Marvin, Lee, 1924-1987

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Lee Marvin (February 19, 1924 – August 29, 1987) was an American film and television actor.

Known for his distinctive voice and premature white hair, Marvin initially appeared in supporting roles, mostly villains, soldiers, and other hardboiled characters. A prominent television role was that of Detective Lieutenant Frank Ballinger in the crime series M Squad (1957–1960). Marvin is best remembered for his lead roles as "tough guy" characters such as Charlie Strom in The Killers (1964), Rico Fardan in The Professionals (1966), Major John Reisman in The Dirty Dozen, Walker in Point Blank (both 1967), and the Sergeant in The Big Red One (1980).

One of Marvin's more notable movie projects was Cat Ballou (1965), a comedy Western in which he played dual roles. For portraying both gunfighter Kid Shelleen and criminal Tim Strawn, he won 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.

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referencedIn Harms, Carl, 1910-. Putnam County Playhouse scrapbook, 1946-1949. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Mandel, Loring, 1928-. Studio one-- "Shakedown cruise" / written especially for Studio one by Loring D. Mandel. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
referencedIn John Eldon Thayer collection of motion picture memorabilia, 1916-1979. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
creatorOf Landon, Joseph, 1922 or 3-. Desilu playhouse-- "Galaxy" / by Joseph Landon. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
referencedIn United States Sanitary Commission records. Army and Navy Claim Agency archives, 1861-1870 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Frederick R. Koch collection of photographs of stage and screen actors and entertainers, ca. 1920-1979. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Lovell, Tom, 1909-1997. Tom Lovell papers, circa 1845-1997. National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
referencedIn Ford, J. mss., 1906-1976 Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
referencedIn African-American related sheet music and sheet music written by African-Americans, 1851-1974 Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Putnam County Playhouse scrapbook, 1946-1949 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
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associatedWith Ford, John, 1895-1973 person
associatedWith Harms, Carl, 1910-. person
associatedWith Koch, Frederick R. (Frederick Robinson), collector. person
associatedWith Lovell, Tom, 1909-1997. person
associatedWith Thayer, John Eldon, 1899-1980 person
memberOf United States. Marine Corps corporateBody
associatedWith United States Sanitary Commission corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
Tucson AZ US
New York City NY US
Purple Heart
World War II, 1939-1945
Film actors and actresses
Television actors and actresses
Television actors and actresses--20th century
Actors, American
Film Actor
Television actors and actresses
Television Actor
Television actors and actresses--United States
Film actors and actresses


Birth 1924-02-19

Death 1987-08-29






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