Cleef, Lee van, born on 09-01-1925 in Somerville, was an American film actor who appeared mostly in Western and action pictures. Van Cleef served in the United States Navy aboard minesweepers and sub chasers during World War II, there is not much known of this period in the marines. After the war he worked as an office administrator, becoming involved in amateur theatrics in his spare time. He became an actor and his first film was the classic Western High Noon, in which he played a villain. Van Cleef played one of Lee Marvin‘s villainous henchmen in the 1962 John Ford classic The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, with James Stewart
. In 1962 he also had a serious car accident. He also plated a role in the war movie Commandos, 1968, about the battle against Marshal of the Panzer Troops , Erwin Rommel‘s Africa Corps.
Death and burial ground of Cleef, Lee van.
He died from a heart attack, at the age of 64, on 16-12-1989, in Oxnard, California and was interred in Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills Cemetery in Los Angeles. His gravestone reads “Lee Van Cleef, 09-01-1925 – 16-12-1989 ‘Best of the Bad’ Love and Light”.