Marvin was born in New York City to Lamont Waltman Marvin, an advertising executive, and Courtenay Washington, a fashion writer. Marvin left school at 18 to enlist in the United States Marine Corps Reserve on August 12, 1942. He served with the 4th Marine Division in the Pacific Theater during World War II. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor, along with a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe Award, an NBR Award, and the Silver Bear for Best actor.
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Marvin was born in New York City to Lamont Waltman Marvin, an advertising executive, and Courtenay Washington, a fashion writer. He was named in honor of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, who was his first cousin, four times removed. Marvin left school at 18 to enlist in the United States Marine Corps Reserve on August 12, 1942. He served with the 4th Marine Division in the Pacific Theater during World War II. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor, along with a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe Award, an NBR Award, and the Silver Bear for Best actor. Marvin is best remembered for his lead roles as tough guy characters such as Charlie Strom in The Killers, Rico Fardan in The Professionals, Major John Reisman in The Dirty Dozen, Walker in Point Blank, and the Sergeant in The Big Red One. Marvin also appeared on television shows like Escape, The Big Story, and Treasury Men in Action. He made it to Broadway with a small role in a production of Uniform of Flesh, now titled Billy Budd in February 1951. Marvin’s film debut was in You’re in the Navy Now, directed by Henry Hathaway, a movie that marked the debuts of Charles Bronson and Jack Warden. He guest starred on Fireside Theatre dramas, Fireside, Suspense and Rebound. Among the feature films he appeared in were Eight Iron Men, a war film produced by Stanley Kramer, and The Duel at Silver Creek, directed by Roy Huggins. He also starred on Biff Biff Baker, a Western directed by Boher S.
Budd, and Hangman’s Knot, a comedy directed by Don Siegel. He died in Los Angeles, California, on September 25, 2013. He is survived by his wife, Barbara, and their three children. He had a son, Lee Marvin Jr., and a daughter, Barbara Marvin, and a son-in-law, Robert Lee Marvin, Jr., both of whom are still active in the entertainment industry. Marvin was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves from 1942 to 1945. He received the Purple Heart Medal, the Presidential Unit Citation, the American Campaign Medal and the World War Two Victory Medal. His military awards include the Purple Hearts, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, and the Combat Action Ribbon. He previously held the rank of corporal, but had been demoted for troublemaking. After the war, while working as a plumber’s assistant at a local community theatre in upstate New York, Marvin was asked to replace an actor who had fallen ill during rehearsals. He caught the acting bug and got a job with the company at USD 7 a week. He moved to Greenwich Village and used the G. I. Bill to study at the American Theatre Wing. Marvin decided to stay in California. As a decorated combat veteran, he was natural in war where he frequently assisted the director and other actors in realistically portraying infantry movement, costumes, and firearms.
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