Tully Marshall

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Tully Marshall
Tully Marshall.jpg
Born William Phillips
(1864-04-10)April 10, 1864
Nevada City, California, U.S.
Died March 10, 1943(1943-03-10) (aged 78)
Encino, California, U.S.
Years active 1914–1943
Spouse(s) Marion Fairfax (1899-1943; his death)

William Phillips (April 10, 1864 – March 10, 1943) was an American character actor known as Tully Marshall, with nearly a quarter century of theatrical experience behind before he made his first film appearance in 1914.


Tully Marshall & Mabel Normand in The Slim Princess (1920), directed by Victor Schertzinger.

Marshall began acting on the stage at 19, and played a wide variety of roles on Broadway from 1887. In 1902, appearing in Clyde Fitch's drama The City, he was the first actor to say "Goddamn" on Broadway.[1]

In 1914, he arrived in Hollywood where he made an immediate impact. By the time D. W. Griffith cast him as the High Priest of Bel in Intolerance (1916), he had already appeared in a number of silent films.

His career continued to thrive during the sound era and he remained busy for the remaining three decades of his life. He played a vast array of drunken trail scouts, lovable grandpas, unforgiving fathers, sinister attorneys and lecherous aristocrats. Marshall was married to screenwriter and playwright Marion Fairfax.

He died on March 10, 1943 after a heart attack at his home in Encino, California aged 78. His grave is located in Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

Partial filmography[edit]

Stage plays[edit]

  • Because She Loved Him So (1899)
  • Sky Farm (1902)
  • Hearts Aflame (1902)
  • The Best of Friends (1903)
  • An African Millionaire (1904)
  • Just Out of College (1905)
  • The Stolen Story (1906)
  • The Builders (1907)
  • Paid in Full (1908)
  • The City (1910)
  • The Talker (1912)
  • The Girl and the Pennant (1913)
  • The House of Bondage (1914)
  • The Clever Ones (1915)
  • The Trap (1915)


  1. ^ Saying it facing the audience would have been too shocking for the era – Marshall had to turn his back.[citation needed]

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