Lee Marvin was a television and film actor that is best known for his distinctive voice and prematurely grey hair. He appeared in the same scene with some of the most iconic actors of his generation like John Wayne, Marlon Brando, Paul Newman, and Jane Fonda, just to name a few. He is known as a character actor who mostly played villains and soldiers. In 1966, he won an academy award for the best actor, because of his roles of Tim Strawn and Kid Shelleen in the movie “Cat Ballou”. If you are interested in finding about his private life, career, and net worth, stay with us for a couple of minutes. Without wasting too much of your precious time, we are going to start now.
Lee Marvin was born as Lamont Waltman Marvin Jr. on the 19th of February 1924. He was a New York native. He died on the 29th of August 1987 in Tucson, Arizona, US. At the time, he was 63 years old. His father Lamont Waltman Marvin, an advertising executive, and his mother were Courtenay Davidge, a beauty and fashion editor/writer. His father was the descendant of Matthew Marvin Sr. a founding settler of Norwalk and Hartford. When he was young, he studied the violin. At a young age, he spent a lot of time in the wilderness, hunting puma, wild turkey, deer, and bobwhite.
He attended Manumit School, a boarding school in Pawling, New York in the late 1930s. On the 12th of August 1942, he dropped out of school to serve in the US Marine Corps. He was wounded by machine gunfire. This left a mark on his health, especially on his sciatic nerve. After he returned from the second world war, he started pursuing a career in Hollywood. He was a democrat who was against the Vietnam War. He publicly John F. Kennedy in the 1960 presidential election. He married two times. His wives were Betty Ebeling (1951 – 1967), and Pamela Feeley (1970 – 1987). From these two marriages, he has four children.
He debuted on a silver screen in a movie called “You’re in the Navy Now” back in 1951. The movie was directed by Henry Hathaway. This is an important movie because Jack Warden and Charles Bronson debuted in this movie. He received the most credit for two roles “The Wild One” and “The Big Heat”. Both of these movies were released in 1953. Later he appeared on TV shows “The Pepsi-Cola Playhouse” and “The Plymouth Playhouse”. He is also popular for his roles in “The Dirty Dozen” (1967), “Paint Your Wagon” (1969), “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” (1962), and “The Professionals” (1966). His last appearance was in “The Delta Force” (1986) where he starred alongside Chuck Norris and Martin Balsam.
At the time of his death, Lee Marvin’s estimated net worth was $11.5 million. He earned a vast majority of his wealth by appearing in many popular movies. In the last 15 years of his career, he was paid 1 million dollars per movie.