History Main / LeeVanCleef

20th Jan '14 7:14:25 AM Frank75
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->''"I came into this town in a stage play called ''Literature/MisterRoberts''. Stanley Kramer saw it and put me in a picture called ''HighNoon''. The first time I went into his office he told me to go fix my nose and I told him to go fuck himself.''

->''A lot of actors think that the more words they have, the more attention they get. That's bullshit. I make people ''look'' at me. I don't have to say a lot of words."''

One of the first faces that come to mind when you think of the phrase "[[TheWestern western]] villain". He started out as one of the villain's henchmen in ''HighNoon'' (a bit part he apparently got because the director thought he had an evil-looking face) and went on playing {{mook}}s in various westerns and films noirs during the 1950s. Then his career gradually fizzled out, partly because he'd injured his leg badly in a car accident but likely also because he had a drinking problem. In the mid-60s, SergioLeone resurrected Van Cleef's career by giving him major supporting roles in ''Film/ForAFewDollarsMore'' and ''Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly'', which brought him to stardom in Europe. He continued to star in [[SpaghettiWestern spaghetti westerns]] for much of his subsequent career.

Van Cleef reportedly claimed to be [[QuickDraw faster on the draw]] than ClintEastwood in real life. A sequence at the climax of Film/ForAFewDollarsMore shows him drawing, cocking and firing a gun in three frames of footage, which translates to roughly one-eighth of a second. He's also one of relatively few actors to appear in more than one movie on ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' (he was in both ''Film/ItConqueredTheWorld'' and ''MasterNinja''). He was [[RedRightHand missing most of his middle finger on his right hand]], as a result of an attempt to make a playhouse for one of his daughters.

Of course, while he's known for playing villains, he's also played heroic (or at least sympathetic) characters on more than a few occasions, including ''For a Few Dollars More'' and most of the other spaghetti westerns he appeared in.

[[FountainOfExpies Characters based on Van Cleef's appearance and/or the type of character]] he tended to play include [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid Revolver Ocelot]], [[MetalGearSolid4 Old Snake]], [[HisDarkMaterials Lee Scoresby]], [[StarWarsTheCloneWars Cad Bane]], [[{{Rango}} Rattlesnake Jake]], [[{{Firefly}} Jayne Cobb]] and [[ShanghaiNoon Marshall Nathan Van Cleef]].
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!!This actor provides examples of:
* [[DeathGlare Piercing Stare]]
* MeanCharacterNiceActor : Devoted to his family, and had an enduring friendship with his Italian stuntman Romano Puppo, who was one of his pallbearers.
* [[SmokingIsCool Pipe Smoking Is Cool]]
* VillainousCheekbones

!!Selected filmography:
* ''Film/HighNoon''
* ''Film/TheBeastFromTwentyThousandFathoms''
* ''Film/ItConqueredTheWorld''
* ''Film/TheManWhoShotLibertyValance''
* ''Film/ForAFewDollarsMore''
* ''Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly''
* ''Film/EscapeFromNewYork''
* ''MasterNinja''
* ''TheSabataTrilogy'' (In the first and third films of the trilogy)
* ''Film/AlDiLaDellaLegge''
* ''Film/TheGrandDuel''
* ''Film/DeathRidesAHorse'' (He preferred the Italian title, ''From Man to Man'')
* ''Film/DiamanteLobo''
* ''Film/ArmedResponse''
* ''Film/ThievesOfFortune'' (His last film appearance)
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->''"I came into this town in a stage play called ''Literature/MisterRoberts''. Stanley Kramer saw it and put me in a picture called ''HighNoon''. The first time I went into his office he told me to go fix my nose and I told him to go fuck himself.''

->''A lot of actors think that the more words they have, the more attention they get. That's bullshit. I make people ''look'' at me. I don't have to say a lot of words."''

One of the first faces that come to mind when you think of the phrase "[[TheWestern western]] villain". He started out as one of the villain's henchmen in ''HighNoon'' (a bit part he apparently got because the director thought he had an evil-looking face) and went on playing {{mook}}s in various westerns and films noirs during the 1950s. Then his career gradually fizzled out, partly because he'd injured his leg badly in a car accident but likely also because he had a drinking problem. In the mid-60s, SergioLeone resurrected Van Cleef's career by giving him major supporting roles in ''Film/ForAFewDollarsMore'' and ''Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly'', which brought him to stardom in Europe. He continued to star in [[SpaghettiWestern spaghetti westerns]] for much of his subsequent career.

Van Cleef reportedly claimed to be [[QuickDraw faster on the draw]] than ClintEastwood in real life. A sequence at the climax of Film/ForAFewDollarsMore shows him drawing, cocking and firing a gun in three frames of footage, which translates to roughly one-eighth of a second. He's also one of relatively few actors to appear in more than one movie on ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' (he was in both ''Film/ItConqueredTheWorld'' and ''MasterNinja''). He was [[RedRightHand missing most of his middle finger on his right hand]], as a result of an attempt to make a playhouse for one of his daughters.

Of course, while he's known for playing villains, he's also played heroic (or at least sympathetic) characters on more than a few occasions, including ''For a Few Dollars More'' and most of the other spaghetti westerns he appeared in.

