Herbert Marshall

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Herbert Marshall
Herbert Marshall in The Letter trailer.jpg
in the trailer for
The Letter (1940)
Born Herbert Brough Falcon Marshall
(1890-05-23)23 May 1890
London, England, United Kingdom
Died 22 January 1966(1966-01-22) (aged 75)
Beverly Hills, California, U.S.
Years active 1911–1965
Spouse(s) Mollie Maitland (m. 1915–28) (divorced)
Edna Best (m. 1928–40) (divorced) 1 child
Lee Russell (m. 1940–?) (divorced) 1 child
Boots Mallory (m. 1947–58) (her death) 1 child
Dee Anne Kaufmann (m. 1960–66) (his death)

Herbert Marshall (23 May 1890 – 22 January 1966), born Herbert Brough Falcon Marshall, was an English actor.

Early life and war years[edit]

His parents were Percy F. Marshall and Ethel May Turner. He graduated from St. Mary's College in Old Harlow, Essex, England, and worked for a time as an accounting clerk. In the First World War Marshall was shot in the right knee[1] by a sniper and, after a succession of operations, doctors were forced to amputate his leg at the hip.[2] Throughout his career, Marshall managed to hide the fact very well that he had a prosthetic limb. He served in the London Scottish Regiment with fellow actors Basil Rathbone, Ronald Colman and Claude Rains.[3]


His stage debut took place in 1911, and he entered films with Mumsie (1927). Initially he played romantic leads and later character roles. The suave actor spent many years playing romantic leads opposite such stars as Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford, Marlene Dietrich and Bette Davis and starring in such classics as Trouble in Paradise (1932), The Painted Veil (1934), The Little Foxes (1941), and The Razor's Edge (1946). He was featured in both the 1929 and the more famous 1940 version of The Letter, first as the murdered lover, then the wronged husband.

He starred in a popular radio series, The Man Called X, from 1944 to 1952; he played a globetrotting American spy with an British accent. Other radio perfromances included his being featured in the audition of the Suspense series; the episode was "The Lodger," directed by Alfred Hitchcock within a program called Forecast" in 22 July 1940.

Personal life[edit]

He was married five times. He appeared in The Calendar, Michael and Mary, and The Faithful Heart with his second wife, Edna Best. To his fourth wife, Boots Mallory, he was married from 1947 until her death in 1958. Marshall had a daughter, Sarah, by Edna, and two other, younger children.


Marshall died on 22 January 1966 in Beverly Hills, California, of heart failure[4] and was buried at Chapel of the Pines Crematory in Los Angeles.

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ [1], Fade To Black: Google Books.
  2. ^ [2], Movie Star Medals.
  3. ^ Cottrell, John. Laurence Olivier. p. 156. ISBN 978-0-13-526152-1.
  4. ^ [3], Herbert Marshall.

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