DADS & GRADS? LEE MARVIN POINT BLANK!

Dads & grads have always had a special designation for Father’s Day. Why that is, I have no idea. Always reminds me of corny ads from my childhood to this day….

Not too imaginative, I grant you, but you get the point. At least such ads aren’t nearly as gaudy and off-putting as the ones for Memorial Day and President’s Day sales. What does any of this have to do with Lee Marvin? Well if it helps, Lee Marvin had a dad and also was a dad.

(L-R) Lee Marvin’s father, Monte, Lee, and Lee’s son, Christopher, holding the family dog, Liberty.

It may or may not be as well known but Lee was not a grad. He left school a year before graduation to join the USMC during the war and never did get his diploma. After the war he attended night school briefly to try to get his high school diploma but never finished any of the necessary classes.
However, in 1969, he did receive an honorary degree of fine arts from the school that would have been his alma mater, St. Leo in Florida. It had become an accredited university and as such, extended an invitation of an honorary degree to the Oscar-winning actor.

Lee Marvin, 2nd from right, receiving his Honorary Degree from St. Leo, along with then Secretary of Defense Melvin Laird, 2nd from left.

So, when it comes to such things as dads & grads, Lee Marvin sort of qualifies. Now, the bigger question is what exactly is the point of this blog entry? Well, if you’re looking for the perfect Father’s Day gift or a nice little something for the graduate in life, look no further than Lee Marvin Point Blank. Most dads are familiar with Lee Marvin’s work and are fans while most graduates can become a fan by learning more about him. Makes sense now, doesn’t it? Available on Amazon at a half-priced soon to be extinct hardcover, reduced price Kindle and trade paperback with lots of extras. Feel free to check it out. You’ll be glad you did.
Oh, and happy Father’s Day!
– Dwayne Epstein

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LEE MARVIN: POINT BLANK MAKES THE PERFECT FATHER’S DAY GIFT!

Still looking for the perfect, last-minute Father’s Day gift for this Sunday, June 17th? Well, look no further as LEE MARVIN: POINT BLANK  might be just the thing! For those who may have already purchased it, then you know all about it. A copy for any dad who’s a fan would fit the bill and if he’s not a fan, he jus may become one after reading it.
If you didn’t already know, it’s  the winner of the Bronze in Biography at the 2013 Independent Publisher Book Awards(IPPY), a finalist in Forewod Magazine’s Book of the Year contest, a NY Times & Wall Street Journal top ten best seller and, according to Time Magazine’s Stefan Kanfer, it’s “Unforgettable… a surprisingly intelligent and heroic figure springs from the page… Epstein looks at a complicated figure and presents him in a full-length, three-way mirror. And it is absolutely impossible to look away.”
Amazon’s website offers next day shipping AND gift wrapping! It’s available in three separate formats. First, as a collectible hardcover…..

My personal copy of the hardcover dust jacket forLee Marvin Point Blank (note the bronze medallion for winning the IPPY award), that is going to be quite collectible as it’s almost out of print!

Without the dust jacket, Lee Marvin Point Blank has this really impressive image engraved on it!

It’s also available in trade paperback with extra material added as shown in the starburst added for extra incentive….

Trade paperback cover of Lee Marvin Point Blank that’s identifiable by the Leonard Maltin quote and added star burst.

Lee Marvin Point Blank’s  paperback table of contents that delineates the exclusive extras.

If your father is fairly tech savvy, then you should know that Lee Marvin Point Blank is also available as an e-book in various incarnations. The most popular has proven to be Amazon’s Kindle. In fact, in June 2014, it made the NY Times bestseller list at number four! Pretty cool, huh? It’s described below as….

Screen shot of Amazon’s Kindle description of Lee Marvin Point Blank.

So, all that said, what are you waiting for? Reduced pricing, great extras, free shipping and gift wrapping, all add up to make Lee Marvin Point Blank the perfect Father’s Day gift. You’re welcome.
– Dwayne Epstein

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FOR FATHER’S DAY: UNPUBLISHED THOUGHTS FROM CHRISTOPHER MARVIN

I was extremely fortunate to interview Lee Marvin’s son Christopher, especially since he was understandably reluctant to be interviewed. He eventually came around (with his mother’s urging) and gave some wonderful insights into his father, almost all of which can be found in the pages of Lee Marvin Point Blank. A handful of his observations did fall through the cracks for one reason or another. Sadly, Christopher succumbed to cancer in October 2013 and so, as a lasting a tribute to his father, here are some never-before-published thoughts for Father’s Day:

Left to right is grandfather Monte, father Lee and son Christopher with family dog, Liberty.

Left to right is grandfather Monte, father Lee and son Christopher with family dog, Liberty.

“I think his job was just his job. When he was home, it was a different thing. It was a father-son relationship. That was his gig and it was no big deal. He didn’t boast about it and he didn’t even really talk about it. It was just the thing he enjoyed doing. Once he finished a film, he moved on to another one, or he took time off. That’s it. He enjoyed doing what he was doing. It was tough for him to get the end result the way he wanted it, like anybody else.”

Christopher and his father wearing matching suits in the early 1960s.

Christopher and his father wearing matching suits in the early 1960s.

“He and I had some real delicate time as well; soul searching stuff…. I appreciated it. I don’t think very many people really have that. When he drank, then he got real loud but he never got violent. He never hit me once. There was no reason…. Verbally abusive, yeah he could always be, because he’d be mad at something else. Then, it would just come out. We got a few things back edgewise at each other, you know, one-liners, that made him happy and still pissed off. I’d say certain things to him. Like this one time, I was 17 or 18 and it was about finding work, and not looking for work, and this and that. He would want me to kind of cause an argument, like he would do with his father. I said, ‘I’m not you and you’re not grandpa. This shit stops here.’ Then, when I was 18, he said, ‘I love you but I’m disappointed in you.’ I want you to be a lot better than I am.’ I looked at him and said, ‘Why don’t you just knock me out right now? That’s bullshit.’ He looked at me. He got a snicker out of that.”

Christopher (right) with his father in the 1970s outside his father’s Tucson home.

Christopher (right) with his father in the 1970s outside his father’s Tucson home.

 

“I get a lot of compliments from people who really loved dad. That’s what I really respect. The more I hear that from people, then I get to learn more about what he really represented. Now that I look at it, he really tried to play that character out of himself so he could get people to understand.”

The author of Lee Marvin: Point Blank (right) with Christopher Marvin enjoying a laugh at the American Cinematheque screening of Point Blank & The Killers in 2013.

The author of Lee Marvin: Point Blank (right) with Christopher Marvin enjoying a laugh at the American Cinematheque screening of Point Blank & The Killers in 2013.

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