RARE PHOTO OF RALPH O’HARA, LEE MARVIN & FRIEND

In researching Lee Marvin: Point Blank, some of the most intriguing stories about the man were related to me by individuals not necessarily know by the general public. Case in point: Ralph O’Hara. O’Hara was a legend around the bars of Malibu and Santa Monica and as such, he just had to have some good Lee Marvin stories to uncover. Anyone who’s read Lee Marvin: Point Blank knows how true that is. He was also willing to relate his poignant perspective to the end of Lee’s life (pp. 243-244). I can also say that after Christopher Marvin read my book he told me that the next time I see or hear from Ralph that Chirstopher has the $20 he owes him for lending him gas money from Tucson back to Calif after after his father’s funeral in 1987. Unfortunately, I long lost contact with Ralph, who apparently moved down South after he retired from bartending.

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Wallawa Whitman National Forest Baker Oregon on set of Paint Your Wagon, July 1968. Ralph J. O’Hara, Julie Ayers, Lee Marvin

During the time I was in contact with Ralph O’Hara I constantly badgered him  for a picture, especially for one with him and Lee. I haranged him for several months but he kept insisting his lawyer would not allow it. Go figure that one out. One day, in the mail, I received the image above. Too ragged to be used for the book, I present the photo here for your perusal. Ralph, if you’re out there and can see this, I thank you once again!

Ralph’s own caption: “Wallawa Whitman National Forest Baker Oregon on set of Paint Your Wagon, July 1968. Ralph J. O’Hara, Julie Ayers, Lee Marvin.”

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8 thoughts on “RARE PHOTO OF RALPH O’HARA, LEE MARVIN & FRIEND

  1. DWAYNE, IT WAS $100.00 I GAVE CHRIS. HOW YA DOING WITH THE BOOK.? I’VE BEEN OUT OF TOUCH WITH PEOPLE. LOTS OF BLACK/WHITE OPS. HOSP. STAYS,BAD DOCTORS, ETC. IM STILL LIVING, SO EVERYTHINGS “OK” TAKE CARE. RALPH 7/31/14 7:55 PM E.S.T.

    • I was Ralph’s neighbor for the past five years. Unfortunately, Ralph passed away on March 11th, 2015. He will be missed as he was a great friend to me. I was fortunate to have known him. He was laid to rest in Chickamauga, Georgia. He lived a colorful life. I will miss hearing the stories about his life.

  2. I am so, so sorry to hear that. I appreciate you taking the time to tell me Troy as that is very thoughtful of you. Luckily, I was able to get back in touch with Ralph and he proved to be as irascible and fun as ever. I’m glad you were in his life and that you were there for him. All best wishes….

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  4. Hello Mr. Epstein,

    My name is Julie Ayers Cox, and am the woman in the photo you have listed above, with Lee and Ralph. Was surprised and pleased to see it! I have a similar photo that must have been sent to me by Ralph of Lee, a fellow named Charlie Red (d) ?, and myself taken on that same day at the Paint Your Wagon set . Please let me know if you would like a photo of that photo, which I could iPhone text to you. Sorry to hear about our loss of Ralph.
    Sincerely,
    Julie Cox

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