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Lee Van Cleef (1925–1989)


One of the great movie villains, Lee Van Cleef started out as an accountant. He served in the U.S. Navy aboard minesweepers and subchasers during World War II. After the war he worked as an office administrator, becoming involved in amateur theatrics in his spare time. An audition for a professional role led to a touring company job in "Mr. ... See full bio »

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 1979 The Hard Way (TV Movie)
McNeal
 1977 Nowhere to Hide (TV Movie)
Ike Scanlon
 1960-1966 Gunsmoke (TV Series)
Ike Jeffords / John Hooker / Rad Meadows
- My Father, My Son (1966) ... Ike Jeffords
- The Pariah (1965) ... John Hooker
- Old Flame (1960) ... Rad Meadows
 1966 Laredo (TV Series)
Big Mike Kelly
- Quarter Past Eleven (1966) ... Big Mike Kelly
 1965-1966 Branded (TV Series)
Charlie Yates / Fred Slater
- The Richest Man in Boot Hill (1965) ... Fred Slater
 1965 My Mother the Car (TV Series)
Nick Fitch
- Burned at the Steak (1965) ... Nick Fitch
 1965 The Andy Griffith Show (TV Series)
Skip
- Banjo-Playing Deputy (1965) ... Skip
 1964 Rawhide (TV Series)
Deck Sommers / Fred Grant
- Piney (1964) ... Deck Sommers
- The Enormous Fist (1964) ... Fred Grant
 1964 Destry (TV Series)
Ace Slater
- Destry Had a Little Lamb (1964) ... Ace Slater
 1963 The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters (TV Series)
Raoul Volta
- The Day of the Misfits (1963) ... Raoul Volta
 1960-1963 77 Sunset Strip (TV Series)
Majeski / Deek
- 88 Bars (1963) ... Majeski
- Attic (1960) ... Deek
 1960-1963 Laramie (TV Series)
Caleb / Mac Morgan / Dawson / ...
- The Stranger (1963) ... Caleb
- Vengeance (1963) ... Mac Morgan
- Killer Odds (1961) ... Dawson
- .45 Calibre (1960) ... Wes Torrey
 1962-1963 Have Gun - Will Travel (TV Series)
Golias / Corbin
- Face of a Shadow (1963) ... Golias
- The Treasure (1962) ... Corbin
 1963 The Dick Powell Theatre (TV Series)
Salty
- Colossus (1963) ... Salty
 1963 Perry Mason (TV Series)
Edward Doyle
- The Case of the Golden Oranges (1963) ... Edward Doyle
 1962-1963 Ripcord (TV Series)
Jack Martin / Henry Kane
- The Money Mine (1963) ... Jack Martin
- Thoroughbred (1962) ... Henry Kane
 1963 The Dakotas (TV Series)
Larry Jackson / Slade Tucker
- A Man Called Ragan (1963) ... Larry Jackson
- Thunder in Pleasant Valley (1963) ... Slade Tucker
 1959-1962 The Rifleman (TV Series)
Johnny Drako / Wicks / Stinger / ...
- Death Never Rides Alone (1962) ... Johnny Drako
- The Clarence Bibs Story (1961) ... Wicks
- The Prodigal (1960) ... Stinger
- The Deadly Wait (1959) ... Dan Maury
 1954-1962 Death Valley Days (TV Series)
Brogger
- The Hat That Won the West (1962) ... Brogger
 1961-1962 Cheyenne (TV Series)
Harry / Larry Jackson / Braden
- Man Alone (1962) ... Harry
- A Man Called Ragan (1962) ... Larry Jackson
- Trouble Street (1961) ... Braden
 1961-1962 Bronco (TV Series)
Charley Clune / Shanghai Williams
- One Evening in Abilene (1962) ... Charley Clune
- Yankee Tornado (1961) ... Shanghai Williams
 1962 The Joey Bishop Show (TV Series)
- Double Exposure (1962)
 1961 Twilight Zone (TV Series)
Steinhart
- The Grave (1961) ... Steinhart
 1961 Stagecoach West (TV Series)
Lin Hyatt
- Never Walk Alone (1961) ... Lin Hyatt
 1961 Maverick (TV Series)
Wolf McManus
- Red Dog (1961) ... Wolf McManus
 1961 Hawaiian Eye (TV Series)
Manuel
- The Stanhope Brand (1961) ... Manuel
 1961 Shotgun Slade (TV Series)
Bob
- The Payrollers (1961) ... Bob
 1960 Bonanza (TV Series)
Appling
- The Blood Line (1960) ... Appling
 1958-1960 Lawman (TV Series)
