E. G. Marshall

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For the American Union Army general with the same first initials, see Elisha Marshall.
E. G. Marshall
E.G. Marshall.jpg
Portrait, circa late 1940s
Born Everett Eugene Grunz
(1914-06-18)June 18, 1914
Owatonna, Minnesota, U.S.
Died August 24, 1998(1998-08-24) (aged 84)
Bedford, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1945–1998
Spouse(s) Judith Coy (?-1998)
Emy de Haze Winkelman
Helen Wolf (1939-1953)

E. G. Marshall (June 18, 1914 – August 24, 1998) was an American actor, best known for his television roles as the lawyer Lawrence Preston on The Defenders in the 1960s and as neurosurgeon David Craig on The Bold Ones: The New Doctors in the 1970s. Among his film roles he is perhaps best known as the unflappable, conscientious "Juror #4" in Sidney Lumet's courtroom drama 12 Angry Men (1957).[1][2][3]

Early life and career[edit]

Marshall was born Everett Eugene Grunz in Owatonna, Minnesota, the son of Hazel Irene (née Cobb; 1892–1975) and Charles G. Grunz (1882–1959). His paternal grandparents were German.[4] During his life, he chose not to reveal what "E. G." stood for, telling most people it stood for "Everybody's Guess".[5] According to the Social Security Death Index, even his Social Security card showed his full name as: "E G Marshall".[6] He attended both Carleton College and the University of Minnesota.

Although most familiar for his later television and movie roles, Marshall also had a distinguished Broadway career. In 1948, having already appeared in the original New York productions of The Skin of Our Teeth and The Iceman Cometh, Marshall would join Marlon Brando, Montgomery Clift, Julie Harris, Kim Stanley, and 45 others to make up the first group of actors granted membership in the newly formed Actors Studio.[7]

As Macbeth in 1973, Virginia Museum Theater

In subsequent years, he'd land the leading roles in The Crucible and Waiting for Godot.[8] In 1973, he returned to the live stage to play the title role in a highly praised production of Macbeth in Richmond, Virginia, under the direction of Keith Fowler.[9] From January 1974 until February 1982, Marshall was the original host of the popular nightly radio drama, The CBS Radio Mystery Theater.[10]

Personal life and death[edit]

Marshall was married three times. He had seven children in all, including Jed, Sarah, Jill, Degen, and Sam. He died of lung cancer in Bedford, New York, on August 24, 1998. His grave is in the Middle Patent Rural Cemetery, located in the hamlet of Banksville, a part of the town of North Castle, New York.

As a member of the Committee for National Health Insurance, E. G. Marshall was a long-time advocate for government-provided health care in the United States.[11] During the 1968 United States presidential campaign, he filmed and narrated a political advertisement endorsing Democratic candidate Hubert Humphrey.[12]

Partial filmography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Norwegian American Actor E. G. Marshall
  2. ^ E. G. Marshall (livetvcenter.com)
  3. ^ Everett Eugene Grunz (Minnesota Birth Index)
  4. ^ Everett Eugene Grunz Marshall (rootsweb.com)
  5. ^ Irving Wallace, David Wallechinsky, Amy Wallace and Sylvia Wallace, The Book of Lists 2 (1980): Famous Initials
  6. ^ "Social Security Death Master File info for E G Marshall #354-05-6094". 2011. Retrieved 5 June 2013. 
  7. ^ Dick Kleiner: "The Actors Studio: Making Stars Out of the Unknown," The Sarasota Journal (Friday, December 21, 1956), p. 26. "That first year, they interviewed around 700 actors and picked 50. In that first group were people like Marlon Brando, Montgomery Clift, Tom Ewell, John Forsythe, Julie Harris, Kim Hunter, Karl Malden, E.G. Marshall, Margaret Phillips, Maureen Stapleton, Kim Stanley, Jo Van Fleet, Eli Wallach, Ray Walston and David Wayne."
  8. ^ E. G. Marshall (ibdb.com)
  9. ^ # ^ Stage - Fowler 'Macbeth' - A Vigorous Production Staged in Richmond The Cast - Article - NYTimes.com
  10. ^ E. G. Marshall (Norwegian Hall of Fame)
  11. ^ (Committee for National Health Insurance)
  12. ^ Humphrey campaign ad

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