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Also Known As: Died: May 22, 1991
Born: March 27, 1921 Cause of Death: heart failure following a lifelong battle with diabetes
Birth Place: Winnipeg, Manitoba, CA Profession: screenwriter, producer, director, actor

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Best known as the creator of the dramatic radio and TV series "Studio One" and a prolific director-producer during the 1950s "Golden Age" of television. Markle made his screenwriting and directing debut with the 1949 thriller "Jigsaw" and went on to direct "Night Into Morning", "The Man With the Cloak" (both 1951) and "The Incredible Journey" (1963). He also served as head of TV drama for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in the 1970s. Married to actress Mercedes McCambridge from 1950 to 1962.

Best known as the creator of the dramatic radio and TV series "Studio One" and a prolific director-producer during the 1950s "Golden Age" of television. Markle made his screenwriting and directing debut with the 1949 thriller "Jigsaw" and went on to direct "Night Into Morning", "The Man With the Cloak" (both 1951) and "The Incredible Journey" (1963). He also served as head of TV drama for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in the 1970s. Married to actress Mercedes McCambridge from 1950 to 1962.

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DIRECTOR:

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  The Incredible Journey (1963) Director
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  The Man with a Cloak (1951) Director
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  Night into Morning (1951) Director
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  Jigsaw (1949) Director
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  Tonight in Havana (1958) Director
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  Johnny Belinda (1955) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 50 Years of Action! (1986) Himself
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 Grounds for Marriage (1951) Second announcer
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 Jigsaw (1949) Nightclub patron
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Raised in Vancouver, Canada
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Wrote, directed and performed in a series of plays that aired under the title, "Imagine, Please" on Vancouver radio station CKWX
1941:
Wrote, edited and narrated Oscar-nominated documentary short, "The V-1: Story of the Robot Bomb"
1942:
Joined the Canadian Broadcasting Company as a writer, director and producer; wrote plays for CBC series, "Baker's Dozen"
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Served with the Canadian Royal Air Force during WWII; wrote Air Force radio scripts and during off hours, wrote and directed radio productions for the BBC
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Was producer and director for CBS series, "Studio One"
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Performed on "A Farewell to Arms" opposite Helen on radio
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Produced and directed CBS series, "Ford Theatre"
1949:
Joined MGM as associate to producer Edwin H. Knopf
1949:
Directed and wrote first feature film, "Jigsaw"
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Produced "Studio One" TV series
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Produced and directed TV series, "Life With Father"
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Was contributing director and/or producer of TV film series: "Mystery Theatre", "Panic", "Colgate Theatre", "Lux Playhouse", "M Squad", "Thriller", "Hong Kong"
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Appointed head of TV drama, CBC
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Became executive producer and writer in residence, CBS-TV
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wife:
Mercedes McCambridge. Actor. Married on February 19, 1950; divorced in 1962.
wife:
Dorothy Markle. Third wife.

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son:
John L Markle. Adopted McCambridge's son from her first marriage.
son:
Stephen Markle. Actor.

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