Lee Van Cleef

Mostly Credited As: Lee Van Cleef
Birth Name: Clarence Leroy Van Cleef, Jr.
Date Of Birth: January 09, 1925 (Age 64)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Somerville, New Jersey
Date Of Death: December 16, 1989
Cause Of Death: Heart Attack (Oxnard, CA)
Height: 6' 2" (1.87 m)

Lee Van Cleef

Van Cleef's natural acting talent got him noticed by famed director Stanley Kramer. He cast the young actor as the villainous Jack Colby in High Noon (1952). His success in this role and other westerns typecast him; throughout the 1950s, Van Cleef usually portrayed the bad guy.

Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, Van Cleef worked steadily in Europe. When the spaghetti western craze died down, he returned to Hollywood, remarried once more, and continued acting in films, mostly low-budget affairs. At the age of 59, Van Cleef took the starring role in the short-lived NBC series The Master, which was canceled after just 13 episodes.

TV Appearances

Main cast 
The Master (US) (1984)As: John Peter McAllister
Episode Cast Credits 

Gunsmoke (1955) 
  My Father, My Son 11x30: (Apr/23/1966) As Ike Jeffords 
  The Pariah 10x30: (Apr/17/1965) As John Hooker 
  Old Flame 05x37: (May/28/1960) As Rad Meadows 

Laredo (1965) 
  Quarter Past Eleven 01x26: (Mar/24/1966) As Kelly/Fallon 

Branded (1965) 
  Call to Glory (3) 02x26: (Mar/13/1966) As Charlie Yates 
  Call to Glory (2) 02x25: (Mar/06/1966) As Charlie Yates 
  Call to Glory (1) 02x24: (Feb/27/1966) As Charlie Yates 
  The Richest Man in Boot Hill 02x08: (Oct/31/1965) As Fred Slater 

My Mother the Car (1965) 
  Burned at the Steak 01x05: (Oct/12/1965) As Nick Fitch 

The Andy Griffith Show (1960) 
  Banjo-Playing Deputy 05x32: (May/03/1965) As Skip 

Rawhide (1959) 
  Piney 07x03: (Oct/09/1964) As Deck Sommers 
  Enormous Fist 07x02: (Oct/02/1964) As Fred Grant 

The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters (1963) 
  The Day of the Misfits 01x13: (Dec/15/1963) As Raoul Volta 

77 Sunset Strip (1958) 
  88 Bars 06x07: (Nov/01/1963) As Majeski 
  Attic 03x01: (Sep/16/1960) As Deet 

Have Gun, Will Travel (1957) 
  Face of a Shadow 06x32: (Apr/20/1963) As Golias 
  The Treasure 06x16: (Dec/29/1962) As Corbin 

Perry Mason (1957) 
  The Case of the Golden Oranges 06x20: (Mar/07/1963) As Edward Doyle 

The Dakotas (1963) 
  Thunder In Pleasant Valley 01x05: (Feb/04/1963) As Slade Tucker 

The Rifleman (1958) 
  Death Never Rides Alone 05x05: (Oct/29/1962) As Johnny Drako 
  The Clarence Bibs Story 03x28: (Apr/04/1961) As Wicks 
  The Prodigal 02x31: (Apr/26/1960) As Stinger 
  The Deadly Wait 01x26: (Mar/24/1959) As Dan Maury 

Death Valley Days (1952) 
  The Hat That Won the West 11x12: (Oct/23/1962) As Bogget 
  Snowshoe Thompson 02x10: (Mar/06/1954) As guest star 

Cheyenne (1955) (1955) 
  Man Alone 07x04: (Oct/15/1962) As Harry 
  Trouble Street 06x02: (Oct/02/1961) As Deputy Braden 

Bronco (1958) 
  One Evening in Abilene 04x13: (Mar/19/1962) As Charlie Clune 
  Yankee Tornado 03x07: (Mar/13/1961) As Shanghai Williams 

The Twilight Zone (1959) 
  The Grave 03x07: (Oct/27/1961) As Steinhart, [Co-Guest Stars]

Ripcord (1961) 
  Thoroughbred 01x04: (Oct/18/1961) As Kane 

Stagecoach West (1960) 
  Never Walk Alone 01x28: (Apr/18/1961) As Lin Hyatt 

Maverick (1957) 
  Red Dog 04x25: (Mar/05/1961) As Wolf McManus 

Hawaiian Eye (1959) 
  The Stanhope Brand 02x24: (Feb/22/1961) As Manuel 

Bonanza (1959) 
  The Blood Line 02x15: (Dec/31/1960) As Appling 

Lawman (1958) 
  Return of Owny O'Reilly 03x05: (Oct/16/1960) As Jack Sanders 
  Man on a Mountain 02x36: (Jun/12/1960) As Clyde Wilson 
  The Conclave 01x37: (Jun/14/1959) As Ned Scott 
  The Deputy 01x01: (Oct/05/1958) As Walt Hawks (as Lee VanCleef) 

