This Wednesday marks Lee Marvin’s 90th birthday and in honor of him I’ll be posting some EXTREMELY RARE PHOTOS never before seen in tribute to his legacy. His first onscreen acting was in director’ Henry Hathaway’s 1951 service comedy, U.S.S. Teakettle with Gary Cooper. The partly true adventures of an experimental steam battleship was ignored by audiences, even after the film was re-released as You’re In The Navy Now….
How he made his screen debut in the minute role and the effect it had on his career is explained in detailed in Lee Marvin Point Blank. But as small as the part was, playing the ship’s radio man, Lee still took it seriously, as did fellow New York actors making their debut Jack Warden and Charles Bronson
In this rarely seen contact sheet below, Marvin confabs with costar Gary Cooper. While filming, Marvin accompanied Cooper to a gas station in which Cooper paid with a $10 check. “I’m going to frame this,” exclaimed the attendant. When Marvin later asked Cooper how many of his checks were ever cashed, the wily old star drawled, “About one in ten.”