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Lee Van Cleef (1925–1989)

One of the great movie villains, Clarence Leroy Van Cleef, Jr. was born in Somerville, New Jersey, to Marion Lavinia (Van Fleet) and Clarence LeRoy Van Cleef, Sr. His parents were both of Dutch ancestry. Van Cleef started out as an accountant. He served in the U.S. Navy aboard minesweepers and sub chasers during World War II. After the war he ... See full bio »

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Sentenza / Angel Eyes
For a Few Dollars More
For a Few Dollars More Col. Douglas Mortimer


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 1990 Thieves of Fortune
 1989 Speed Zone
Rock-Skipping Grandfather
 1988 Der Commander
Col. Mazzarini
 1986 Armed Response
Burt Roth
 1984 Geheimcode Wildgänse
 1984 The Master (TV Series)
John Peter McAllister / The Master
 1984 Goma-2
 1981 Escape from New York
 1980 The Octagon
 1979 The Hard Way (TV Movie)
 1978 The Squeeze
Chris Gretchko / Ray Sloan
 1977 The Perfect Killer
Harry Chapman
 1977 Nowhere to Hide (TV Movie)
Ike Scanlon
 1977 Vengeance
 1976 Diamante Lobo
Father John / Lewis
 1975 Take a Hard Ride
 1973 Mean Frank and Crazy Tony
Frankie Diomede
 1972 The Grand Duel
Sheriff Clayton
 1971 Bad Man's River
Roy King
 1971 Captain Apache
Capt. Apache
 1970 El Condor
 1970 Barquero
 1969 Sabata
 1968 Commandos
MSgt. Sullivan
 1968 Al di là della legge
Billy Joe Cudlip
 1967 Day of Anger
Frank Talby
 1967 Death Rides a Horse
 1966 The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Sentenza / Angel Eyes
 1966 La resa dei conti
Jonathan 'Colorado' Corbett
 1960-1966 Gunsmoke (TV Series)
Ike Jeffords / Johnny Hooker / Man in Saloon / ...
 1966 Laredo (TV Series)
Big Mike Kelly
 1965-1966 Branded (TV Series)
Charlie Yates / Fred Slater
 1965 For a Few Dollars More
Col. Douglas Mortimer
 1965 My Mother the Car (TV Series)
Nick Fitch
 1965 Vacation Playhouse (TV Series)
 1965 The Andy Griffith Show (TV Series)
 1964 Rawhide (TV Series)
Deck Sommers / Fred Grant
 1964 Destry (TV Series)
Ace Slater
 1963 The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters (TV Series)
Raoul Volta
 1960-1963 77 Sunset Strip (TV Series)
Majeski / Deek
 1960-1963 Laramie (TV Series)
Caleb / Mac Morgan / Dawson / ...
 1962-1963 Have Gun - Will Travel (TV Series)
Golias / Corbin
 1963 The Dick Powell Theatre (TV Series)
 1963 Perry Mason (TV Series)
Edward Doyle
 1962-1963 The Dakotas (TV Series)
Slade Tucker / Larry Jackson
 1962-1963 Ripcord (TV Series)
Jack Martin / Henry Kane
 1962 How the West Was Won
River Pirate (uncredited)
 1959-1962 The Rifleman (TV Series)
Johnny Drako / Wicks / Stinger / ...
 1954-1962 Death Valley Days (TV Series)
Brogger / Fred Daniels
 1961-1962 Cheyenne (TV Series)
Harry / Larry Jackson / Braden
 1961-1962 Bronco (TV Series)
Charley Clune / Shanghai Williams
 1962 The Joey Bishop Show (TV Series)
 1961 Shotgun Slade (TV Series)
 1961 The Twilight Zone (TV Series)
 1961 Stagecoach West (TV Series)
Lin Hyatt
 1961 Maverick (TV Series)
Wolf McManus
 1961 Posse from Hell
 1961 Hawaiian Eye (TV Series)
 1960 Bonanza (TV Series)
 1958-1960 Lawman (TV Series)
Jack Saunders / Deputy Clyde Wilson / Ned Scott / ...
 1958-1960 Colt .45 (TV Series)
Red Feather / Devery
 1960 Mr. Lucky (TV Series)
 1960 The Deputy (TV Series)
Cherokee Kid
 1960 The Slowest Gun in the West (TV Movie)
Sam Bass
 1960 Black Saddle (TV Series)
Frank Sandoo
 1960 The Untouchables (TV Series)
Frank Diamond
 1960 The Alaskans (TV Series)
 1960 Hotel de Paree (TV Series)
 1960 The DuPont Show with June Allyson (TV Series)
 1959 Law of the Plainsman (TV Series)
 1959 Riverboat (TV Series)
Luke Cragg
 1959 Tombstone Territory (TV Series)
Jake Conroy / Sam Carver
 1959 Wanted: Dead or Alive (TV Series)
Jumbo Kane
 1959 The Real McCoys (TV Series)
1st Sentry
 1959 Yancy Derringer (TV Series)
Ike Milton
 1959 Cimarron City (TV Series)
 1959 Fury (TV Series)
Race Collins
 1959 Ride Lonesome
 1959 Guns Girls and Gangsters
Mike Bennett
 1959 Northwest Passage (TV Series)
Frank Wade
 1958 Machete
 1958 Frontier Doctor (TV Series)
Deputy Sid Carver aka Bill Dalton
