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Van Heflin (I) (1908–1971)

Craggy-faced, dependable star character actor Van Heflin never quite made the Hollywood "A" list, but made up for what he lacked in appearance with hard work, charisma and solid acting performances. He was born Emmett Evan Heflin in Oklahoma in December 1910, the son of Fanny Bleecker (Shippey) and Emmett Evan Heflin, a dental surgeon. When his ... See full bio »

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 1971 The Last Child (TV Movie)
Senator Quincy George
 1970 Airport
D.O. Guerrero
 1969 The Big Bounce
Sam Mirakian
 1968 Certain Honorable Men (TV Movie)
Champ Donohue
 1968 The Danny Thomas Hour (TV Series)
- Fear Is the Chain (1968) ... Kreutzer
 1968 A Case of Libel (TV Movie)
Robert Sloane
 1968 The Ruthless Four
Sam Cooper
 1967 The Man Outside
Bill MacLean
 1965 The Teenage Revolution (TV Movie documentary)
 1965 Once a Thief
Inspector Mike Vido SFPD
 1963 Cry of Battle
Joe Trent
 1961 The Dick Powell Theatre (TV Series)
Sergeant Paul Maxon
- Ricochet (1961) ... Sergeant Paul Maxon
 1961 The Wastrel
Duncan Bell
 1960 Under Ten Flags
Captain Bernhard Rogge
 1960 5 Branded Women
 1957-1960 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Captain / Bill Kilcoyne / Col. Sten
- The Cruel Day (1960) ... Captain
- The Rank and File (1959) ... Bill Kilcoyne
- The Dark Side of the Earth (1957) ... Col. Sten
 1959 They Came to Cordura
Sgt.John Chawk
 1958 Gunman's Walk
Lee Hackett
 1955 Count Three and Pray
Luke Fargo
 1955 Battle Cry
Major Sam Huxley (CO, 2nd Bn., 6th Marine Regt.)
 1954 Woman's World
Jerry Talbot
 1954 The Raid
Maj. Neal Benton
 1954 Tanganyika
John Gale
 1953 The Golden Mask
Nicholas Chapman
 1952 My Son John
 1951 Week-End with Father
Brad Stubbs
 1950 Robert Montgomery Presents (TV Series)
Dr. Martin Arrowsmith
- Arrowsmith (1950) ... Dr. Martin Arrowsmith
 1950 Nash Airflyte Theatre (TV Series)
Llano Kid
- A Double-Dyed Deceiver (1950) ... Llano Kid
 1946 Till the Clouds Roll By
James I. Hessler
 1945 Land and Live in the Desert (Short)
Narrator (uncredited)
 1944 Land and Live in the Jungle
1st Lieutenant Lynn Harrison (uncredited)
 1942 Seven Sweethearts
Henry Taggart
 1942 Kid Glove Killer
Gordon McKay
 1941 Johnny Eager
Jeff Hartnett
 1941 H.M. Pulham, Esq.
Bill King
 1941 The Feminine Touch
Elliott Morgan
 1940 Santa Fe Trail
 1939 Back Door to Heaven
John Shelley
 1937 Saturday's Heroes
Val Webster
 1937 Annapolis Salute
Clay V. Parker
 1937 Flight from Glory
George Wilson
 1937 The Outcasts of Poker Flat
Reverend Sam Woods
 1936 A Woman Rebels
Lord Gerald Waring Gaythorne
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Stage: Appeared (as "Kaintuck") in "Western Waters" on Broadway. Drama. Written by Richard Carlson. Incidental music by Lehman Engel. Directed by Elsa Moses and Richard Carlson. Hudson Theatre: 28 Dec 1937-Jan 1938 (closing date unknown/7 performances). Cast: Thomas Chalmers (as "Josiah Cutler"), Thomas Gomez (as "Rev. Barnabus Harpie... See more »

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Lt. Van Heflin A.A.F. Ret. | United States Army Air Force Reserve Lt. Van Heflin


5' 11¾" (1.82 m)

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My father was a drunk, although he was a fabulous character, and he and my mother always loved each other, even when they were separated. See more »


He was director Michael Anderson's choice to play Gen. Dwight Eisenhower in a Columbia Pictures epic, "16th of December: The Battle of the Bulge," which had the blessing of Eisenhower and the Defense Department, but the project was abandoned after Warner Brothers used the title "The Battle of the Bulge" on a generic war film with Henry Fonda. See more »

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