He starred in a series of innovative commercials produced during the late 1970s for the Canadian Speedy Muffler chain. He played the part of the laconic cowboy (as in 1960s "Spaghetti Westerns") who could fix a muffler or tailpipe with such speed that John Colicos
(playing the straight-man store manager) would be amazed to see ...
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Lee Van Cleff | Lee VanCleef
6' 2" (1.88 m)
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[on his pierced left ear] I started wearing it when I was a kid in the Navy. I sailed all over the world, and somewhere along I started wearing an earring as a symbol of respect for all of the different cultures and people. I've worn it, off and on, ever since. Lately, when directors and producers see the bloody thing, they ask me to wear it on camera. [The Cleveland Plain Dealer, June 12, 1981]
When still working as an accountant, Van Cleef was offered an acting job "starting on Monday." He protested that he needed to give his employer two weeks' notice, only to be told that he started on Monday or didn't start at all. When Van Cleef's employer heard this, he promptly fired him, removing the need for any notice period.