The Baddest Man Alive. Oh Wait...
The genius that was Lee Van Cleef rode into the sunset 11 days
before Christmas 1989. Many people first got to know LVC in Leone's
The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. Unfortunately, that was
his 56th film, and the greatest amount of on-screen damage one man
could do goes largely unviewed. If he made eye contact with you
in a film, your character could plan on not being in the sequel.
Lee Van Cleef's searing glare and economic use of words is lifted
today by every wanna- be tough guy from Michael Madsen to Tom Sizemore
and back. (A short trip.) Arnold Vosloo in Woo's Hard Target
is so "bad" that his character is named Van Cleef (character development,
We salute Lee Van Cleef, for a career of unbridaled villainy that
announced itself with High Noon and hit the showers with
Speed Zone!. LVC-the type of badass that would kill you,
kill your momma, kill her momma, then have the peace of mind to
take the kids to Magic Mountain and kick back with a peach smoothie.
Mr. Van Cleef, you were, without a doubt, THE MASTER.
LVC - 01/09/1925 - 12/14/1989