Marshall Thompson

Actor, Director, Screenwriter
A descendant of Supreme Court Justice John Marshall, this veteran of over 40 films is best remembered as the star of "Daktari", a popular family TV series set in Africa that ran on CBS from January 1966 to January 1969 ... Read more »
Born: 11/26/1925 in Peoria, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Actor (26)

White Dog 1991 (Movie)

Director (Actor)

Murder, She Wrote 1989 - 1990 (Tv Show)

Actor

Charlie's Angels 1976 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

The Formula 1979 (Movie)

1st Geologist (Actor)

Ark II 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Bog 1977 (Movie)

Dr Brad Firday (Actor)

The Turning Point 1977 (Movie)

Carter (Actor)

George! 1972 (Movie)

(Actor)

Around the World Under the Sea 1965 (Movie)

Dr Orin Hillyard (Actor)

Clarence, the Cross-Eyed Lion 1965 (Movie)

Dr Marsh Tracy (Actor)

Angel 1960 - 1961 (TV Show)

Actor

First Man in Space 1958 (Movie)

Commander C E Prescott (Actor)

It! The Terror From Beyond Space 1958 (Movie)

Colonel Carruthers (Actor)

Crashout 1955 (Movie)

Billy Lang (Actor)

Cult of the Cobra 1955 (Movie)

Tom Markel (Actor)

Good Morning, Miss Dove 1955 (Movie)

Mr Pendleton (Actor)

To Hell and Back 1955 (Movie)

Johnson (Actor)

Battle Taxi 1954 (Movie)

2nd Lieutenant Tim Vernon (Actor)

The Caddy 1953 (Movie)

Bruce Reeber (Actor)

Command Decision 1949 (Movie)

(Actor)

Words and Music 1948 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Romance of Rosy Ridge 1947 (Movie)

(Actor)

They Were Expendable 1945 (Movie)

(Actor)

Centennial (TV Show)

Actor

Cruise into Terror (TV Show)

Actor

Dallas: The Early Years (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (2)

George! 1972 (Movie)

(Writer)

Clarence, the Cross-Eyed Lion 1965 (Movie)

(From Story)
Production Management (1)

LAPD: Life on the Beat 1995 - 1999 (TV Show)

Field Producer

Biography

A descendant of Supreme Court Justice John Marshall, this veteran of over 40 films is best remembered as the star of "Daktari", a popular family TV series set in Africa that ran on CBS from January 1966 to January 1969. The inspiration for the show was the feature film "Clarence the Cross-Eyed Lion" (1964) which Thompson starred in and co-wrote.

Cast in naive juvenile roles in MGM films of the 1940s, Thompson began playing a wide variety of roles as a mature lead or second lead. He appeared in Vincente Minnelli's "The Clock" (1945), John Ford's "They Were Expendable" (1945), William Wellman's "Battleground" (1949), Anthony Mann's "Devil's Doorway" (1950) and "The Tall Target" (1951), Herbert Ross' "The Turning Point" (1977) and Sam Fuller's "White Dog" (1982). He also faced down the uncanny in the likes of "Fiend Without a Face", "It! The Terror From Beyond Space" and "First Man in Space". Thompson spent much of his time in Africa in his later years, where he produced, directed, and acted in the documentary series "Orphans of the Wild".

Relationships

Barbara Thompson

Wife
survived him

Janet Thompson

Daughter
survived him

EDUCATION

Occidental College

Los Angeles , California

Milestones

1966

Starred in "Daktari", a popular family series set in Africa

1964

Sole feature directing effort, "A Yank in Vietnam/Year of the Tiger"

1964

Wrote story, co-wrote screenplay, and starred in "Clarence the Cross-Eyed Lion"

1943

Feature acting debut in "Reckless Age"

Produced, directed, and acted in a TV documentary series, "Orphans of the Wild"

Joined the Westwood Players as an actor

Wrote play, "Faith", which was produced by Westwood Players

Studied for the clergy

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