Lee Marvin
Marvin in 1959
Lamont Waltman Marvin Jr.

(1924-02-19)February 19, 1924
DiedAugust 29, 1987(1987-08-29) (aged 63)
Resting placeArlington National Cemetery
Years active1950–1986
Political partyDemocratic
  • Betty Ebeling
    (m. 1952; div. 1967)
  • Pamela Feeley
    (m. 1970)
PartnerMichelle Triola (1965–1970)
Military career
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Marine Corps
Years of service1942–1945
RankPrivate first class
Battles/warsWorld War II

Lee Marvin (February 19, 1924 – August 29, 1987) was an American film and television actor. Known for his bass voice and premature white hair, he is best remembered for playing hardboiled "tough guy" characters. Although initially typecast as the "heavy" (i.e. villainous character), he later gained prominence for portraying anti-heroes, such as Detective Lieutenant Frank Ballinger on the television series M Squad (1957–1960). Marvin's notable roles in film included Charlie Strom in The Killers (1964), Rico Fardan in The Professionals (1966), Major John Reisman in The Dirty Dozen (1967), Ben Rumson in Paint Your Wagon (1969), Walker in Point Blank (1967), and the Sergeant in The Big Red One (1980).

Marvin achieved numerous accolades when he portrayed both gunfighter Kid Shelleen and criminal Tim Strawn in a dual role for the comedy Western film Cat Ballou (1965), alongside Jane Fonda, a surprise hit which won him the Academy Award for Best Actor, along with a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe Award, an NBR Award, and the Silver Bear for Best Actor.

Early life

Lamont Waltman Marvin Jr. was born in New York City to Lamont Waltman Marvin – World War I veteran of the Army Corps of Engineers and an advertising executive – and Courtenay Washington (née Davidge), a fashion writer. Confederate General Robert E. Lee was his first cousin, four times removed.[1][2] His father was a direct descendant of Matthew Marvin Sr., who emigrated from Great Bentley, Essex, England in 1635, and helped found Hartford, Connecticut. Marvin studied violin when he was young.[3] He suffered from dyslexia and ADHD.[citation needed] Marvin did not enjoy school and studied poorly. As a teenager, Marvin "spent weekends and spare time hunting deer, puma, wild turkey, and bobwhite in the wilds of the then-uncharted Everglades".[4]

He attended Manumit School, a Christian socialist boarding school in Pawling, New York, during the late 1930s, and Peekskill Military Academy in Peekskill, New York. He later attended St. Leo College Preparatory School, a Catholic school in St. Leo, Florida, after being expelled from several other schools for bad behavior (smoking cigarettes, truancy of lessons and fights).[5]

Military service

World War II

Picture of Private Lee Marvin, USMC, as listed in the "Red Book", 24th Regiment, 4th Marine Division, published in 1943

Marvin enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on August 12, 1942. Before finishing School of Infantry, he was a quartermaster. Marvin served in the 4th Marine Division as a scout sniper in the Pacific Theater during World War II,[6] including assaults on Eniwetok and Saipan-Tinian.[7] While serving as a member of "I" Company, 3rd Battalion, 24th Marines, 4th Marine Division, Marvin participated in 21 amphibious assaults on Japanese-held islands. He was wounded in action on June 18, 1944, while taking part in the assault on Mount Tapochau during the Battle of Saipan, in the course of which most of his company became casualties.[8] He was hit by machine gun fire, which severed his sciatic nerve,[9] and then was hit again in the foot by a sniper.[10] After over a year of medical treatment in naval hospitals, Marvin was given a medical discharge with the rank of private first class. He previously held the rank of corporal, but had been demoted for troublemaking.[10]

Marvin's decorations include the Purple Heart Medal, the Presidential Unit Citation, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, and the Combat Action Ribbon.[7][11]

Medals and ribbons

Purple Heart
Navy Commendation Medal with V Device[citation needed]
Combat Action Ribbon
Presidential Unit Citation
American Campaign Medal
Bronze star
Bronze star
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
World War II Victory Medal

