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Also Known As: James Marshall Thompson Died: May 18, 1992
Born: November 27, 1925 Cause of Death: congestive heart failure
Birth Place: Peoria, Illinois, USA Profession: actor, screenwriter, director, TV director, producer

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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."

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."

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  A Yank in Viet-Nam (1964) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Dallas: The Early Years (1986) Dr Ted Johnson
2.
 White Dog (1982) Director
3.
 The Formula (1980) 1st Geologist
4.
 Cruise into Terror (1978) Bennett
5.
 Bog (1978) Dr Brad Firday
6.
 Turning Point, The (1977) Carter
7.
 George (1972) Jim [Paulsen]
8.
 Around the World Under the Sea (1966) Dr. Orin Hillyard
9.
 To the Shores of Hell (1966) Maj. Greg Donahue
10.
 Clarence, the Cross-Eyed Lion (1965) Dr. Marsh Tracy
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Studied for the clergy
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Wrote play, "Faith", which was produced by Westwood Players
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Joined the Westwood Players as an actor
1944:
Feature acting debut in "Reckless Age"
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"
1966:
Starred in "Daktari", a popular family series set in Africa
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Produced, directed, and acted in a TV documentary series, "Orphans of the Wild"
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Education

Occidental College: Los Angeles , California -

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wife:
Barbara Thompson. Survived him.

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daughter:
Janet Thompson. Survived him.

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