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    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Emmett Evan "Van" Heflin Jr. (December 13, 1908 – July 23, 1971) was an American theatre, radio and film actor. He played mostly character parts over the course of his film career, but during the 1940s had a string of roles as a leading man.

  2. Van Heflin - IMDb › name › nm0001336

    Craggy-faced, dependable star character actor Van Heflin never quite made the Hollywood "A" list, but made up for what he lacked in appearance with hard work, charisma and solid acting performances. He was born Emmett Evan Heflin in Oklahoma in December 1908, the son of Fanny Bleecker (Shippey) and Emmett Evan Heflin, a dental surgeon.

  3. Van Heflin - Biography - IMDb › name › nm0001336
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    Craggy-faced, dependable star character actor Van Heflin never quite made the Hollywood \\"A\\" list, but made up for what he lacked in appearance with hard work, charisma and solid acting performances. He was born Emmett Evan Heflin in Oklahoma in December 1908, the son of Fanny Bleecker (Shippey) and Emmett Evan Heflin, a dental surgeon. When his parents separated his brother and sister stayed with his mother, while he was farmed out to his grandmother in California. He was never quite settled and his restless spirit led him to ship out on a tramp steamer after graduating from school. After a year at sea he studied for a law degree at the University of Oklahoma, but after two years he decided he had enough and went back to sailing the Pacific. When he returned he decided to try his hand at acting and enrolled at the prestigious Yale School of Drama. His first foray into theatre was the comedy \\"Mister Moneypenny\\" (1928) (credited as \\"Evan Heflin\\"). It was indifferently received and Van went back to sea, this time for three years. In 1934 he returned to the stage in the plays \\"The Bride of Torozko\\" and \\"The Night Remembers\\", both outright disasters. His big break came in 1936, when he landed a good leading role as a radical leftist at odds with the established elite in the S.N. Behrman comedy of manners, \\"End of Summer\\" at the Guild Theatre. Critic Brooks Atkinson, praising the play and the actors, commended the \\"sparkling dialogue\\" and \\"fluent and sunny performance\\" (New York Times, February 18 1936). Katharine Hepburn, who saw him on stage, then persuaded Van to take a swing at film acting and finagled a role for him alongside her in the Pandro S. Berman production A Woman Rebels (1936). Van spent a year at RKO in forgettable films, with roles ranging from a reverend in The Outcasts of Poker Flat (1937) to a top-billed part as a burnt-out quarterback in Saturday's Heroes (1937). By 1939 Van was back on stage, rather more successfully, in \\"The Philadelphia Story\\" at the Shubert Theatre. The hit play, which also starred Vera Allen, Shirley Booth and Joseph Cotten, ran for 417 performances, closing in March 1940. That same year he appeared for Warner Brothers in the entertaining but historically inaccurate western Santa Fe Trail (1940), Bosley Crowther describing his performance, above other cast members, as containing \\"the sharpest punch\\" (New York Times, December 21 1940).

