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Lee Van Cleef

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Jul 17 2008, 10:53 PM #1

Was he Mr.Western. By god he starred in alot of them
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Jul 23 2008, 01:23 PM #2

Quite a few actors could compete for the title of Mr. Western Trampas. Meaning actors who appeared in lots of Westerns.
Ben Johnson goes back to John Wayne and appeared in numerous Westerns. Because he came from an authentic Western background his acting had a certain integrity and believability. Lee Van Cleef was also very good as you say and goes back to "High Noon."
There are many more...

If I was asked to choose who I think epitomizes Mr. Western it would have to be John Wayne in the classic Hollywood era and Clint Eastwood in the modern era.
John Wayne the hero versus Clint Eastwood the anti-hero. Clint (and director Sergio Leone) has had the greatest influence into the present day because the cynical, anti-hero is seen as more in tune with our times. It can become a tiresome cliche. I would like a little more optimism to return to the Western.
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Jul 23 2008, 10:35 PM #3

When I think of Clint, I say to myself The Good, The Bad & The Ugly... & Lee Van Cleef...I am a Charles Bronson Fan and would put him no: 1 on my list for westerns.....He oozes tough guy westerner in my mind... I have seen nearly all his movies ... He was cast with some great actors in westerns in his time
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Jul 23 2008, 10:52 PM #4

As a kid the actor who best represented the classic heroic cowboy was Clint Walker. I've watched season one on DVD for the first time since the 1960s and I still enjoy them. "Cheyenne" deserves more recognition. It was the first classic TV Western.
And as you know, Clint Walker worked with Charles Bronson in "The Dirty Dozen". It was in effect "The Magnificent Seven" as a war movie with reluctant rogue soldiers replacing cowboys.
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Jul 23 2008, 11:15 PM #5

Clint Walker also starred in a western called The White Buffalo With Charles Bronson who played Wild Bill Hickok.

Burt Lancaster

I am not a great Burt fan but he did star in a western that is one of my all time favourites.

LAWMAN
It had an unbelieveable cast. Simply a Work of Art
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Jul 24 2008, 12:51 AM #6

I just asked my nearly 18 year old son what he thought of when he heard the name John Wayne and he said 'cowboy movies' then I said Clint Eastwood and his reply was 'Dirty Harry'.

So there we are, from the mouths of babes. John Wayne is an icon. My son has never seen any of his movies but knows of him. Like James Dean and Marilyn Monroe.

Thought that might interest you.

Jenette
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Jul 24 2008, 01:43 AM #7

Yes that is interesting Jenette.

I have to admit John Wayne is the first name I think of in connection with Westerns. And John Ford is the first director.
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