Acting career

Lee Marvin in "The Grave", a 1961 episode of The Twilight Zone

Early acting career

After the war, while working as a plumber's assistant in the artist village of Woodstock in upstate New York, Marvin was asked to replace an actor who had fallen ill during rehearsals. He caught the acting bug and got a job with the company for $7 a week. He moved to Greenwich Village and used the G.I. Bill to study at the American Theatre Wing.[12][13]

He appeared on stage in a production of Uniform of Flesh, the original version of Billy Budd (1949).[14] It was performed at the Experimental Theatre, where a few months later, Marvin also appeared in The Nineteenth Hole of Europe (1949).[15]

Marvin began appearing on television shows like Escape, The Big Story, and Treasury Men in Action.[16]

He made it to Broadway with a small role in a production of Uniform of Flesh, now titled Billy Budd, in February 1951.[17]


Marvin's film debut was in You're in the Navy Now (1951), directed by Henry Hathaway, a movie that also marked the debuts of Charles Bronson and Jack Warden. This required some filming in Hollywood. Marvin decided to stay in California.[12]

Marvin in M Squad (1957-1960)

He had a similar small part in Teresa (1951), directed by Fred Zinnemann. As a decorated combat veteran, Marvin was a natural in war dramas, where he frequently assisted the director and other actors in realistically portraying infantry movement, arranging costumes, and the use of firearms.

He guest starred on episodes of Fireside Theatre, Suspense and Rebound. Hathaway used him again on Diplomatic Courier (1952) and he could be seen in Down Among the Sheltering Palms (1952), directed by Edmund Goulding; We're Not Married! (1952), also for Goulding; The Duel at Silver Creek (1952), directed by Don Siegel; and Hangman's Knot (1952), directed by Roy Huggins.

He guest starred on Biff Baker, U.S.A. and Dragnet, and had a showcase role as the squad leader in a feature titled Eight Iron Men (1952), a war film directed by Edward Dmytryk and produced by Stanley Kramer (Marvin's role had been played on Broadway by Burt Lancaster).[18]

He was a sergeant in Seminole (1953), a Western directed by Budd Boetticher, and was a corporal in The Glory Brigade (1953), a Korean War film.[19]

Marvin guest starred in The Doctor, The Revlon Mirror Theater, Suspense, and The Motorola Television Hour.

He was now in much demand for Westerns: The Stranger Wore a Gun (1953) with Randolph Scott, and Gun Fury (1953) ,with Rock Hudson.

The Big Heat and The Wild One

Marvin received much acclaim for his portrayal of villains in two films: The Big Heat (1953) where he played Gloria Grahame's vicious boyfriend, directed by Fritz Lang; and The Wild One (1953), opposite Marlon Brando (Marvin's gang in the film was named "The Beetles"), produced by Kramer.[20]

He continued in TV shows such as The Plymouth Playhouse and The Pepsi-Cola Playhouse. He had support roles in Gorilla at Large (1954) and had a notable small role as smart-aleck sailor Meatball in The Caine Mutiny (1954), produced by Kramer.[12]

Marvin was in The Raid (1954), Center Stage, Medic and TV Reader's Digest.[21]

He had a part as Hector, the small-town hood in Bad Day at Black Rock (1955) ,with Spencer Tracy.[22] Also in 1955, he played a conflicted, brutal bank-robber in Violent Saturday. A critic wrote of the character, "Marvin brings a multi-faceted complexity to the role and gives a great example of the early promise that launched his long and successful career."[23]

Marvin in Attack (1956)

Marvin played Robert Mitchum's and Frank Sinatra's friend in Not as a Stranger (1955), a medical drama produced and directed by Stanley Kramer. He had good supporting roles in A Life in the Balance (1955) (he was third billed), and Pete Kelly's Blues (1955) and appeared on TV in Jane Wyman Presents The Fireside Theatre and Studio One in Hollywood.

