Born February 19, 1924, in New York City; died of a heart attack, August 29,1987, at Tucson Medical Center, Tucson, AZ. With nearly sixty films to his credit, actor Lee Marvin was well known for his tough guy roles in such moviesas Bad Day at Black Rock, Violent Saturday, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance,The Killers, and The Dirty Dozen. Nevertheless, it was for a dual role in the comedic western Cat Ballou that he won the 1965 Academy Award for best actor. Prior to his Hollywood success, Marvin had acted in a number of Off-Broadway productions and made his Broadway debut in Billy Budd in 1951. His careeralso included over two hundred television appearances, notably the starring role as Lieutenant Frank Ballinger on the NBC series M Squad from 1957 to 1960. Marvin's personal life also drew public attention when a support suit brought against him by his former live-in lover, Michele Triola Marvin, made headlines in 1979 and introduced the term "palimony" for such cases. Marvin's lastfeature film, The Delta Force, was released in 1986.
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