Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Happy Birthday Lee Van Cleef

  A very special birthday remembrance for Lee Van Cleef, born on this day in 1925. American character actor who after co-starring in the Sergio Leone films For a Few Dollars More (1965) and The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (1966) become a major box office star in Europe and later went on to star in Escape from New York among others. Before the Leone pictures he played  memorable western villains in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962), High Noon (1952),The Lawless Breed (1953) and The Tin Star (1957) among others. He also appeared in the classic sci-fi films The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953), It Conquered the World (1956) and the classic film-noir The Big Combo (1955). He passed away in 1989 and is very missed.
   Mill Creek has recently issued a western blu-ray double feature that contains Enzo G. Castellari's Koema (1976) and Giancarlo Santi's The Grand Duel (1974). The Grand Duel stars Van Cleef and along with The Big Gundown (1966), is one of his best spaghetti westerns.

1 comment:

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