Father’s Day Memories: conjures up images of sweet, sometimes corny Hallmark cards, dads smiling in spite of the cheesy gifts, backyard barbecues for him in which he’s celebrated but is still working anyway…Or as in the case of my family, taking dad out to dinner in which he pays.
Writing and researching Lee Marvin Point Blank I was fortunate to come across some images that may not be typical Lee Marvin but are certainly perfect for Father’s Day. Take the image below, for example. Late 1950s or early 60s in which Lee appears to be fixing a toy for his son Christopher while his pinofore-wearing daughter, Cynthia, holds on to him in sweet admiration. Now I ask you, is this one of those most classic Father’s Day memories, or what?


A classic Father’s Day image with son Christopher, daughter Cynthia, and Lee himself, fixing a toy for his son.


Speaking of Father’s Day memories, Lee Marvin and his father Monte (below), pose in front of the door inside the Marvin Woodstock home for a photo layout that was done for LIFE Magazine in 1965. The magazine article itself includes an interview with the actor and several other candid photos, but for reasons to remain forever unknown, not the one shown below. It sort of reminds me a little of an image from one of Lee Marvin’s favorite films, I Never Sang For My Father, starring Gene Hackman and Melvyn Douglas.
From all the Marvins, I bid one and all, a happy Father’s Day!
– Dwayne Epstein


Lee Marvin and his father Monte in the family’s Woodstock home, approximately 1965.

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