Happy Birthday Lee!

It was on this day, on February 19, 1924, that Lee Marvin came into the world in New York’s Booth Memorial Hospital, which still exists, by the way. His very existence (described in a flowery letter by his mother in Lee Marvin Point Blank) was a result of the union of Virginia’s Courtenay Washington Davidge and Elmira New York’s Lamont Waltham Marvin, seen below in their halycon dating days in the early 1920s (left) and then later during the Depression where they lived in Queens, New York (right)…

On the rooftop of their Manhattan apartment, baby Lee is seen perched on a pillow with his mother, smiling his tongue-wagging smile even as an infant as he would do decades later as Liberty Valance….



Because Lee’s father, Monte, worked for Kodak in the 1920s, the Marvins were one of the few families at the time able to take such images as shown below, as his parents trade places to pose with baby Lee and his older brother (by 18 months) Robert….

Finally, the only known nude scene of Lee Marvin (right), shown here along with his brother, Robert (left), playing in the bucolic setting of Woodstock, New York. Beneath it is an image of curly-haired Lee as a toddler already assuming the stance and defiant curl of the lip he’d maintain in many film performances. Some things are just ingrained….


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Monte Marvin
Lee Marvin
was not only justifiably proud of his time in the Marines during WWII, he was equally proud of his family’s history of service to the country. In honor of that service and the upcoming holiday, here are some extremely rare images of the Marvin family in uniform.
First, Lee’s father, Lamont Waltham Marvin (Monte to his friends and ‘Chief’ to his sons), is pictured in his World War I uniform as a young 1st Lieutenant. The story of Monte’s experience in WWI greatly effected his two sons in their childhood and is detailed in Lee Marvin Point Blank.

In World War II, with both of his sons in the thick of the fight, Monte decided to rejoin the Army at the age of 40 but without his commission. 1st Sergeant Monte Marvin would often send home to wife Courtenay and to his sons overseas, the following pictures:


As the war dragged on, so too did Monte’s spirits as detailed in Lee Marvin Point Blank. Below are 2 extremely rare pictures of Monte Marvin towards the end of the war in 1945. The one on top was sent home to Courtenay, while the one below it shows Monte (2nd to the right) working in Army Intelligence in Europe.


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