Lee Van Cleef Biography (1925-1989)

Born January 9, 1925, in Somerville, NJ; died of a heart attack, December 16,1989, in Oxnard, CA; son of Clarence LeRoy and Marion Levinia (Van Fleet) Van Cleef; first wife's name, Ruth Ann (divorced); second wife's name, Joan (divorced); married Barbara Hevelone, July 13, 1976; children: Alan, Deborah, David (second marriage).

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Birth Details
January 9, 1925
Somerville, New Jersey, United States
Death Details
December 16, 1989
Oxnard, California, United States

Famous Works

  • Credits; STAGE APPEARANCES
  • Mister Roberts, tour of U.S. cities, 1950.
  • Credits; FILM APPEARANCES
  • FILM DEBUT--Jack Colby, High Noon, United Artists, 1952.
  • Dirk Hanley, The Lawless Breed, Universal, 1952.
  • Tony Romano, Kansas City Confidential (also known as The Secret Four), United Artists, 1952.
  • Dave Chittun, Untamed Frontier, Universal, 1952.
  • Smitty, Arena, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), 1953.
  • Nerva, The Bandits of Corsica (also known as Return of the Corsican Brothers), United Artists, 1953.
  • Corporal Stone, The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, Warner Brothers, 1953.
  • Toby Mackay, Jack Slade (also known as Slade), Allied Artists, 1953.
  • Reno, The Nebraskan, Columbia, 1953.
  • Karl, Private Eyes, Allied Artists, 1953.
  • Marv, Tumbleweed, Universal, 1953.
  • Pete Monte, Vice Squad (also known as The Girl in Room One), United Artists, 1953.
  • Brutus, White Lightning, Monogram, 1953.
  • crew boss, Arrow in the Dust, Allied Artists, 1954.
  • Earl Ferris, Dawn at Socorro, Universal, 1954.
  • Buck and Paul Creyton, The Desperado, Allied Artists, 1954.
  • Hank, Gypsy Colt, MGM, 1954.
  • Hakar, Princess of the Nile, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1954.
  • Ace Winton, Rails into Laramie, Universal, 1954.
  • Fireknife, The Yellow Tomahawk, United Artists, 1954. Fante, The Big Combo, Allied Artists, 1955.
  • Flash Logan, I Cover the Underworld, Republic, 1955.
  • Clantin, A Man Alone, Republic, 1955.
  • Pecos Larry, The Road to Denver, Republic, 1955.
  • Al Drucker, Ten Wanted Men, Columbia, 1955.
  • Emmett, Treasure of Ruby Hills, Allied Artists, 1955.
  • Jay Lord, The Vanishing American, Republic, 1955.
  • Sergeant Lackey, Accused of Murder, Republic, 1956.
  • Chepei, The Conqueror, RKO, 1956.
  • Gus, Pardners, Paramount, 1956.
  • Tom Anderson, It Conquered the World, American International, 1956.
  • Fat Jones, Tribute to a Badman, MGM, 1956.
  • Shad Donaphin, The Badge of Marshall Brennan, Allied Artists, 1957.
  • Major Cham, China Gate, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1957.
  • Kirby, Gun Battle at Monterey, Allied Artists, 1957.
  • Ed Bailey, Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, Paramount, 1957.
  • Adam Grant, Joe Dakota, Universal, 1957.
  • Faro, The Lonely Man, Paramount, 1957.
  • Sadler, The Quiet Gun, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1957.
  • Ed McGaffey, The Tin Star, Paramount, 1957.
  • Alfonso Parral, The Bravados, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1958.
  • Jake Hayes, Day of the Badman, Universal, 1958.
  • Mike Bennett, Guns, Girls, and Gangsters, United Artists, 1958.
  • Miguel, Machete, United Artists, 1958.
  • Sergeant Rickett, The Young Lions, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1958.
  • Frank, Ride Lonesome, Columbia, 1959.
  • Leo, Posse from Hell, Universal, 1961.
  • Marty, How the West Was Won, Cinerama, 1962.
  • Reese, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Paramount, 1962.
  • Colonel Douglas Mortimer, Perqualche dollaro in piu (also known as For aFew Dollars More), 1966, released in the United States by United Artists, 1967.
  • Setenza, Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo (also known as The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly), 1966, released in the United States by United Artists, 1967.
  • bandit turned sheriff, Beyond the Law, Roxy, 1967.
  • Ryan, Da uomo a uomo (also known as Death Rides a Horse), 1967, releasedin the United States by United Artists, 1969.
  • Frank Talby, I giorni dell'ira (also known as Day of Anger and Der Tod Titt Dienstags), 1967, released in the United States by National General, 1970.
