According to FactsVerse.com (FV), "Lee Marvin is responsible for some of Hollywood’s most famous tough-guy characters. The man oozed cool vibes and it showed on screen. His reserved style led to the success of films such as The Dirty Dozen and Point Blank."
As FV continues to report before he became an actor, Marvin, who an Oscar for his twin performance in the movie, Cat Ballou, was a Marine. He joined the service in 1942 during WWII at age 18. In his tenure, Marvin fought in the Battle of Saipan. Saipan was one of the bloodiest battles of the war, and Marvin himself suffered an injury. This led to a Purple Heart."
"Marvin also earned the Presidential Unit Citation, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific campaign medal, and a fleet of others. [He] healed from his injuries and was discharged from the US marines in 1945. These actions alone are enough to make him a hero and a legend, but Marin would have success in many other facets of life."
"Marvin healed from his injuries and was discharged from the US marines in 1945," FV also reveals. "These actions alone are enough to make him a hero and a legend, but Marin would have success in many other facets of life."
"Although he was in quite a few war films," FV adds, "Marvin had an anti-war stance. After the real-life war experiences in his youth, he couldn’t condone it. Specifically, and like many others, Marvin was against the Vietnam war.
"Although The Dirty Dozen was among his most famous films, personally, it was one of his least favorites. He felt this way because the plot depicted wartime unrealistically. Having firsthand knowledge, he wanted war in films to be honest."
"To that point," FactsVerse.com concludes, "...some of his favorite movies that he made were Hell in the Pacific and The Big Red One. Both of these movies, Marvin suggested, showed the darker sides of war, and they showed a more realistic view."
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