Lee Marvin, one of the earliest advocates for gay rights

The program ‘La Noche De…’ has wanted to make a report on the personal and professional life of the actor Lee Marvin, taking advantage of the 30th anniversary of his death.

The program ‘La Noche De…’ has wanted to make a report on the personal and professional life of the actor Lee Marvin, taking advantage of the 30th anniversary of his death.

We start by saying that it is fulfilled the thirtieth anniversary of death of this actor; the gray-haired ‘Tough man’ from Twelve from the gallows. And strangely enough, as hard as it was, he died hospitalized for the flu.

In the last interview he did on television, his appearance was not very healthy. He had just had a colon operation, and he was so weak and old that when the flu came, his body couldn’t take it anymore and the actor suffered a cardiac arrest that took him to the grave. The amazing thing is that, despite his old face, he was only 63 years old when he died, since he was crushed by alcoholism. And it is that, I had been drinking non-stop for 40 years, to try to forget the horrors he witnessed while fighting in World War II.

Lee Marvin enlisted in the Marines when he was only 18 years old. He fought on the Pacific front against Japanese troops, participated in 21 landings on as many islands, suffered machine gun wounds in two separate battles, and a Japanese bullet severed his sciatic nerve, which caused him to be given a final medical discharge. , not without before grant you the Purple Heart– The highest decoration an American soldier can receive. So Marvin, in real life, was even tougher than in his movies.

See if Marvin was tough, what played Chuck Norris boss in Delta Force. And you have to be very tough for Norris to accept your orders. But know that he was never an ordinary soldier.

The proof that he was not like the others is that, already in the 60s, this former Marine publicly defended gay rights, which was not the most popular cause among war veterans. Always was against the Vietnam war, until his war movies have a clear anti-war message And when they spoke to him of the heroism of the soldiers, he used to say that he learned to act in the Marines, pretending not to be afraid before each battle.

And yet, when he died, he ended up in a cemetery reserved only for war heroes.

Lamont Waltman Marvin Jun was born in New York, in a wealthy family. His father was a publicist, his mother was a journalist, and the boy had everything to live well. But still, he was so rebellious that he ran away from home when he was only four years old, and he was gone for two whole days, with his parents fearing the worst.

In their teens went through 15 different schools, of which he was always expelled for misconduct. Therefore, as soon as he could, dropped out of studies, and enlisted in the Marines. And when he returned from the war, he began to work as a plumber’s apprentice in the New York town of Woodstock. There discovered the interpretation, precisely while fixing a sink.

Marvin was repairing a theater sink in New York when the actors present asked him for help. They wanted to rehearse a play, but an actor was missing. And the plumber Marvin ended up on stage, reciting the lines of the absent actor and discovering that he loved it. So studied interpretation and time later, I was in Hollywood making my debut before the cameras at the age of 27, along with the legendary Gary Cooper in This is the Navy, and with a role that Lee Marvin could play with his eyes closed. And it is that he was a military man.

With his meter 88 and being a war veteran, they always gave him roles as a military man, or as a tough guy, until he could really show off with The man who killed Liberty Valance, embodying the villain of the title, and faced none other than James Stewart and John Wayne.

Since then they were offering him better roles, until his consecration with The explosive naive; peculiar western comedian with which the actor won the Oscar for best leading actor, submitted by Julie Andrews.

Lee Marvin He picked up his Oscar accompanied at that gala by his girlfriend at the time: a showgirl from Las Vegas named Michelle Triola. And also had romances with actresses Yvette Vickers and Jeanne Moreau, recently deceased. But the two women in his life were his two wives. The first was Betty Ebeling, they were married for 16 years, and together they had a total of four children. But pay attention because, after the divorce, Lee Marvin wanted to get away from Hollywood and settled again in the New York town of Woodstock, where he had been a plumber’s apprentice. There he regained contact with his first girlfriend and married her.

She was Pamela Feeley, and they were married for 17 years, until the actor’s death. It was perhaps the hardest hard in the history of cinema, but his tombstone does not put anything about his career. He is buried in the famous Arlington Cemetery, Virginia, where the remains of many other war heroes rest, and of President Kennedy himself. And on Lee Marvin’s grave, under his name, it just says ‘Marine Corps, WWII’. It seems that nothing that happened to him afterwards was as important, to Lee Marvin, as his grueling years at the front.

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Lee Marvin, one of the earliest advocates for gay rights

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