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Andrew Monroe
01-14-2013, 11:02 AM
I happened to learn of this upcoming (next month) bio from TCM this weekend. I'm a little familiar with Epstein's writing and he's pretty good (and a life long Marvin fan) so this should be worth checking out.

Amazon link (http://www.amazon.com/Lee-Marvin-Point-Dwayne-Epstein/dp/1936182408/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1358175296&sr=1-1&keywords=lee+marvin)


Ian Jane
01-14-2013, 12:55 PM
Nice, thanks for the heads up. Had not heard of this but will definitely check it out.

Terry C
01-14-2013, 02:54 PM
Without a doubt, looking forward to this.

Horace Cordier
01-14-2013, 04:10 PM
My favorite pic of Marvin aka Ian Jane at 60 if he's lucky:


Horace Cordier
01-14-2013, 04:56 PM
This is actually available now for the Kindle and Kindle apps so I just bought it.

The preface alone where a 26 year old Marvin tells Lee Strasberg to fuck off has me expecting great things here!!

My mother knew Strasberg and he was indeed a prick.

Randy G
01-15-2013, 12:53 AM
Seen this on TCM, looks great.

01-17-2013, 09:04 AM
I want this badly!!!

Marvin was a real hard man by all accounts....and he was around in that period that produced some great characters and even better stories!!!

Horace Cordier
01-17-2013, 11:31 AM
The book is fucking fantastic.

01-17-2013, 11:39 AM
The book is fucking fantastic.

Was there honestly any doubt at all???

The book could have practically written itself!!

Horace Cordier
01-17-2013, 12:25 PM
It's well-written with great anecdotes and the blessing of Marvin's son. The Woody Strode stuff is great!

Here's a tiny taste - Marvin's nickname for Bronson was Charlie Sunshine.

01-17-2013, 09:18 PM
Gonna definitly get a hold of this one..I love anything from this era...

Andrew Monroe
04-03-2013, 10:07 AM
I'm about three quarters into this and it's a fantastic book. I usually find the early life stuff on actors dull but Marvin's early life was anything but and in addition, author Epstein has written such an eminently readable book. Once you get to the point where Marvin is making films and television shows it's ripping yarn time, haha. Amazing stuff. To echo Horace, there's some killer stories about Marvin and Woody Strode. According to Strode himself, Marvin played a big part in his getting so much work in spaghetti westerns by insisting on a second billing for Strode on THE PROFESSIONALS which really raised his profile worldwide. Some jaw dropping drinking stories in here too...holy shit. Great inside info on so many of my favorite films. I want to rewatch so many now. I think I'll start with EIGHT IRON MEN soon. In all, this is one of the best movie star bios I've read.

There's a fascinating (and frustrating) index in the back that lists all the Marvin films that could have happened but didn't for one reason or another. Just a couple - a planned remake of THE PETRIFIED FOREST from 1965. Financing fell through. Marvin helped create THE WILD BUNCH but went on to do PAINT YOUR WAGON instead. JAWS - role went to Robert Shaw instead.

Ian Jane
03-11-2014, 08:46 AM
Coming from Warner in July 2014!!


Ian Jane
03-11-2014, 08:47 AM
I just realized I posted this in the book forum thread. Oops. I'm gonna go repost it in the Lee Marvin thread.

I figure this is important enough that it warrants a mention in both threads!

paul h.
03-24-2014, 07:18 PM
This is all good news! Thanks everybody.