Van Cleef, Lee
|Birthname||Clarence LeRoy Van Cleef, Jr.|
|born on||9 January 1925 at 05:00 (= 05:00 AM )|
|Place||Somerville, New Jersey, 40n34, 74w37|
|Timezone||EST h5w (is standard time)|
|Astrology data||18°39' 11°05 Asc. 14°20'|
American actor whose sinister features overshadowed his acting skills and typecast him as a minor villain for a decade before he achieved stardom in Spaghetti Westerns such as The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.
One of the great movie villains, Lee Van Cleef started out as an accountant. He served in the U.S. Navy aboard minesweepers and subchasers during World War II. After the war he worked as an office administrator, becoming involved in amateur theatrics in his spare time.
An audition for a professional role led to a touring company job in "Mr. Roberts". His performance was seen by Stanley Kramer, who cast him as henchman Jack Colby in High Noon (1952), a role that brought him great recognition despite the fact that he had no dialogue.
For the next decade he played a string of memorably villainous characters, primarily in westerns but also in crime dramas such as The Big Combo (1955). His hawk nose and steely, slit eyes seemed destined to keep him always in the realm of heavies, but in the mid-'60s Sergio Leone cast him as the tough but decent Col. Mortimer opposite Clint Eastwood in For a Few Dollars More (1965).
A new career as a western hero (or at least anti-hero) opened up, and Van Cleef became an international star, though in films of decreasing quality. In the 1980s he moved easily into action and martial-arts movies, and starred in The Master (1984), a TV series featuring almost non-stop martial arts action.
He was an alcoholic and was in a clinic for three years.
Van Cleef died of a heart attack on 16 December 1989, aged 64.
- Work : Gain social status 23 December 1966 ("The Good, the Bad and the Ugly")
chart Placidus Equal_H.
Gauquelin, American charts
- Vocation : Entertainment : Actor/ Actress