|Lee Marvin Quick Info|
|Height||6 ft 1½ in|
|Date of Birth||February 19, 1924|
|Date of Death||August 29, 1987|
Lee Marvin was an American actor who is known for playing Kid Shelleen and Tim Strawn in the Western comedy film Cat Ballou, Ben Rumson in the Western musical film Paint Your Wagon, Monte Walsh in the Western film Monte Walsh, Hughes in the television anthology drama series Alcoa Premiere, Detective Lieutenant Frank Ballinger in the crime drama television series M Squad, Charlie Strom in the neo-noir crime film The Killers, Henry “Rico” Fardan in the Western film The Professionals, Walker in the crime film Point Blank, Orville “Flash” Perkins in the epic historical romance film Raintree County, Bill Tenny in the drama film Ship of Fools, The Sergeant in the epic war film The Big Red One, and Major John Reisman in the war film The Dirty Dozen.
Lamont Waltman Marvin, Jr.
He was born on February 19, 1924.
On August 29, 1987, Lee Marvin died of a heart attack at the age of 63 in Tucson, Arizona, United States.
Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington County, Virginia, United States
New York City, New York, United States
Lee Marvin studied at Manumit School during the late 1930s. He also attended Peekskill Military Academy in Peekskill, New York. Afterward, he enrolled at St. Leo College Preparatory School, a Catholic school located in St. Leo, Florida.
He also received violin lessons.
- Father – Lamont Waltman Marvin (Advertising Executive)
- Mother – Courtenay Washington (née Davidge) (Fashion Writer)
- Siblings – Robert Marvin (1922-1999) (Older Brother)
- Others – Henry A. Marvin (Paternal Grandfather), Elizabeth Anne/Ann Hollingsworth (Paternal Grandmother), William Fendall Davidge (Maternal Grandfather), Estelle/Estell Courtenay Washington (Maternal Grandmother)
6 ft 1½ in or 186.5 cm
84 kg or 185 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Lee Marvin had dated –
- Jeanne Moreau
- Betty Ebeling (1951-1967) – In February 1951, he got married to Betty Ebeling and they were blessed with 4 children – a son named Christopher Lamont (1952-2013) and 3 daughters named Courtenay Lee (b. 1954), Cynthia Louise (b. 1956), and Claudia Leslie (1958-2012). After being married for 16 years, Betty and Lee Marvin divorced in 1967.
- Yvette Vickers (1959)
- Michelle Triola (1965-1970) – He was in a long-term relationship with actor Michelle Triola between 1965 and 1970. The duo had a live-in relationship and she legally changed her surname to “Marvin”. However, she sued him in 1971 after they had separated and sought financial compensation similar to that available to spouses under California’s alimony and community property laws. She even claimed that she thrice got pregnant with his child and he paid for 2 abortions while one pregnancy ended in a miscarriage. He was ordered to pay $104,000 to Triola for “rehabilitation purposes” in 1979 but the court denied her community property claim.
- Pamela Feeley (1970-1987) – Lee Marvin got married to Pamela Feeley, his high school sweetheart, in October 1970. The couple remained together until his death in 1987.
Race / Ethnicity
Lee Marvin was of English, Irish, Scottish, and Welsh descent.
- Frequently played tough, hard-bitten anti-heroes
- Premature white hair
- Distinct voice
Lee Marvin Facts
- On August 12, 1942, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served in the 4th Marine Division as a sniper in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Later, he was given a medical discharge and his decorations include the Purple Heart Medal, the Presidential Unit Citation, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, and the Combat Action Ribbon.
- For his performance in Cat Ballou (1965), he won several accolades including the Academy Award for “Best Actor”, Golden Globe Award for “Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy”, and Laurel Award for “Best Male Comedy Performance”.
- He stated in a 1969 Playboy interview that he supported gay rights.
- He was a Democrat and opposed the Vietnam War.
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