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"Here comes Lee Marvin! Thank God! He's always drunk and violent!"
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Tall, rangy, white-haired, and at times just plain mean-looking, Lee Marvin (February 19, 1924 – August 29, 1987) was one of the most rugged heroes (and villains) 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 initially typecast as a brutal thug, most often in westerns and crime dramas such as The Big Heat (1953), The Wild One (1954), 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 on the big screen, and by 1965 had won an Academy Award for his dual role in the broad western comedy Cat Ballou (1965).

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As a leading man, Marvin starred in a variety of movies, including Point Blank (1967) and The Dirty Dozen (both 1967), Hell in the Pacific (1968), Paint Your Wagon (1969), 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), Death Hunt (1981), Gorky Park (1983), and The Delta Force (1986).

Marvin was married to Betty Ebeling (with whom he had four children) from 1951 to 1967, and to his former High School Sweetheart Pamela Feeley from 1970 until his death of a heart attack at age 63.


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