William Marshall Biography (1924-2003)

Full name, William Horace Marshall; born August 19, 1924, in Gary, IN; died June 11, 2003, in Los Angeles, CA; son of Vereen (a dentist) and Thelma (Edwards) Marshall.

Birth Details
August 19, 1924
Gary, Indiana, United States
Death Details
June 11, 2003
Los Angeles, California, United States

Famous Works

  • BROADWAY DEBUT--Chorus, Carmen Jones, Broadway Theatre, 1944.
  • Title role (understudy), Jeb, Martin Beck Theatre, New York City, 1946.
  • Joshua (understudy) and freed man, Our Lan', Royale Theatre, New York City, 1947.
  • Sad-Act, A Long Way from Home, Maxine Elliott's Theatre, New York City, 1948.
  • Rolla Bennett, Set My People Free, Hudson Theatre, New York City, 1948.
  • General Joe Hooker, The Washington Years, American Negro Theatre, New York City, 1948.
  • Hlabeni, Lost in the Stars, Music Box Theatre, New York City, 1949.
  • Cookson, Peter Pan, Imperial Theatre, New York City, 1950.
  • the Lawd, The Green Pastures, Broadway Theatre, 1951.
  • Kelly, Time to Go, Yugoslavian Hall, New York City, 1952.
  • title role, Othello, Mother Zion Church, New York City, 1953.
  • title role, Oedipus Rex, Chicago Playwrights Company, Chicago, IL, 1955.
  • title role, Othello, Brattle Theatre, Cambridge, MA, then City Center Theatre, New York City, 1955.
  • Chief Uturo, The Virtuous Island, Carnegie Hall Playhouse, New York City,1957.
  • title role, Othello, New York Shakespeare Festival, Belvedere Lake Theatre, New York City, 1958.
  • Henry Simpson, Toys in the Attic, Piccadilly Theatre, London, 1960.
  • Bear Baiter, When We Dead Awaken, Gate Theatre, Dublin, Ireland, 1961.
  • Saul, Javelin, Actors Playhouse, New York City, 1966.
  • Othello, Catch My Soul, Center Theatre Group, Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles, 1968.
  • Captain, Leviathan 99, Samuel Goldwyn Studios, Los Angeles, 1972.
  • title role, Othello, National Shakespeare Festival, Old Globe Theatre, San Diego, CA, 1976.
  • Also appeared in Trial By Fire, Blackfriars Theatre, New York City, 1947;An Enemy of the People, Chicago Theatre Group, Goodman Theatre, Chicago, 1979.
  • Credits; STAGE WORK
  • Producer, Othello, Mother Zion Church, New York City, 1953.
  • director, Long Voyage Home, American Artists and Students Center, Paris,1962.
  • Credits; MAJOR TOURS
  • Title role, Othello, Dublin Theatre Festival, European cities, 1962- 63.
  • Also Call Me Mister, 1948; and (also director) The Bear and The MarriageProposal, U.S. Air Force bases, France, 1961.
  • FILM DEBUT--King Dick, Lydia Bailey, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1952.
  • Glycon, Demetrius and the Gladiators, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1954.
  • leader, Something of Value, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), 1957.
  • Ashumen, To Trap a Spy, MGM, 1966.
  • Al Poland, The Hell with Heroes, Universal, 1968.
  • Edward W. Brooke, The Boston Strangler, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1968.
  • attorney general, Skullduggery, Universal, 1970.
  • Tatakombi, Tarzan's Jungle Rebellion, New General, 1970.
  • Morrie Bronson, Zigzag (also known as False Witness), MGM, 1970.
  • Doctor Craig Smith, Honky, Jack H. Harris, 1971.
  • title role, Blacula, American International, 1972.
  • Manuwalde/Blacula, Scream Blacula Scream, American International, 1973.
  • Bishop Garnet Williams, Abby, American International, 1974.
  • Attorney General William Klinger, Twilight's Last Gleaming, Allied Artists, 1977.
  • attendant, Curtains, Jensen Farley, 1983.
  • pirate captain, "Video Pirates," Amazon Women on the Moon, Universal, 1987.
  • Also appeared in Piedra de Toque, Asturia Films, 1953; Sabu and the MagicRing, Allied Artists, 1957; The Great Skycopter Rescue, 1982; Vasectomy, a Delicate Matter (also known as Vasectomy), Vandom International/Seymour Bordeand Associates, 1986; TELEVISION APPEARANCES; SERIES Judge Marcus Black, Rosetti and Ryan, NBC, 1977.
  • King of Cartoons, Pee-Wee's Playhouse, CBS, 1986--.
  • Also Mr. Kano, Danger Man, British television, 1959.
  • Credits; PILOTS
  • Doctor Harold Tawn, U.M.C., CBS, 1969.
  • Judge Marcus Black, Rosetti and Ryan: Men Who Love Women, NBC, 1977.
  • Ubal, Sabu and the Magic Ring (never broadcast).
  • Credits; EPISODIC
  • "As Adam, Early in the Morning," Repertoire Workshop, CBS, 1966.
  • Daniel Boone, NBC, 1967.
  • Also Alfred Hitchcock Presents, CBS; The Man from U.N.C.L.E.,NBC; Ben Casey, ABC; Secret Agent, CBS; Tarzan, NBC.
  • Credits; MOVIES
  • Captain Condor Sekallie, The Mask of Sheba, NBC, 1970.
  • Mr. Poore, Killer Instinct (also known as Over the Edge), NBC, 1988.
  • Also Beverly Hills Madam, NBC, 1986.
  • Credits; SPECIALS
  • The Lawd, The Green Pastures, BBC, 1958.
  • Don Cheek, "One More Hurdle," NBC Special Treat, NBC, 1984.
  • King of Cartoons, A Special Evening of Pee-Wee's Playhouse, CBS, 1987.
  • Also appeared as the Battler, The World of Nick Adams, NBC, 1957; The BigPride, BBC, 1961.
  • Yank, Bound East of Cardiff, NBC, 1952.
  • The Lower Basin Street, 1952.
  • title role, The Emperor Jones, BBC, 1959.

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