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]
During one summer in the early 1950s he was a camp counselor in NYC for Marc Furstenberg.
When starring in westerns, his characters frequently use customized firearms, such as rifles and pistols with increased precision, fire rate, ammo magazine and additional muzzles.