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Lee Van Cleef is a Actor and Director American born on 9 january 1925 at Somerville (USA)

Lee Van Cleef

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Birth name Clarence LeRoy Van Cleef, Jr.
Nationality USA
Birth 9 january 1925 at Somerville (USA)
Death 16 december 1989 (at 64 years) at Oxnard (USA)

Clarence Leroy "Lee" Van Cleef, Jr. (January 9, 1925 – December 16, 1989), was an American film actor who appeared mostly in Westerns and action pictures. His sharp features and piercing eyes led to his being cast as a villain in scores of films, such as Kansas City Confidential, High Noon, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, prior to his becoming a leading man in a number of Spaghetti Westerns.


Van Cleef was married three times. He and his first wife, Patsy Ruth, were married from 1943 until their divorce in 1960. Later that year, he married his second wife, Joan Drane. He and Drane divorced in 1974. Two years later, he married his third wife, Barbara Havelone, to whom he remained married until his death in 1989. He had four children.

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Filmography of Lee Van Cleef (76 films)

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Thieves of Fortune, 1h40
Origin USA
Genres Action
Actors Michael Nouri, Lee Van Cleef, Liz Torres
Roles Sergio Danielo Christophero
Rating45% 2.2969052.2969052.2969052.2969052.296905
In order to gain a large inheritance, a woman must do many arduous and dangerous tasks to prove her worth and win the affections of the man she loves.
Speed Zone
Speed Zone (1989)
, 1h34
Directed by Jim Drake, Jim Drake
Origin Canada
Genres Comedy, Action
Themes Sports films, Transport films, Films about automobiles, Auto racing films, Road movies
Actors John Candy, Eugene Levy, Joe Flaherty, Donna Dixon, Matt Frewer, Shari Belafonte
Roles Grandfather
Rating44% 2.2051952.2051952.2051952.2051952.205195
An assortment of people gather at a countryside inn in preparation for the infamous "Cannonball Run," an illegal three-day cross-country race from Washington, D.C. to Santa Monica where the winner and five runners-up will receive $1 million. However, the hot-headed Washington chief of police Spiro T. Edsel (Peter Boyle), along with his long-suffering sidekick Whitman (Don Lake), arrests all of the drivers to prevent the race from happening. As a result, sponsors must find replacement drivers by the next day.
Armed Response, 1h26
Directed by Fred Olen Ray
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Action
Actors David Carradine, Lee Van Cleef, Mako Iwamatsu, Laurene Landon, Lois Hamilton, Brent Huff
Roles Burt Roth
Rating50% 2.511332.511332.511332.511332.51133
One of the men of dangerous Tanaka has subtracted a statuette that he had planned to use as a peace offering between local Yakusa and the rival Chinese Tong. It hired two private investigators for the exchange of bailout money to restore the statue, but the business to recover the statue gets worse and Clay Roth is killed. This infuriates the Roth brothers and father, all combat veterans, and go in search of justice
Jungle Raiders, 1h35
Directed by Antonio Margheriti
Genres Action, Adventure
Actors Christopher Connelly, Lee Van Cleef, Luciano Pigozzi
Roles Warren
Rating47% 2.3885452.3885452.3885452.3885452.388545
Captain Yankee played by Christopher Connelly and his friend make a living by selling fake adventure dreams to rich foreigners. With the help of some natives they let their rich clients think to have lived fantastic adventures. One day a Colombian museum director arrives to search for a fabulous "ruby of doom" and Captain Yankee is black mailed into accepting the task.
Code Name: Wild Geese, 1h41
Directed by Antonio Margheriti
Origin German
Genres War, Action
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about drugs
Actors Lewis Collins, Lee Van Cleef, Ernest Borgnine, Klaus Kinski, Mimsy Farmer, Luciano Pigozzi
Roles Archie 'China' Travers
Rating51% 2.5582052.5582052.5582052.5582052.558205
