Hugh Marlowe

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Hugh Marlowe
Hugh Marlowe in All About Eve.jpg
Marlowe in All About Eve (1950)
Hugh Herbert Hipple

(1911-01-30)January 30, 1911
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
DiedMay 2, 1982(1982-05-02) (aged 71)
New York City, NY, U.S.
Years active1936–1982
(m. 1941; div. 1946)

(m. 1946; div. 1968)

Rosemary Torri
(m. 1968)
Marlowe (center) as Ellery Queen with Santos Ortega and Marian Shockley in The Adventures of Ellery Queen, 1939

Hugh Marlowe (born Hugh Herbert Hipple, January 30, 1911 – May 2, 1982) was an American film, television, stage and radio actor.[1]


Early life and career[edit]

Marlowe was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was born Hugh Herbert Hipple. He was of primarily English ancestry, his family having been in what is now the northeastern United States since the early colonial period. Hipple had several ancestors on the Mayflower, through his father he was descended from Myles Standish through Standish's son Alexander Standish and he was also descended from Isaac Allerton and Isaac Allerton Jr. and American Revolutionary war hero Ichabod Alden through whom he is descended from John Alden. Through his mother he was descended from John Endecott.[2] He began his stage career in the 1930s at the Pasadena Playhouse in California, first under his birth name, then as John Marlowe.[3] He was first seen on the Broadway stage in New York City in Arrest That Woman (1936), permanently settling on Hugh Marlowe as his stage name.[4] His Broadway appearances included Kiss the Boys Goodbye, The Land Is Bright, Lady in the Dark, Laura, and Duet for Two Hands.[1]

In 1939 and 1940, Marlowe was a voice actor in two network radio programs. He performed the role of Jim Curtis in the soap opera Brenda Curtis, and he played the title character in the first radio version of The Adventures of Ellery Queen.[5]

Film and television career[edit]

Marlowe was usually a secondary lead or supporting actor in the films he appeared in. His first film was Brilliant Marriage (1936). His films included Meet Me in St. Louis (1944). For a time, he worked regularly for 20th Century Fox, appearing in Twelve O'Clock High (1949), All About Eve (1950), Night and the City (1950), The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951), Rawhide (1951), and Howard Hawks' Monkey Business (1952). His later films include Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956), Elmer Gantry (1960), Birdman of Alcatraz (1962), and Seven Days in May (1964).

Marlowe played a real person, the Reverend William Hyde, in the 1956 episode "Dig or Die, Brother Hyde" of the religion anthology series, Crossroads. In the 1957 episode, "Jhonakehunkga Called Jim", set in 1883, Marlowe plays the Reverend Jacob Stucki, who is dispatched to the mission at the Winnebago reservation. Marlowe guest starred in the 1961 episode "Mayberry on Record" of CBS's The Andy Griffith Show. In 1962, he played the part of Sam Garner in the episode "The Pitchwagon" on CBS's Rawhide.

Marlowe made six guest appearances on CBS's Perry Mason, starring Raymond Burr. Among those roles, he was cast as district attorney and Mason client Brander Harris in "The Case of the Fraudulent Foto," (1959) and as murder victim Commander James Page in "The Case of the Slandered Submarine" (1960). He also played murder victim Ernest Stone in "The Case of the Nebulous Nephew" (1963), a doctor Lambert in "The Case of The Sleepy Slayer" (1963) and murderer Guy Munford in "The Case of the Hasty Honeymooner" (1965). In 1964 Marlowe appeared as Clay Billings on The Virginian in the episode "The Intruders." Marlowe also performed as Donald Burton, a newspaper reporter, on a 1965 episode of Hazel titled "Hazel's Day in Court" and as pretentious TV documentarian Bainbridge Wells in Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1966).

In later years, Marlowe was a regular on the NBC television daytime drama Another World, the last of four actors who portrayed Matthews family patriarch Jim Matthews. Marlowe played the role from 1969 until his death in 1982.

Marlowe is often mistaken for lookalike actor Richard Carlson. Though the two men share a remarkable resemblance, they were not related.

Personal life[edit]

Marlowe was married three times, each time to an actress. Between 1941 and 1946, he was married to Edith Atwater, between 1946 and 1968 he was married to K.T. Stevens, with whom he had two sons, Jeffrey and Christian. From 1968 to his death, he was married to Rosemary Torri with whom he had one son, Hugh Michael II. [6]

Marlowe died in 1982 from a heart attack at the age of 71[7] and was buried at Ferncliff Cemetery and Mausoleum in Hartsdale, Westchester County, New York.[citation needed]

Partial filmography[edit]

Radio appearances[edit]


  1. ^ a b Ennis, Thomas W. (May 4, 1982). "Hugh Marlowe, 71, Actor of Stage and Screen". New York Times. Retrieved 27 January 2015.
  2. ^ Written Out of Television: The Encyclopedia of Cast Changes and Character Replacements, 1945-1994 by Steven Lance - Scarecrow Press, 1996
  3. ^ Hart, Enid, "Theatrical Chit-Chat," San Marino Tribune, March 13, 1936, p. 6
  4. ^ "Arrest That Woman" credits,
  5. ^ Dunning, John. (1998). On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-507678-3. Pp. 8–9, 118.
  6. ^ "Hugh Marlowe Plays 'Another World' Role", Schenectady Gazette, Aug 30, 1969
  7. ^ Obituary: "Hugh Marlowe, character actor", Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 5, 1982
  8. ^ Kirby, Walter (March 23, 1952). "Better Radio Programs for the Week". The Decatur Daily Review. p. 44. Retrieved May 21, 2015 – via open access

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