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Hollywood Memorial

Lee Van Cleef

He started acting in community theater after serving in the US Navy during World War II, eventually landing a role in the touring company of ‘Mr. Roberts.’ He was noticed by film director Stanley Kramer, who cast him in a non-speaking role in ‘High Noon’ and later as another bad cowboy in the John Wayne/Jimmy Stewart classic western ‘The Man who Shot Liberty Valence.’ This led to a long string of supporting roles, usually playing menacing bad guy roles in westerns both in films and on television. He rose to star status in Sergio Leone’s ‘spaghetti westerns,’ playing enigmatic characters in ‘For a Few Dollars More’ and ‘The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly’ opposite Clint Eastwood. His headstone reads ‘Best of the Bad’ and ‘Love and Light.’ He is buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Hollywood Hills.