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Lee Van Cleef

After gaining attention as henchman, Jack Colby, in “High Noon” (1952), Lee Van Cleef flip-flopped from hero to villain in both A grade & B grade westerns, his most memorable films being “The Good The Bad & The Ugly”, “Sabata”, “Captain Apache”, “El Condor”, & “The Magnificent 7 Ride”.

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Birth Name: Lee Van Cleef

Date Of Birth: 9th January 1925

Place Of Birth: Somerville, New Jersey, USA

Date Of Death: 16th December 1989

Place Of Death: Oxnard, California, USA

Height: 6’ 2”

Spouses: Patsy Ruth (1943 - ?)                Joanie (1960 - ?)                            Barbara Havelone (1976 - 1989 his death)

Debut Film: High Noon (1952)

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Lee Van Cleef’s Top 5 Movies on DVD

High Noon (Collector's Edition) [DVD](1952) DVD
Four Academy Awards, including Gary Cooper's second Best Actor Oscar, went to director Fred Zinnemann's landmark Western drama. Cooper shines as retiring frontier marshal Will Kane, who must stand alone when a vengeance-seeking outlaw comes to town. Grace Kelly co-stars as Kane's new Quaker wife; with Lloyd Bridges, Katy Jurado, Ian MacDonald, Thomas Mitchell & Lee Van Cleef. 85 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; "making of" documentary; photo gallery; audio commentary; theatrical trailers; radio broadcast with Tex Ritter; interactive menus; scene access.

Gunfight At The O.K. Corral [DVD](1957) DVD
Superbly mounted, landmark western that authentically depicts the famous showdown between Wyatt Earp and "Doc" Holliday and the Clanton Gang, while exploring the friendship between the rugged marshal (Burt Lancaster) and the dentist turned gunfighter (Kirk Douglas). Co-stars Rhonda Fleming, John Ireland & Lee Van Cleef; directed by John Sturges and written by Leon Uris. 122 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English.

For A Few Dollars More [DVD](1967) DVD
Clint squints his way to the top in this slam-bang sequel to "A Fistful of Dollars." Eastwood and Lee Van Cleef star as two wandering gunslingers who must combine forces to track down a wanted killer. Directed by Sergio Leone. 113 min. Widescreen; Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital mono, French Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English, French, Spanish; interactive menus; production notes; scene access; theatrical trailer; trivia.

The Good, The Bad And The Ugly [DVD](1967) DVD
Clint Eastwood at his best! Believe it or not, he's the good, while Lee Van Cleef is the bad and Eli Wallach is the ugly. The three are after treasure during the Civil War, and there's no stopping them or their hungry quest. Superb score; a two-fisted Sergio Leone classic. 161 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital stereo, Spanish Dolby Digital stereo; Subtitles: English, French, Spanish; deleted scenes; interactive menus; production notes; scene access; theatrical trailer; trivia.

Beyond The Law [DVD](1968) DVD
Western legend Lee Van Cleef is a man caught in the middle, as the ex-leader of an outlaw gang becomes the town sheriff and must choose between protecting a fortune in loot or siding with his former allies. With Antonio Sabato, Gordon Mitchell, Bud Spencer. AKA "Bloodsilver," "The Good Die First." 90 min.


Lee Van Cleef’s Top 5 Movies on VHS

The Bravados(1958) VHS
Powerful drama of frontier justice stars Gregory Peck as the man out to catch four outlaws he believes were responsible for assaulting and killing his wife, only to learn that his vigilante actions come at a terrible cost. Thoughtful Western co-stars Stephen Boyd, Joan Collins; look for Lee Van Cleef and "Curly Joe" De Rita as a hangman. 99 min.

Day Of Anger(1967) VHS
First-class Italian frontier saga starring Lee Van Cleef as a master gunslinger who joins forces with an orphan to take over a small town. After teaching the youngster everything he knows, Van Cleef finds himself facing his student in a showdown. With Giuliano Gemma, Walter Rilla; directed by Tonino Valerii ("My Name Is Nobody"). AKA: "Days of Wrath."

Death Rides A Horse(1969) VHS
A young man looking for the outlaws who killed his parents teams up with an embittered gunslinger after those responsible for his imprisonment in this violent Western tale. Lee Van Cleef, John Phillip Law, Anthony Dawson star. 115 min.

El Condor(1970) VHS
To Jim Brown (``The Dirty Dozen''), martial arts star Lee Van Cleef and an Apache raiding party, it's an impregnable Mexican fortress crammed with gold and ready for plundering, but to generalissimo Patrick O'Neal, it's his secret place to defend at any cost. Bloody post-Civil War epic scored by Maurice Jarre. 102 min.

God's Gun(1977) VHS
Sagebrush stunner casts Lee Van Cleef in a dual role: a courageous priest, shot down defending his village from a marauding gang, and his gunslinging twin brother, who's out to prove that vengeance is his! Jack Palance, Richard Boone, Sybil Danning, Leif Garrett co-star. AKA: "A Bullet from God." 93 min.


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Lee Van Cleef Book Now Available

Book Title: Lee Van Cleef: A Biographical Film & Television Reference

Book Description:
From 1952 through 1989, Lee Van Cleef made over 80 films for studios around the world. He also starred in the 1984 television series The Master. Though he played a variety of roles, he is best remembered for his work in Westerns. Film-by-film and show-by-show, this work fully details Van Cleef's career. Each movie entry includes cast and credits, studio, running times, year of release, a plot synopsis and an overview of Van Cleef's role. The background of the ABC series The Master is then given, followed by an episode guide that provides airdate, cast and credits, a synopsis and commentary. Comprehensive information on Van Cleef's other appearances in television concludes the work. Click the link below for more details:

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


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Lee Van Cleef at Hollywood Teen Movies

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The Good, The Bad And The Ugly (1966)
For A Few Dollars More (1965)
Gunfight At The OK Corral (1957)
High Noon (1952)

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