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Name: Van Heflin                                                                       
Birth name: Emmett Evan Heflin Jr.                                                     
Born: 13 December 1908 Walters, Oklahoma, U.S.                                         
Died: 23 July 1971 Hollywood, California, U.S.                                         
Van Heflin (December 13, 1908 - July 23, 1971) was an Academy Award-winning             
American film and theater actor.                                                       
Heflin was born Emmett Evan Heflin Jr. in Walters, Oklahoma to Fannie B. and Dr.       
Emmett E. Heflin, a dentist. He was of Irish and French ancestry. Heflin's             
sister was Daytime Emmy-nominated actress Frances Heflin. Heflin attended the           
University of Oklahoma, where he was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity.           
Heflin began his acting career on Broadway in the early 1930s before being             
signed to a contract by RKO Studios. He made his film debut in A Woman Rebels (1936).   
He was signed by MGM Studios, and was initially cast in supporting roles in             
films such as Santa Fe Trail (1940), and Johnny Eager (1942), winning an Academy       
Award for Best Supporting Actor for the latter performance.                             
MGM began to groom him as a leading man in B movies, and provided him with             
supporting roles in more prestigious productions. Among his more notable film           
credits are Presenting Lily Mars (1943), The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946),       
Possessed (1947), Act of Violence (1948), The Three Musketeers (1948), The             
Prowler (1951), Shane (1953), and 3:10 to Yuma (1957). He also performed on             
stage throughout his acting career. His stage credits include The Philadelphia         
Story on Broadway opposite Katharine Hepburn and Joseph Cotten, and the Arthur         
Miller play A Memory of Two Mondays.                                                   
Heflin's last major role was in Airport (1970). He played "D. O. Guerrero", a           
failure who attempts to blow himself up on an airliner so his wife (played by           
Maureen Stapleton) can collect on a life insurance policy.                             
He has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, for his contributions to motion         
pictures at 6309 Hollywood Boulevard, and for television at 6125 Hollywood