REMEMBERING CHRIS MARVIN ON WHAT WOULD’VE BEEN HIS 61ST BIRTHDAY

This date, November 22, is understandably remembered as the anniversary of the death of President John F. Kennedy. This year makes it especially noteworthy as it is the 50th anniversary of that sad event, but it is also the date of Christopher Marvin’s birthday. No where near the same scale, but for a relative handful of people, it is equally noteworthy as the first birthday of Christopher’s without his presence. His mother, sisters, friends and loved ones must all endure this event somehow while the rest of our country mourns the passing of the president. These dual events effected Christopher most of his life, beginning with his 10th birthday, which is recounted in Lee Marvin Point Blank in a possibly apocryphal tale. Either way, Christopher will be missed tomorrow by those who knew him, including yours truly. However, like the passing of President Kennedy, he will be remembered in the most loving way by those who knew him and when the day is over, warm memories will remain.

Below are several previously unpublished pictures from the collection of Betty Marvin.
First, Betty is photographed by Lee holding newborn Christopher for a picture sent to Grandfather Monte. Lee wrote on the back, “Looks like you Pop! Christopher at 10 days…”

Next, Father and son in a picture for which Lee wrote on the back, “Man to man talk. Christopher at 2 months.”

Christopher wrote in the Afterword to Lee Marvin Point Blank, “My father could be very stern at times, and yet sensitive and tender, kissing me on the lips with, ‘How goes the battle?’and delivering one liners to explain himself.”

Father and son again, this time taken by Betty around the time Lee was doing M Squad.

A young teenaged Christopher (far left) with his sisters (L-R) Claudia, Cynthia and Courtenay as their father visits during one of their parents’ trial separations.

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PICTURES FROM CHRISTOPHER MARVIN

Aside

In the course of putting together Lee Marvin Point Blank, especially the final stages, the most enjoyable, and in some ways the most difficult part, was choosing what pictures to use. It was truly an embarrassment of riches to choose from as I had amassed quite a collection of images and graphic material over the years from several generous sources. Almost all of the images seen on the blog are examples of what did not make the cut for one reason or another but are finally seeing the light of day here. One of the best sources was Lee’s son, Christopher, who, after much cajoling, allowed me to copy some of those images. As a lasting tribute to him I include some of the ones that didn’t quite make the cut but can see below:

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The last time the entire Marvin family reunited. Pictured here at Cynthia’s 1982 wedding are (L-R) Christopher Lamont Marvin, his sister Courtenay Lee Marvin, Lee Marvin, Cynthia Louise Marvin Michaels, Betty Marvin, and youngest of the four siblings, Claudia Leslie Marvin.

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Christopher is shown visiting his father at his Tucson, Arizona home in the late 70s.

 

 

 

 

 

Christopher, sporting a mustache and 2 of his sister (Claudia & Cynthia) visit their dad.

 

 

 

Helping his father work the cacti Lee was so proud of, Christopher poses with him on his dad’s property. Just before the picture was snapped, According to Christopher, Lee grabbed the shovel and said, “Give me that! Let everybody think I was the one working.”

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