  • Jonathan Corbett, The Big Gundown (also known as La resa dei conti), Columbia, 1968.
  • title role, Sabata (also known as Ehi, amico ... c'e Sabata, hai chiuso),United Artists, 1969.
  • Travis, Barquero, United Artists, 1970.
  • Jaroo, El Condor, National General, 1970.
  • title role, Captain Apache, Scotia International, 1971.
  • King, Bad Man's River, Scotia International, 1972.
  • Chris, The Magnificent Seven Ride!, United Artists, 1972.
  • title role, Return of Sabata (also known as E'tornato Sabata and Hai chiuso un'altra volta), United Artists, 1972.
  • Kiefer, Take a Hard Ride, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1975.
  • McCarn, The Octagon, American Cinema, 1980.
  • Chris, The Squeez (also known as The Big Ripoff and Controrapin), Maverick, 1980.
  • Bob Hauk, Escape from New York, AVCO-Embassy, 1981.
  • Burt Roth, Armed Response, CineTel, 1986.
  • Inspector Warren, Jungle Raiders (also known as Captain Yankee and La legenda del Rudio Malese), Cannon, 1986.
  • Maitre Julot, Killing Machine, Embassy, 1986.
  • Also appeared in Man Without a Star, Universal, 1955; The Naked Street, United Artists, 1955; The Kentuckian, United Artists, 1955; Backlash, Universal, 1956; Red Sundown, Universal, 1956; The Last Stagecoach West, Republic, 1957; Raiders of Old California, Republic, 1957; The Guns of Zangara, 1960; Call to Glory, 1966; Commandos, 1968; The Man from Far Away (also known as L'uomo che viene de lontano), 1968; Beyond the Law (also known as Al di la della legge), 1968; Bite the Dust, 1969; Creed of Violence, 1969; ... e continuavanoa fregarsi il millione di dollari, 1971; The Grand Duel (also known as El gran duelo), 1972; Gangster Story (also known as The Gun, Il suo nome faceva tremare ... Interpol in allarme!, and Dio, sei proprio un padreterno), 1973; Blood Money (also known as Moneda sangrienta), Shaw Brothers, 1974; Crime Boss,Cinema Shares International, 1976; Mean Frank and Crazy Tony (also known asJohnny le Fligueur), Aquarius, 1976; The Stranger and the Gunfighter, 1976; Killers (also known as Verano sangrieto), 1977; God's Gun, Irwin Yablansy, 1977; The Perfect Killer, 1977; Kid Vengeance, Golan/Globus/Irwin Yablans, 1977;The Hard Way, 1979; Trieste File, 1980; Code Name: Wild Geese (also known asGeheimecode Wild Ganse), Entertainment, 1985; The Commander.
  • Credits; TELEVISION APPEARANCES; SERIES
  • John Peter McAllister, The Master, NBC, 1984.
  • Credits; PILOTS
  • Steve Margolis, Last Stagecoach West, syndicated, 1954.
  • Ike Scanlon, Nowhere to Hide, CBS, 1977.
  • Credits; EPISODIC
  • The Lone Ranger, syndicated, 1952.
  • "Four Things He'd Do," Schlitz Playhouse of Stars, CBS, 1954.
  • "Duel at the O.K. Corral," Cavalcade of America, ABC, 1954.
  • "The Case of the Desperate Moment," The Man Behind the Badge, CBS, 1955.
  • Brave Eagle, CBS, 1956.
  • "Deadline," Studio 57, syndicated, 1956.
  • Wire Service, ABC, 1956.
  • "Sky Pilot of the Cumberlands," Crossroads, ABC, 1956.
  • "Alder Gulch," Tales of Wells Fargo, NBC, 1957.
  • "The Blue Hotel," Schlitz Playhouse of Stars, CBS, 1957.
  • "The Town," Trackdown, CBS, 1957.
  • Wagon Train, NBC, 1958.
  • Colt .45, ABC, 1958.
  • The Rifleman, ABC, 1959.
  • Tombstone Territory, ABC, 1959.
  • Yancy Derringer, CBS, 1959.
  • The Real McCoys, ABC, 1959.
  • Hotel de Paree, CBS, 1960.
  • The Untouchables, ABC, 1960.
  • Alaskans, ABC, 1960.
  • The Deputy, NBC, 1960.
  • Gunsmoke, CBS, 1960.
  • 77 Sunset Strip, ABC, 1960.
  • The Lawman, ABC, 1960.
  • Laramie, NBC, 1960.
  • Bonanza, NBC, 1960.
  • Hawaiian Eye, ABC, 1961.
  • Maverick, ABC, 1961.
  • The Rifleman, ABC, 1961 and 1962.
  • The Joey Bishop Show, NBC, 1962.
  • Cheyenne, ABC, 1962.
  • Have Gun, Will Travel, CBS, 1962 and 1963.
  • "Colossus," The Dick Powell Show (also known as Hollywood Showcase), NBC,1963.
  • Laramie, NBC, 1963.
  • Ripcord, syndicated, 1963.
  • The Dakotas, ABC, 1963.
  • Destry, ABC, 1964.
  • Rawhide, CBS, 1964.
  • Laredo, NBC, 1966.
  • Gunsmoke, CBS, 1966.
  • Skip, The Andy Griffith Show, CBS.
  • Credits; SPECIALS
  • Sam Bass, The Slowest Gun in the West, CBS, 1963.

Further Reference

OBITUARIES AND OTHER SOURCES:

  • New York Times, December 18, 1989.

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