Lee Van Cleef – Cowboy Hall of Fame

29 Sep

Trivia: Internet Movie Database IMDB  http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001812/bio

– Van Cleef  had almost given up on his acting career in the mid-’60s and turned to painting when he was cast by Sergio Leone in For a Few Dollars More (1965). It made him a superstar in Europe and restarted his career in the US, making him again a recognizable and bankable name.

– Lee had one green eye and one blue eye. This was corrected in the movies with colored contact lenses.

– He was involved in a car accident in 1959 in which he lost his left kneecap. Doctors told him he would never be able to ride a horse again because of the injury. Within six months he was back in the saddle. But the injury plagued him for the rest of his life.

Lee had a smile …

Ride on Lee.

5 Responses to “Lee Van Cleef – Cowboy Hall of Fame”

  1. Teepee12 September 29, 2012 at 9:34 pm #

    You have these nifty back stories. Love’em!

    • jcalberta September 30, 2012 at 4:43 am #

      Appreciate your kind and useful comments. Thank you.

      • garryarmstrong September 30, 2012 at 10:07 am #

        I think of myself as a “movie maven” but knew little about Lee Van Cleef.I remember one of his TV shows which, I think, featured him as a U.S. Marshall and Glenn Ford, again I think, was the bad guy. Thanks so much for improving my education.

      • jcalberta September 30, 2012 at 7:25 pm #

        I’m a mere fan myself. There are some folks on the net whose expertise about the Old West and Westerns is astounding. I will never reach that level. But I still love Westerns and enjoy them. That’s all this blog is about.

        Lee Van Cleef was probably the #1 Spaghetti Western star – his popularity overseas was greater than Eastwood, Wayne or anybody.

        He paid his dues – and finally – at the last second – his Star rose – and shone brightly.

        Thanks for your comment!


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