Lee Van Cleef

A Biographical, Film and Television Reference


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About the Book

Cult film star Lee Van Cleef began his movie career in Hollywood, appearing as evil-eyed villains in such 1950s and ’60s Westerns as High Noon, Gunfight at the O.K. Corral and How the West was Won. But Van Cleef didn’t achieve full-blown fame until he began starring in Spaghetti Westerns overseas. He played opposite Clint Eastwood in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and For a Few Dollars More before becoming a tough-guy star in his own right. By the 1980s, Van Cleef was aging and in weakened health, but he still managed to give thrilling performances in such films as Escape from New York and in a weekly martial-arts TV series, The Master.
Film-by-film and show-by-show, this work fully details Van Cleef’s career. Each movie entry includes cast and credits, studio, running times, year of release, a plot synopsis and a brief overview of Van Cleef’s role. The background of the ABC series The Master is then given, followed by an episode guide that provides airdate, cast and credits, a synopsis and a comment on the episode. Comprehensive information on Van Cleef’s other appearances in television concludes the work.

About the Author(s)

Film journalist Mike Malloy has contributed movie-related feature articles for such publications as Cult Movies Magazine, Stumped? Magazine, Marietta Daily Journal, Entertainment Today and Star Trek Communicator. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

Bibliographic Details

Mike Malloy
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 204
Bibliographic Info: photos, appendices, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2005 [1998]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-2272-2
eISBN: 978-0-7864-9158-2
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Introduction    1

1. The Life of Lee Van Cleef    3

2. The Films    33

3. Television Work    145

Appendix: Chronological Listing of Films    185

Bibliography    187

Index    191

Book Reviews & Awards

“impressive new source book…engaging and useful…Malloy does a nice job of detailing the last phase of Van Cleef’s career”—Film & History; “very thorough…will be of primary value to film and performing arts collections”—ARBA; “Malloy has done his homework…nicely readable, crammed full of information”—The World of Yesterday; “very thorough”—Western Clippings; “interesting”—Burlington County Times.