->''"Here comes Lee Marvin! Thank god! He's '''always''' drunk and violent!"''
-->--'''[[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Homer Simpson]]''' watching ''Film/PaintYourWagon''.

Lee Marvin (February 19, 1924 August 29, 1987) Tall, rangy, white-haired and, at times, just plain mean-looking, Lee Marvin was one of the most rugged heroes of the big screen and one of Hollywood's biggest stars in the late 1960s.

A decorated veteran of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, Marvin started acting in New York and appeared on Broadway in the early 1950s. In the movies he was first typecast as a brutal thug, usually in westerns and crime dramas such as ''Film/TheBigHeat'' (1953), ''Film/TheWildOne'' (1954, with Marlon Brando), ''Film/BadDayAtBlackRock'' (1955) and ''Film/TheManWhoShotLibertyValance'' (1962). After a three-year stint as the star of television's ''M Squad'' (1957-60), Marvin gradually moved from villain to hero in the movies and by 1965 had won an Oscar for his dual role in the broad western comedy ''Film/CatBallou'' (1965).

As a leading man, Marvin starred in a variety of movies, including ''Film/PointBlank'' and ''Film/TheDirtyDozen'' (both 1967), ''Film/HellInThePacific'' (1968), ''Film/PaintYourWagon'' (1969, a musical western with Creator/ClintEastwood), ''Film/MonteWalsh'' (1970) and ''Film/EmperorOfTheNorth'' (1973). In 1979 Marvin made headlines when longtime girlfriend Michelle Triola sued him for half his fortune in what was called the "palimony" trial (Triola's claim was ultimately rejected). His later films include ''Film/TheBigRedOne'' (1980), ''Film/DeathHunt'' (1981), ''Literature/GorkyPark'' (1983), and ''Film/TheDeltaForce'' (1986). He died of a heart attack at age 63.

Tropes Associated with Lee Marvin

* ComicBookFantasyCasting: His distinctive looks and fearsome film persona have given him a posthumous career as a common choice as the physical model for [[ImplacableMan Implacable Men]] in drawn or animated works, in particular the Saint of Killers in ''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}'', General Carrington in ''{{ComicBook/XIII}}'', and Il Tredici in ''Webcomic/{{Bandette}}''.
* CoolOldGuy: During the 60s and 70s he frequently played sharp dressed antiheroes with CoolGuns and fast cars.
* MuggingTheMonster: He once picked a fight with Creator/RogerMoore, accusing him of looking wimpy. Moore kicked his ass. Afterwards Marvin was quoted as saying:
-->"The guy is built like granite. Nobody will ever underestimate him again".
* OldSoldier: Both in real life, and in movies like the Dirty Dozen and Delta Force. During the War, he was a corporal in the Marines and was awarded the Purple Heart.
* TeamDad: During the 70s and 80s, Marvin often served as leader or mentor figure to a younger group of heroes, as in Film/PrimeCut. He mentored BurtLancaster in Film/TheProfessionals, KeithCarradine in Film/EmperorOfTheNorth, and even LukeSkywalker in Film/TheBigRedOne.