Lee Marvin is hands down one of the greatest action movie stars of the post-WWII generation. Starring in such films as Attack, The Killers, The Professionals, The Dirty Dozen, Hell in the Pacific, The Professionals, The Iceman Cometh, and The Delta Force, Lee Marvin was a true action star.
The attached photograph was purchased directly from the son of a 4th Marine veteran who served with Marvin during WWII. Lee was a combat sniper with I Company, 24th Marines, 4th Marine Division and was wounded in action on Saipan. He received the Purple Heart for his wounds. References say that he was one of only 9 survivors of a Japanese attack on his unit http://www.jodavidsmeyer.com/combat/military/lee_marvin.htm. Outside of personal photographs, this is one of less than a handful (literally 3) wartime photographs of Marvin available for view on the internet.
I hope you enjoy. This is one of my favorite WWII film actors, and now a part of my collection!
A nice close up of Marvin – check google images for other shots of him…………..Keep in mind he was only 17 or 18 when this photo was taken.
A few formal portraits I found on the web:
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Lee Marvin starred in the 1967 film production titled ‘ The Dirty Dozen ‘ the film was shot in the UK and one of my friends ( ex British paratroop post WWII ) worked on the film as stuntman and weapons instructor. At the outset of the film Jim began instructing Lee Marvin on the M-3 submachine gun, Lee took the weapon in hand field stripped it, reassembled it, dry fired it and handed it back to Jim with the comment ‘ four years United States Marine Corp WWII ‘, Jim has dined out for many years on this story and many others.
Incredible story! Thanks for posting it. Would your friend be willing to post his story to my blog?
Thanks for your reply, I will contact Jim and send him the link to this topic and see if he is would like to add comment, regards