E.G. Marshall

Actor, TV host, Narrator
One of New York's premier actors and an original member of the storied Actor's Studio, E. G. Marshall earned his reputation on Broadway in "The Skin of Our Teeth" (1942-43), "Jacobowsky and the Colonel" (1944-45), and ... Read more »
Born: 06/18/1910 in Owatonna, Minnesota, USA

Filmography

Actor (116)

Walker Evans/America 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Narrator

Absolute Power 1997 (Movie)

Walter Sullivan (Actor)

Courthouse 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Chicago Hope 1994 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

Messengers From Moscow 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Narrator

Nixon 1995 (Movie)

John Mitchell (Actor)

The Way West 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Voice

A Capitol Fourth 1993 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

George Marshall and the American Century 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Narrator

Lincoln 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Voice

National Memorial Day Concert (1993) 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Stephen King's The Tommyknockers 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

This Was America... 1963 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

This Was America... 1968 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

A Capitol Fourth (1992) 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Consenting Adults 1992 (Movie)

George Gordon (Actor)

Realm of the Serpent 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Narrator

Russian Holiday 1992 (Movie)

(Actor)

A Capitol Fourth (1991) 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Arctic Wars 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Narrator

Two Evil Eyes 1991 (Movie)

Steven Pike (Actor)

A Capitol Fourth 1990 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Falcon Crest 1981 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

National Memorial Day Concert 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

A Capitol Fourth 1989 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Black Forest Journey 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Elephant 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Narrator

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 1989 (Movie)

Art (Actor)

The Explorers: A Century of Discovery 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Narrator

Tanner '88: Moonwalker and Bookbag 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Tanner '88: Something Borrowed, Something New 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The Blessings of Liberty 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

A Capitol Fourth -- 1987 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Ike 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

La Gran Fiesta 1987 (Movie)

Judge Cropper (Actor)

A Capitol Fourth -- 1986 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

My Chauffeur 1986 (Movie)

Witherspoon (Actor)

Power 1986 (Movie)

Senator Sam Hastings (Actor)

Under Siege 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Kennedy 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Born of Fire 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Creepshow 1982 (Movie)

Upson Pratt (Actor)

Polar Bear Alert 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Saigon - Year of the Cat 1982 (Movie)

Ambassador (Actor)

The Phoenix 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

The Sharks 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

The Show Must Go On 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

The Thames 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Superman II 1981 (Movie)

President (Actor)

The Gangster Chronicles 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Narrator

The Phoenix 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Vampire 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Interiors 1978 (Movie)

Arthur (Actor)

Collision Course 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Billy Jack Goes to Washington 1975 (Movie)

Senator Joseph Paine (Actor)

Independence 1975 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

The Abduction of Saint Anne 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Money to Burn 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

American Lifestyle 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Pursuit 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

The Doctors 1969 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Ellery Queen: Don't Look Behind You 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

The City 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

Vanished 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

The Pursuit of Happiness 1970 (Movie)

Daniel Lawrence (Actor)

Tora! Tora! Tora! 1970 (Movie)

Lieutenant Colonel Bratton (Actor)

The Bridge at Remagen 1969 (Movie)

Brig Gen Shinner (Actor)

Flesh and Blood 1967 - 1968 (TV Show)

Actor

Is Paris Burning? 1966 (Movie)

Powell (Actor)

The Chase 1966 (Movie)

Val Rogers (Actor)

Alfred Hitchcock Presents 1955 - 1965 (TV Show)

Actor

The Defenders 1961 - 1965 (TV Show)

Actor

The 16th Emmy Awards 1963 - 1964 (TV Show)

Host

DuPont Show of the Month 1957 - 1961 (TV Show)

Actor

Town Without Pity 1961 (Movie)

Major Jerome Pakenham (Actor)

Cash McCall 1960 (Movie)

Winston Conway (Actor)

The Desilu Playhouse 1958 - 1960 (TV Show)

Actor

Compulsion 1959 (Movie)

Horn (Actor)

The Journey 1959 (Movie)

Harold Rhinelander (Actor)

Suspicion 1957 - 1958 (TV Show)

Actor

The Buccaneer 1958 (Movie)

Governor Claiborne (Actor)

12 Angry Men 1957 (Movie)

4th Juror (Actor)

The Bachelor Party 1957 (Movie)

Walter (Actor)

Philco Television Playhouse 1948 - 1956 (TV Show)

Actor

The Mountain 1956 (Movie)

Solange (Actor)

The Scarlet Hour 1956 (Movie)

Jennings (Actor)

The Left Hand of God 1955 (Movie)

Dr Sigman (Actor)

Broken Lance 1954 (Movie)

Governor (Actor)

Pushover 1954 (Movie)

Lieutenant Carl Eckstrom (Actor)

The Bamboo Prison 1954 (Movie)

Father Francis Dolan (Actor)

The Caine Mutiny 1954 (Movie)

Lieutenant Commander Challee (Actor)

The Silver Chalice 1954 (Movie)

Ignatius (Actor)

Actors Studio 1948 - 1950 (TV Show)

Actor

The Chevrolet Tele-Theater 1948 - 1950 (TV Show)

Actor

A Clear and Present Danger (TV Show)

