Van Heflin served in WWII as a combat cameraman in the Ninth Air Force in Europe and with the First Picture Unit.

Van Heflin served in WWII as a combat cameraman in the Ninth Air Force in Europe and with the First Picture Unit.

Van Heflin, c. 1950. 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.

Van Heflin, c. 1950. 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.

Van Heflin served during WWII as a cameraman in the North Air Force in Europe and with the First Motion Picture Unit.

Van Heflin served during WWII as a cameraman in the North Air Force in Europe and with the First Motion Picture Unit.

Van Heflin, Ruth Roman, Howard Duff , Drama, Action, Adventure 1954

Van Heflin, Ruth Roman, Howard Duff , Drama, Action, Adventure 1954

Happy New Year!!!    Clark Gable, Van Heflin, Gary Cooper, and Jimmy Stewart at a party in Beverly Hills on New Year's Eve, 1957.

Happy New Year!!! Clark Gable, Van Heflin, Gary Cooper, and Jimmy Stewart at a party in Beverly Hills on New Year's Eve, 1957.

"Louis B. Mayer once looked at me and said, 'You will never get the girl at the end.' So I worked on my acting." - Van Heflin

"Louis B. Mayer once looked at me and said, 'You will never get the girl at the end.' So I worked on my acting." - Van Heflin

Van Heflin (1910 - 1971) He appeared in the movies "Shane", "The Greatest Story Ever Told", and "Airport". Heflin was born Emmett Evan Heflin, Jr. in Walters, Oklahoma

Van Heflin (1910 - 1971) He appeared in the movies "Shane", "The Greatest Story Ever Told", and "Airport". Heflin was born Emmett Evan Heflin, Jr. in Walters, Oklahoma

Robert Ryan, Van Heflin and Janet Leigh - Act of Violence 1948, via Flickr.

Robert Ryan, Van Heflin and Janet Leigh - Act of Violence 1948, via Flickr.

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