John Marley in The Godfather as Jack Woltz.
October 17, 1907
New York City, U.S.
|Died||May 22, 1984 (aged 76)|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Resting place||Cedar Park Cemetery|
|Spouse(s)||Stanja Lowe (1951–1971) (3 children)|
Sandra Marley (1975–1984) (his death) (1 child)
John Marley (born Mortimer Marlieb, 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). He starred in John Cassavetes' feature Faces (1968) and appeared in The Glitter Dome (1984).
Film and television
Marley was a prolific character actor, appearing in nearly 150 films and television series during a career that spanned forty-five years. TV series included The Web, Peter Gunn, Johnny Staccato, Bourbon Street Beat, Rawhide, The Untouchables, Sea Hunt, 77 Sunset Strip, The Lloyd Bridges Show, Dr. Kildare, The Outer Limits, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, The Twilight Zone, Gunsmoke, The Wild Wild West, Mannix, Bonanza, Ironside, The Name of the Game, The F.B.I., Cannon, McCloud, Kolchak: The Night Stalker, Baretta, Barnaby Jones, and Hawaii Five-0.
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."
One of Marley's most notable roles, albeit short, was that of film producer Jack Woltz in The Godfather. He played Max Berns, a film producer who was a caring father figure to Burt Reynolds in the stuntman tribute, Hooper.
In the late 70s, he appeared in the third season of the popular television series, The Incredible Hulk as D.W. Banner, the father of the main character, David Banner, in the "Homecoming" episode.
Marley's Broadway credits include The Investigation (1966), Sing Till Tomorrow (1953), The Strong Are Lonely (1953), Skipper Next to God (1947), and Johnny Doodle (1942). Elsewhere 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.
In 1968, Marley won the Volpi Cup for Best Actor at the Venice Film Festival for his work in Faces. In 1970, he 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. He was also nominated for a 1971 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting role in Any Motion Picture for his work in Love Story.
|1942||Native Land||Thug With Crowbar||Uncredited|
as John Marlieb
|1947||Kiss of Death||Prisoner in Spinning Mill||Uncredited|
|1948||The Naked City||Managing Editor||Uncredited|
|1950||Ma and Pa Kettle Go to Town||Second Cab Driver||Uncredited|
|1952||My Six Convicts||Knotty Johnson|
|1953||The Joe Louis Story||Mannie Seamon|
|1955||The Square Jungle||Tommy Dillon - Referee|
|1958||I Want to Live!||Father Devers|
|1960||Pay or Die||D. Caputo, Ragman|
|Sea Hunt||Season 3, Episode 31|
|1961||Sea Hunt||Season 4, Episode 28|
|1962||The Twilight Zone - Kick the Can||Mr. Cox|
|1963||A Child Is Waiting||Holland|
|The Wheeler Dealers||Achilles Dimitros|
|1964||The Twilight Zone - The Old Man in the Cave||Jason|
|1965||Nightmare in the Sun||Hogan, Gas station owner|
|Cat Ballou||Frankie Ballou|
|The Lollipop Cover||George|
|In Enemy Country||Rausch|
|1970||A Man Called Sledge||Old Man|
|Love Story||Phil Cavalleri||Nominated—Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor|
|1971||Clay Pigeon||Police Captain|
|1972||The Dead Are Alive||Nikos Samarakis|
|The Godfather||Jack Woltz|
|1976||W.C. Fields and Me||Studio Head Bannerman|
|1977||The Car||Sheriff Everett Peck|
|1977||Hawaii Five-O||"Tread the King's Shadow"||Noah|
|The Greatest||Dr. Ferdie Pacheco|
|The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover||Dave Hindley|
|1978||Greatest Heroes of the Bible||Moses|
|It Lives Again||Mr. Mallory|
|1986||On the Edge||Elmo Glidden||(final film role)|
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- Obituary Variety, May 30, 1984.
- Resting Places
- "Volpi Cup for Best Actor". Carnival of Venice. Archived from the original on 26 August 2017. Retrieved 26 August 2017.
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