay V. Parker
A Woman Rebels (1936)
Gerald Waring

Life Events

1928

Broadway actor

1936

Film actor "A Woman Rebels"

Photo Collections

The Three Musketeers (1948) - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Here are a few photos taken behind-the-scenes of MGM's The Three Musketeers (1948), starring Gene Kelly, June Allyson, and Van Heflin.
Green Dolphin Street - Publicity Stills
Here are a few photos taken to help publicize MGM's Green Dolphin Street (1947), starring Lana Turner, Van Heflin, and Donna Reed. Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
3:10 to Yuma - Movie Posters
Here are a few original release movie posters from Columbia Pictures' 3:10 to Yuma (1957), starring Glenn Ford and Van Heflin.
The Prowler - Lobby Cards
Here are several Lobby Cards from Joseph Losey's The Prowler (1951), starring Van Heflin and Evelyn Keyes. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
Possessed (1947) - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for Possessed (1947), starring Joan Crawford and Van Heflin. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
Act of Violence - Portrait Publicity Stills
Here are a few close-up Publicity Stills from Act of Violence (1949), starring Robert Ryan, Janet Leigh, and Van Heflin. Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
Grand Central Murder - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for Grand Central Murder (1942), starring Van Heflin. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
Madame Bovary - Lobby Card Set
Here is a set of Lobby Cards from MGM's Madame Bovary (1949), starring Jennifer Jones, Van Heflin, and James Mason. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
The Three Musketeers (1948) - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for The Three Musketeers (1948). One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
Count Three and Pray - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for Count Three and Pray (1955), starring Van Heflin and Joanne Woodward. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
Act of Violence - Publicity Art
Here is a specialty drawing created by MGM for newspaper and magazine reproduction to publicize Act of Violence (1949), starring Janet Leigh and Van Heflin.
East Side, West Side - Movie Poster
Here is an original half-sheet movie poster for MGM's East Side, West Side (1949), starring Barbara Stanwyck, James Mason, Ava Gardner, and Van Heflin.
Green Dolphin Street - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for Green Dolphin Street (1947). One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.

Videos

Movie Clip

Green Dolphin Street (1947) - I Think I'll Be A Smuggler! The dazzling Patourel sisters (Lana Turner as Marianne, Donna Reed as Marguerite), on the fictional Channel Island of St. Pierre in the 1840’s, are observed by Van Heflin (as Timothy Haslam, with Ramsey Ames), then picnic with their handsome unorthodox new neighbor William (Richard Hart), early in MGM’s disaster-melodrama Green Dolphin Street, 1947.
Greatest Story Ever Told, The (1965) -- Your Brother Will Rise Again Jesus (Max Von Sydow) has traveled to Bethany, where Martha (Ina Balin) can't see why he didn't prevent her brother Lazarus' death, Magdalene (Joanna Dunham) among observers as director George Stevens frames the renowned miracle, in The Greatest Story Ever Told, 1965.
Green Dolphin Street (1947) - Big Sea A big earthquake from MGM special effects wizards A. Arnold Gillespie and Warren Newcombe has already begun in what by now must be 1850-something New Zealand, Van Heflin is rescuing Lana Turner while Richard Hart, her husband on a nearby riverboat, is slow to recognize what the natives sense, in Green Dolphin Street, 1947.
Strange Love Of Martha Ivers, The (1946) - All Life Is A Gamble Walter (Kirk Douglas) receives unexpected old pal rogue Sam (Van Heflin), when his wife Martha (Barbara Stanwyck) arrives, buttons being pushed immediately, in Lewis Milestone's The Strange Love Of Martha Ivers, 1946.
Once A Thief (1965) - He's Going Back First scene for Van Heflin as San Francisco police inspector Vido and his partner (Steve Mitchell), at the scene of a murder and holdup (conducted by, we’ll soon learn, Alain Delon), revealing some history and tangling with his boss (Jeff Corey), in director Ralph Nelson’s Once A Thief, 1965.
Gunman's Walk (1958) - Put That Gun Away! Rebellious son Ed Hackett (accomplished rider Tab Hunter, in the saddle) has been challenged by his prominent rancher father Lee (Van Heflin) to see who can get to the saloon quicker, leading to stunts then a confrontation in the barroom, Paul Bryar the bartender, Ray Teal the observant stranger, in director Phil Karlson’s Gunman’s Walk, 1958.
Gunman's Walk (1958) - Habit Is A Strong Thing Van Heflin as titanic rancher father Lee Hackett is angry with son Davy (James Darren), for being unwilling to wear his gun, and shooting poorly when he does, offering instruction when they’re joined by more dangerous brother Ed (Tab Hunter), in a striking bit of Western macho family dynamics, in Gunman’s Walk, 1958, from a Rick Hardman story and Frank Nugent screenplay.
Possessed (1947) - I'm Used To Difficult Patients Still in flashback constructing the events leading to her breakdown, nurse Louise (Joan Crawford), just spurned by her love interest on her day off down by the lake, is waylaid by her affluent employer Graham (Raymond Massey), whose troubled wife she cares for, early in director Curtis Bernhardt’s Possessed, 1947.
Possessed (1947) - Open, I Thought I'd Lost You Joining director Curtis Bernhardt’s intense opening, with some soundstage shots but also lots of downtown L-A and USC Medical Center, Joan Crawford as distraught nurse Louise has definite problems, in Possessed, 1947, also starring Van Heflin, from screenwriters Ranald MacDougal and Silvia Richards, and producer Jerry Wald.
Johnny Eager (1942) - A Modern Boswell Paroled Robert Taylor (title character), still in the rackets but posing as a cabbie, walks in on girlfriend Garnet (Patricia Dane) and dipsomaniac sidekick Jeff (Van Heflin, his first scene) in Mervyn LeRoy's Johnny Eager, 1942.
Act Of Violence (1949) - I Remembered Something The viewer doesn't yet know why Parkson (Robert Ryan) is stalking fellow WWII vet Enley (Van Heflin), fishing on a California lake with pal Fred (Harry Antrim), in Fred Zinnemann's Act Of Violence, 1949.
Act Of Violence (1949) - No Place To Go Frightened spouse Edith (Janet Leigh) calls Frank (Van Heflin) at the convention in L-A to warn him that Parkson (Robert Ryan) is on his trail, causing him to flee, and meet hooker Pat (Mary Astor) in a bar, in Fred Zinnemann's Act Of Violence, 1949.