In Hong Kong, DEA man Fletcher (Borgnine) heads an operation to cut off the supply of opium to the west; to fund this operation Fletcher has found himself allied with wealthy American businessman Brenner.
Escape from New York, 1h39
Directed by John Carpenter
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Thriller, Social science fiction, Action, Adventure, Crime
Themes Post-apocalyptic films, Prison films, Films about religion, Films set in the future, Political films, Dystopian films, Disaster films
Actors Kurt Russell, Lee Van Cleef, Ernest Borgnine, Donald Pleasence, Isaac Hayes, Harry Dean Stanton
Roles Police Commissioner Bob Hauk
Rating70% 3.549663.549663.549663.549663.54966
In 1988, following a 400% increase in crime, the United States Government has evacuated Manhattan and turned the island into a giant maximum-security prison in which all inmates serve a life sentence. A 50-foot (15 m) containment wall surrounds the island and routes out of Manhattan have been dismantled or mined. Armed helicopters patrol the rivers and harbor.
The Octagon, 1h44
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Martial arts, Action, Adventure
Themes Sports films, Martial arts films
Actors Chuck Norris, Karen Carlson, John Fujioka, Art Hindle, Lee Van Cleef, Richard Norton
Roles McCarn
Rating50% 2.5025152.5025152.5025152.5025152.502515
A martial artist (Chuck Norris) must stop a group of terrorists trained in the ninja style by his half-brother (Tadashi Yamashita).
The Squeeze, 1h40
Directed by Antonio Margheriti
Genres Action
Themes Heist films, Gangster films
Actors Lee Van Cleef, Karen Black, Robert Alda, Edward Albert, Lionel Stander, Angelo Infanti
Roles Chris Gretchko / Ray Sloan
Rating53% 2.6613552.6613552.6613552.6613552.661355
Retired safe-cracker Chris Gretchko is coaxed out of comfortable retirement by Jeff Olafson, the impulsive son of a former accomplice, who begs him to help steal an undocumented shipment of diamonds to satiate Van Stratten, a New York City crime boss whose mistress, Jessica, has been seeing Jeff on the side. Chris subsequently recruits his old friend, pawn shop owner Sam, who agrees to fence the diamonds afterward. When they learn Van Stratten intends to cut them out of the deal, Chris and Jeff plot a countermeasure, resulting in Jeff getting thrown in jail to give him plausible deniability, and Chris convalescing in a safe house after getting shot during the heist. Clarisse, an eccentric neighbor in the building, discovers Chris, and agrees to help tend his injuries and lie to police who come looking for him. However, Captain Donati begins to piece together the events, and all the involved parties find their lives in danger.
God's Gun
God's Gun (1976)
, 1h34
Directed by Gianfranco Parolini
Origin Italie
Genres Action, Western, Spaghetti Western
Actors Lee Van Cleef, Jack Palance, Richard Boone, Sybil Danning, Leif Garrett, Ann Turkel
Roles Father John / Lewis
Rating49% 2.457462.457462.457462.457462.45746
One day Sam Clayton (Jack Palance) and his gang arrive in the small town of Juno City where Father John (Lee van Cleef) is the priest of the town church. After having a little bit of fun that involves raping a woman and knifing a man in the back, the gang leaves town, only to be caught by the fearless but unarmed Father John. That night the murderer is broken out of gaol. Vowing revenge, the gang guns him down on the steps of his church and then set about taking control of the town while waiting for the stagecoach. However, little Johnny O'Hara (Leif Garrett) manages to escape with a couple of their horses and rides off to Mexico in the hope of finding the priest's gunfighter brother (also played by Lee van Cleef). They soon meet and set off back across the border to clean up the town. Meanwhile Clayton discovers that he is Johnny's father. Also, some fifteen years prior during the Civil War, Jenny O'Hara (Sybil Danning) had been one of Clayton's victims, adding to the mystique of the situation — as well as to the question of little Johnny's paternity — and now, enhancing the plot, Clayton takes to the idea of being a father.
