Larry Marshall (actor)

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Larry Marshall
Born (1943-04-03) April 3, 1943 (age 78)[1]
Alma materFordham University
Xavier University
New England Conservatory of Music
OccupationActor • singer
Years active1966–present
Spouse(s)Jeannine Otis

Larry Marshall (born April 3, 1943) is an American actor and singer.[4][5] He is known for his work in musical theatre and film.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Marshall was born in 1944 in Spartanburg, South Carolina,[2] and raised in South Carolina and New York.[3][4] As a child, he created a doo-wop group called the Dell Chords with other kids in the neighborhood.[5] He later studied at Fordham University, Xavier University, and the New England Conservatory of Music.[5]


During junior year at the New England Conservatory, Marshall won a chorus role in Porgy and Bess, which he toured internationally.[5][6] After graduation, he continued to perform in the opera, touring nationally and on Broadway, eventually earning Tony and Drama Desk award nominations for his portrayal of Sportin' Life.[5] He continued to play this role into the 1990s.[3] Marshall's other Broadway appearances include Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Full Monty, and The Color Purple.[5] He also performed in the New York Shakespeare Festival.[2]

Marshall's film roles include Cab Calloway in The Cotton Club and Simon Zealotes in Jesus Christ Superstar.[5] Calloway praised Marshall's portrayal of him in The Cotton Club.[7] In the 2015 documentary Superstars, Marshall reunited with fellow Jesus Christ Superstar cast members, including Ted Neeley (who produced the documentary), Yvonne Elliman, and Josh Mostel.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Larry lives in Staten Island, NY with his long-time partner, Jeannine Otis.[5]

Theatrical performances (selected)[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1968 Hair Berger [9]
1971 Two Gentlemen of Verona Valentine [9]
1976, 1983 Porgy and Bess Sportin' Life [9]
1976 Rockabye Hamlet Hamlet [9]
1981 Oh, Brother! Revolutionary Leader [9][10]
2001 The Full Monty Noah "Horse" T. Simmons [9][11]
2006 The Color Purple Ol' Mister [9]
2008 Xanadu Danny [5][12]
2013 Pullman Porter Blues Monroe [13][14]
2017 Waitress Joe

Filmography (selected)[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1973 Jesus Christ Superstar Simon Zealotes [5]
1984 The Cotton Club Cab Calloway [5]


  1. ^ "Larry Marshall". Retrieved April 23, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d Hischak, Thomas S. (June 2, 2008). The Oxford Companion to the American Musical: Theatre, Film, and Television. Oxford University Press. p. 471. ISBN 9780195335330.
  3. ^ a b c Breslauer, Jan (June 7, 1995). "A Real Sportin' Career : Although Starring in 'Porgy' Several Times Since the '60s, Tenor Larry Marshall Has No Trouble Finding New Fodder". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 23, 2017.
  4. ^ a b Fressola, Michael J. (March 23, 2014). "Staten Island actor-singer Larry Marshall: How I do what I do on Broadway and beyond". Retrieved April 23, 2017.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Staten Island's dynamic duo: Larry Marshall and Jeannine Otis". October 24, 2012. Retrieved April 23, 2017.
  6. ^ "Larry Marshall Performs A Lincoln Portrait with Downtown Music Productions 2/12". Broadway World. January 30, 2017. Retrieved April 24, 2017.
  7. ^ "Celebrities Jam Theater". Jet. Johnson Publishing Company. December 24, 1984. p. 56. Retrieved April 24, 2017.
  8. ^ Hetrick, Adam (December 24, 2015). "New Documentary Explores Making of Jesus Christ Superstar Film and Profiles Original Stars". Playbill. Retrieved April 23, 2017.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g "Larry Marshall". Playbill. Retrieved April 23, 2017.
  10. ^ Rich, Frank (November 11, 1981). "The Stage: 'Oh, Brother!,' A Musical". The New York Times. Retrieved April 24, 2017.
  11. ^ "Blacks Starring Big". Jet. Johnson Publishing Company. June 17, 2002. p. 64. Retrieved April 23, 2017.
  12. ^ Bacalzo, Dan (March 6, 2009). "Xanadu to Close in Chicago on March 29". Theater Mania. Retrieved April 23, 2017.
  13. ^ Levitt, Aimee (September 12, 2013). "Larry Marshall on his role in Pullman Porter Blues". Chicago Reader. Retrieved April 24, 2017.
  14. ^ "'Pullman Porter Blues' Travels Back In Time". NPR. December 6, 2012. Retrieved April 24, 2017.

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