John Marley

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John Marley
Born (1907-10-17)October 17, 1907
New York City, New York, USA
Died May 22, 1984(1984-05-22) (aged 76)
Los Angeles, California
Cause of death
Complications from open-heart surgery
Resting place
Cedar Park Cemetery in Emerson, New Jersey
Occupation Actor
Years active 1947–1984
Spouse(s) Stanja Lowe (1951-1971)
3 children

John Marley (born Mortimer Marlieb,[1] October 17, 1907 – May 22, 1984) was an American actor who was known for his role as Phil Cavalleri in Love Story and as Jack Woltz— the defiant film mogul who awakens to find the severed head of his prized horse in his bed—in The Godfather (1972).[2] He starred in John Cassavetes' breakthrough feature Faces (1968)[2] and appeared in The Glitter Dome (1984).

Career[edit]

Marley was a prolific character actor, appearing in nearly 150 films and television series, including Bourbon Street Beat, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, Johnny Staccato, and CBS's anthology series, The Lloyd Bridges Show throughout a career that spanned forty-five years.

In 1960, he portrayed the Oglala Lakota Chief Crazy Horse on the episode "Escort Detail" of NBC's western series, Overland Trail, starring William Bendix and Doug McClure. In 1961, he guest starred as Josiah Brady in the episode "Hand of Vengeance", along with Denver Pyle, on the syndicated western series, Two Faces West. He was cast as George Campbell in the 1961 episode "Jerkwater" of the ABC western series, The Rebel, starring Nick Adams. In 1962 he played the role of murderer Matthew Owen in the Perry Mason episode, "The Case of the Angry Astronaut."

Marley was nominated for an Academy Award as Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his role in Love Story but lost to John Mills, who won for Ryan's Daughter. One of his most notable roles, albeit short, was that of film producer Jack Woltz in The Godfather. He played 'Max', a film producer who was a caring father figure to Burt Reynolds in the stuntman tribute, Hooper.[2]

He appeared in the popular television series, The Incredible Hulk as the father of the main character, David Banner, as D.W. Banner.

His son is actor Ben Marley, who has appeared in many films, including Jaws 2.

On stage, Marley appeared in the world premiere production of Edna St. Vincent Millay's poetry drama, Conversation At Midnight in 1961 in Los Angeles, in an ensemble cast which included James Coburn, Jack Albertson and Eduard Franz. The production was directed by Robert Gist and produced by Worley Thorne and Susan Davis.

Death[edit]

In 1984, Marley died at age 76 following open-heart surgery.[3] He is interred at Cedar Park Cemetery, in Emerson, New Jersey.

Selected filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1942 Native Land Thug With Crowbar credited
as John Marlieb
1958 I Want to Live! Father Devers
1963 A Child is Waiting Holland
America, America Garabet
The Wheeler Dealers Achilles Dimitros
1964 The Twilight Zone - The Old Man in the Cave Jason
1965 Cat Ballou Frankie Ballou
1968 Faces Richard Forst
1970 Love Story Phil Cavalleri
1972 The Godfather Jack Woltz
1974 Deathdream Charles Brooks
1976 W.C. Fields and Me Studio Head Bannerman
1977 The Car Sheriff Everett Peck
1978 Hooper Max Berns
1978 Greatest Heroes of the Bible Moses
1980 Tribute Lou Daniels
1981 The Amateur Molton
1982 Mother Lode Elijah
1986 On the Edge Elmo Glidden

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Marley, John". American National Biography Online. Oxford University Press. February 2000. Retrieved 11 December 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c Pareles, Jon (May 24, 1984). "JOHN MARLEY, ACTOR, AN OSCAR NOMINEE AND VENICE WINNER". The New York Times. 
  3. ^ Obituary Variety, May 30, 1984.

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