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, U.S.
Years active1936–1982
(m. 1941; div. 1946)

(m. 1946; div. 1968)

Rosemary Torri
(m. after 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 began his stage career in the 1930s at the Pasadena Playhouse in California. He was first seen on the stage in New York City in Arrest That Woman (1936). 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.[2]

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.[3][unreliable source?] 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.[4][unreliable source?] 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), 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, he 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 frequently confused with actor Richard Carlson.[citation needed] Despite a remarkable physical and vocal resemblance, the two actors 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. [5]

Marlowe died in 1982 from a heart attack at the age of 71[6] and was buried at Ferncliff Cemetery and Mausoleum in Hartsdale, Westchester County, New York. [7]

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. ^ 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.
  3. ^ "Dig or Die, Brother Hyde". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved February 15, 2013.
  4. ^ "Mayberry on Record", February 13, 1961". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved July 15, 2017.
  5. ^ "Hugh Marlowe Plays 'Another World' Role" Schenectady Gazette, Aug 30, 1969
  6. ^ Obituary: "Hugh Marlowe, character actor", Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 5, 1982
  7. ^ NNDB
  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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