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One of the screen's great heavies, Lee Marvin was born in New York City on Feb. 19, 1924, the son of an advertising executive. A decorated World War II veteran, he was working as a plumber when he got the acting "bug" in summer stock.

After paying his dues with the New York American Theatre Wing, Marvin made his Broadway debut in 1951, followed by a film debut that same year in You're in the Navy Now. He lent memorable support to The Big Heat, The Wild One and Bad Day at Black Rock, and menaced John Wayne in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance.

After winning a Best Actor Oscar for his dual role in Cat Ballou (1965), Marvin starred in a number of films that became cult favorites -- The Dirty Dozen, Point Blank, Paint Your Wagon (for which he had a hit album), The Big Red One and others. The Delta Force (1986) was his final film; he died Aug. 8, 1987.

Lee Marvin in The Caine Mutiny

The Caine Mutiny

1954 NR

Captain Queeg: madman or misunderstood taskmaster? That's the dilemma facing the first officer (Van Johnson) of the U.S.S. Caine when its stern new captain (Humphrey Bogart) drives the crew to the brink of mutiny. Part sea-going adventure, part courtroom drama, The Caine Mutiny is a tale that manages to be both thrilling and thought-provoking. Bogart shines in one of his last roles.

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