Marvin was in I Died a Thousand Times (1955) with Jack Palance, Shack Out on 101 (1955), Kraft Theatre, and Front Row Center.

Marvin was the villain in Seven Men from Now (1956) starring Randolph Scott and directed by Boetticher. He was second-billed to Palance in Attack (1956) directed by Robert Aldrich.

Marvin had roles in Pillars of the Sky (1956) with Jeff Chandler, The Rack (1956) with Paul Newman, Raintree County (1957) with Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift and a leading role in The Missouri Traveler (1958). He also guest starred on Climax! (several times), Studio 57, The United States Steel Hour and Schlitz Playhouse.

M Squad

Marvin in 1959 from the set of M Squad

Marvin debuted as a leading man in M Squad as Chicago cop Frank Ballinger in 100 episodes of the successful 1957–1960 television series. One critic described the show as "a hyped-up, violent Dragnet ...with a hard-as-nails Marvin" playing a tough police lieutenant. Marvin received the role after guest-starring in a Dragnet episode as a serial killer.[24]

When the series ended Marvin appeared on Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse, NBC Sunday Showcase, The Barbara Stanwyck Show, The Americans, Wagon Train, Checkmate, General Electric Theater, Alcoa Premiere, The Investigators, Route 66 (he was injured during a fight scene),[25] Ben Casey, Bonanza, The Untouchables (several times), The Virginian, The Twilight Zone ("The Grave" and "Steel"), and The Dick Powell Theatre.

Early 1960s

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

Marvin returned to feature films with a prominent role in The Comancheros (1961) starring John Wayne and Stuart Whitman. He played in two more films with Wayne, both directed by John Ford: The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962),and Donovan's Reef (1963). As the vicious Liberty Valance, Marvin played his first title role and held his own with two of the screen's biggest stars, Wayne and James Stewart.[26]


In 1962 Marvin appeared as Martin Kalig on the TV western The Virginian in the episode titled "It Tolls for Thee." He continued to guest star on shows like Combat!, Dr. Kildare and The Great Adventure. He did The Case Against Paul Ryker for Kraft Suspense Theatre.

The Killers

For director Don Siegel, Marvin appeared in The Killers (1964) playing an efficient professional assassin alongside Clu Gulager, grappling with villains Ronald Reagan and Angie Dickinson. The film is a remake of The Killers by Richard Siodmak, made in 1946 and starring Burt Lancaster and Ava Gardner.The Killers was the first film in which Marvin received top billing.[27] Originally made as a TV-movie, the film was deemed so entertaining that it was exhibited in theaters instead.

He guest starred on Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre.

Cat Ballou and stardom

Marvin finally became a star for his dual role in the offbeat comedic Western Cat Ballou (1965) starring Jane Fonda. This was a surprise hit, and Marvin won the Academy Award for Best Actor. He also won the Silver Bear for Best Actor at the 15th Berlin International Film Festival in 1965.[28]

Playing alongside Vivien Leigh and Simone Signoret, Marvin won the 1966 National Board of Review Award for male actors for his role in Ship of Fools (1965) directed by Kramer.[N 1][32]

The Professionals

Marvin next performed in the highly regarded 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.[33][34] He had second billing to Lancaster but his part was almost as large.

The Dirty Dozen

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 (played by John Cassavetes, Charles Bronson, Telly Savalas, Jim Brown, and Donald Sutherland) performing an almost impossible mission. Robert Aldrich directed.[35] In an interview, Marvin stated his time in the Marine Corps helped shape that role "by playing an officer how I felt it should have been seen, from the bias of an enlisted man's viewpoint".[36]

Point Blank

In the wake of these films and after having received his Oscar, Marvin was a huge star, given enormous control over his next film Point Blank. In Point Blank, an influential film from director John Boorman, he portrayed a hard-nosed criminal bent on revenge. Marvin, who had selected Boorman for the director's slot, had a central role in the film's development, plot, and staging.[37]

