Beginning with supporting roles in now-classic films like "The Big Heat" (1953), and despite recognition from critics and fans, by the late 1950s his film career never reached a level to his satisfaction, until, at the urging of his agent, Marvin reluctantly signed on to star in the TV series "M Squad," which ran from 1957-1960 and made Marvin a household name.
During the 1960s Marvin was in high demand, and the theme of violence was often predominant in his chosen roles. Dwayne Epstein expounds on this recurring motif in Marvin's life and films and makes the argument that the brutality he brought to such scenes reflected his need to convey the true reality of violence to his audience. After winning the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in the comedy-Western "Cat Ballou" (1965) and the 1967 release of the World War II-era action film "The Dirty Dozen" -- the highest grossing film of the year and the sixth highest in MGM's history -- Marvin became the number one male film star in America.
Complete with rare photographs and spanning Marvin's entire life and career, "Lee Marvin: Point Blank" isn't only an in-depth biography of a movie star -- it's a picture of Hollywood, a look at popular culture and the evolution of film throughout the second half of the 20th century as viewed through the life of one of the greatest male action stars of our time.
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