John Marley in The Godfather as Jack Woltz.
October 17, 1907
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Died||May 22, 1984
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||Complications from open-heart surgery|
|Resting place||Cedar Park Cemetery in Emerson, New Jersey|
|Spouse(s)||Stanja Lowe (1951-1971) (3 children)
Sandra Marley (1975-1984) (his death) (1 child)
|Children||Ben Marley, Peter Marley, Julia Marley, Alexis Marley (2nd marriage)|
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).
Marley served in the United States Army during World War II. Marley was a prolific character actor, appearing in nearly 150 films and television series, including Bourbon Street Beat, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, Hawaii Five-0, Johnny Staccato, and CBS's anthology series, The Lloyd Bridges Show throughout a career that spanned forty-five years.
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."
Marley 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. One of his most notable roles, albeit short, was that of film producer Jack Woltz in The Godfather. He played 'Max', a film producer who was a caring father figure to Burt Reynolds in the stuntman tribute, Hooper.
He appeared in the popular television series, The Incredible Hulk as the father of the main character, David Banner, as D.W. Banner.
His son is actor Ben Marley, who has appeared in many films, including Jaws 2.
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.
|1942||Native Land||Thug With Crowbar||credited
as John Marlieb
|1947||Kiss of Death||Prisoner in Spinning Mill|
|1958||I Want to Live!||Father Devers|
|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||Cat Ballou||Frankie Ballou|
|1970||Love Story||Phil Cavalleri||Nominated—Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor|
|1972||The Godfather||Jack Woltz|
|1976||W.C. Fields and Me||Studio Head Bannerman|
|1977||The Car||Sheriff Everett Peck|
|1977||The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover||Dave Hindley|
|1978||Greatest Heroes of the Bible||Moses|
|1978||It Lives Again||Mr. Mallory|
|1986||On the Edge||Elmo Glidden|
- "Marley, John". American National Biography Online. Oxford University Press. February 2000. Retrieved 11 December 2014.
- Pareles, Jon (May 24, 1984). "JOHN MARLEY, ACTOR, AN OSCAR NOMINEE AND VENICE WINNER". The New York Times.
- Obituary Variety, May 30, 1984.