Lee Marvin: A Man's Man, Pacifist, Progressive, And Complicated

By Kellar Ellsworth
Left: Lee Marvin guest stars on the CBS game show, PASSWORD. Image dated June 14, 1962. Right: Marvin on the cover of Gun World magazine, December 1967. Sources: CBS via Getty Images; eBay

Lee Marvin was one of Hollywood's tough guys, taking no guff in such films as The Killers (1964), The Professionals (1966), The Dirty Dozen (1967) and Point Blank (1967). Marvin walked like a man and talked like a man -- and yet, for someone who seemed so close to his characters in many ways (he served as a Marine in World War II), Marvin was more complex. Marvin was no hippie, but he held views that were clearly in line with the changing times, even while his on-screen persona was relentlessly macho.