How well do you know Lee Marvin? By the way, doesn’t our man look distinguished in that snappy sports jacket pictured above?
We remember Marvin via yesterday’s Monday Quiz not only for his diverse big screen exploits but also for his pre-Hollywood service in the U.S. Marines in World War II. Marvin was the real deal, a combat vet in the Pacific campaign who survived battle wounds and was the recipient of a Purple Heart citation.
Again, how much do you know about this compelling actor? Let’s get to the answers to our Monday Quiz and find out. To review the questions, just scroll down to the blog below. Here we go:
1) Answer: d) Marvin starred as Chicago Lt. Frank Ballinger in the NBC police series, M Squad, which ran for three years beginning in 1957.
2) Answer: c) Gloria Grahame was Marvin’s costar in director Fritz Lang’s 1953 noir thriller The Big Heat, and it was she who was the recipient of the scalding coffee tossed by the actor. It’s a shocking onscreen moment even by today’s super-violent Hollywood standards.
3) Answer: Marvin played many hard-drinking types, none more so than “reformed” drunkard Hickey in The Iceman Cometh, director John Frankenehimer’s 1973 film adaptation of the Eugene O’Neill play. It may have been the best role of Marvin’s career.
4) Answer: c) Cherchez la femme. A woman — Michelle Triola, the former night club singer who famously sued Lee Marvin for “palimony” in the mid-Seventies, and who was Dick Van Dyke’s significant other for three decades until her death in 2009. Triola seemingly had a much better time of it with the latter.
5) Answer: d) Marvin won his best actor Oscar for the two broadly comic roles he played in 1965’s Cat Ballou.
6) Answer: c) 1969’s Paint Your Wagon. Marvin said he made the picture for the money. Still, he comes off as a passable singer.
7) Answer: b) False. Marvin stood 6-feet, 2-inches, about a half-foot taller than the diminutive Alan Ladd.
8) Answer: We have to come clean here. This is a trick question. Marvin was offered — but turned down — leading roles in all these pictures. The parts offered were memorably played, respectively, by Robert Shaw, George C. Scott, Gene Hackman and William Holden.
9) Answer: b) False. Marvin and Vivien Leigh enjoyed working together in 1965’s Ship of Fools, and became fast friends, not lovers.
10 Answer: b) False. Ronald Reagan was first a Democrat and then famously a Republican. Marvin fancied himself a liberal, a supporter of John F. Kennedy.