Hell in the Pacific and Sergeant Ryker

In 1968, Marvin also appeared in another Boorman film, the critically acclaimed but commercially unsuccessful World War II character study Hell in the Pacific, also starring famed Japanese actor Toshiro Mifune. Boorman recounted his work with Lee Marvin on these two films and Marvin's influence on his career in the 1998 documentary Lee Marvin: A Personal Portrait by John Boorman. The Case Against Paul Ryker with Bradford Dillman, which Marvin shot for TV's Kraft Suspense Theatre and had been telecast in 1963, was released theatrically as Sergeant Ryker in 1968 after the runaway success of The Dirty Dozen.[38]

Paint Your Wagon

Marvin was originally cast as Pike Bishop (later played by William Holden) in The Wild Bunch (1969), but fell out with director Sam Peckinpah and pulled out to star in the Western musical Paint Your Wagon (1969), in which he was top-billed over a singing Clint Eastwood. Despite his limited singing ability, he had a hit with the song "Wand'rin' Star". By this time, he was getting paid $1 million per film, $200,000 less than top star Paul Newman was making at the time, yet he was ambivalent about the movie business, even with its financial rewards:[3]

You spend the first forty years of your life trying to get in this business, and the next forty years trying to get out. And then when you're making the bread, who needs it?


Marvin had a much greater variety of roles in the 1970s, with fewer 'bad-guy' roles than in earlier years. His 1970s movies included Monte Walsh (1970), a Western with Palance and Jeanne Moreau; the violent Prime Cut (1972) with Gene Hackman; Pocket Money (1972) with Paul Newman, for Stuart Rosenberg; Emperor of the North (1973) opposite Ernest Borgnine for Aldrich; as Hickey in The Iceman Cometh (1973) with Fredric March and Robert Ryan, for John Frankenheimer; The Spikes Gang (1974) with Noah Beery Jr. for Richard Fleischer; The Klansman (1974) with Richard Burton; Shout at the Devil (1976), a World War I adventure with Roger Moore, directed by Peter Hunt; The Great Scout & Cathouse Thursday (1976), a comic Western with Oliver Reed; and Avalanche Express (1979), a Cold War thriller with Robert Shaw who died during production, as did the film's director Mark Robson, both from heart attacks. None of these films was a big box-office hit.[39][40]

Marvin was offered the role of Quint in Jaws (1975) but declined, stating "What would I tell my fishing friends who'd see me come off as a hero against a dummy shark?"[41]


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.[42]

His remaining films were Death Hunt (1981), a Canadian action movie with Charles Bronson, directed by Peter Hunt; Gorky Park (1983) with William Hurt; and Dog Day (1984), shot in France.[37]

For TV he did The Dirty Dozen: Next Mission (1985; a sequel with Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, and Richard Jaeckel picking up where they had left off despite being 18 years older).

His final appearance was in The Delta Force (1986) with Chuck Norris, playing a role turned down by Charles Bronson.[43][44]

Personal life

Marvin was a Democrat. He publicly endorsed John F. Kennedy in the 1960 presidential election.[27] In a 1969 Playboy interview, Marvin said he supported gay rights.[45]

Marriages, children and partners

Marvin married Betty Ebeling in April 1952[46][47] and together they had four children: a son Christopher Lamont (1952 – 2013),[48] and three daughters: Courtenay Lee, Cynthia Louise, and Claudia Leslie (1958 - 2012).[49][50] After a separation of two years, they divorced in January 1967.[51] In her 2010 book, Tales of a Hollywood Housewife: A Memoir by the First Mrs. Lee Marvin, Betty claimed that Lee had an affair with actress Anne Bancroft.[52]

After his famous relationship with Michelle Triola, Marvin reconnected with his childhood sweetheart Pamela Feeley, whom he married in 1970. They remained married until his death in 1987.[53] After his death, Pamela wrote and published Lee: A Romance in 1997.

