Tully Marshall

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Tully Marshall
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William Phillips

(1864-04-10)April 10, 1864
DiedMarch 10, 1943(1943-03-10) (aged 78)
Years active1914–1943
Spouse(s)Marion Fairfax (1899-1943; his death)

Tully Marshall (born William Phillips;[1] April 10, 1864 – March 10, 1943) was an American character actor. He had nearly a quarter century of theatrical experience before his debut film appearance in 1914.

Early years[edit]

Marshall was born in Nevada City, California. He attended private schools and Santa Clara College,[2] from which he graduated with an engineering degree.[3]


Marshall & Mabel Normand in The Slim Princess (1920)

Marshall began acting on the stage at 19, appearing in Saratoga at the Winter Garden in San Francisco on March 8, 1883.[2] He played a wide variety of roles on Broadway from 1887. His Broadway credits include The Clever Ones (1914).[4]

For several years, Marshall played with a variety of stock theater troupes, including both acting and being stage manager for E. H. Sothern's company.[2]

In 1909, appearing in Clyde Fitch's drama The City, he was the first actor to say "Goddamn" on Broadway.[5]


In 1914, Marshall arrived in Hollywood. His screen debut was in Paid in Full (1914).[2] 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. In one of his last films, This Gun for Hire, he plays a sinister treacherous nitrogen industrialist.

Personal life[edit]

Marshall was married to screenwriter and playwright Marion Fairfax.[3]


Marshall died on March 10, 1943, age 78, after a heart attack at his home in Encino, California. His grave is located in Hollywood Forever Cemetery.[1]

Selected 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. ^ a b Wilson, Scott (2016). Resting Places: The Burial Sites of More Than 14,000 Famous Persons, 3d ed. (2 volume set). McFarland. p. 481. ISBN 9780786479924. Retrieved November 30, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d Lowrey, Carolyn (1920). The First One Hundred Noted Men and Women of the Screen. Moffat, Yard. pp. 112–113. Retrieved November 30, 2016.
  3. ^ a b Katchmer, George A. (2002). A Biographical Dictionary of Silent Film Western Actors and Actresses. McFarland. p. 234. ISBN 9781476609058. Retrieved December 1, 2016.
  4. ^ "("Tully Marshall" search results)". Playbill Vault. Retrieved December 1, 2016.
  5. ^ 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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