Ten fun facts about Lee Van Cleef


Fact 1
His full name is Clarence Leroy “Lee” Van Cleef, Jr.

Fact 2
His sharp features and piercing eyes led to his being cast as a villain in scores of films, such as Kansas City Confidential, High Noon, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

Fact 3
He played the hero in many of his later movies.


Fact 4
He was also host to a rare genetic mutation, Heterochromia iridium, he was born with one blue and one green eye.

Fact 5
His first acting experiences were on stage, including a small role in the original Broadway production of Mister Roberts.

Fact 6
His first film was the Western classic High Noon.

Fact 7
Both of his parents were of partial Dutch ancestry.

Fact 8
Coming of age just in time for World War II, he served in the United States Navy aboard a submarine chaser in the Caribbean Sea, then in the Black and China seas on a minesweeper.

Fact 9
After the war, he had a brief career as an accountant.

Fact 10
In 1951, he launched his acting career upon the encouragement of friends and family who thought that his looks could make him a success in film.


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was an American film actor who appeared mostly in Westerns and action pictures

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