Community property case

See also Marvin v. Marvin

In 1971, Marvin was sued by Michelle Triola, his live-in girlfriend from 1965 to 1970, who legally changed her surname to "Marvin".[3] Although the couple never married, she sought financial compensation similar to that available to spouses under California's alimony and community property laws. Triola claimed Marvin made her pregnant three times and paid for two abortions, while one pregnancy ended in miscarriage.[54] She claimed the second abortion left her unable to bear children.[54] The result was the landmark "palimony" case, Marvin v. Marvin, 18 Cal. 3d 660 (1976).[55]

In 1979, Marvin was ordered to pay $104,000 to Triola for "rehabilitation purposes", but the court denied her community property claim for one-half of the $3.6 million which Marvin had earned during their six years of cohabitation – distinguishing nonmarital relationship contracts from marriage, with community property rights only attaching to the latter by operation of law. Rights equivalent to community property only apply in nonmarital relationship contracts when the parties expressly, whether orally or in writing, contract for such rights to operate between them. In August 1981, the California Court of Appeal found that no such contract existed between them and nullified the award she had received.[56][57] Michelle Triola died of lung cancer on October 30, 2009, having been with actor Dick Van Dyke since 1976.[58]

Later there was controversy after Marvin characterized the trial as a "circus", saying "everyone was lying, even I lied". There were official comments about possibly charging Marvin with perjury, but no charges were filed.[59]

This case was used as fodder for a mock debate skit on Saturday Night Live called "Point Counterpoint"[60] and a skit on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson with Carson as Adam, and Betty White as Eve.[61]


Grave of Lee Marvin at Arlington National Cemetery

A heavy smoker and drinker, Marvin had health problems by the end of his life. In December 1986, Marvin was hospitalized for more than two weeks because of a condition related to coccidioidomycosis. He went into respiratory distress and was administered steroids to help his breathing. He had major intestinal ruptures as a result, and underwent a colectomy. Marvin died of a heart attack on August 29, 1987, aged 63.[62] He was buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery.[63][64]



Year Title Role Notes
1951 You're in the Navy Now Radio Man Uncredited
Teresa G.I. Uncredited
1952 Diplomatic Courier MP at Trieste Uncredited
We're Not Married! "Pinky" Uncredited
The Duel at Silver Creek Tinhorn Burgess
Hangman's Knot Rolph Bainter
Eight Iron Men Sgt. Joe Mooney
1953 Down Among the Sheltering Palms Pvt. Snively Uncredited
Seminole Sgt. Magruder
The Glory Brigade Cpl. Bowman
The Stranger Wore a Gun Dan Kurth
The Big Heat Vince Stone
Gun Fury Blinky
The Wild One Chino
1954 Gorilla at Large Shaughnessy, Policeman
The Caine Mutiny "Meatball"
The Raid Lt. Keating
1955 Bad Day at Black Rock Hector David
Violent Saturday Dill, Bank Robber
Not as a Stranger Brundage
A Life in the Balance The Killer
Pete Kelly's Blues Al Gannaway
I Died a Thousand Times Babe Kossuck
Shack Out on 101 Slob / Mr. Gregory
1956 Seven Men from Now Bill Masters Made by Batjac Productions, John Wayne's company.
Attack Lt. Col. Clyde Bartlett
Pillars of the Sky Sergeant Lloyd Carracart
The Rack Capt. John R. Miller
1957 Raintree County Orville "Flash" Perkins Nominated—Laurel Award for Best Male Supporting Performance
1958 The Missouri Traveler Tobias Brown
1961 The Comancheros Tully Crow Nominated—Laurel Award for Best Male Supporting Performance
1962 The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance Liberty Valance Bronze Wrangler for Best Theatrical Motion Picture
Nominated—Laurel Award for Best Action Performance
1963 Donovan's Reef Thomas Aloysius "Boats" Gilhooley
1964 The Killers Charlie Strom BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role (also for Cat Ballou)
Nominated—Laurel Award for Best Action Performance
1965 Cat Ballou Kid Shelleen and Tim Strawn Academy Award for Best Actor
BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role (also for The Killers)
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Laurel Award for Best Male Comedy Performance
National Board of Review Award for Best Actor (also for Ship of Fools)
Silver Bear for Best Actor
Nominated—New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor
Ship of Fools Bill Tenny National Board of Review Award for Best Actor (also for Cat Ballou)
1966 The Professionals Henry "Rico" Fardan Laurel Award for Best Action Performance
1967 The Dirty Dozen Major John Reisman Laurel Award for Best Action Performance
Point Blank Walker
1968 Hell in the Pacific American Pilot
1969 Paint Your Wagon Ben Rumson Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
1970 Monte Walsh Monte Walsh Fotogramas de Plata Award for Best Foreign Performer
Nominated—Laurel Award for Best Action Performance
1972 Pocket Money Leonard
Prime Cut Nick Devlin
1973 Emperor of the North Pole A No. 1
The Iceman Cometh Hickey
1974 The Spikes Gang Harry Spikes
The Klansman Sheriff Track Bascomb
1976 Shout at the Devil Col. Flynn O'Flynn
The Great Scout & Cathouse Thursday Sam Longwood
1979 Avalanche Express Col. Harry Wargrave
1980 The Big Red One The Sergeant
1981 Death Hunt Sergeant Edgar Millen
1983 Gorky Park Jack Osborne
1984 Dog Day Jimmy Cobb French title: Canicule
1986 The Delta Force Col. Nick Alexander (final film role)


