Saturday, May 16, 2020
He came by that honestly. He joined the Marine Corps in August of 1942. Served in the 4th Marine Division in the Pacific. He was with 3rd Battalion, 24th Marines when he was wounded by Japanese machine gun fire at the battle of Saipan. He spent a year recovering in Navy hospitals.
Got an acting start after the war, then into TV and film. Won the Academy award for Best Actor in 1965. He played a starring role in The Dirty Dozen. Here's the trailer. I had forgotten what a great cast this movie had.
He acted in over a hundred movie and television shows. Made a lot of money. Won a lot of awards.
When he died at the age of 63 in 1987, he was buried in Arlington National Cemetery. What did he want to be remembered for?