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Jim VanCleve

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Self-taught bluegrass fiddler Jim VanCleve was created and raised in Florida, where his desire for bluegrass 1st blossomed. His family’s proceed to North Carolina after that positioned VanCleve in the center of string music group nation, and by his teenagers he was gigging frequently being a fiddler. VanCleve was just 18 yrs . old when he became a member of Rambler’s Choice in 1998. The group released its just album, Sounds from the Mountains, on Rounder Information that same calendar year, and VanCleve left to utilize Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver. He following joined pushes with two various other alumni of Quicksilver, Barry Abernathy and Steve Gulley, to create Mountain Heart, alongside Alan Perdue and Johnny Dowdle. Hill Center released a self-titled record in 1999, and implemented it with 2000’s gospel-tinged The Trip, 2002’s NO ALTERNATIVE WAY, 2004’s Drive of Character, and 2006’s WIDELY OPEN. In 2007 VanCleve released his debut single album (including musical efforts from Mountain Center associates), No Apologies, on Rural Tempo Information.

Quick Facts


Full Name Jim Van Cleve
Profession Session musician, Fiddler
Music Groups Mountain Heart
Music Songs Nature of the Beast, Devil's Courthouse, Train 45, Way It Always Seems to Go, We Can't Be Darlings Anymore, Grey Afternoon, Fall Creek Falls, Let the Big Dog Eat, Wheel Hoss, It's Mighty Dark to Travel, Ripped Fuel, Foster's Reel, X Grass, Ralph Crimson, Panhandle Country, Chattanooga Breakdown, Tillery Cove, Greenbrier, 2001 A Space Odyssey, Pretty Little Indian, Highlands, Stoney Point, Scars, Cascades
Albums No Apologies


  • Facts
  • Filmography
  • Awards
  • Salaries
  • Quotes
  • Trademarks
  • Pictures

