Creator: Lee Marvin

"Here comes Lee Marvin! Thank god! He's always drunk and violent!"

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 World War II, 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 The Big Heat (1953), The Wild One (1954, with Marlon Brando), Bad Day at Black Rock (1955) and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (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 Cat Ballou (1965).

As a leading man, Marvin starred in a variety of movies, including Point Blank and The Dirty Dozen (both 1967), Hell In The Pacific (1968), Paint Your Wagon (1969, a musical western with Clint Eastwood), Monte Walsh (1970) and Emperor of the North (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 The Big Red One (1980), Gorky Park (1983), and The Delta Force (1986). He died of a heart attack at age 63.

Tropes Associated with Lee Marvin

  • Badass: Not only was this his typical archetype in movies but Lee Marvin was a marine sniper in World War II who fought at Saipan and earned a purple heart for his service there. Notable is that he is one of the few survivors in the battle of his platoon. Even before the war, he was already known to hunt in the then uncharted Everglades in Florida and among his favorite shooting game was WILD PUMAS.
  • Mugging the Monster: He once picked a fight with Roger Moore, accusing him of looking wimpy. Moore kicked his ass.