Lee Marvin


Lee Marvin Trivia


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    • In 1945, after moving to Woodstock, New York, Lee worked as a plumber.

    • While in the military, Lee earned a Purple Heart award after nearly losing his life in Saipan during World War II.

    • Lee enlisted in the Marines at an early age.

    • Lee dropped out of high school.

    • Marvin guest-starred on two episodes of the original Dragnet: The Big Whiff and The Big Cast.

    • Lee Marvin is the favorite actor of rocker George Thorogood.

    • Appeared in three movies with John Wayne: The Comancheros, Donovan's Reef, and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance.

    • Marvin based his characterization of Major Reisman in The Dirty Dozen on a friend of his with whom he had served in the Marines.

    • Marvin attended St. Leo College in Florida for a brief period of time before enlisting in the Marines.

    • Lee Marvin is buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. His grave is next to boxer Joe Louis.

    • Marvin had a small role in the 1954 classic drama The Caine Mutiny. He played a sailor nicknamed "Meatball."

    • Lee Marvin was 6' 3" tall.

    • Marvin was an avid deep sea fisherman who appeared on several episodes of the ABC outdoor show The American Sportsman.

    • Towards the end of his life Marvin was interviewed by the FBI about a man named Edward Howard. Howard was a former CIA agent who had defected to Libya. It seems as though Howard, right before his defection, had sat next to Marvin on an airplane flight and the FBI wanted to find out if he had said anything of consequence to Marvin

    • Claimed to be a direct descendant of both Thomas Jefferson and Robert E. Lee.

    • Marvin starred in the TV series M Squad from 1957-60.

    • Lee Marvin's last appearance on-screen was in the 1986 action adventure film Delta Force in which he so-starred with Chuck Norris.

    • Marvin appeared in three episodes of The Untouchables: Nick Acropolis Story, Element of Danger, and A Fist of Five.

    • Marvin worked with noted horror star Lon Chaney, Jr. twice: first in the movie Not as a Stranger, second in an episode of Wagon Train entitled The Jose Morales Story.

    • Marvin, a heavy drinker in real life, appeared in the film Not as a Stranger with fellow heavy drinkers such as Robert Mitchum, Frank Sinatra, Broderick Crawford, and Lon Chaney. Ten to one that set smelled like the Jim Beam distillery.

    • Stephen Spielberg wanted Marvin to play Quint in Jaws. The role went to Robert Shaw after Marvin turned it down.

    • Marvin sang when he guest starred on The Flip Wilson Show.

    • Lee Marvin co-starred with Ronald Reagan in the 1964 film The Killers. That movie marked Reagan's final movie appearance.

    • Marvin sang in the 1969 movie Paint Your Wagon in which he co-starred with Clint Eastwood.

    • Marvin played villainous supporting roles in the classic 1950's films The Wild One and Bad Day at Black Rock.

    • Marvin owned a fishing boat which he kept in Hawaii called The Blue Hawaii.

    • Marvin reprised his Dirty Dozen role in a 1985 made-for-TV movie. Ernest Borgnine and Richard Jaeckel also reprised their roles from the original cast.

    • Appeared in two episodes of Twilight Zone: Steel and The Grave.

    • Marvin became good friends with actress Vivian Leigh when they co-starred together in Ship of Fools.

    • Marvin had four children from his first marriage to Betty Eberling. Son Christoper and daughters Courtenay, Cynthia, and Claudia.

    • Lee Marvin was married to Betty Ebeling from 1951 until 1967 although they had separated years earlier. He got married again to Pamela Feeley, a woman he'd known in high school, in 1970. This second marriage lasted until his death.

    • Marvin served in the Marine Corps during World War II. He was severely wounded in the Battle of Tarawa.

    • His long time live-in lover Michelle Triola sued him for a substantial portion of his assets in 1973. Triola lost most of her case but Marvin was required to make support payments to her. Triola would later shack up with Dick Van Dyke.

    • His parents names were Lamont and Courtney Marvin. His father was an advertising executive.

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