|Scott Gregory Marlowe|
June 24, 1932|
|Died||January 6, 2001(aged 68)|
|Occupation||Actor: film, television, and stage|
Early film career
Marlowe first appeared on film in the 1954 production of Attila, directed by Pietro Francisci. Two years later, he starred as John Goodwin in an episode of CBS's anthology series General Electric Theater hosted by future U.S. President Ronald W. Reagan.
Marlowe often took film roles of dysfunctional juveniles in a series of films made during the 1950s, including The Scarlet Hour (1956) as the young rebel Vincent, The Restless Breed (1957), a murder mystery set on the western Great Plains and directed by Allan Dwan, and Riot in a Juvenile Prison (1959), as Eddie Bassett. Marlowe matured in Hollywood when films turned toward more realistic dramas with new stars like Marlon Brando, James Dean, and Jeff Chandler. "Those early movies made me somewhat of a teen icon," Marlowe recalled.
In 1956, Marlowe appeared as Knox Cutler in the western film The Young Guns. In 1958, he began appearing in a number of television westerns, with his guest role of Jess "Little Elk" Carswell on NBC's Wagon Train with Ward Bond. In 1959, he portrayed the outlaw John Wesley Hardin, who reportedly killed forty-four men in the Old West, in the episode "The Turning Point" of ABC's Bronco starring Ty Hardin, a Warner Brothers Production.
In 1960, he appeared as "The Kid from Nowhere" in CBS's one-season Hotel de Paree starring Earl Holliman and Jeanette Nolan. That same year, he starred as Mickey Free in the episode "Apache Blood" of Clint Walker's ABC series, Cheyenne. He starred in 1960 as Clancy Jones in the episode "The Show-Off" in NBC's Law of the Plainsman starring Michael Ansara. He appeared on CBS's Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater
Marlowe guest starred three times in significant segments of Richard Boone's CBS western, Have Gun - Will Travel. In the 1961 episode "The Duke of Texas", Marlowe played an arrogant young Austrian nobleman named Franz, who seeks to succeed his proclaimed cousin, Maximilian, the murdered emperor of Mexico. Boone's character Paladin learns that Franz is an unknowing dupe of his advisor, Ludwig, (played by Eduard Franz) who has entered into a gun-running scheme with a Mexican bandit. The episode is remembered for a fencing match involving the character played by Albert Cavens, renowned handler of swords.
In a 1958 Have Gun appearance, Marlowe portrayed Roy Carter, a young man scheduled to be hanged though Paladin has found evidence of Carter's innocence. In a 1959 appearance on Have Gun, Marlowe plays the Indian Charley Red Dog, who holds a correspondence school diploma and seeks to be the marshal of the fictitious town of Santa Maria, New Mexico. In the course of the script, Red Dog is befriended by Paladin.
Marlowe appeared four times between 1963 and 1966 on James Arness's CBS western Gunsmoke. In 1964, Marlowe appeared as Lee Hewitt in the episode "The Roper" on NBC's most successful western, Bonanza. In 1970, he guest starred as Billy Kells in the episode "The Experiment" on CBS's Lancer series starring Andrew Duggan, James Stacy, and Wayne Maunder.
Drama and adventure series
In the 1960s, Marlowe continued to appear in drama and adventure series, often as a young man in trouble with the law or unwilling to adjust to societal mores. He appeared in the role of Les in the episode "Die Laughing" on ABC's Straightaway, a program about automobile racing starring Brian Kelly and John Ashley. Jack Klugman played Marlowe's father in the episode. Marlowe appeared twice in 1961 on ABC's Target: The Corruptors! crime drama in episodes "A Man's Castle" (as Tito) and "Mr. Meglomania" (as Phil Manzak). Also in 1961 Marlowe starred as Armand Fontaine a serial killer on the episode "Effigy in Snow" of CBS's Route 66.