#Fact
1 His death certificate gave throat cancer as a secondary cause of death.
2 When still working as an accountant, Van Cleef was offered an acting job "starting on Monday." He protested that he needed to give his employer two weeks' notice, only to be told that he started on Monday or didn't start at all. When Van Cleef's employer heard this, he promptly fired him, removing the need for any notice period.
3 Served in the US Navy from 1942-46.
4 Producer Stuart Cohen recently revealed that Van Cleef was considered for the role of Garry in John Carpenter's The Thing (1982), since Carpenter had recently worked with him on Escape from New York (1981).
5 He was involved in a car accident in 1959 in which he lost his left kneecap. Doctors told him he would never be able to ride a horse again because of the injury. Within six months he was back in the saddle.
6 Was on the short list of actors under consideration for arms dealer Brad Whitaker in The Living Daylights (1987).
7 Interviewed in "Bad at the Bijou" by William R. Horner (McFarland, 1982).
8 Was portrayed as a bounty hunter in the Lucky Luke comic book "The Bounty Hunter".
9 Son of Clarence Leroy Van Cleef and Maria Lavinia Van Fleet, both mostly of Dutch ancestry. He also had distant French, Swedish, Belgian (Flemish), English, and German, roots.
10 During one summer in the early 1950s he was a camp counselor in NYC for Marc Furstenberg.
11 Was the inspiration for the character Revolver Ocelot in the "Metal Gear" series of games.
12 According to the book "Weird NJ" (Sceurman, Mark and Mark Moran, Barnes and Noble Books, 2004 ISBN 0-7607-3979-X) he was a descendant of the Morris County Van Cleefs who were infamous in the area for their strange living and "procreational" efforts. In fact, one trait that Lee had was that he had one green eye and one blue eye. According to the book, "this telltale characteristic was corrected in the movies with colored contact lenses".
13 He had almost given up his acting career in the mid-'60s and turned to painting when he was cast by Sergio Leone in For a Few Dollars More (1965). It made him a superstar in Europe and restarted his career in the US, making him again a recognizable and bankable name.
14 One episode of his short-lived TV series, The Master (1984), was titled "The Good, The Bad and the Priceless".
15 He had three children from his first marriage: Alan (B. 1947), Deborah (B. 1948), and David. In 1960, when Lee married his second wife Joan Miller. They adopted a daughter, Denise.
16 He was missing the last joint of his middle finger, a disfigurement prominently featured in the climactic gunfight of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966). He actually lost it while building a playhouse for his daughter, although there were rumors that it happened in a road accident or a bar fight.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Thieves of Fortune 1990 Sergio Danielo Christophero
Speed Zone 1989 Rock-Skipping Grandfather
Der Commander 1988 Col. Mazzarini
Armed Response 1986 Burt Roth
La leggenda del rubino malese 1985 Warren
Geheimcode Wildgänse 1984 China
The Master 1984 TV Series John Peter McAllister / The Master
Goma-2 1984 Julot
Escape from New York 1981 Hauk
The Octagon 1980 McCarn
The Hard Way 1979 TV Movie McNeal
The Squeeze 1978 Chris Gretchko / Ray Sloan
The Perfect Killer 1977 Harry Chapman
Nowhere to Hide 1977 TV Movie Ike Scanlon
Vengeance 1977 McClain
Diamante Lobo 1976 Father John / Lewis
Take a Hard Ride 1975 Kiefer
El kárate, el Colt y el impostor 1974 Dakota
Mean Frank and Crazy Tony 1973 Frankie Diomede
The Grand Duel 1972 Sheriff Clayton
The Magnificent Seven Ride! 1972 Chris
Bad Man's River 1971 Roy King
È tornato Sabata... hai chiuso un'altra volta! 1971 Sabata / Major
Captain Apache 1971 Capt. Apache
El Condor 1970 Jaroo
Barquero 1970 Travis
Sabata 1969 Sabata
Commandos 1968 MSgt. Sullivan
Al di l 1968 Billy Joe Cudlip
Day of Anger 1967 Frank Talby
Death Rides a Horse 1967 Ryan
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly 1966 Sentenza Angel Eyes
La resa dei conti 1966 Jonathan 'Colorado' Corbett
Gunsmoke 1960-1966 TV Series Ike Jeffords / Johnny Hooker / Rad Meadows
Laredo 1966 TV Series Big Mike Kelly
Branded 1965-1966 TV Series Charlie Yates / Fred Slater
For a Few Dollars More 1965 Col. Douglas Mortimer
My Mother the Car 1965 TV Series Nick Fitch
The Andy Griffith Show 1965 TV Series Skip
Rawhide 1964 TV Series Deck Sommers / Fred Grant
Destry 1964 TV Series Ace Slater
The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters 1963 TV Series Raoul Volta
77 Sunset Strip 1960-1963 TV Series Majeski / Deek
Laramie 1960-1963 TV Series Caleb / Mac Morgan / Dawson / ...
Have Gun - Will Travel 1962-1963 TV Series Golias / Corbin
The Dick Powell Theatre 1963 TV Series Salty
Perry Mason 1963 TV Series Edward Doyle
The Dakotas 1962-1963 TV Series Slade Tucker / Larry Jackson
Ripcord 1962-1963 TV Series Jack Martin / Henry Kane
How the West Was Won 1962 River Pirate (uncredited)
The Rifleman 1959-1962 TV Series Johnny Drako / Wicks / Stinger / ...
Death Valley Days 1954-1962 TV Series Brogger / Fred Daniels
