Theo Marcuse appearing in an episode of The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
August 2, 1920
Washington, D.C., U.S.
|Died||November 29, 1967
Hollywood, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||road accident|
|Resting place||Golden Gate National Cemetery|
Theodore "Theo" Marcuse (August 2, 1920 – November 29, 1967) was an American character actor who appeared frequently on television in the 1950s and 1960s. His sinister, hulking countenance was enhanced by a shaven head that accentuated his elephantine ears.
Life and career
Marcuse was born in Washington, D.C. of Irish parentage to a successful fur designer. He grew up in San Francisco and received a master's degree in classical literature from Stanford University. He served with the Navy during World War II and was awarded a Silver Star, Bronze Star Medal, and a Presidential Unit Citation for his heroics while serving as a lieutenant on the famed submarine USS Tirante. Other officers on board included future Massachusetts governor Endicott Peabody and author Edward L. Beach, Jr., who wrote the submarine classic Run Silent, Run Deep.
His love for William Shakespeare's plays led to a desire to act on the stage. He trained under Guthrie McClintic in his theatre company, along with Charlton Heston, and appeared on Broadway with Katharine Cornell, Maurice Evans and others. On television he appeared on many series, including The Outer Limits, The Wild Wild West, Have Gun – Will Travel, Bonanza, Hogan's Heroes (1967; episode: "The Hostage", as General von Heiner), Batman, Star Trek (episode "Catspaw"), The Time Tunnel, I Spy, The Monkees, Perry Mason, Peter Gunn, The Untouchables, The Twilight Zone episodes "The Trade-Ins" and "To Serve Man", and The Man from U.N.C.L.E. episodes "The Re-collectors Affair," "The Minus-X Affair," and "The Pieces of Fate Affair". His film career included roles in The Two Little Bears (1961), Hitler (1962, as Julius Streicher), A Tiger Walks (1964), The Cincinnati Kid (1965), Mara of the Wilderness (1965), Harum Scarum (1965), The Last of the Secret Agents? (1966), The Wicked Dreams of Paula Schultz (1968) and The Picasso Summer (1969).
- The Desperate Women (1954) - Arzt
- The 27th Day (1957) - Col. Gregor (uncredited)
- Jeanne Eagels (1957) - Dr. Richards (uncredited)
- Operation Eichmann (1961) - Captain Felsner
- The Two Little Bears (1961) - Janos
- Hitler (1962) - Julius Streicher
- For Love or Money (1963) - Artist
- Sands of Beersheba (1964) - Nuri
- A Tiger Walks (1964) - Josef Pietz
- Mara of the Wilderness (1965) - Felix
- Harum Scarum (1965) - Sinan
- The Last of the Secret Agents? (1966) - Zoltan Schubach
- The Glass Bottom Boat (1966) - Gregor - Spy with Cigar (uncredited)
- The Wicked Dreams of Paula Schultz (1968) - Owl
- The Picasso Summer (1969) - The Host (final film role)