He guest starred as Eliot Gray in the 1961 episode "The Throwback" of CBS's Alfred Hitchcock Presents. He appeared on Thriller starring Boris Karloff, Dr. Kildare with Richard Chamberlain, and The Detectives starring Robert Taylor, all on NBC.
In 1962, he appeared on CBS's detective series Checkmate with Anthony George, Doug McClure, and Sebastian Cabot. Other appearances in 1962 were on NBC's newspaper drama Saints and Sinners with Nick Adams and on ABC's Stoney Burke, a drama about a rodeo performer, in which Marlowe played the character Soames Hewitt in the episode "Point of Honor".
In 1962, Marlowe appeared in NBC's psychiatric drama, The Eleventh Hour, with Wendell Corey and Jack Ging, in the role of Stanley Filmore in the episode "Where Have You Been, Lord Randall, My Son?" His 1963 appearances were also on three ABC medical series: The Nurses, Ben Casey, and Breaking Point, the latter a psychiatric drama starring Paul Richards, in which Marlowe appeared as Jason Landros in the episode "Solo for B-Flat Clarinet".
He appeared twice on ABC's science fiction series The Outer Limits in the 1963-1964 season. Between 1966 and 1973, Marlowe appeared ten times on ABC's crime drama The F.B.I. starring Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. During this time, he also appeared on ABC's Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law with Arthur Hill and Lee Majors, NBC's Ironside with Raymond Burr, and CBS's Cannon with William Conrad, Mannix with Mike Connors, and Hawaii Five-O with Jack Lord, with whom he had worked a decade earlier on Stoney Burke.
He appeared six times as Nick Koslo on the 1976-1977 series Executive Suite and twice on CBS's Barnaby Jones with Buddy Ebsen in episodes "Friends Till Death" as Vincent Talbot and "Fatal Overture" as Peter Kirkland. He also guest starred on James Garner's The Rockford Files. His television work continued into the 1980s on ABC's Matt Houston and T. J. Hooker and on the longstanding NBC soap opera Days of Our Lives. In 1982, he appeared on NBC's Fame television series.
During the 1990s, Marlowe appeared as Al Brackman twice on NBC"s Matlock legal drama with Andy Griffith, on ABC's Father Dowling Mysteries with Tom Bosley, and on CBS's Jake and the Fatman, again with William Conrad. His most enduring work in the decade was in 1994 on sixty-five appearances as Michael Burke on the night-time soap opera Valley of the Dolls, based on the Jacqueline Susann novel also titled Valley of the Dolls. In 1995, Marlowe appeared as Avery Nugent in the episode "School for Murder" on Angela Lansbury's Sunday night mystery drama Murder, She Wrote.
His last active role was as Ambassador Silver in the 1999 action film Counter Measures.
Marlowe also appeared on stage. His most highly acclaimed such performance was at the Chicago Civic Theatre in a production of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman. Marlowe was a founding member of Theatre West in Los Angeles.
Marlowe died of a heart attack at the age of sixty-eight.
Marlowe never married. He lived in a modest residence house in Encino, Los Angeles, California. At the time of his death, Marlowe was reading film scripts and had approached Tom Hanks to see if the two could work together on a movie. "I'm such a fan of that boy," Marlowe said of Hanks.
- Some sources give his year of birth as 1934, instead of 1932, which would make his age at death sixty-six.
- "Scott Marlowe". imdb.com. Retrieved January 7, 2009.
- "Austin Mutti-Mewse, Scott Marlowe Obituary, February 6, 2001". London: The Independent (United Kingdom). February 6, 2001. Retrieved January 10, 2009.
- "Have Gun - Will Travel: Duke of Texas synopsis". Fandango.com. Retrieved January 16, 2009.
- "Have Gun - Will Travel on CBS – "The Hanging of Roy Carter"". TV Guide. Retrieved January 16, 2009.
- "Have Gun - Will Travel: Charley Red Dog". TV Guide. Retrieved January 16, 2009.
- Scott Marlowe at the University of Wisconsin's Actors Studio audio collection
- Scott Marlowe at the Internet Movie Database