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Emmett Evan "Van" Heflin, Jr. (December 13, 1910 – July 23, 1971) was an American film and theatre 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. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Johnny Eager (1942). His best-known film became the 1953 classic western Shane, in which he co-starred with Alan Ladd. Among his other notable film credits are Presenting Lily Mars (1943), The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946), Possessed (1947), Green Dolphin Street (1947), Act of Violence (1948), The Three Musketeers (1948), The Prowler (1951) and 3:10 to Yuma (1957).
On July 6, 1971, Heflin had a heart attack while swimming in his pool. He reached the ladder where he managed to hang on unconscious for hours until he was found. He then lay unconscious for days, apparently never regaining consciousness. Van Heflin died at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital on July 23, 1971, aged 60. He had left instructions forbidding a public funeral. Instead, his cremated remains were scattered on the ocean.
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Van Heflin (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. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Johnny Eager (1942).
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Van Heflin passed away on 23rd Jul 1971 aged 60.
Van Heflin was previously married to Frances E. Neal (1941 - 1967) and Eleanor Scherr (1940 - 1942).
He was also in relationships with Ava Gardner (1949), Katharine Hepburn (1936) and Gloria Vanderbilt.
Van Heflin had 3 children, Vana (73), Cathleen (70) and Tracy (62).
Van Heflin is a 60 year old American Actor. Born Emmett Evan Heflin Jr. on 13th December, 1910 in Walters, Oklahoma, he is famous for The Prowler in a career that spans 1934–71. His zodiac sign is Sagittarius.
Van Heflin was in 7 on-screen matchups, notably with Barbara Stanwyck in The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946), Janet Leigh in Act of Violence (1948), Jennifer Jones in Madame Bovary (1949), Joanne Woodward in Count Three and Pray (1955) and Judy Garland in Presenting Lily Mars (1943).
Van Heflin is a member of the following lists:
People from Walters, Oklahoma,
Male Spaghetti Western actors and
Male actors from Oklahoma.
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