Actor

At Mother's Request (TV Show)

Actor

Disaster on the Coastliner (TV Show)

Actor

Egypt: Quest for Eternity (TV Show)

Actor

Gorilla (TV Show)

Actor

Ironclads (TV Show)

Actor

Kraft Television Theater (TV Show)

Actor

Miss Evers' Boys (TV Show)

Actor

Shirley Temple's Storybook (TV Show)

Actor

The Defenders: Payback (TV Show)

Actor

The Littlest Angel (TV Show)

Actor

The Master Builder (TV Show)

Actor

The Web (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

One of New York's premier actors and an original member of the storied Actor's Studio, E. G. Marshall earned his reputation on Broadway in "The Skin of Our Teeth" (1942-43), "Jacobowsky and the Colonel" (1944-45), and "The Iceman Cometh" (1946-47). Movie roles followed, but it would be a decade before he really made his name, thanks to films like "The Caine Mutiny" (1954) and, particularly, "12 Angry Men" (1957). The classic legal drama cast the actor as Juror No. 4, who provided the prime opposition to Henry Fonda's dissenting opinion in a murder case. One of Marshall's strengths as a performer was the intelligent authority he brought to parts and that quality was on display on "The Defenders" (CBS, 1961-65), where he and Robert Reed portrayed father and son attorneys who often took on controversial cases that challenged the television norms of the era. When the program finished its run, Marshall continued to act in motion pictures and was beloved amongst radio fans for his hosting duties on "CBS Radio Mystery Theater" (CBS, 1974-1982). While "The Defenders" had a comparatively short four-season run, it remained in the public consciousness to the point where Marshall was brought back for a pair of TV movie revivals almost four decades later. Widely respected for his work in four mediums, Marshall was both a commanding and enduring figure during the majority of his six-decade career and ranked among the more beloved character actors of all time.

Relationships

Hazel Irene Marshall

Mother

Charles Marshall

Father

Judith Marshall

Wife
second wife survived him

Degen Marshall

Daughter
mother, Helen Wolf survived him

Jill Marshall

Daughter
mother, Helen Wolf survived him

Sarah Marshall

Daughter
mother, Judith Coy survived him

Jed Marshall

Son
mother, Judith Coy survived him

Samuel Marshall

Son
mother, Judith Coy survived him

Helen Wolf

Wife
married on April 26, 1939 divorced in 1953

EDUCATION

University of Minnesota

1930 - 1932

Carleton College

Northfield , Minnesota
attended through 1930

Milestones

1997

Featured in "Absolute Power"; final film performance

1994

Appeared as part of the distinguished ensemble of "Chicago Hope", a CBS medical drama

1988

Portrayed the father of candidate Tanner in Robert Altman's HBO miniseries, "Tanner '88"

1982

Cast as Ward Frazier on "The Phoenix", a short-lived ABC sci-fi series

1982

Starred in a segment of the anthology horror film "Creepshow"; first collaboration with horror auteur George Romero

1981

Played the recurring role of Henri Denault on the popular CBS primetime soap, "Falcon Crest" (date approximate)

1981

Narrated seven episodes of "The Gangster Chronicles", an NBC miniseries

1972

TV debut as a host/narrator, "American Lifestyle", a syndicated documentary series; the first of 20 such credits in as many years

1966

TV-movie debut, "The Poppy Is Also a Flower", an ABC drama produced by the United Nations to teach about the drug menace

1957

Breakthrough feature supporting role, Fourth Juror in Sidney Lumet's "Twelve Angry Men"

1956

Appeared in the "Hallmark Hall of Fame" presentation of "The Little Foxes" on NBC

1954

First of four film performances for director Edward Dmytryk, "Broken Lance"

1946

Featured performer on the radio series, "Theatre Guild on the Air"

1944

Film debut, "The House on 92nd Street"

1933

Left his home in Minneapolis to join the Oxford Players, a traveling Shakespearean company that toured the South and Southwest

1932

Began professional career on radio in St. Paul, Chicago, and Minneapolis

Reprised his role as Lawrence Preston for two Showtime TV-movies based on "The Defenders"

Moved to NYC and appeared in such Broadway productions as "The Iceman Cometh", "The Skin of Our Teeth", "Waiting for Godot" and "The Crucible"

Starred as Dr. Benjamin Craig in NBC-TV's "The Doctors", a rotating segment of "The Bold Ones"

Featured in a radio production of Eugene O'Neill's "The Iceman Cometh"

TV debut as a series regular; starred as Lawrence Preston in the landmark CBS legal series, "The Defenders"

Oxford Players settled in Chicago and became the hub of the classical wing of the Federal Theater

Bonus Trivia

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Most sources give 1910 as the year of Mr. Marshall's birth but in a 1997 interview he insisted he was born in 1914 as did his family at the time of his death.

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Mr. Marshall never publicly revealed what his initials stood for. Although reference books claim the 'E' was for Everett, Mr. Marshall's son-in-law was quoted in THE NEW YORK TIMES obituary as saying that even family members were not sure what the initials represented. the London TIMES obituary (August 28, 1998) claimed his initials stood for Edda Gunnar; the first name from a Norse myth and the second after a Norse king.

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