Person Details

Birthday: 1925-01-09 23:16:47

Death: 1989-12-16 23:16:47

Aliases: Clarence Leroy Van Cleef Jr.

Gender: Male

Place of birth: Somerville, New Jersey, USA

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Movie Involvements: 83

TV Involvements: 2


Most Famous Work

Biography

Was an American actor best known for his roles in Spaghetti Westerns such as For A Few Dollars More and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Hatchet-faced with piercing eyes, he had declined to have his nose altered to play a sympathetic character in his film debut, High Noon, and was relegated to a non-speaking outlaw as a result. For a decade he was typecast as a minor villain, his sinister features[peacock term] overshadowing his acting skills. After suffering serious injuries in a car crash, Van Cleef began to lose interest in his apparently waning[peacock term] career by the time Sergio Leone gave him a major role in For a Few Dollars More. The film made him a box-office draw, especially in Europe. Military service: After basic training and further training at the Naval Fleet Sound School, Van Cleef was assigned to a submarine chaser and then to a minesweeper, USS Incredible, on which he worked as a sonarman. fter leaving the Navy, Van Cleef read for a part in Our Town at the Little Theater Group in Clinton, New Jersey and received his first stage role.[7] From there, he continued to meet with the group and audition for parts. The next biggest part was that of the boxer, Joe Pendleton, in the play Heaven Can Wait. During this time, he was observed by visiting talent scouts, who were impressed by Van Cleef's stage presence and delivery. One of these scouts later took him to New York City talent agent Maynard Morris of the MCA agency, who then sent him to the Alvin Theater for an audition. The play was Mister Roberts.[citation needed] Van Cleef's screen debut came in High Noon. During a performance of Mister Roberts in Los Angeles, he was noticed by film director Stanley Kramer, who offered Van Cleef a role in his upcoming film. Kramer originally wanted Van Cleef for the role of the deputy Harvey Pell, but as he wanted Van Cleef to have his "distinctive nose" fixed, Van Cleef declined the role in favor of the part of the silent gunslinger Jack Colby. He was then cast mostly in villainous roles, due to his sharp cheeks and chin, piercing eyes, and hawk-like nose,[citation needed][peacock term] from the part of Tony Romano in Kansas City Confidential (1952), culminating 14 years later in Sergio Leone's The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) Despite suffering from heart disease from the late 1970s and having a pacemaker installed in the early 1980s,[14] Van Cleef continued to work in films until his death on December 16, 1989, at age 64.[15] He collapsed in his home in Oxnard, California, from a heart attack.[16] Throat cancer was listed as a secondary cause of death.[17] He was buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Hollywood Hills, California, with an inscription on his grave marker referring to his many acting performances as a villain: "BEST OF THE BAD". CLR Description above from the Wikipedia article Lee Van Cleef, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Most Famous Work

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Average
8

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

(1966) Sentenza / Angel Eyes
Escape from New York
Average
7

Escape from New York

(1981) Police Commissioner Bob Hauk
For a Few Dollars More
Average
8

For a Few Dollars More

(1965) Col. Douglas Mortimer
Gunfight at the O.K. Corral
Average
7

Gunfight at the O.K. Corral

(1957) Ed Bailey
High Noon
Average
8

High Noon

(1952) Jack Colby
How the West Was Won
Average
7

How the West Was Won

(1962) River Pirate (uncredited)
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
Average
8
The Big Gundown
Average
8

The Big Gundown

(1966) Jonathan Corbett

Acting

Year Character Movie/Tv
1990 Sergio Danielo Christophero
Himself
1989 Rock-Skipping Grandfather
1988 Col. Mazzarini
1986 Burt Roth
1985 Warren
John Peter McAllister
1984 Archie 'China' Travers
Julot
John Peter McAllister
John Peter McAllister
John Peter McAllister
1981 Police Commissioner Bob Hauk
1980 McCarn
1979 McNeal
1978 Chris Gretchko / Ray Sloan
1977 Harry Chapman
Ike Scanlon
McClain
1975 Kiefer
Father John / Lewis
1974 Dakota
1973 Frankie
1972 Sheriff Clayton
Marshal Chris Adams
1971 Roy King
Capt. Apache
Sabata / Major
1970 Travis
Jaroo
1969 Sabata
1968 MSgt. Sullivan
Billy Joe Cudlip
1967 Frank Talby
Ryan
1966 Sentenza / Angel Eyes
Jonathan Corbett
1965 Col. Douglas Mortimer
N/A
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1963 N/A
1962 River Pirate (uncredited)
Reese
1961 Leo
1960 Skip
Sam Bass
1959 N/A
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N/A
N/A
Frank
N/A
N/A
Mike Bennett
1958 Miguel
N/A
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Alfonso Parral
1st Sgt. Rickett
Jake Hayes
1957 Sgt. Damon Pardee
Kirby
Ed McGaffey
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Marcus Vizzini
Doug Sadler
Steve Margolies
N/A
Faro
Ed Bailey
Maj. Cham
Shad Donaphin
1956 Police Sgt. Emmett Lackey
N/A
N/A
Gus
Dr. Tom Anderson
Fat Jones
Chepei
1955 Jay Lord
Clanton
N/A
N/A
Pecos Larry
Flash Logan
N/A
Fante
Al Drucker
Frank Emmett
1954 N/A
Earl Ferris
Hakar (uncredited)
The Crayton Twins
Fire Knife
Tillotson Henchman
Ace Winton
Hank
1953 Marv
Pvt. Reno Benton
Bolt Mackay
Pete Monty
Smitty
Corp. Stone
Brutus Allen
Nerva
N/A
N/A
1952 Dirk Hanley
Tony Romano
N/A
Dave Chittun
Jack Colby
1951 N/A
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N/A
1949 Bull Harper
Year Character Movie/Tv

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