    The prestigious--but not always accurate--historical drama Tennessee Johnson (1942) saw Van playing Andrew Johnson, the 17th US president. While the film was a critical success, it did less well at the box office. The New York Times commented on the \\"sincerity and strength\\" of his performance, adding \\"Mr. Heflin, in a full-bodied, carefully delineated portrait of a passionate man, gives decisive proof that his talents have thus far been haphazardly used\\" (January 13, 1943). In between wartime service and two musicals, Presenting Lily Mars (1943) and the Jerome Kern biopic Till the Clouds Roll By (1946), Van appeared in the excellent film noir The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946) with Barbara Stanwyck (as the inevitable femme fatale) and Kirk Douglas (as an alcoholic district attorney). As the sympathetic gambler Sam who returns to his home town, ostensibly to expose the dirty secrets of the main protagonists, Van had more on-screen time than his illustrious co-stars and some good lines to boot. Van put his tough-guy screen persona to good use in enacting Raymond Chandler's wisecracking gumshoe Philip Marlowe on NBC radio from June 1947, with 19 real-life Los Angeles detectives among the live audience. During the next few years the versatile Heflin dealt capably with a wide variety of assignments. He appeared as a jilted lover in the expensively-produced costume drama Green Dolphin Street (1947); he was Athos, one of The Three Musketeers (1948) and an ex-GI on the trail of a psychopathic prison camp informer in Fred Zinnemann's Act of Violence (1949); poignant as the unloved Monsieur Bovary in Madame Bovary (1949); an ex-cop in love with a high-flying socialite in the melodrama East Side, West Side (1949); and a cop whose affair with a married woman leads to a plot to kill her husband in The Prowler (1951). The 1950s saw Van's progression from leading man to star character actor. Having left MGM in 1949, he was signed in this capacity to several short-term contracts by Universal (1951-54), 20th Century Fox (1954), Columbia (1957-59) and Paramount (1959-60). Apart from the big-business drama Patterns (1956), he is best remembered in this decade for his portrayal of western characters with integrity and singularity of purpose: as the struggling homesteader at the mercy of a ruthless cattle baron who befriends Shane (1953); the desperate, single-minded rancher trying to get a captured outlaw on the 3:10 to Yuma (1957); and the tough, uncompromisingly stern father forced to kill his errant son in Gunman's Walk (1958). With the possible exception of his sympathetic German captain of a World War II surface raider in the offbeat international co-production Under Ten Flags (1960) (aka \\"Under Ten Flags\\"), Heflin had few roles of note in the 1960s. He appeared in the calamitous flop The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965) and the equally disastrous Stagecoach (1966) remake. One of his last performances was as the deranged bomber in Airport (1970). His final curtain call on stage was as Robert Sloane in \\"A Case of Libel\\" (1963-64) on Broadway.

    Unlike many of his peers, Van shunned the limelight and was never a part of the Hollywood glamour set. A well-liked, introspective and talented performer, he died of a heart attack in July 1971, aged just 62.

  4. Van Heflin, Actor, Dead at 60; Won Fame in Film and on Stage ... › 1971/07/24 › archives

    Jul 24, 1971 · HOLLYWOOD, July 23 (UPI) — van Heflin, one of Holly wood's most versatile actors, died at Cedars of Lebanon Hos pital today at the age of 60. Mr. Heflin, a husky outdoors man, avid fisherman and...

  5. 56 Fims of Van Heflin ( 1908 - 1971) - IMDb › list › ls031300071

    God smiled and danced on this date in 1908 when Van was born in Watters, Oklahoma. Heflin served in WW II in the Air Force as a combat cameraman. Appeared in first play in 1928 at age of 20 at the Yale School of Drama. Started with RKO then onto MGM.

  6. Van Heflin — Wikipedia Republished // WIKI 2 › en › Van_Heflin
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    Heflin was born Em­mett Evan Heflin Jr. in Wal­ters, Ok­la­homa, the son of Fanny Bleecker (née Shippey) and Dr. Em­mett Evan Heflin, a den­tist. He was of Irish and French an­ces­try. Heflin's sis­ter was Day­time Emmy-nom­i­nated ac­tress Frances Heflin (who mar­ried com­poser Sol Ka­plan). Heflin at­tended Classen High School in Ok­la­homa City (One source says Long Beach Poly­tech­nic High School.) and the Uni­ver­sity of Ok­la­homa, where he re­ceived a bach­e­lor's de­gree in 1932 and was a mem­ber of Phi Delta Theta fra­ter­nity. He earned a mas­ter's de­gree in the­ater at Yale Uni­ver­sity.


    Heflin began his act­ing ca­reer on Broad­way in the late 1920s. He ap­peared in Mr. Moneypenny (1928), The Bride of Torozko (1934), The Night Remembers (1934), Mid-West (1936), and End of Summer (1936). The lat­ter had a de­cent run and led to him being signed to a film con­tract by RKO Radio Pic­tures.


