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William Horace Marshall est un Acteur et Réalisateur Américain né le 19 aout 1924 à Gary (Etats-Unis)

William Horace Marshall

William Horace Marshall
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Nom de naissance William Horace Marshall
Nationalité Etats-Unis
Naissance 19 aout 1924 à Gary (Etats-Unis)
Mort 11 juin 2003 (à 78 ans) à Los Angeles (Etats-Unis)

William Horace Marshall, né le 19 août 1924 à Gary (Indiana) et mort le 11 juin 2003 à Los Angeles (Californie), est un acteur, réalisateur et chanteur d'opéra américain. Il est surtout connu pour avoir tenu le rôle-titre dans le classique du film de blaxploitation, Blacula, le vampire noir (1972), et sa suite, Scream Blacula Scream (1973), pour avoir été « le roi des dessins animés » dans le programme télévisé pour enfants Pee-wee's Playhouse, et pour avoir joué Dr Richard Daystrom dans la série télévisée originale de Star Trek. Particulièrement grand (1,98 mètre), il avait une remarquable voix de basse.


Early life and career
Marshall was born in Gary, Indiana, the son of Thelma (née Edwards) and Vereen Marshall, who was a dentist. He attended New York University as an art student, but then trained for a theatre career at the Actors Studio, at the American Theatre Wing, and with Sanford Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse.

He made his Broadway debut in 1944 in Carmen Jones. Among his many other Broadway appearances, he understudied Boris Karloff as Captain Hook in Peter Pan in 1950, then played the leading role of De Lawd in the 1951 revival of The Green Pastures (a role he repeated in a BBC telecast of the play in 1958).
He performed in Shakespeare plays many times on the stage in the U.S. and Europe, including the title role in at least six productions of Othello. His Othello (which was later captured in a video production in 1981), was called by Harold Hobson of the London Sunday Times "the best Othello of our time," continuing:

...nobler than [Godfrey] Tearle, more martial than [John] Gielgud, more poetic than [Frederick] Valk. From his first entry, slender and magnificently tall, framed in a high Byzantine arch, clad in white samite, mystic, wonderful, a figure of Arabian romance and grace, to his last plunging of the knife into his stomach, Mr Marshall rode without faltering the play's enormous rhetoric, and at the end the house rose to him.

Marshall even played Othello in a jazz musical version, Catch My Soul, with Jerry Lee Lewis as Iago, in Los Angeles in 1968.

He also portrayed the roles of Paul Robeson and Frederick Douglass on stage . Marshall had researched Douglass' life for years and portrayed him on television in Frederick Douglass: Slave and Statesman, which he co-produced in 1983.

Film and television career
Marshall's career on screen began in the 1952 film Lydia Bailey as a Haitian leader. He followed that with a prominent role as Glycon, comrade and fellow gladiator to Victor Mature in the 1954 film Demetrius and the Gladiators. His demeanor, voice and stature gave him a wide range, though he was ill-suited for the subservient roles that many black actors of his generation were most frequently offered. He was a leader of the Mau-Mau uprising in Something of Value (1957), and Attorney General Edward Brooke in The Boston Strangler (1968). He probably received the most notice for his role in the vampire film Blacula and its sequel Scream Blacula Scream. In later years, Marshall played the King of Cartoons on Pee-wee's Playhouse, replacing actor Gilbert Lewis, during the 1980s. (The character's catchphrase "Let...the cartoooon...begin!" became immensely popular.)

In the early 1950s, Marshall starred briefly in a series about black police officers, entitled Harlem Detective. The show was canceled when Marshall was named as a communist in the anti-communist newsletter Counterattack.

Despite the blacklisting because of his supposed communist connections, Marshall managed to continue appearing in both television and films. In 1962, Marshall appeared on the British spy series Danger Man in the episode titled "Deadline" and in 1964 Marshall played the role of of travelling opera singer Thomas Bowers on the Bonanza episode "Enter Thomas Bowers." Additionally in 1964, he appeared, with actor Ivan Dixon, as the leader of a newly independent African nation and as a T.H.R.U.S.H. agent in the first-season episode of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. entitled "The Vulcan Affair". In 1968 he appeared as Dr. Richard Daystrom in the Star Trek episode "The Ultimate Computer". In 1969, he had a special guest appearance as the character Amalek in an episode of The Wild Wild West entitled "The Night of the Egyptian Queen".

He also won two local Emmys for producing and performing in a PBS production, As Adam Early in the Morning, a theatre piece originally performed on stage. He also was featured in an episode of The Alfred Hitchcock Hour titled, "The Jar", with actors Pat Buttram and George Lindsey.