[[FountainOfExpies Characters based on Van Cleef's appearance and/or the type of character]] he tended to play include [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid Revolver Ocelot]], [[MetalGearSolid4 Old Snake]], [[HisDarkMaterials Lee Scoresby]], [[StarWarsTheCloneWars Cad Bane]], [[{{Rango}} Rattlesnake Jake]], [[{{Firefly}} Jayne Cobb]] and [[ShanghaiNoon Marshall Nathan Van Cleef]].
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!!This actor provides examples of:
* [[DeathGlare Piercing Stare]]
* MeanCharacterNiceActor : Devoted to his family, and had an enduring friendship with his Italian stuntman Romano Puppo, who was one of his pallbearers.
* [[SmokingIsCool Pipe Smoking Is Cool]]
* VillainousCheekbones

!!Selected filmography:
* ''Film/HighNoon''
* ''Film/TheBeastFromTwentyThousandFathoms''
* ''Film/ItConqueredTheWorld''
* ''Film/TheManWhoShotLibertyValance''
* ''Film/ForAFewDollarsMore''
* ''Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly''
* ''Film/EscapeFromNewYork''
* ''MasterNinja''
* ''TheSabataTrilogy'' (In the first and third films of the trilogy)
* ''Film/AlDiLaDellaLegge''
* ''Film/TheGrandDuel''
* ''Film/DeathRidesAHorse'' (He preferred the Italian title, ''From Man to Man'')
* ''Film/DiamanteLobo''
* ''Film/ArmedResponse''
* ''Film/ThievesOfFortune'' (His last film appearance)
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4th Jan '14 6:50:33 PM haloinsider
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* VillainousCheekbones
23rd Aug '13 7:14:59 AM erforce
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Van Cleef reportedly claimed to be [[QuickDraw faster on the draw]] than ClintEastwood in real life. A sequence at the climax of Film/ForAFewDollarsMore shows him drawing, cocking and firing a gun in three frames of footage, which translates to roughly one-eighth of a second. He's also one of relatively few actors to appear in more than one movie on ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' (he was in both ''ItConqueredTheWorld'' and ''MasterNinja''). He was [[RedRightHand missing most of his middle finger on his right hand]], as a result of an attempt to make a playhouse for one of his daughters.

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Van Cleef reportedly claimed to be [[QuickDraw faster on the draw]] than ClintEastwood in real life. A sequence at the climax of Film/ForAFewDollarsMore shows him drawing, cocking and firing a gun in three frames of footage, which translates to roughly one-eighth of a second. He's also one of relatively few actors to appear in more than one movie on ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' (he was in both ''ItConqueredTheWorld'' ''Film/ItConqueredTheWorld'' and ''MasterNinja''). He was [[RedRightHand missing most of his middle finger on his right hand]], as a result of an attempt to make a playhouse for one of his daughters.



* ''HighNoon''

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* ''HighNoon''''Film/HighNoon''



* ''TheManWhoShotLibertyValance''

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* ''TheManWhoShotLibertyValance''''Film/TheManWhoShotLibertyValance''
19th Apr '13 8:21:25 PM Fireblood
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* [[MeanCharacterNiceActor]] : Devoted to his family, and had an enduring friendship with his Italian stuntman Romano Puppo, who was one of his pallbearers.

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* [[MeanCharacterNiceActor]] MeanCharacterNiceActor : Devoted to his family, and had an enduring friendship with his Italian stuntman Romano Puppo, who was one of his pallbearers.
10th Mar '13 1:47:10 PM Xtifr
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->''"I came into this town in a stage play called ''MisterRoberts''. Stanley Kramer saw it and put me in a picture called ''HighNoon''. The first time I went into his office he told me to go fix my nose and I told him to go fuck himself.''

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->''"I came into this town in a stage play called ''MisterRoberts''.''Literature/MisterRoberts''. Stanley Kramer saw it and put me in a picture called ''HighNoon''. The first time I went into his office he told me to go fix my nose and I told him to go fuck himself.''
26th Feb '13 6:52:30 PM ryanasaurus0077
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* ''Film/AlDiLaDellaLegge''
* ''Film/TheGrandDuel''
* ''Film/DeathRidesAHorse'' (He preferred the Italian title, ''From Man to Man'')
* ''Film/DiamanteLobo''
* ''Film/ArmedResponse''
* ''Film/ThievesOfFortune'' (His last film appearance)
26th Feb '13 3:27:44 PM Angantyr
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Of course, while he's known for playing villains, he's also played heroic (or at least sympathetic) characters on more than a few occasions, including ''For a Few Dollars More''.

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Of course, while he's known for playing villains, he's also played heroic (or at least sympathetic) characters on more than a few occasions, including ''For a Few Dollars More''.
More'' and most of the other spaghetti westerns he appeared in.
22nd Feb '13 11:29:18 PM Gvzbgul
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* ''TheSabataTrilogy'' (In the first and third films of the trilogy)
27th Jan '13 4:03:12 AM bernardbeanpole
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* [[MeanCharacterNiceActor]] : Devoted to his family, and had an enduring friendship with his Italian stuntman Romano Puppo, who was one of his pallbearers.
7th Jan '13 10:52:05 PM RBomber
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[[FountainOfExpies Characters based on Van Cleef's appearance and/or the type of character]] he tended to play include [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid Revolver Ocelot]], [[HisDarkMaterials Lee Scoresby]], [[StarWarsTheCloneWars Cad Bane]], [[{{Rango}} Rattlesnake Jake]], [[{{Firefly}} Jayne Cobb]] and [[ShanghaiNoon Marshall Nathan Van Cleef]].

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[[FountainOfExpies Characters based on Van Cleef's appearance and/or the type of character]] he tended to play include [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid Revolver Ocelot]], [[MetalGearSolid4 Old Snake]], [[HisDarkMaterials Lee Scoresby]], [[StarWarsTheCloneWars Cad Bane]], [[{{Rango}} Rattlesnake Jake]], [[{{Firefly}} Jayne Cobb]] and [[ShanghaiNoon Marshall Nathan Van Cleef]].
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