    Heflin made his film debut in A Woman Rebels (1936), op­po­site Katharine Hep­burn. He fol­lowed it with The Out­casts of Poker Flat (1937), billed third after Pre­ston Fos­ter and Jean Muir, and Flight from Glory (1937), a Chester Mor­rispro­gram­mer where Heflin played an al­co­holic pilot. Heflin was in An­napo­lis Salute (1937), then was given his first lead role in Sat­ur­day's He­roes(1937), play­ing a star quar­ter­back. Heflin re­turned to Broad­way for West­ern Waters (1937–38) and C...


    MGM ini­tially cast Heflin in sup­port­ing roles in films such as The Fem­i­nine Touch (1941) and H.M. Pul­ham, Esq.(1941). He had an ex­cel­lent part as Robert Tay­lor's doomed best friend in Johnny Eager (1942), which won Heflin an Acad­emy Award for Best Sup­port­ing Actor, and was a box of­fice suc­cess.

    After a six-month mar­riage to ac­tress Eleanor Shaw (née Eleanor Scherr, died 2004), he mar­ried RKO con­tract player Frances Neal. They had two daugh­ters, ac­tresses Vana O'Brien and Cath­leen (Kate) Heflin, and a son, Tracy. The cou­ple di­vorced in 1967. Heflin was the grand­fa­ther of actor Ben O'Brien and ac­tress Eleanor O'Brien. Heflin was the uncle of Marta Heflin and Mady Ka­plan, both ac­tresses, and di­rec­tor Jonathan Ka­plan. Dur­ing World War II, Heflin served as a com­bat cam­era­man in the Ninth Air Force in Eu­rope.

    On June 6, 1971, Heflin had a heart at­tack while swim­ming in a pool. Medics took him to a hos­pi­tal, and though he lived for six weeks, he ap­par­ently never re­gained con­scious­ness. Van Heflin died at Cedars of Lebanon Hos­pi­tal on July 23, 1971, aged 62. He had left in­struc­tions for­bid­ding a pub­lic fu­neral. In­stead, his cre­matedre­mains were scat­tered in the ocean.

    In 1960, Heflin was hon­ored with two stars on the Hol­ly­wood Walk of Fame, for his con­tri­bu­tions to mo­tion pic­tures at 6311 Hol­ly­wood Boule­vard, and for tele­vi­sion at 6125 Hol­ly­wood Boulevard.He was in­ducted into the Ok­la­homa Hall of Fame in 1964. In Feb­ru­ary, 2016, a bi­og­ra­phy, Van Heflin A Life in Film, by Derek Sculthorpe, was pub­lished by Mc­Far­land& Co., Inc., of Jef­fer­son, N.C.

    Sculthorpe, Derek (2016). Van Heflin: A Life in Film. Jef­fer­son, NC: Mc­Far­land. ISBN 978-0-7864-9686-0

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  7. Van Heflin, longtime character actor who generally portrayed tough guys who were more sensitive and vulnerable than their snarling manner initially implied, died Friday in a Los Angeles hospital....

  8. Top 15 Van Heflin Films - IMDb › list › ls003805438

    Top 15 Van Heflin Films. Menu. Movies. Release Calendar DVD & Blu-ray Releases Top Rated Movies Most Popular Movies Browse Movies by Genre Top Box Office Showtimes ...

  9. Van Heflin: A Life in Film (9780786496860 ... › Van-Heflin-Life-Derek-Sculthorpe

    A versatile craftsman, actor Van Heflin was never concerned with popularity or comfortable with stardom. Lauded by his peers, Heflin won over moviegoers with his portrayal of resolute homesteader Joe Starrett in George Stevens' classic Shane(1953). He impressed in all genres, convincingly portraying every type of character from heel to hero.

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