I connected Actor Lee Marvin to General Robert E Lee.

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I said in a post earlier, that I like to help fill out the family tree's of various notables.  Mostly by adding siblings to their various ancestors.  A lot of them have only the direct line, several generations back.

I've always liked actor Lee Marvin.  The big red one is a favorite of mine.  So looking at his Wikipedia page it stated that he was a 1st cousin 4 times removed of General Robert E Lee.

But Lee Marvin's tree was a bit scarce and the connection was not readily visible.

Taking this as a challenge, to see if this particular legend was true, I started to poke around and soon enough I hit paydirt.

The wikipeida page was correct, though a little off, Actor Lee Marvin and Robert E Lee are 1st Cousins, 5 times removed.

Lee Marvin's GGG Grand father was Richard Bland Lee, born 1761.  Richard was the younger brother of Henry "Light Horse" Harry Lee, Revolutionary war general and father to Robert E Lee.

I added sources to the various profiles I worked on and it looks pretty solid.

But it's fun to help prove that link and add a bit more.
WikiTree profile: Lee Marvin
in The Tree House by Craig Albrechtson G2G6 Mach 8 (85.7k points)
A follow up fun fact.  I also discovered that Lee Marvin was a 2nd cousin, six times removed to George Washington.  In fact, he's descended from the Washington family on two different lines.

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Very cool! Always liked Lee Marvin, too, and am still startled when I see him singing in "Paint Your Wagon."
by Natalie Trott G2G6 Pilot (829k points)
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Now you need to go and correct the Wikipedia page!
by Eric Weddington G2G6 Pilot (240k points)
Good luck with that! Wikipedia is clueless about genealogical relationships.

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