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 Lee Van Cleef

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Lee Van Cleef Famous memorial

Original Name
Clarence Leroy
Birth
Somerville, Somerset County, New Jersey, USA
Death
16 Dec 1989 (aged 64)
Oxnard, Ventura County, California, USA
Burial
Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot
Serenity Section, Map #A17, Lot 156, Single Ground Interment Space 1
Memorial ID
2175 View Source

Actor. After serving in the United States Navy during World War II (WWII), he was trained as an accountant. He started acting in community theater while working as an office administrator, eventually landing a role in the touring company of "Mr. Roberts." He was noticed by film director Stanley Kramer, who cast him in a nonspeaking role in "High Noon" (1952). This led to a long string of supporting roles, usually playing menacing roles in westerns both in films and on television. He rose to star status in Sergio Leone's "spaghetti westerns," playing enigmatic characters in "For a Few Dollars More" (1965) and "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" (1966) alongside Clint Eastwood and Eli Wallach. Van Cleef would make several more European-filmed westerns over the following decade, and would make a notable, atypical appearance in the John Carpenter-helmed science-fiction action cult classic "Escape From New York" (1981). His last role of note was playing a venerable ninja on the short-lived NBC action television series "The Master" (January 1984 to August 1984). His gravestone reads: "Lee Van Cleef Jan 9, 1925 - Dec 16, 1989 'Best of the Bad' Love and Light."

Actor. After serving in the United States Navy during World War II (WWII), he was trained as an accountant. He started acting in community theater while working as an office administrator, eventually landing a role in the touring company of "Mr. Roberts." He was noticed by film director Stanley Kramer, who cast him in a nonspeaking role in "High Noon" (1952). This led to a long string of supporting roles, usually playing menacing roles in westerns both in films and on television. He rose to star status in Sergio Leone's "spaghetti westerns," playing enigmatic characters in "For a Few Dollars More" (1965) and "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" (1966) alongside Clint Eastwood and Eli Wallach. Van Cleef would make several more European-filmed westerns over the following decade, and would make a notable, atypical appearance in the John Carpenter-helmed science-fiction action cult classic "Escape From New York" (1981). His last role of note was playing a venerable ninja on the short-lived NBC action television series "The Master" (January 1984 to August 1984). His gravestone reads: "Lee Van Cleef Jan 9, 1925 - Dec 16, 1989 'Best of the Bad' Love and Light."

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  • Maintained by: Find a Grave
  • Added: 31 Dec 2000
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 2175
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/2175/lee-van_cleef: accessed ), memorial page for Lee Van Cleef (9 Jan 1925–16 Dec 1989), Find a Grave Memorial ID 2175, citing Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles County, California, USA; Maintained by Find a Grave.