Alan Marshal (actor)

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Alan Marshal
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Marshal in House on Haunted Hill (1959)
Born (1909-01-29)29 January 1909
Woolahra, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Died 9 July 1961(1961-07-09) (aged 52)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Cause of death Heart Attack
Resting place Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale)
Occupation Actor
Years active 1932—1961
Spouse(s) ? Marshal (?-?) (divorced) 1 child
Mary Grace Borel (1938-1961) (his death) 1 child

Alan Marshal (29 January 1909 – 9 July 1961) was an actor who performed on stage in the United States and in Hollywood films.

Personal life[edit]

Born Alan M Willey in Sydney, Australia, he was the son of popular Queensland stage actress Irby (Agnes) Marshall and English actor-producer Leonard Willey. The family left Australia in mid 1914, when he was four years old.[1][2] Irby and Leonard continued their successful careers on the stage in the United States and Alan reportedly first appeared on Broadway in The Swan, at age 15.[3]

According to his son, Kit, Marshal was spotted by a studio scout while performing in a play in New York and was asked to do a screen test for Selznick International Studios.[4]

During his film career he co-starred with Marlene Dietrich, Irene Dunne, Greta Garbo, Ginger Rogers, and Mae West.

Complete filmography[edit]


Marshal eloped with socialite Mary Grace Borel (born 31 October 1915, San Francisco – died 18 May 1998, Los Angeles) in 1938. Their son, Kit Marshal, was born on 2 December 1939.


He died from a heart attack while appearing in Chicago with Mae West in a production of her play "Sextette". He was 52 years old. His interment was at Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California.


  1. ^ Truth (Brisbane, Qld. : 1900 - 1954), Sun 27 Sep 1914 Page 2 "In and Out of Society" Accessed 12 January 2017
  2. ^ Andrew Pike and Ross Cooper note that Willey and Marshal appeared in several Australian films made in 1912 - including The Strangler's Grip and The Mystery of the Black Pearl. Andrew Pike & Ross Cooper (1980) Australian Film 1900-1977 P.43-45. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0 19 554213 4
  3. ^ News (Adelaide, SA : 1923 - 1954), Thu 9 Mar 1939 Page 14 "ACTOR FROM AUSTRALIA" Accessed 12 January 2017. (He may have performed as Alan Willey)
  4. ^ Alan Marshal Biography. Kit Marshal Accessed 12 January 2017

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