Biography and 10 best Lee Marvin Western Roles




10.The Spikes Gang

Dir. by Richard Fleischer (1974), starring Ron Howard, Lee Marvin & Noah Beery

The Spikes Gang is a 1974 Mirisch Company motion picture adaptation of the Giles Tippette novel The Bank Robber. It was directed by Richard Fleischer and starred Lee Marvin, Gary Grimes, Charles..

9.The Professionals

Dir. by Richard Brooks (1966), starring Claudia Cardinale, Burt Lancaster & Lee Marvin

The Professionals is a 1966 American western starring Burt Lancaster, Lee Marvin, Claudia Cardinale, Robert Ryan, and Woody Strode. The supporting cast includes Jack Palance and Ralph Bellamy and the..

7.The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

Dir. by John Ford (1962), starring John Wayne, James Stewart & Lee Marvin

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance is a 1962 American Western film directed by John Ford starring James Stewart and John Wayne. The black-and-white film was released by Paramount Pictures. The.

6.The Great Scout & Cathouse Thursday

Dir. by Don Taylor (1976), starring Oliver Reed, Lee Marvin & Strother Martin

The Great Scout & Cathouse Thursday is a 1976 Comedy film directed by Don Taylor starring Lee Marvin, Oliver Reed, Sylvia Miles and Kay Lenz..

5.The Duel at Silver Creek

Dir. by Don Siegel (1952), starring Lee Marvin, Audie Murphy & Faith Domergue

The Duel at Silver Creek is a 1952 Western film directed by Don Siegel and starring Audie Murphy. It was the first time Murphy had appeared in a film where he played a character who was good..

4.The Comancheros

Dir. by John Wayne and Michael Curtiz (1961), starring John Wayne, Lee Marvin & Jack Elam

The Comancheros is a 1961 Western Deluxe CinemaScope color film directed by Michael Curtiz, based on a 1952 novel of the same name by Paul Wellman, and starring John Wayne and Stuart Whitman. The.

3.Seven Men from Now

Dir. by Budd Boetticher (1956), starring Lee Marvin, Gail Russell & Randolph Scott

Seven Men from Now is a 1956 Western film directed by Budd Boetticher and starring Randolph Scott, Gail Russell, and Lee Marvin. The film was written by Burt Kennedy and produced by John Wayne’s..

2.Paint Your Wagon

Dir. by Joshua Logan (1969), starring Clint Eastwood, Lee Marvin & Jean Seberg

Paint Your Wagon is a 1969 Western musical film starring Lee Marvin, Clint Eastwood, and Jean Seberg. The film was adapted by Paddy Chayefsky from the 1951 musical Paint Your Wagon by Lerner and..

1.Bad Day at Black Rock

Dir. by John Sturges (1955), starring Spencer Tracy, Ernest Borgnine & Lee Marvin

Bad Day at Black Rock is a 1955 thriller film directed by John Sturges and starring Spencer Tracy and Robert Ryan that combines elements of Westerns and film noir. The supporting cast includes Anne…
Lee Marvin, (born February 19, 1924, New York, New York, U.S.—died August 29, 1987, Tucson, Arizona), a rugged, durable American actor who was perhaps the quintessential cinematic “tough guy.”

Marvin took up acting after serving in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II, and in 1949 he began appearing in Broadway and Off-Broadway shows. The following year he had guest parts in several television shows, which led to his film debut in 1951. For the better part of 14 years, he appeared in smaller roles. His tall, lean, brutal, stone-faced appearance made him an excellent choice for the role of villain in Hollywood action movies and westerns. Many of Marvin’s early films were notable works of major directors, such as Fritz Lang’s The Big Heat (1953), László Benedek’s The Wild One (1953), John Sturges’s Bad Day at Black Rock (1955), and Robert Aldrich’s Attack (1956). Marvin continued to make TV appearances as well, and he starred as the tough but good-hearted Lieut. Frank Ballinger in the series M Squad (1957–60).


In 1962 Marvin appeared as Liberty Valance, a mean, snarling cowboy in John Ford’s legendary The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. This role led to his dual casting as a drunken cowboy hero and his nasty gun-slinging twin brother in Cat Ballou (1965), a western comedy. His performance in this film won him an Oscar, and he was soon in demand as a leading man.



Borrowing from his vast experience at playing bad guys, Marvin brought complexity to his roles as a leading man by incorporating elements of the thug. In 1967 he delivered two of his most memorable performances: in The Dirty Dozen, he portrayed the no-nonsense military commander who leads a group of condemned criminals on a deadly war mission; and in John Boorman’s Point Blank, he played an emotionless man out to exact violent revenge on the men who robbed him and left him for dead.
Marvin was sometimes miscast—for example, as a singing cowboy in Paint Your Wagon (1969), though his recording of the song “Wand’rin’ Star” became an unexpected hit. His ability to show tenderness, as he did in Monte Walsh (1970), was not often exploited by directors. His last great role was that of another determined World War II platoon leader, this time in Samuel Fuller’s The Big Red One (1980).
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