Lee Van Cleef



Place of birth:

Somerville, New Jersey, USA:


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.

Film Credits

Thieves of Fortune (1990)
as Sergio Danielo Christophero
The Best of Martial Arts Films (1990)
as Himself
Speed Zone (1989)
as Rock-Skipping Grandfather
Der Commander (1988)
as Col. Mazzarini
Armed Response (1986)
as Burt Roth
La leggenda del rubino malese (1985)
as Warren
The Master Ninja 5 (1985)
as John Peter McAllister
Code Name: Wild Geese (1984)
as Archie 'China' Travers
Goma-2 (1984)
as Julot
Master Ninja (1984)
as John Peter McAllister
Master Ninja II (1984)
as John Peter McAllister
Escape from New York (1981)
as Police Commissioner Bob Hauk
The Octagon (1980)
as McCarn
The Hard Way (1979)
as McNeal
The Squeeze (1978)
as Chris Gretchko / Ray Sloan
Quel pomeriggio maledetto (1977)
as Harry Chapman
Nowhere to Hide (1977)
as Ike Scanlon
Kid Vengeance (1977)
as McClain
Take a Hard Ride (1975)
as Kiefer
Diamante Lobo (1975)
as Father John / Lewis
El kárate, el Colt y el impostor (1974)
as Dakota
Dio, sei proprio un padreterno! (1973)
as Frankie
Il grande duello (1972)
as Sheriff Clayton
The Magnificent Seven Ride! (1972)
as Marshal Chris Adams
Bad Man's River (1971)
as Roy King
Captain Apache (1971)
as Capt. Apache
È tornato Sabata... hai chiuso un'altra volta! (1971)
as Sabata / Major
Barquero (1970)
as Travis
El Condor (1970)
as Jaroo
Ehi amico... c'è Sabata. Hai chiuso! (1969)
as Sabata
Commandos (1968)
as MSgt. Sullivan
Al di là della legge (1968)
as Billy Joe Cudlip
I giorni dell'ira (1967)
as Frank Talby
Da uomo a uomo (1967)
as Ryan
Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo (1966)
as Sentenza / Angel Eyes
La resa dei conti (1966)
as Jonathan Corbett
Per qualche dollaro in più (1965)
as Col. Douglas Mortimer
How the West Was Won (1962)
as River Pirate (uncredited)
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
as Reese
Posse from Hell (1961)
as Leo
The Slowest Gun in the West (1960)
as Sam Bass
Ride Lonesome (1959)
as Frank
Guns Girls and Gangsters (1959)
as Mike Bennett
Machete (1958)
as Miguel
The Bravados (1958)
as Alfonso Parral
The Young Lions (1958)
as 1st Sgt. Rickett
Day of the Badman (1958)
as Jake Hayes
Raiders of Old California (1957)
as Sgt. Damon Pardee
Gun Battle at Monterey (1957)
as Kirby
The Tin Star (1957)
as Ed McGaffey
Joe Dakota (1957)
as Marcus Vizzini
The Quiet Gun (1957)
as Doug Sadler
Last Stagecoach West (1957)
as Steve Margolies
The Lonely Man (1957)
as Faro
Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957)
as Ed Bailey
China Gate (1957)
as Maj. Cham
The Badge of Marshal Brennan (1957)
as Shad Donaphin
Accused of Murder (1956)
as Police Sgt. Emmett Lackey
Pardners (1956)
as Gus
It Conquered the World (1956)
as Dr. Tom Anderson
Tribute to a Bad Man (1956)
as Fat Jones
The Conqueror (1956)
as Chepei
The Vanishing American (1955)
as Jay Lord
A Man Alone (1955)
as Clanton
The Road to Denver (1955)
as Pecos Larry
I Cover the Underworld (1955)
as Flash Logan
The Big Combo (1955)
as Fante
Ten Wanted Men (1955)
as Al Drucker
Treasure Of Ruby Hills (1955)
as Frank Emmett
Dawn at Socorro (1954)
as Earl Ferris
Princess of the Nile (1954)
as Hakar (uncredited)
The Desperado (1954)
as The Crayton Twins
The Yellow Tomahawk (1954)
as Fire Knife
Arrow In The Dust (1954)
as Tillotson Henchman
Rails Into Laramie (1954)
as Ace Winton
Gypsy Colt (1954)
as Hank
Tumbleweed (1953)
as Marv
The Nebraskan (1953)
as Pvt. Reno Benton
Jack Slade (1953)
as Bolt Mackay
Vice Squad (1953)
as Pete Monty
Arena (1953)
as Smitty
The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953)
as Corp. Stone
White Lightning (1953)
as Brutus Allen
The Bandits of Corsica (1953)
as Nerva
The Lawless Breed (1953)
as Dirk Hanley
Kansas City Confidential (1952)
as Tony Romano
Untamed Frontier (1952)
as Dave Chittun
High Noon (1952)
as Jack Colby

TV Series Credits

The Master (1984)
as John Peter McAllister
Laredo (1965)
My Mother the Car (1965)
Branded (1965)
The Dakotas (1963)
The Andy Griffith Show (1960)
as Skip
Mr. Lucky (1959)
Hawaiian Eye (1959)
The Alaskans (1959)
The Twilight Zone (1959)
Law of the Plainsman (1959)
The DuPont Show with June Allyson (1959)
Riverboat (1959)
Black Saddle (1959)
Rawhide (1959)
77 Sunset Strip (1958)
Lawman (1958)
Yancy Derringer (1958)
The Rifleman (1958)
Bronco (1958)
Wanted: Dead or Alive (1958)
Zorro (1957)
Trackdown (1957)
Maverick (1957)
Perry Mason (1957)
Have Gun – Will Travel (1957)
Richard Diamond, Private Detective (1957)
Wire Service (1956)
State Trooper (1956)
Cheyenne (1955)
Gunsmoke (1955)
Buffalo Bill, Jr. (1955)
Studio 57 (1954)
General Electric Theater (1953)
City Detective (1953)
Cavalcade of America (1952)
Schlitz Playhouse of Stars (1951)
The Adventures of Boston Blackie (1951)
The Adventures of Kit Carson (1951)
The Lone Ranger (1949)
as Bull Harper