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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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.
He was missing the last joint of his middle finger, a disfigurement prominently featured in the climactic gunfight of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
(1966). He actually lost it while building a playhouse for his daughter, although there were rumors that it happened in a road accident or a bar fight.