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Also Known As: Edda Gunnar Marshall, Everett G. Marshall Died: August 24, 1998
Born: June 18, 1910 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Owatonna, Minnesota, USA Profession: actor, narrator, TV host, spokesman

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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...

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.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Defenders: Choice of Evils, The (1998) Lawrence Preston
2.
 Absolute Power (1997) Walter Sullivan
3.
 Miss Evers' Boys (1997) Senate Chairman
4.
 Defenders, The: Payback (1997) Lawrence Preston
5.
 Nixon (1995) John Mitchell
6.
 Russian Holiday (1993)
7.
 Consenting Adults (1992) George Gordon
8.
 Two Evil Eyes (1991) Steven Pike ("The Facts In The Case Of Mr. Valdemar")
9.
 Ironclads (1991) Commodore Smith
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1932:
Began professional career on radio in St. Paul, Chicago, and Minneapolis
1933:
Left his home in Minneapolis to join the Oxford Players, a traveling Shakespearean company that toured the South and Southwest
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Oxford Players settled in Chicago and became the hub of the classical wing of the Federal Theater
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Moved to NYC and appeared in such Broadway productions as "The Iceman Cometh", "The Skin of Our Teeth", "Waiting for Godot" and "The Crucible"
1945:
Film debut, "The House on 92nd Street"
:
Featured in a radio production of Eugene O'Neill's "The Iceman Cometh"
1946:
Featured performer on the radio series, "Theatre Guild on the Air"
1954:
First of four film performances for director Edward Dmytryk, "Broken Lance"
1956:
Appeared in the "Hallmark Hall of Fame" presentation of "The Little Foxes" on NBC
1957:
Breakthrough feature supporting role, Fourth Juror in Sidney Lumet's "Twelve Angry Men"
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TV debut as a series regular; starred as Lawrence Preston in the landmark CBS legal series, "The Defenders"
1966:
TV-movie debut, "The Poppy Is Also a Flower", an ABC drama produced by the United Nations to teach about the drug menace
:
Starred as Dr. Benjamin Craig in NBC-TV's "The Doctors", a rotating segment of "The Bold Ones"
1972:
TV debut as a host/narrator, "American Lifestyle", a syndicated documentary series; the first of 20 such credits in as many years
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
1982:
Starred in a segment of the anthology horror film "Creepshow"; first collaboration with horror auteur George Romero
1982:
Cast as Ward Frazier on "The Phoenix", a short-lived ABC sci-fi series
1988:
Portrayed the father of candidate Tanner in Robert Altman's HBO miniseries, "Tanner '88"
1994:
Appeared as part of the distinguished ensemble of "Chicago Hope", a CBS medical drama
1997:
Featured in "Absolute Power"; final film performance
:
Reprised his role as Lawrence Preston for two Showtime TV-movies based on "The Defenders"
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Education

Carleton College: Northfield , Minnesota -
University of Minnesota: - 1930 - 1932

Notes

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.

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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wife:
Helen Wolf. Married on April 26, 1939; divorced in 1953.
wife:
Judith Marshall. Second wife; survived him.

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father:
Charles G Marshall. Telephone company employee.
mother:
Hazel Irene Marshall.
daughter:
Jill Marshall. Mother, Helen Wolf; survived him.
daughter:
Degen Marshall. Mother, Helen Wolf; survived him.
son:
Samuel Marshall. Mother, Judith Coy; survived him.
daughter:
Sarah Marshall. Mother, Judith Coy; survived him.
son:
Jed Marshall. Mother, Judith Coy; survived him.
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