Lee Van Cleef

Lee Van Cleef

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Birthday: 
9 January 1925, Somerville, New Jersey, USA
Birth Name: 
Clarence Leroy Van Cleef Jr.
Height: 
188 cm
One of the great movie villains, Clarence Leroy Van Cleef, Jr. was born in Somerville, New Jersey, to Marion Lavinia (Van Fleet) and Clarence LeRoy Van Cleef, Sr. His parents were both of Dutch ancestry. Van Cleef started out as an accountant. He served in the U.S. Navy aboard minesweepers and subchasers during World War II. After the war he worked... Show more »
One of the great movie villains, Clarence Leroy Van Cleef, Jr. was born in Somerville, New Jersey, to Marion Lavinia (Van Fleet) and Clarence LeRoy Van Cleef, Sr. His parents were both of Dutch ancestry. Van Cleef started out as an accountant. He served in the U.S. Navy aboard minesweepers and subchasers during World War II. After the war he worked as an office administrator, becoming involved in amateur theatrics in his spare time. An audition for a professional role led to a touring company job in "Mr. Roberts". His performance was seen by Stanley Kramer, who cast him as henchman Jack Colby in High Noon (1952), a role that brought him great recognition despite the fact that he had no dialogue. For the next decade he played a string of memorably villainous characters, primarily in westerns but also in crime dramas such as The Big Combo (1955). His hawk nose and steely, slit eyes seemed destined to keep him always in the realm of heavies, but in the mid-Sergio Leone cast him as the tough but decent Col. Mortimer opposite Clint Eastwood in Per qualche dollaro in più (1965). A new career as a western hero (or at least anti-hero) opened up, and Van Cleef became an international star, though in films of decreasing quality. In the 1980s he moved easily into action and martial-arts movies, and starred in The Master (1984), a TV series featuring almost non-stop martial arts action. He died of a heart attack in December 1989, and was buried at Forest Lawn in the Hollywood Hills. Show less «

Lee Van Cleef's FILMOGRAPHY

Escape from New York

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Take a Hard Ride

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The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

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For a Few Dollars More

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Rawhide - Season 7

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Have Gun - Will Travel - Season 6

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The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

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The Twilight Zone - Season 3

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Have Gun - Will Travel - Season 5

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Have Gun - Will Travel - Season 4

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Have Gun - Will Travel - Season 3

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The Young Lions

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Tales of Wells Fargo - Season 2

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Tales of Wells Fargo - Season 1

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The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms

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High Noon

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Lee Van Cleef'S roles

Hauk
Hauk
Jack Colby
Jack Colby
Angel Eyes
Angel Eyes
Col. Douglas Mortimer
Col. Douglas Mortimer
Reese
Reese