Lee Marvin

marvin1February 19, 1924 – August 29, 1987

PFC Lee Marvin earned a Purple Heart for being wounded in action on an island in the Pacific during World War II. That’s enough excitement in one lifetime for most people.

But, not for Lee. In his post-war years, Marvin sort of stumbled into a career as an actor and over the following 4 decades, slowly built himself into a top-billed star. Bit parts as tough guys and soldiers gave way to more substantive roles which, eventually, gave way to iconic turns in in films like The Dirty Dozen (with Telly Savalas, Donald Sutherland and Charles Bronson) and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (opposite John Wayne and Jimmy Stewart). Finding a nice groove in war movies and westerns, Marvin won the Academy Award for his portrayal of two characters in Cat Ballou. The gravelly-voiced actor even sang in Paint Your Wagon, but…we won’t talk about that.

Lee Marvin died of a heart attack at the age of 63 after several months of poor health. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.


Arlington National Cemetery – Arlington, VA

Specific Location

Section 7A, Lot 176, Map Grid U-24; Toward the northwest corner of this section, right next to Joe Louis.


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