Lee Van Cleef

Born: 9 January 1925, Somerville, New Jersey, USA
Died: 16 December 1989, Oxnard, California, USA.

Lee Van Cleef started out being typecast as a villaineous henchman in many US westerns, such as 'High Noon'. It was Sergio Leone that first brought him to Europe and cast him in a heroic lead - the dignified Colonel Mortimer in 'For a Few Dollars More', out-gunning and out-smarting his younger partner (Clint Eastwood) all the way. Leone then turned the tables on our expectations once again, casting him as the main villain in 'The Good the Bad and the Ugly'.

After the Leone films, Van Cleef continued to work in Europe and was secured a successful career during the 60's and well into the 70's, becoming a Spaghetti Western regular and one of the actors most associated with the genre.

Other highlights of his Spaghetti Western career are Texas lawman Corbett in Sollima's 'Big Gundown', gunfighters Talby in 'Day of Anger' and Ryan in 'Death Rides a Horse', and the man with gunsight eyes, 'Sabata'

Spaghetti credentials:
For a Few Dollars More (1965)
Good the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
Big Gundown (1966)
Day of Anger (1967)
Death Rides a Horse (1967)
Beyond the Law (1968)
Sabata (1969)
Bad Man's River (1971)
Captain Apache (1971)
Big Showdown (The Grand Duel) (1972)
Return of Sabata (1972)
Stranger and the Gunfighter (1973)
Take a Hard Ride (1974)
God's Gun (1976)
Kid Vengeance (1976)