Jack Sanders / Deputy Clyde Wilson / Ned Scott / ...
- The Return of Owny O'Reilly (1960) ... Jack Sanders
- The Conclave (1959) ... Ned Scott
- The Deputy (1958) ... Walt Hawks (as Lee VanCleef)
 1958-1960 Colt .45 (TV Series)
Red Feather / Devery
- The Trespasser (1960) ... Red Feather
- Dead Reckoning (1958) ... Devery
 1960 Mr. Lucky (TV Series)
Kruger
- Dangerous Lady (1960) ... Kruger
 1960 The Deputy (TV Series)
Cherokee Kid
- Palace of Chance (1960) ... Cherokee Kid
 1960 The Slowest Gun in the West (TV Movie)
Sam Bass
 1960 Black Saddle (TV Series)
Frank Sandoo
- The Cabin (1960) ... Frank Sandoo
 1960 The Untouchables (TV Series)
Frank Diamond
- The Unhired Assassin: Part 2 (1960) ... Frank Diamond
- The Unhired Assassin: Part 1 (1960) ... Frank Diamond
 1960 The Alaskans (TV Series)
Roc
- Peril at Caribou Crossing (1960) ... Roc
 1960 Hotel de Paree (TV Series)
Thompson
- Sundance and the Man in Room Seven (1960) ... Thompson
 1960 The DuPont Show with June Allyson (TV Series)
Peak
- Trial by Fear (1960) ... Peak
 1959 Law of the Plainsman (TV Series)
Tracey
- Clear Title (1959) ... Tracey
 1959 Riverboat (TV Series)
Luke Cragg
- Strange Request (1959) ... Luke Cragg
 1959 Tombstone Territory (TV Series)
Jake Conroy / Sam Carver
- Payroll Robbery (1959) ... Jake Conroy
- Gun Hostage (1959) ... Sam Carver
 1959 Wanted: Dead or Alive (TV Series)
Jumbo Kane
- The Hostage (1959) ... Jumbo Kane
 1959 The Real McCoys (TV Series)
1st Sentry
- Grandpa Fights the Air Force (1959) ... 1st Sentry
 1959 Yancy Derringer (TV Series)
Ike Milton / Frank James
- Outlaw at Liberty (1959) ... Ike Milton / Frank James
 1959 Cimarron City (TV Series)
Tom
- The Town Is a Prisoner (1959) ... Tom
 1959 Fury (TV Series)
Race Collins
- House Guests (1959) ... Race Collins
 1959 Northwest Passage (TV Series)
Frank Wade
- The Fourth Brother (1959) ... Frank Wade
 1958 Frontier Doctor (TV Series)
Deputy Sid Carver aka Bill Dalton
- The Great Stagecoach Robbery (1958) ... Deputy Sid Carver aka Bill Dalton
 1958 Zorro (TV Series)
Antonio Castillo
- Welcome to Monterey (1958) ... Antonio Castillo
 1958 Target (TV Series)
 1958 State Trooper (TV Series)
Frank Parnessa
- 710 Hysteria Street (1958) ... Frank Parnessa
 1958 Richard Diamond, Private Detective (TV Series)
Ed Murdock
- Rodeo (1958) ... Ed Murdock
 1958 Wagon Train (TV Series)
Rufe Beal
- The Jesse Cowan Story (1958) ... Rufe Beal
 1957 Trackdown (TV Series)
Ben Fraser
- The Town (1957) ... Ben Fraser
 1957 Casey Jones (TV Series)
Mort Clio
- A Badge for Casey (1957) ... Mort Clio
 1957 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Dave Rudabaugh
- Thousand Dollar Gun (1957) ... Dave Rudabaugh
 1953-1957 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
Cowboy / Wink / Sheriff / ...
- The Blue Hotel (1957) ... Cowboy
- Midnight Haul (1954) ... Wink
- The Black Mate (1954)
- Four Things He'd Do (1954) ... Sheriff
 1957 Tales of Wells Fargo (TV Series)
Cherokee Bob
- Alder Gulch (1957) ... Cherokee Bob
 1957 Soldiers of Fortune (TV Series)
Sergeant Bucheroff
- Guns for El Khadar (1957) ... Sergeant Bucheroff
 1956 Crossroads (TV Series)
Johnny
- Sky Pilot of the Cumberlands (1956) ... Johnny
 1956 Sheriff of Cochise (TV Series)
Hackett
- Fire on Chiricahua Mountains (1956) ... Hackett
 1956 Wire Service (TV Series)
Al Sanders
- The Night of August 7th (1956) ... Al Sanders
 1956 The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series)
Stanley Perrin
- Measure of Faith (1956) ... Stanley Perrin
 1956 Studio 57 (TV Series)
Tommy
- Deadline (1956) ... Tommy
 1956 Chevron Hall of Stars (TV Series)
