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.[1] 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.

Lee Ving
Lee Ving at Warped Tour 2010-08-10 01.jpg
Ving performing with Fear on the 2010 Warped Tour
Background information
Birth nameLee James Capallero
Born (1950-04-10) April 10, 1950 (age 69)
OriginPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
GenresHardcore punk, blues, country
Occupation(s)Musician, actor
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, harmonica, bass guitar
Years active1968–present
LabelsSlash, Fear, Sector 2
Associated actsFear, 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.

Acting careerEdit

Ving and his band Fear appeared in the 1981 rotoscope animated film American Pop, directed by Ralph Bakshi, lead singer Ving acted under the name Lee James Jude.[2]

Ving played a lead role ("Missoula") in Penelope Spheeris' 1987 film Dudes.[1] 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[1] (1985), a murderer in Nightmares (1983), and a small role in Streets of Fire[1] (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.[3]



Guitar and vocals on all.

Range WarEdit

  • Home on the Range (recorded 1985, released 2017) - vocals, guitar[4]


With Sound City PlayersEdit


Year Title Role Notes
1981 American Pop Punk Rocker (voice) Credited as Lee James Jude
1983 Flashdance Johnny C.
Get Crazy Piggy
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
1985 Clue Mr. Boddy
1986 Black Moon Rising Marvin Ringer
Oceans of Fire Pembroke TV movie
1987 Scenes from the Goldmine Ian Weymouth
Dudes Missoula
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

Television appearancesEdit

Year Title Role Notes
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"


Year Title Role Notes
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.


  1. ^ a b c d "Lee Ving". The New York Times.
  2. ^ "American Pop". The New York Times.
  3. ^ 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.

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