Trailer

H.M. Pulham, Esquire - (Original Trailer) Robert Young plays a stuffy businessman who livens things up by having a fling with Hedy Lamarr. Directed by King Vidor.
Gunman's Walk - (Original Trailer) A rancher's rebellious son tries to teach him that violence is no longer an answer in Gunman's Walk (1958).
Grand Central Murder - (Original Trailer) A detective (Van Heflin) investigates an actress's murder in a train car in Grand Central Murder (1942).
East Side, West Side - (Original Trailer) Chic New York couple Barbara Stanwyck and James Mason are torn apart by a seductive model in East Side, West Side (1950).
Secret Land, The - (Original Trailer) The Secret Land (1948) is an Oscar-winning documentary about Admiral Richard Byrd and his explorations of the Antarctic, narrated by Van Johnson, Robert Montgomery, and Robert Taylor.
Greatest Story Ever Told, The - (Original Trailer) The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965) is an epic re-telling of the life of Christ, directed by George Stevens and starring Max Von Sydow, Dorothy McGuire, Claude Rains and many more
Presenting Lily Mars - (Original Trailer) A small-town girl fights for her chance on Broadway in Presenting Lily Mars (1943) starring Judy Garland.
3:10 To Yuma (1957) - (Original Trailer) A rancher (Van Heflin) must run the gauntlet to get a prisoner (Glenn Ford) to the 3:10 To Yuma, directed by Delmer Daves.
Santa Fe Trail -- (Original Trailer) Errol Flynn is the young Jeb Stuart sent out to stop abolitionist John Brown (Raymond Massey) in Santa Fe Trail (1940).
Weekend With Father - (Teaser trailer) Love blooms when two single parents (Van Heflin, Patricia Neal) send their children off to camp in Weekend with Father (1951).
Three Musketeers, The (1948) -- (Re-issue Trailer) Gene Kelly, Lana Turner, and Janet Leigh star in The Three Musketeers (1948), a lavish adaptation of Alexandre Dumas' classic swashbuckler.
Tennessee Johnson - (Original Trailer) Tennessee Johnson (1942), a biography of Andrew Johnson (Van Heflin), who became the only U.S. president ever to be tried by Congress.

Family

Frances Heflin
Sister
Actor. Died of lung cancer on June 1. 1996 at the age of 71.

Companions

Esther Ralston
Wife
Actor. Married 1934-1936.
Frances Neal
Wife
Actor. Married 1942-1967.

Bibliography

Notes

For a number of years Heflin was the youngest actor to win an Oscar.