Take a Hard Ride, 1h43
Directed by Antonio Margheriti, Hal Needham
Origin Italie
Genres Action, Western
Actors Lee Van Cleef, Fred Williamson, Catherine Spaak, Jim Kelly, Barry Sullivan, Dana Andrews
Roles Kiefer
Rating56% 2.848712.848712.848712.848712.84871
Pike (Jim Brown), the right-hand man of cattle rancher Bob Morgan (Dana Andrews), is entrusted with a mission to deliver $86,000 across the border to the Morgan Ranch in Sonora, Mexico after his boss dies. Pike teams up with dishonest gambler Tyree (Fred Williamson) and they are forced to trust each other while being pursued by various outlaws and gunmen trying to possess the money, including the ruthless bounty hunter Kiefer (Lee Van Cleef) and corrupt sheriff Kane (Barry Sullivan).
The Stranger and the Gunfighter, 1h45
Directed by Lee Van Cleef, Antonio Margheriti
Origin Italie
Genres Martial arts, Comedy, Action, Western, Spaghetti Western, Martial arts
Themes Sports films, Martial arts films, Kung fu films
Actors Lee Van Cleef, Lo Lieh, Patty Shepard, Femi Benussi, Lionel Stander, Erika Blanc
Roles Dakota
Rating57% 2.8989952.8989952.8989952.8989952.898995
Martial arts expert Ho Chiang journeys to America's Wild West in order to retrieve his late uncle Wang's missing fortune. Ho must free his uncle's murderer, Dakota (frequent Spaghetti Western star Lee Van Cleef), the only man who knows Wang's final resting place. Upon recovering the body, the pair discovers clues pointing to buried treasure. Notes on the dead man's body promise that the location of the treasure will be illuminated by a map, divided for security into four segments, each one tattooed on the buttocks of one of the uncle's four mistresses. Armed with photographs of the women, Ho and Dakota form an uneasy alliance and set out in search of the map tattoos and the promised riches.
Mean Frank and Crazy Tony
Directed by Michele Lupo
Origin Italie
Genres Comedy, Crime
Themes Mafia films, Prison films, Buddy films, Gangster films
Actors Lee Van Cleef, Tony Lo Bianco, Edwige Fenech, Jean Rochefort, Fausto Tozzi, Silvano Tranquilli
Roles Frankie
Rating59% 2.950312.950312.950312.950312.95031
Le parrain de mafia italo-américain Frank Diomede, dit « Dieu », revient après 25 ans en Italie, alors qu'à Gènes, base de son autorisation, son rival Luis Annunziata décime ses hommes.
The Magnificent Seven Ride!, 1h40
Directed by George McCowan
Origin USA
Genres Action, Western
Actors Lee Van Cleef, Stefanie Powers, Michael Callan, Luke Askew, Ralph Waite, Mariette Hartley
Roles Marshal Chris Adams
Rating55% 2.7993252.7993252.7993252.7993252.799325
In southern Arizona territory, former hired gun-turned-marshal Chris Adams rescues his old friend, former bounty hunter Jim Mackay from an ambush. After recovering from his long ride across the desert, Jim asks Chris to help him defend the small Mexican border town of Magdalena, which has come under constant attack by bandit De Toro and his men. Having recently married and assumed his job as marshal, however, Chris is reluctant to assist Jim, despite their long friendship.
The Grand Duel, 1h38
Directed by Giancarlo Santi
Genres Western
Actors Lee Van Cleef, Marc Mazza, Klaus Grünberg, Anna Maria Gherardi, Antonio Casale, Remo Capitani
Roles Sheriff Clayton
Rating63% 3.1937953.1937953.1937953.1937953.193795
Phillip Wermeer has escaped from prison where he serves a sentence for the murder of Saxon, the patriarch of Saxon city, who in his turn is believed to be behind the murder of Wermeer’s father. Wermeer is holed up in Gila Bend by a swarm of bounty killers, who want his $3.000 reward, posted by Saxon's three sons David, Eli and Adam.
Bad Man's River, 1h30
Directed by Eugenio Martín
Genres Comedy, Action, Western
Themes Political films
Actors Lee Van Cleef, James Mason, Gina Lollobrigida, Simón Andreu, Gianni Garko, Aldo Sambrell
Roles Roy King
Rating46% 2.309662.309662.309662.309662.30966
Roy King's gang robs a bank and flees to Mexico on a train. Roy meets a beautiful woman, Alicia, and marries her, only to have her run off with all of the money.