Year Title Role Notes
1950 Escape Episode: "Whappernocker Song"
The Big Story Episode: "Eugene Travis, Memphis Tennessee Reporter"
Treasury Men in Action Episode: "The Case of the Deadly Fish"
1950–1953 Suspense Barrow 2 episodes
1952 Rebound Sgt. Krone / Bull 2 episodes
Fireside Theatre Episode: "Sound in the Night"
Biff Baker, U.S.A. Michler / Captain Hollis Episode: "Alpine Assignment"
1952–1953 Dragnet James Mitchell / Henry Ross 2 episodes
1953 The Doctor Episode: "The Runaways"
The Revlon Mirror Theater Red Johnson Episode: "Lullaby"
The Motorola Television Hour Episode: "Outlaw's Reckoning"
Plymouth Playhouse Episode: "Outlaw's Reckoning"
1954 The Pepsi-Cola Playhouse John Temple 2 episodes
Center Stage Zach Toombs Episode: "The Day Before Atlanta"
Medic Larry Collins Episode: "White Is the Color"
1954–1959 Schlitz Playhouse of Stars Jim Patterson / Russ Anderson 3 episodes
1954–1961 General Electric Theater Sid Benton / Clerk / Joe Kittridge / Dick Giles / Art Temple / Captain Morrissey 7 episodes
1955 TV Reader's Digest Charlie Faust Episode: "How Charlie Faust Won a Pennant for the Giants"
Fireside Theatre Jigger Episode: "Little Guy"
Studio One Teale Episode: "Shakedown Cruise"
1955–1958 Climax! Mannon Tate / 'Little Man' Brush / Charter Plane Pilot / Capt. Cavallero 4 episodes
1956 Kraft Television Theatre Milo Bogardus Episode: "The Fool Killer"
Front Row Center David Hawken Episode: "Dinner Date"
1957 Studio 57 Episode: "You Take Ballistics"
The United States Steel Hour Episode: "Shadow of Evil"
1957–1960 M Squad Detective Lt. Frank Ballinger / Lt. Frank Ballinger / Barney 117 episodes
1959 Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse Captain David Roberts Episode: "Man in Orbit"
1960 NBC Sunday Showcase Ira Hayes Episode: "The American"
1960–1961 Wagon Train Jud Benedict / Jose Morales 2 episodes
1961 Route 66 John Ryan / Woody Biggs 2 episodes
The Barbara Stanwyck Show Jud Hollister Episode: "Confession"
The Americans Capt. Judd Episode: "Reconnaissance"
Checkmate Lee Tabor Episode: "Jungle Castle"
Alcoa Premiere Hughes Episode: "People Need People"
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Single Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
The Investigators "Nostradamus" (Walter Mimms) Episode: "The Oracle"
1961–1962 The Untouchables Mike Brannon / Victor Rait / Howard Carson / Nick Acropolis 3 episodes
1961–1963 The Twilight Zone Sam "Steel" Kelly / Conny Miller Episodes: "The Grave" and "Steel"
1962 Ben Casey Gerry Bramson Episode: "A Story to Be Softly Told"
Bonanza Peter Kane Episode: "The Crucible"
The DuPont Show of the Week Juan de Nuñez Episode: "The Richest Man in Bogotá"
The Virginian Martin Kalig Episode: "It Tolls for Thee"
1962–1964 Dr. Kildare Buddy Bishop / Dr. Paul Probeck 2 episodes
1963 The Dick Powell Show Finn / Dave Blassingame 2 episodes
Combat! Sgt. Turk Episode: "The Bridge at Châlons"
Kraft Suspense Theatre Sgt. Paul Ryker 2 episodes
The Great Adventure Misok Bedrozian Episode: "Six Wagons to the Sea"
1963–1964 Lawbreakers Himself – Host / Narrator 35 episodes
1965 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre Nick Karajanian Episode: "The Loving Cup"
1968 Sergeant Ryker Sgt. Paul Ryker Kraft Suspense Theatre
1985 The Dirty Dozen: Next Mission Maj. John Reisman Television film

