Stuart Margolin


Actor, Director

About

Also Known As
Salt Spring Slim
Birth Place
Davenport, Iowa, USA
Born
January 31, 1940

Biography

Actor, TV director, and songwriter - all of these words describe the wide-ranging actor Stuart Margolin, who in a career spanning over half a century, appeared in over 100 movies and TV shows. A character actor in the truest sense of the word, Margolin's career in television began in the early 1960s, with numerous guest parts on several hit shows of the era, including "The Fugitive" (ABC...

Biography

Actor, TV director, and songwriter - all of these words describe the wide-ranging actor Stuart Margolin, who in a career spanning over half a century, appeared in over 100 movies and TV shows. A character actor in the truest sense of the word, Margolin's career in television began in the early 1960s, with numerous guest parts on several hit shows of the era, including "The Fugitive" (ABC 1963-67), "Ironside" (NBC 1967-1975), and "Bewitched" (ABC 1964-1972). After over a decade of relative obscurity as a nameless working actor, however, Margolin's life would change forever when he was cast alongside James Garner on "The Rockford Files" (NBC 1974-1980). Margolin played a weasley ex-con named Evelyn "Angel" Martin for all six seasons of the show, and eventually went on to earn two Primetime Emmys for his work. Although Margolin continued to act regularly throughout the ensuing decades, while also picking up a few awards for his work behind the camera as a TV director, his work on "The Rockford Files" remained his most lasting - the highlight of a long and multi-faceted career in show business.

Born in Iowa and raised in Texas, Margolin grew up wanting to become a professional dancer. His idols were Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire - the two icons of modern dance - but Margolin quickly realized that there was far more to dancing than just showing off. With that in mind, he promptly dashed any hopes of making a career out of it. He then turned his attention to acting, and by the age of eight had landed the role of Puck in a local production of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Margolin remained a creature of the theater throughout most of his youth, appearing in as many plays as he could, while simultaneously honing his craft. By the early '60s, however, Hollywood came calling and Margolin soon began landing small parts on television shows. He landed his first recurring role in 1962 as Lieutenant Miller on the short-lived military comedy, "Ensign O'Toole" (NBC 1962-1963), and continued to be cast as sheriffs, lieutenants and other uniformed figures of authority throughout the 1960s. Then in 1971 Margolin landed the role of Deputy Sheriff Mitch on the TV western "Nichols" (NBC 1971-72). The show starred James Garner as the sherriff of a small town in Arizona, with Margolin playing the role of his sidekick. Despite being cancelled after one season, Garner was impressed by Margolin's performance and suggested him for a similar role in a new crime series he was staring in. That show, of course, was called "The Rockford Files."

As Evelyn "Angel" Martin, a lovable but shady ex-con, Margolin won two Primetime Emmys, as well as nearly universal praise from fans and critics alike. The show aired for six seasons on NBC, with Margolin reprising his role as Martin in several made-for-TV movies in the mid-'90s. Although Margolin continued to work steadily throughout the '80s and '90s, he started turning much of his attention to directing, having helmed episodes of hour-long dramas like "Magnum P.I." (CBS 1980-88), "Promised Land" (CBS 1996-99), and "Touched by an Angel" (CBS 1994-2003), among dozens of others. In addition to his work on television, Margolin also appeared in several high-profile films, including Terrence Malick's pensive drama "Days of Heaven" (1978), "The Hoax" (2006), and 2011's legal thriller "Arbitrage," starring Susan Sarandon and Richard Gere. Despite turning 70, Margolin remained active into the 2010s, appearing in an episode of the Canadian series "Republic of Doyle" (CBC 2010- ) in 2013.

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

The Rockford Files: If It Bleeds... It Leads (1999)
Director
Stranger in Town (1998)
Director
The Sweetest Gift (1998)
Director
Salt Water Moose (1996)
Director
The Rockford Files: Friends and Foul Play (1996)
Director
How the West Was Fun (1994)
Director
Medicine River (1994)
Director
Double, Double, Toil and Trouble (1993)
Director
Plates (1990)
Director
Paramedics (1988)
Director
The Facts of Life Down Under (1987)
Director
The Room Upstairs (1987)
Director
The Glitter Dome (1984)
Director
The Long Summer of George Adams (1982)
Director
A Shining Season (1979)
Director
Suddenly, Love (1978)
Director

Cast (Feature Film)

The Discoverers (2013)
The Hoax (2006)
I Was a Teenage Faust (2002)
Mephisto
The Hi-Line (1999)
Clyde Johnson
The Rockford Files: If It Bleeds... It Leads (1999)
The Lay of the Land (1997)
Carmine Ficcone
The Rockford Files: Murder and Misdemeanors (1997)
The Rockford Files: Godfather Knows Best (1996)
The Rockford Files: If the Frame Fits (1996)
Angel Martin
Mother Trucker: The Diana Kilmury Story (1996)
John
The Rockford Files: Friends and Foul Play (1996)
The Rockford Files: Punishment and Crime (1996)
Angel Martin
The Rockford Files: A Blessing in Disguise (1995)
The Rockford Files: I Still Love L.A. (1994)
Impolite (1993)
I.M. Penner
To Grandmother's House We Go (1992)
Detective Gremp
Guilty By Suspicion (1991)
Deep Sleep (1990)
Bye Bye Blues (1989)
Iron Eagle II (1988)
A Fine Mess (1986)
Running Hot (1984)
The Glitter Dome (1984)
A Killer in the Family (1983)
Class (1983)
S.O.B. (1981)
Gary Murdock
Days of Heaven (1978)
Mill Foreman
Perilous Voyage (1976)
The Big Bus (1976)
Futureworld (1976)
Lanigan's Rabbi (1976)
Rabbi David Small
The Gambler (1974)
The California Kid (1974)
Deputy
The Rockford Files (1974)
This Is the West That Was (1974)
Death Wish (1974)
A Summer Without Boys (1973)
Voice
Limbo (1972)
Phil Garrett
Kelly's Heroes (1970)
Little Joe
The Gamblers (1970)
Goldy
Don't Just Stand There! (1968)
Remy
Women of the Prehistoric Planet (1966)

Writer (Feature Film)

Grizzly Falls (1999)
From Story
A Man, a Woman and a Bank (1979)
Screenplay

Producer (Feature Film)

The Glitter Dome (1984)
Producer

Music (Feature Film)

The Glitter Dome (1984)
Music
The Long Summer of George Adams (1982)
Music
Evil Roy Slade (1972)
Music

Director (Special)

Pros and Cons (1986)
Director
Crazy Dan (1986)
Director
Dirkham Detective Agency (1983)
Director
Young Guy Christian (1979)
Director

Cast (Special)

James Garner: A Maverick Spirit (2000)
Three of a Kind (1989)
Crazy Dan (1986)
Dirkham Detective Agency (1983)
Happy Jack
Cops (1973)

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Vendetta: Secrets of a Mafia Bride (1991)

Writer (TV Mini-Series)

Vendetta: Secrets of a Mafia Bride (1991)
Screenplay

Life Events

1962

First recurring TV role on "Ensign O'Toole"

1972

Appeared alongside James Garner on "Nichols"

1974

Breakout performance as Evelyn "Angel" Martin on "The Rockford Files"

1978

Supporting role in "Days of Heaven"

2006

Cast in "The Hoax"

2012

Appeared alongside Richard Gere and Susan Surandon in "Arbitrage"

Bibliography