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Van Heflin, Award Winner – MovieActors.com

_van-heflin-top-pic-black-widow Heflin in Black Widow.

Van Heflin: Best Supporting Actor 1942: MovieActors.com

Johnny Eager (Drama)

Van Heflin won his Supporting Oscar for playing Robert Taylor's alcoholic friend and conscience.














About Van Heflin (1910 – 1971)


American leading man of the forties who was a familiar character actor during the fifties and sixties. His real name was Emmett Evan Heflin. In the thirties, Van Heflin alternated working odd jobs and appearing on Broadway.

Van Heflin's big break in his acting career, was his strong leading role in End of Summer, a stage play at the Guild Theatre. Van Heflin started appearing in films in 1937, after Katharine Hepburn saw his performance in End of Summer, and talked him into trying again in film. She used her influence to get him a role in her next film, A Woman Rebels.

After a year of forgettable roles in films for RKO, Van Heflin went back to the stage, and was cast in Shubert Theatre's production of The Philadelphia Story, which ran for 417 performances. MGM then became interested in Van, and had him under contract for 8 years. In 1941, he was cast in Johnny Eager, a prime role in his career. At age 32, Van Heflin became the youngest actor to date to win an Oscar.

During World War 2, Van Heflin served in the Ninth Air Force in Europe as a combat cameraman.

Van's versatility as an actor served him well, as he easily switched hats, from mobster, to Andrew Johnson, to detective roles, such as Phillip Marlowe, and an alcoholic lawyer, to name just a few.

In the 1950s and 1960s, Van Heflin evolved from being the leading role to the star character actor, especially in westerns, including Gunman's Walk. He also was fabulous as a German captain in the World War 2 yarn, Under Ten Flags.

Van Heflin's final Broadway stage play was A Case of Libel.

Van Heflin died in July of 1971, of a heart attack, at the age of 60. He was survived by 2 daughters, one son, and three ex-wives.

Van Heflin's notable movie credits include...

Back Door To Heaven (1939)
Santa Fe Trail (1940)
The Feminine Touch (1941)
Kid Glove Killer (1942)
Seven Sweethearts (1942)
Grand Central Murder (1942)
Tap Roots (1948)
The Three Musketeers (1948)
Madame Bovary (1949)
East Side West Side (1949)
Tomahawk (1951)
The Prowler (1951)
Shane (1953)
The Raid (1954)
The Black Widow (1954)
Patterns (1956)
Gunman's Walk (1958)
Under Ten Flags (1960)
Cry Of Battle (1963)
The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)
Stagecoach (1966)
The Big Bounce (1969)
Airport (1970)
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Van Heflin with Evelyn Keyes in The Prowler (1951).
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Van Heflin in The Big Bounce (1969)...
bottom picture with Ryan O'Neal.
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Heflin with Ruth Hussey in Tennessee Johnson (1942).
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Heflin in Tanganyika (1954)... top picture with Howard Duff.
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With Ward Bond, Errol Flynn, Alan Baxter,
Raymond Massey, and Joe Sawyer in Santa Fe Trail (1940).
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Van Heflin in Presenting Lily Mars (1943)... top picture with Judy Garland and Fay Bainter... second picture with Judy Garland... with Martha Eggerth in third picture... with Eggerth and Leonid Kinskey in fourth picture... with Judy Garland in bottom picture.
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With Gilbert Roland in The Ruthless Four (1968).
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With Jennifer Jones in Madame Bovary (1949).
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With Donna Reed, Lana Turner, and
Richard Hart in Green Dolphin Street (1947).
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With Barbara Stanwyck in East Side, West Side (1949).
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Heflin in Black Widow (1954)... top picture
with Ginger Rogers... bottom two pictures with Gene Tierney.
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Van Heflin, Glenn Ford,
and Robert Emhardt in 3:10 to Yuma (1957).