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Lee Ving (born Lee James Capallero; April 10, 1950) is an American musician and actor. He is the lead singer and rhythm guitarist for the Los Angeles-based punk rock band Fear. Among his film roles, the best known is as Mr. Boddy in the 1985 cult classic Clue. Ving, along with his band Fear, are given a prominent role in Penelope Spheeris's seminal 1981 documentary on the L.A. punk scene, The Decline of Western Civilization, as well as Dave Grohl's 2013 documentary Sound City.
Ving performing with Fear on the 2010 Warped Tour
|Birth name||Lee James Capallero|
|Born||April 10, 1950|
|Origin||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|Genres||Hardcore punk, blues, country|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, harmonica, bass guitar|
|Labels||Slash, Fear, Sector 2|
|Associated acts||Fear, MD.45, Range War, Easy Love|
Early life and musicEdit
Lee James Capallero was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In the late 1960s, under the name Lee Ving, he joined Sweet Stavin Chain Blues Band in Philadelphia, playing with Michael Brecker and Eugene Busnar; they played shows with B.B. King, Buddy Guy and Cream among others. Later, Ving moved to New York and formed the band Daybreak. In the mid-1970s, he moved to Los Angeles and in 1977 formed Fear.
Ving has also sung for the band MD.45, which also featured Dave Mustaine of Megadeth and Jimmy DeGrasso of Suicidal Tendencies. However, the 2004 re-release/remastered record replaced his vocals with Dave Mustaine's. Ving has also sung country music in the outlaw country genre with the band Range War. Prior to Fear, Ving played in a six piece blues act named Easy Love.
Ving played a lead role ("Missoula") in Penelope Spheeris' 1987 film Dudes. As part of Fear he was featured in Spheeris' 1980 documentary on punk The Decline of Western Civilization. Furthermore, he played the strip club owner in Flashdance (1983), Mr. Boddy in Clue (1985), a murderer in Nightmares (1983), and a small role in Streets of Fire (1984), among other roles in film and television. In 1983 he self-deprecatingly played the over-the-top punk singer named 'Piggy' in the rock-and-roll comedy Get Crazy. In the Who's the Boss episode titled "Walk on the Mild Side", he played Jake Maguire. He also appeared in an episode of the short-lived Three's Company spin-off Three's a Crowd as a criminal in a police lineup.
Guitar and vocals on all.
- The Record (1982)
- More Beer (1985)
- Live...For the Record (1991)
- Have Another Beer With FEAR (1995)
- American Beer (2000)
- Home on the Range (recorded 1985, released 2017) - vocals, guitar
- The Craving (1995) - vocals, harmonica
With Sound City PlayersEdit
- Sound City: Real to Reel (2013) - vocals on "Your Wife Is Calling"
|1981||American Pop||Punk Rocker (voice)||Credited as Lee James Jude|
|Nightmares||William Henry Glazier||Credited as Lee James Jude|
|1984||The Wild Life||Installer|
|Streets of Fire||Greer|
|The Ratings Game AKA The Mogul||Dawn Patrol||TV movie|
|1986||Black Moon Rising||Marvin Ringer|
|Oceans of Fire||Pembroke||TV movie|
|1987||Scenes from the Goldmine||Ian Weymouth|
|1989||Grave Secrets AKA Silent Screams||Zack|
|1990||Masters of Menace||Roy Boy|
|1991||The Taking of Beverly Hills||Varney||Credited as Lee Ving James|
|2001||Fast Sofa||Leather Jacket|
|2009||Endless Bummer||Hot Rod Guy|
|2009||I'm Calling Frank||Frank|
|1984||Legmen||Cole||Episode: "Take the Credit and Run"|
|Fame||Fred||Episode: "The Monster That Devoured Las Vegas"|
|1985||Street Hawk||Virgil Powell||Episode: "Dog Eat Dog"|
|The New Alfred Hitchcock Presents||Curt Venner||Episode: "Pilot"; segment: "Incident in a Small Jail"|
|1986||Fast Times||Intimidating Guy||Episode: "The Last Laugh"|
|1987||Crime Story||Sam Taylor||Episode: "The Battle of Las Vegas"|
|Who's the Boss?||Jake Maguire||Episode: "Walk on the Mild Side"|
|Fame||Fred||Episode: "That Was the Weekend That Was"|
|1981||The Decline of Western Civilization||Himself||Documentary about the Los Angeles hardcore punk scene; Ving performs with Fear.|
|1982||The Slog Movie||Himself||Documentary about the Los Angeles hardcore punk scene; Ving performs with Fear.|
|2001||25 Years of Punk||Himself||TV documentary; Ving is interviewed about the Los Angeles hardcore punk scene.|
|2013||Sound City||Himself||Documentary about Sound City Studios; Ving is interviewed about recording The Record at Sound City.|
- "Lee Ving". The New York Times.
- "American Pop". The New York Times.
- Mann, Chris (1998-06-15). Come and Knock on Our Door: A Hers and Hers and His Guide to "Three's Company". Macmillan. ISBN 9780312168032.
- "RANGE WAR "HOME ON THE RANGE" NOW AVAILABLE FOR PRE ORDER!". FEAR LEE VING DOT COM.