 1958 Zorro (TV Series)
Antonio Castillo
 1958 Target (TV Series)
 1958 The Bravados
Alfonso Parral
 1958 State Trooper (TV Series)
Frank Parnessa
 1958 The Young Lions
1st Sgt. Rickett
 1958 Richard Diamond, Private Detective (TV Series)
Ed Murdock
 1958 Day of the Badman
Jake Hayes
 1958 Wagon Train (TV Series)
Rufe Beal
 1957 Trackdown (TV Series)
Ben Fraser
 1957 Casey Jones (TV Series)
Mort Clio
 1957 Gun Battle at Monterey
 1957 Joe Dakota
Adam Grant
 1957 The Tin Star
Ed McGaffey
 1957 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Dave Rudabaugh
 1957 Raiders of Old California
Sgt. Damon Pardee
 1957 The Last Stagecoach West
Steve Margolies
 1957 The Lonely Man
 1957 Gunfight at the O.K. Corral
Ed Bailey
 1957 China Gate
Maj. Cham
 1957 The Badge of Marshal Brennan
Shad Donaphin
 1953-1957 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
Cowboy / Wink / Larkin / ...
 1957 Tales of Wells Fargo (TV Series)
Cherokee Bob
 1957 The Quiet Gun
Doug Sadler
 1957 Soldiers of Fortune (TV Series)
Sergeant Bucheroff
 1956 Crossroads (TV Series)
 1956 The Sheriff of Cochise (TV Series)
 1956 Wire Service (TV Series)
Al Sanders
 1954-1956 The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series)
Stanley Perrin
 1956 Accused of Murder
Police Sgt. Emmett Lackey
 1956 It Conquered the World
Dr. Tom Anderson
 1956 Chevron Hall of Stars (TV Series)
 1956 Pardners
 1956 Tribute to a Bad Man
Fat Jones
 1956 Studio 57 (TV Series)
 1956 The Conqueror
 1956 The Millionaire (TV Series)
Howard Branch
 1955 Brave Eagle (TV Series)
Great Bear
 1955 The Vanishing American
Jay Lord
 1955 A Man Alone
 1955 The Adventures of Champion (TV Series)
 1955 The Naked Street
Harry Goldish (uncredited)
 1955 Luke and the Tenderfoot (TV Series)
Johnny Dark
 1955 The Star and the Story (TV Series)
 1955 The Road to Denver
Pecos Larry
 1955 The Man Behind the Badge (TV Series)
 1955 I Cover the Underworld
Flash Logan
 1955 Annie Oakley (TV Series)
Amos Belcher / Tim Brennan
 1955 Buffalo Bill, Jr. (TV Series)
Tom Stace / John-O
 1955 City Detective (TV Series)
 1955 TV Reader's Digest (TV Series)
 1955 The Big Combo
 1955 Ten Wanted Men
Al Drucker
 1955 Treasure of Ruby Hills
Frank Emmett
 1953-1955 The Adventures of Kit Carson (TV Series)
Sheriff Ned Jackson / Maj. Farnsworth and Vance Howard / Burt Tanner / ...
 1954 The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin (TV Series)
Ed McCleod
 1954 Medic (TV Series)
Dr. Frank Strauss
 1953-1954 The Gene Autry Show (TV Series)
Henchman Ray / Henchman Hod
 1954 Dawn at Socorro
Earl Ferris
 1954 Waterfront (TV Series)
 1954 The Desperado
Paul Clayton / Buck Clayton
 1954 Princess of the Nile
Hakar (uncredited)
 1953-1954 Cavalcade of America (TV Series)
 1954 The Yellow Tomahawk
Fire Knife
 1954 Arrow in the Dust
Tillotson Henchman
 1954 Rails Into Laramie
Ace Winton
 1954 Gypsy Colt
 1954 Stories of the Century (TV Series)
Jesse James
 1953-1954 Big Town (TV Series)
Jack Coleman / Rick
 1952-1953 The Range Rider (TV Series)
El Latigo / Utah Joe / Rocky Hatch
 1953 Tumbleweed
 1953 The Nebraskan
Pvt. Reno Benton
 1953 Jack Slade
Bolt Mackay
 1952-1953 The Lone Ranger (TV Series)
Jango / Bull Harper / Joe Singer
 1953 Vice Squad
Pete Monte
 1953 Arena
 1952-1953 Space Patrol (TV Series)
Lesser / Ward / Herrick / ...
 1953 The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms
Corp. Stone
 1953 White Lightning
Brutus Allen
 1953 Bandits of Corsica
 1953 Four Star Playhouse (TV Series)
Bob Wheeler aka Sonora Kid
 1953 The Lawless Breed
Dirk Hanley
 1952 Boston Blackie (TV Series)
Lou / Captain Jansen
 1952 Kansas City Confidential
Tony Romano
 1952 Sky King (TV Series)
 1952 Untamed Frontier
Dave Chittun
 1952 High Noon
Jack Colby
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Alternate Names:

Lee Van Cleff | Lee VanCleef


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I believe in showing real violence, not toy violence. Real violence turns you off because you know it's not the thing to do. If you show violence realistic enough people don't want to do it. See more »


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