Later life and death
In addition to acting and producing, Marshall taught acting at various universities including the University of California, Irvine, and the Mufandi Institute, an African-American arts and music institution in the Watts section of Los Angeles. He did similar work at Chicago's ETA Creative Arts Foundation, which in 1992 named Marshall one of its Epic Men of the 20th century.

For 42 years, Marshall was the partner of Sylvia Gussin Jarrico, former wife of blacklisted screenwriter Paul Jarrico. Marshall died June 11, 2003, from complications arising from Alzheimer's disease and diabetes. He was survived by sons Tariq, Malcolm, and Claude Marshall and daughter Gina Loring. Eulogists at his funeral included Sidney Poitier, Ivan Dixon, Paul Winfield, and Marla Gibbs.

Marshall was considered by many to be a much underrated actor and one who never got his due. Some have remarked that Marshall should have had a much more successful and larger screen career, even saying that Marshall would have been a perfect choice for the role Thulsa Doom in Conan.

Lydia Bailey (1952)
Demetrius and the Gladiators (1954)
Something of Value (1957)
To Trap a Spy (1964)
The Hell with Heroes (1968)
The Boston Strangler (1968)
Skullduggery (1970)
Zig Zag (1970)
Honky (1971)
Blacula (1972)
Scream Blacula Scream (1973)
Abby (1974)
Twilight's Last Gleaming (1977)
Vasectomy: A Delicate Matter (1986)
Amazon Women on the Moon (1987)
Maverick (1994)
Sorceress (1995)

Ses meilleurs films

Les Gladiateurs (1954)

Le plus souvent avec

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Filmographie de William Horace Marshall (28 films)

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Sorceress (1995)
, 1h33
Réalisé par Jim Wynorski
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Thriller, Fantasy, Horreur
Thèmes Magie, Sexualité, Bisexualité, LGBT, Lesbianisme
Acteurs Larry Poindexter, Julie Strain, Linda Blair, Edward Albert, Rochelle Swanson, Michael Parks
Rôle John, le partenaire de Howard
Note41% 2.0747552.0747552.0747552.0747552.074755
An attorney (Larry Poindexter) is rising through the ranks at a prominent law firm due to his wife's black magic (Julie Strain). But he will to face a new case involving another sorceress (Linda Blair) who might make it hard for him.
Maverick (1994)
, 2h7
Réalisé par Richard Donner
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Comédie, Action, Aventure, Western
Thèmes Jeu, La musique, Musique, Poker
Acteurs Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, James Garner, Graham Greene, Alfred Molina, James Coburn
Rôle Riverboat Poker Player
Note69% 3.4988753.4988753.4988753.4988753.498875
Bret Maverick (Mel Gibson) est joueur de poker professionnel. Son talent lui attire plus d'ennemis que d'amis. En route pour le tournoi de poker du siècle, il rencontre Annabelle Bransford (Jodie Foster), une ravissante joueuse dénuée de tout scrupule, et Zane Cooper (James Garner), un sinistre marshal peu enclin au jeu. Le voyage s'annonce semé d'embûches jusqu'à la partie de poker la plus dangereuse que Maverick ait jamais eu à livrer.
Cheeseburger film sandwich, 1h25
Réalisé par Joe Dante, John Landis, Peter Horton, Carl Gottlieb, Robert K. Weiss
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Science-fiction, Comédie, Science-fiction humoristique
Thèmes L'espace, La télévision, Sur la Lune, Comédie de science-fiction, Space opera
Acteurs Arsenio Hall, Lou Jacobi, Griffin Dunne, Steve Forrest, Robert Colbert, Michelle Pfeiffer
Rôle Pirate Captain
Note61% 3.099983.099983.099983.099983.09998
Une suite de sketches réalisés par cinq célèbres réalisateurs des années 1980, avec comme fil conducteur le film imaginaire de science-fiction Amazon Women on the Moon dont la diffusion est sans cesse interrompue.
Vasectomy: A Delicate Matter
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Drame, Comédie
Acteurs Paul Sorvino, Abe Vigoda, Ina Balin, Lorne Greene, June Wilkinson, William Horace Marshall
Rôle Dr. Dean
Note41% 2.06262.06262.06262.06262.0626
After his wife gives birth to their eighth child, a bank executive reluctantly agrees to go through with a vasectomy.
Curtains, L'ultime Cauchemar, 1h30
Réalisé par Richard Ciupka
Origine Canada
Genres Thriller, Horreur, Policier, Slasher
Thèmes La télévision
Acteurs John Vernon, Linda Thorson, Samantha Eggar, Lynne Griffin, Lesleh Donaldson, William Horace Marshall
Rôle Attendant
Note56% 2.849582.849582.849582.849582.84958
Un réalisateur de films amène en week-end dans un manoir isolé, six jeunes actrices pour comparer leurs talents. Mais ce petit groupe devient la cible d'un tueur portant un masque de sorcière...
L'Ultimatum des trois mercenaires, 1h31
Réalisé par Robert Aldrich
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Thriller
Thèmes Politique, Arme nucléaire
Acteurs William Hootkins, Burt Lancaster, Richard Widmark, Charles Durning, Paul Winfield, William Smith
Rôle William Klinger - Attorney General
Note67% 3.397263.397263.397263.397263.39726
Lawrence Dell, ancien général de l'Armée de l'Air des États-Unis, s'empare d'une base nucléaire stratégique et exerce un chantage aux missiles : si le président des États-Unis ne révèle pas au peuple américain les véritables raisons de l'entrée en guerre au Viêt Nam, et si on ne verse pas une rançon à ses complices, tous anciens détenus, il rase plusieurs cibles en URSS.
Scream Blacula Scream, 1h36
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Action, Horreur
Thèmes Magie, Dracula, Vampire
Acteurs William Horace Marshall, Pam Grier, Don Mitchell, Michael Conrad, Richard Lawson, Lynne Moody
Rôle Comte Blacula / Prince Mamuwalde
Note57% 2.8548052.8548052.8548052.8548052.854805
Une prêtresse vaudou sur le point de mourir choisit comme héritier et successeur son fils adoptif, ce qui cause la colère de son fils légitime. Celui-ci parvient à acquérir le squelette du prince vampire Mamuwalde (alias comte Blacula) qu'il ramène à la vie dans l'espoir de l'utiliser pour assouvir sa vengeance. Toutefois, Blacula, une fois réveillé, le mord et le transforme en vampire-esclave. Pendant ce temps, un officier de police, féru d'occultisme et de croyances ancestrales africaines, enquête sur une série de meurtres causés justement par Blacula et sa horde de vampires…
Blacula, le vampire noir, 1h33
Réalisé par William Crain
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Thriller, Fantasy, Action, Horreur
Thèmes Magie, Religion, Dracula, Vampire
Acteurs William Horace Marshall, Vonetta McGee, Denise Nicholas, Gordon Pinsent, Thalmus Rasulala, Elisha Cook, Jr.
Rôle Mamuwalde / Blacula
Note56% 2.849982.849982.849982.849982.84998
En 1780, le Prince Mamuwalde est transformé en vampire après avoir rendu visite à Dracula. Condamné à vivre dans un cercueil, il est réveillé en 1972 et sème la terreur à Los Angeles.
Honky (1971)