Cheyenne 1961-1962 TV Series Harry / Larry Jackson / Braden
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance 1962 Reese
Bronco 1961-1962 TV Series Charley Clune / Shanghai Williams
The Joey Bishop Show 1962 TV Series
The Twilight Zone 1961 TV Series Steinhart
Posse from Hell 1961 Leo
Stagecoach West 1961 TV Series Lin Hyatt
Maverick 1961 TV Series Wolf McManus
Hawaiian Eye 1961 TV Series Manuel
Shotgun Slade 1961 TV Series Buck
Bonanza 1960 TV Series Appling
Lawman 1958-1960 TV Series Jack Saunders Deputy Clyde Wilson Ned Scott ...
Colt .45 1958-1960 TV Series Red Feather / Devery
Mr. Lucky 1960 TV Series Kruger
The Deputy 1960 TV Series Cherokee Kid
The Slowest Gun in the West 1960 TV Movie Sam Bass
Black Saddle 1960 TV Series Frank Sandoo
The Untouchables 1960 TV Series Frank Diamond
The Alaskans 1960 TV Series Roc
Hotel de Paree 1960 TV Series Thompson
The DuPont Show with June Allyson 1960 TV Series Peak
Law of the Plainsman 1959 TV Series Tracey
Riverboat 1959 TV Series Luke Cragg
Tombstone Territory 1959 TV Series Jake Conroy / Sam Carver
Wanted: Dead or Alive 1959 TV Series Jumbo Kane
The Real McCoys 1959 TV Series 1st Sentry
Yancy Derringer 1959 TV Series Ike Milton / Frank James
Cimarron City 1959 TV Series Tom
Fury 1959 TV Series Race Collins
Ride Lonesome 1959 Frank
Northwest Passage 1959 TV Series Frank Wade
Frontier Doctor 1958 TV Series Deputy Sid Carver aka Bill Dalton
Machete 1958 Miguel
Guns, Girls, and Gangsters 1958 Mike Bennett
Zorro 1958 TV Series Antonio Castillo
Target 1958 TV Series
The Bravados 1958 Alfonso Parral
State Trooper 1958 TV Series Frank Parnessa
The Young Lions 1958 1st Sgt. Rickett
Richard Diamond, Private Detective 1958 TV Series Ed Murdock
Day of the Badman 1958 Jake Hayes
Wagon Train 1958 TV Series Rufe Beal
Trackdown 1957 TV Series Ben Fraser
Raiders of Old California 1957 Sgt. Damon Pardee
Casey Jones 1957 TV Series Mort Clio
Gun Battle at Monterey 1957 Kirby
The Tin Star 1957 Ed McGaffey
General Electric Theater 1957 TV Series Dave Rudabaugh
Joe Dakota 1957 Adam Grant
The Last Stagecoach West 1957 Steve Margolies
The Lonely Man 1957 Faro
Gunfight at the O.K. Corral 1957 Ed Bailey
China Gate 1957 Maj. Cham
The Badge of Marshal Brennan 1957 Shad Donaphin
Schlitz Playhouse 1953-1957 TV Series Cowboy / Wink / Larkin / ...
Tales of Wells Fargo 1957 TV Series Cherokee Bob
Soldiers of Fortune 1957 TV Series Sergeant Bucheroff
The Quiet Gun 1957 Doug Sadler
Accused of Murder 1956 Police Sgt. Emmett Lackey
Crossroads 1956 TV Series Charlie
The Sheriff of Cochise 1956 TV Series Hackett
Wire Service 1956 TV Series Al Sanders
The Ford Television Theatre 1954-1956 TV Series Stanley Perrin
Pardners 1956 Gus
It Conquered the World 1956 Dr. Tom Anderson
Chevron Hall of Stars 1956 TV Series Thomas
Tribute to a Bad Man 1956 Fat Jones
Studio 57 1956 TV Series Tommy
The Conqueror 1956 Chepei
The Millionaire 1956 TV Series Howard Branch
Brave Eagle 1955 TV Series Great Bear
The Vanishing American 1955 Jay Lord
A Man Alone 1955 Clanton
The Adventures of Champion 1955 TV Series Frank
Luke and the Tenderfoot 1955 TV Series Johnny Dark
The Naked Street 1955 Harry Goldish (uncredited)
The Star and the Story 1955 TV Series
The Road to Denver 1955 Pecos Larry
The Man Behind the Badge 1955 TV Series Floyd
I Cover the Underworld 1955 Flash Logan
Annie Oakley 1955 TV Series Amos Belcher / Tim Brennan
Buffalo Bill, Jr. 1955 TV Series Tom Stace / John-O
City Detective 1955 TV Series Hardtman
TV Reader's Digest 1955 TV Series Mike
The Big Combo 1955 Fante
Ten Wanted Men 1955 Al Drucker
Treasure of Ruby Hills 1955 Frank Emmett
The Adventures of Kit Carson 1953-1955 TV Series Sheriff Ned Jackson / Maj. Farnsworth and Vance Howard / Burt Tanner / ...
The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin 1954 TV Series Ed McCleod
Medic 1954 TV Series Dr. Frank Strauss
The Gene Autry Show 1953-1954 TV Series Henchman Ray / Henchman Hod
Dawn at Socorro 1954 Earl Ferris
Waterfront 1954 TV Series Ed
The Desperado 1954 Paul Clayton / Buck Clayton
Princess of the Nile 1954 Hakar (uncredited)
Cavalcade of America 1953-1954 TV Series
The Yellow Tomahawk 1954 Fire Knife
Arrow in the Dust 1954 Tillotson Henchman
Rails Into Laramie 1954 Ace Winton
Gypsy Colt 1954 Hank
Stories of the Century 1954 TV Series Jesse James
Big Town 1953-1954 TV Series Jack Coleman / Rick
The Nebraskan 1953 Pvt. Reno Benton
Tumbleweed 1953 Marv
Jack Slade 1953 Bolt Mackay
The Lone Ranger 1952-1953 TV Series Jango / Bull Harper / Joe Singer
Vice Squad 1953 Pete Monte
Arena 1953 Smitty
Space Patrol 1952-1953 TV Series Lesser / Ward / Herrick / ...
The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms 1953 Corp. Stone
White Lightning 1953 Brutus Allen
Bandits of Corsica 1953 Nerva
Four Star Playhouse 1953 TV Series Bob Wheeler aka Sonora Kid
The Lawless Breed 1953 Dirk Hanley
The Range Rider 1952-1953 TV Series El Latigo / Utah Joe / Rocky Hatch
Boston Blackie 1952 TV Series Lou / Captain Jansen
Kansas City Confidential 1952 Tony Romano
Sky King 1952 TV Series Mark
Untamed Frontier 1952 Dave Chittun
High Noon 1952 Jack Colby