Thomas
- Three Strikes and Out (1956) ... Thomas
 1955 Brave Eagle (TV Series)
Great Bear
- Shield of Honor (1955) ... Great Bear
 1955 The Adventures of Champion (TV Series)
Frank
- Crossroad Trail (1955) ... Frank
 1955 Luke and the Tenderfoot (TV Series)
Johnny Darth
- The Boston Kid (1955) ... Johnny Darth
 1955 The Star and the Story (TV Series)
- The Norther (1955)
 1955 The Man Behind the Badge (TV Series)
Floyd
 1955 Annie Oakley (TV Series)
Amos Belcher / Tim Brennan
- Annie and the Higher Court (1955) ... Amos Belcher
- Annie Breaks an Alibi (1955) ... Tim Brennan
 1955 Buffalo Bill, Jr. (TV Series)
Tom Stace / John-O
- The Calico Kid (1955) ... Tom Stace
- Boomer's Blunder (1955) ... John-O
 1955 City Detective (TV Series)
Hardtman
- Man Down, Woman Screaming (1955) ... Hardtman
 1955 TV Reader's Digest (TV Series)
Mike
 1953-1955 The Adventures of Kit Carson (TV Series)
Sheriff Ned Jackson / Maj. Farnsworth and Vance Howard / Burt Tanner / ...
- The Missing Hacienda (1954) ... Sheriff Ned Jackson
- No Man's Law (1954) ... Maj. Farnsworth and Vance Howard
- Gunsmoke Justice (1953) ... Burt Tanner
 1954 The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin (TV Series)
Ed McCleod
- Rin Tin Tin and the Raging River (1954) ... Ed McCleod
 1954 Medic (TV Series)
Dr. Frank Strauss
- Day 10 (1954) ... Dr. Frank Strauss
 1953-1954 The Gene Autry Show (TV Series)
Henchman Ray / Henchman Hod
- Outlaw Warning (1954) ... Henchman Ray
- Rio Renegades (1953) ... Henchman Hod
 1954 Waterfront (TV Series)
Ed
- The Skipper's Day (1954) ... Ed
 1953-1954 Cavalcade of America (TV Series)
- The Tenderfoot (1953)
 1953-1954 Big Town (TV Series)
Jack Coleman / Rick
- The Stranger (1954) ... Jack Coleman
- Ticket Racket (1953) ... Rick
 1952-1953 The Lone Ranger (TV Series)
Henchman Jango / Bull Harper / Joe Singer
- Stage to Estacado (1953) ... Henchman Jango
- The Brown Pony (1953) ... Bull Harper
- Desperado at Large (1952) ... Joe Singer
 1952-1953 Space Patrol (TV Series)
Lesser / Ward / Herrick / ...
- The Man Who Stole a City (1953) ... Lesser
- Powerdive (1952) ... Ward
- The Derelict Space Station (1952) ... Herrick
- Threat of the Thormanoids (1952) ... Loren
 1953 Four Star Playhouse (TV Series)
Bob Wheeler aka Sonora Kid
- Trail's End (1953) ... Bob Wheeler aka Sonora Kid
 1952-1953 The Range Rider (TV Series)
El Latigo / Utah Joe / Rocky Hatch
- Treasure of Santa Dolores (1953) ... El Latigo
- Outlaw's Double (1952) ... Utah Joe
- Greed Rides the Range (1952) ... Rocky Hatch
 1952 Boston Blackie (TV Series)
Lou / Captain Jansen
- Inside Crime (1952) ... Lou
- Deep Six (1952) ... Captain Jansen (as Lee Van Cleff)
 1952 Sky King (TV Series)
Mark
- Formula for Fear (1952) ... Mark
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Appeared in "Mister Roberts" on Broadway. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | See more »

Alternate Names:

Lee Van Cleff | Lee VanCleef

Height:

6' 2" (1.88 m)
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Personal Quote:

Bad guys have always been my bag . . . I look mean without even trying. Audiences just naturally hate me on screen. I could play a role in a tuxedo and people would think I was rotten. You can do much more with a villain part. Movies are full of leading men, most of whom aren't working. It's much harder to find a good villain. See more »

Trivia:

Served in the US Navy from 1942-46. See more »

Trademark:

Beady eyes that frequently squinted in the Western sun See more »

Star Sign:

Capricorn

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