1. - Al Mulock, C'era una volta il West, (US: Once Upon A Time in the West), 1968. Van Cleef and Eli Wallach followed Clint Eastwood's lead in refusing director Sergio Leone's gimmick of reuniting The Good, The Bad and The Ugly in the opening sequence. Mulock committed suicide by jumping from his hotel window in full costume after a day's shooting. Production manager Claudio Mancini and screenwriter Mickey Knox saw Mulock's body pass by their hotel window. As Mancini put Mulock in his car for the hospital, director Sergio Leone was heard yelling: "Get the costume! We need the costume!"
2. - Yul Brynner, Adios, Sabata, Italy, 1971. Van Cleef, reborn under spagheti Western king Sergio Leone, got his revenge for losing the second of three Sabata Westerns by taking over Brynner's lead in The Magnificent Seven Ride, 1972.
3. - Paul Newman, The Sting, 1973. The producers said Henry Gondorff was written as a fat slob. No way, said scenarist David S Ward. “I’d actually imagined Lee Van Cleef, a steely, hard-nosed type, but not a fat guy. When Newman decided to do it, I was more than happy. I knew Newman would just do his thing - and that was better than anything I could come up with. This did change the dynamic, though, because the Johnny Hooker character was initially meant to be about 19, which would have made for more of a father-son relationshi. With Redford on board, we had to make Hooker older, but I think there remains something adolescent about him: he grows up over the course of the movie.”