See also



  1. ^ The film proved to be Leigh's last film and her anguished portrayal of a desperate older woman was punctuated by her real-life "battle with demons".[29] Leigh's performance was tinged by paranoia and resulted in outbursts that marred her relationship with other actors, although both Simone Signoret and Marvin were sympathetic and understanding.[30] In one unusual instance, she hit Marvin so hard with a spiked shoe, it marked his face.[31]


  1. ^ Epstein 2013, pp. 6, 14–15.
  2. ^ Bailey 2014, p. 270.
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  4. ^ "Elk Hunting with Lee Marvin". Gun World. May 1964. Retrieved February 6, 2021.
  5. ^ Zec 1980, pp. 20–25.
  6. ^ Wise and Rehill 1999, p. 43.
  7. ^ a b Official Military Personnel File for Lee Marvin. Series: Official Military Personnel Files, 1905 - 1998. The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration. Retrieved September 10, 2022 – via National archives catalog.
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  9. ^ Rafael, George (February 15, 2007). "The real thing: Marvin and Point Blank". The First Post. Archived from the original on September 26, 2007. Retrieved October 11, 2013.
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  14. ^ Brooks Atkinson (January 31, 1949). "Experimental Theatre Stages Sea Drama Made From One of Herman Melville's Minor Novels". The New York Times. p. 15.
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  16. ^ Washburn, Jim (February 21, 1995). "Keepers of the Flame : As fans of Lee Marvin, the members of the BSOL watch his old movies and light up cigars in the late actor's honor—even though they know the tough guy probably wouldn't approve". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 11, 2013.
  17. ^ "'Billy Budd' Makes Its Debut Tonight: Coxe-Chapman Play Based on Melville Novel Will Arrive at the Biltmore Theatre". The New York Times. February 10, 1951. p. 22.
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  35. ^ Lentz 2000, p. 110.
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  38. ^ Roger Ebert (December 15, 1968). "I'm Mean. Tough as Nails. All Those Words". The New York Times. p. D25.
  39. ^ Dangaard, Colin (June 4, 1978). "Lee Marvin: Still reaching for the stars: Lee Marvin likes tough odds". Chicago Tribune. p. e22.
  40. ^ Leith, Henrietta (July 7, 1973). "Lee Marvin Cometh to O'Neillr's 'Iceman'". Los Angeles Times. p. b9.
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  44. ^ "Marvin, Norris To Costar In 'The Delta Force'". The Boston Globe. September 3, 1985. p. 27.
  45. ^ Playboy Magazine, January 1969
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