Réalisé par William A. Graham
Genres Drame, Romance
Acteurs Brenda Sykes, Lincoln Kilpatrick, William Horace Marshall, Marion Ross, Glynn Turman, John Hillerman
Rôle Dr. Craig Smith
Note49% 2.498932.498932.498932.498932.49893
It depicts the love story of an interracial high school couple. The tagline for the movie was "A love story... of hate". It was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Original Song for "Something More" by Quincy Jones and Bradford Craig.
Zigzag (1970)
, 1h45
Réalisé par Richard Colla
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Drame, Thriller, Policier
Acteurs George Kennedy, Anne Jackson, Eli Wallach, Steve Ihnat, William Horace Marshall, Charlene Holt
Rôle Morris Bronson
Note60% 3.0055153.0055153.0055153.0055153.005515
Kennedy plays Paul Cameron, an insurance executive who finds out he has a brain tumor. His family will receive nothing under his current policies, but there is a huge reward for information leading to the arrest of the murderer of a businessman. Cameron frames himself for the murder in the hopes of collecting the reward money for his wife in an anonymous bank account. Cameron is found guilty and sentenced to death, but then is cured of the disease, and escapes in order to find the real killer and clear his name.
Skullduggery, 1h45
Réalisé par Gordon Douglas
Genres Aventure
Thèmes La mer, Transport, Adaptation d'une œuvre littéraire de science-fiction
Acteurs Burt Reynolds, Susan Clark, Roger C. Carmel, Edward Fox, Paul Hubschmid, Chips Rafferty
Rôle Attorney General
Note46% 2.3246052.3246052.3246052.3246052.324605
On an expedition in Papua New-Guinea, Tropis, a tribe of apelike creatures are being used quickly as slaves by humans. As one of the Tropis is allegedly murdered, The following murder trial centers round the question: are the Tropis a form of humans or a form of animals. The question is a form of the Sorites paradox.
Le Masque de Sheba, 1h40
Réalisé par David Lowell Rich
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Aventure
Acteurs Eric Braeden, Stephen Young, Walter Pidgeon, Inger Stevens, Joseph Wiseman, William Horace Marshall
Rôle le capitaine Condor Sekallie
Note66% 3.3074253.3074253.3074253.3074253.307425
Une expédition de recherche part en Éthiopie afin de retrouver un masque d'or caché dans les régions sauvages et qui a une valeur inestimable...