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
El kárate, el Colt y el impostor 1974 performer: "Rye Whiskey"
Captain Apache 1971 performer: "Captain Apache", "April Morning"

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
6 Bullets to Hell 2014 grateful acknowledgment
Edición Especial Coleccionista 2013 TV Series in memory of - 1 episode
Kill Bill: Vol. 2 2004 dedicatee

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The David Frost Show 1970 TV Series Himself
The Dick Cavett Show 1970 TV Series Himself
Talking Pictures 1988 TV Series documentary Himself
Monsters, Madmen & Machines: 25 Years of Science Fiction 1984 TV Movie documentary actor 'It Conquered the World'
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1984 TV Series Himself
When the West Was Fun: A Western Reunion 1979 TV Movie documentary Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Alfonso Sansone produttore per caso 2014
Peter Baumgartner, Filmkameramann 2014 Video documentary short China (uncredited)
Söldner-Stories 2014 Video documentary short China (uncredited)
Stirb langsam auf den Philippinen 2014 Video documentary short Col. Mazzarini (uncredited)
Edición Especial Coleccionista 2013 TV Series Sentenza / Angel Eyes
Eurocrime! The Italian Cop and Gangster Films That Ruled the '70s 2012 Documentary Himself
Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel 2011 Documentary
España, plató de cine 2009 TV Movie documentary Col. Douglas Mortimer (uncredited)
Comic Relief 2009 2009 TV Special
Il falso bugiardo 2008 Himself
How the West Was Lost 2008 TV Movie documentary Sentenza Angel Eyes (uncredited)
Ein Leben wie im Flug 2007 TV Movie Himself
Hollywood Remembers Lee Marvin 2000 TV Movie documentary Reese (uncredited)
Klaus Kinski - Ich bin kein Schauspieler 2000 Documentary Col. Douglas Mortimer
The Making of 'How the West Was Won' 1998 Video documentary short Himself
Bruce Lee and Kung Fu Mania 1992 Documentary
The Best of the Martial Arts Films 1992 Documentary Himself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to James Stewart 1980 TV Special documentary Actor 'The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance' (uncredited)
Blade Rider, Revenge of the Indian Nations 1966 Charlie Yates
Luke and the Tenderfoot 1965 TV Movie Johnny Darth
The Gun of Zangara 1960 TV Movie Frank Diamond (uncredited)

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1983 Golden Boot Golden Boot Awards

TitleSalary
Per qualche dollaro in più (1965) $17,000
High Noon (1952) $500 /week

#Quote
1 [6/12/81 interview in The Cleveland Plain Dealer, on his pierced left ear] I started wearing it when I was a kid in the Navy. I sailed all over the world, and somewhere along I started wearing an earring as a symbol of respect for all of the different cultures and people. I've worn it, off and on, ever since. Lately, when directors and producers see the bloody thing, they ask me to wear it on camera.
2 Bad guys have always been my bag . . . I look mean without even trying. Audiences just naturally hate me on screen. I could play a role in a tuxedo and people would think I was rotten. You can do much more with a villain part. Movies are full of leading men, most of whom aren't working. It's much harder to find a good villain.
3 Being born with a pair of beady eyes was the best thing that ever happened to me.

#Trademark
1 When starring in westerns, his characters frequently use customized firearms, such as rifles and pistols with increased precision, fire rate, ammo magazine and additional muzzles.
2 Low Authorative voice
3 Sardonic, menacing characters
4 Beady eyes that frequently squinted in the Western sun
5 Sharp facial features
6 Spaghetti westerns

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