Colt .45 (1957) 
  The Trespasser 03x28: (Jun/21/1960) As Red Feather 
  Dead Reckoning 01x15: (Jan/24/1958) As Tom Devery 

Mr. Lucky (1959) 
  Dangerous Lady 01x33: (Jun/11/1960) As Kruger 

Black Saddle (1959) 
  The Cabin 02x20: (Apr/01/1960) As Frank Sando 

The Untouchables (1959) (1959) 
  The Unhired Assassin (2) 01x21: (Mar/03/1960) As Frank Diamond 
  The Unhired Assassin (1) 01x20: (Feb/25/1960) As Frank Diamond 

The Alaskans (1959) 
  Peril at Caribou Crossing 01x21: (Feb/28/1960) As Roc 

The DuPont Show With June Allyson (1959) 
  Trial by Fear 01x20: (Feb/08/1960) As Peak 

Law of the Plainsman (1959) 
  Clear Title 01x12: (Dec/17/1959) As Tracey 

Riverboat (1959) 
  Strange Request 01x13: (Dec/13/1959) As Luke Cragg 

Wanted: Dead or Alive (1958) 
  The Hostage 02x06: (Oct/10/1959) As Jumbo Kane 

Yancy Derringer (1958) 
  Outlaw at Liberty 01x30: (May/07/1959) As Ike Milton 

Zorro (1957) (1957) 
  Welcome to Monterey 02x01: (Oct/09/1958) As Antonio Castillo 

Richard Diamond, Private Detective (1957) 
  Rodeo 02x08: (Feb/20/1958) As Ed Murdock 

Wagon Train (1957) 
  The Jesse Cowan Story 01x17: (Jan/08/1958) As Rufe Beale 

Trackdown (1957) 
  The Town 01x11: (Dec/13/1957) As Ben Fraser 

General Electric Theater (1953) 
  Thousand Dollar Gun 06x03: (Oct/20/1957) As Rudabaugh 

Schlitz Playhouse of Stars (1951) 
  The Blue Hotel 06x28: (Apr/12/1957) As Cowboy 
  Spangal Island 04x14: (Dec/10/1954) As Wink 
  Midnight Haul 04x10: (Nov/12/1954) As guest star 
  The Black Mate 03x42: (Jun/18/1954) As guest star 

Tales of Wells Fargo (1957) 
  Alder Gulch 01x03: (Apr/08/1957) As Cherokee Bob 

Wire Service (1956) 
  The Night of August Seventh 01x05: (Nov/01/1956) As Al Sanders 

Studio 57 (1954) 
  Deadline 02x26: (Feb/25/1956) As Tommy 

Annie Oakley (1954) 
  Annie and the Higher Court 02x19: (May/15/1955) As Amos Belcher 
  Annie Breaks an Alibi 02x08: (Feb/27/1955) As Tim Brennan 

Buffalo Bill Jr. (1955) 
  The Calico Kid 01x13: (May/15/1955) As Stace 
  Boomer's Blunder 01x07: (Apr/01/1955) As John-O 

City Detective (1953) 
  Man Down, Woman Screaming 02x28: (Apr/26/1955) As Hardman 

The Adventures of Kit Carson (1951) 
  Incident at Wagontire 04x26: (Jan/22/1955) As guest star 
  The Missing Hacienda 04x12: (Oct/16/1954) As Sheriff Ned Jackson 
  No Man's Law 04x11: (Oct/09/1954) As Vance Howard 
  Gunsmoke Justice 03x13: (Oct/24/1953) As Burt Tanner 

Cavalcade of America (1952) 
  The Skipper's Lady 02x32: (Jun/08/1954) As guest star 
  Duel at the OK Corral 02x20: (Mar/09/1954) As guest star 
  The Tenderfoot 01x20: (Jun/24/1953) As guest star 

Boston Blackie (1951) 
  Inside Crime 02x10: (May/12/1952) As Lou 
  Deep Six 02x05: (Apr/07/1952) As Captain Jansen 

State Trooper (1956) 
  710 Hysteria Street 02x24: (Unknown) As Frank Parnessa 
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Van Cleef was of Dutch ancestry.

Reportedly faster on the draw than spaghetti western co-star Clint Eastwood.

Served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and later worked as an accountant before taking up acting.

First major acting role was as a seaman in the road company production of the hit Broadway play Mister Roberts.

Van Cleef hailed from a farming family in rural New Jersey.

Lost the tip of his right hand middle finger while building a playhouse for his daughter.

Had one green eye and one blue eye but wore contact lenses to cover up this discrepancy.

Once recorded a country song entitled If All I Ever Do.

Parents' names were Clarence Leroy and Marion Lavinia Van Cleef.

Didn't speak a word of dialogue in his film debut in High Noon.

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Lee Van Cleef Quotes
Van Cleef: Being born with a pair of beady eyes was the best thing that ever happened to me.