10 THINGS YOU CAN LEARN BY READING LEE MARVIN: POINT BLANK

What are ten things (at the very least) you can learn about Lee Marvin by reading Lee Marvin: Point Blank? The list, partial at best, is below. The answers, in narrative form, is in the book….

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1. DESPITE A POPULAR URBAN LEGEND, LEE MARVIN AND BOB (CAPTAIN KANGAROO) KEESHAN IN NO WAY, SHAPE, OR FORM KNEW EACH OTHER IN THE USMC DURING WWII….OR MR. ROGERS, EITHER.

2. THE ACTUAL OUTCOME OF THE INFAMOUS PALIMONY CASE THAT IS STILL MISUNDERSTOOD TO THIS DAY.

3. LEE MARVIN’S LIFE-LONG LOVE AFFAIR WITH A PARTICULAR KIND OF MUSIC YOU WOULND’T HAVE GUESSED IN A MILLION YEARS!

4. IN SPITE OF THE TYPE OF FILMS HE MADE, THE PERSONAL POLITICS OF LEE MARVIN IS OFTEN A BIG SURPRISE TO SOME OF HIS FANS.

5. HE WAS TRAINED IN SHAKESPEARE AND WOULD QUOTE THE BARD WHENEVER THE MOOD STRUCK HIM.

6. LIVED IN WOODSTOCK AFTER THE WAR LONG BEFORE THE FAMOUS CONCERT AND GOT HIS ACTING START THERE, EVENTUALLY MAKING IT TO THE BROADWAY STAGE.

7. HIS EYEWITNESS ACCOUNT OF HIS EXPERIENCE IN WWII AS IT HAPPENED VIA NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN LETTERS HOME WRITTEN AT THE TIME!

8. WAS NOT ASKED TO LEAVE ST. LEO ACADEMY FOR BOYS IN FLORIDA, AND, WAS IN FACT, GIVEN AN HONORAY DEGREE IN 1969 BY HIS MENTOR AND TEACHER.

9. THE ACTUAL FATE OF HIS GREAT UNCLE WHO DIED DURING THE PEARY EXPEDITION TO THE NORTH POLE THAT EVEN LEE MARVIN HIMSELF NEVER KNEW.

10. WHAT HE REALLY THOUGHT OF SUCH FAMOUS COSTARS AS RONALD REAGAN, CHARLES BRONSON, MARLON BRANDO, BURT LANCASTER, PAUL NEWMAN AND MORE!

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IN THE MATTER OF ROSS G. MARVIN

In doing interviews for the promotion of Lee Marvin Point Blank, one of the most frequently asked questions I get is, “What did you discover about Lee Marvin that you didn’t know before?” That is a simple question with a very lengthy answer, as researching the life of an individual is filled with revelations if you spend the amount of time delving as I did.
One of the earliest discoveries concerned a relative of Lee’s. His name was Ross G. Marvin and was Lee’s great uncle who helped to raise Lee’s father, Monte. He was a fascinating individual on many levels but the most obvious was the fact he sadly lost his life while still in his 20s. He did so being the only known fatality of Admiral Peary’s expedition in the race to the Pole.

The true story of Ross Marvin’s fate seems like something out of a Lee Marvin film, like Death Hunt (1981),but is told for the first time since it happened in the pages of Lee Marvin Point Blank as a a symbolic building block to Lee Marvin’s life. Below are images of young Ross Marvin as he prepared to leave with Peary in 1908 and aboard ship ready to leave for the unchartered north. Then, Ross Marvin’s headstone, followed by a newspaper clipping ten years later as a plaque is dedicated in his honor in the chapel of his alma mater, Cornell University.

Lee heard the tales of his great uncle’s adventures from his father and consequently became a lifelong admirer of such writers as Jack London and Robert Service. The truth, however, eluded Lee Marvin his entire life. Readers of Lee Marvin Point Blank discover the facts in the first chapter….

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