Marshall Thompson

Marshall Thompson

Highest Rated: 100% To Hell and Back (1955)

Lowest Rated: 20% Words and Music (1948)

Birthday: Nov 27, 1925

Birthplace: Not Available

A proud descendant of U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall, Marshall Thompson moved from his home town of Peoria, Illinois to the West Coast when his dentist father's health began to flag. Intending to follow his father's example by taking pre-med at Occidental Junior college, Thompson was sidetracked by a love of performing, inherited from his concert-singer mother. His already impressive physique pumped by several summers as a rodeo-rider and cowpuncher, Thompson was offered a $350-per-week contract by Universal studios in 1943. He accepted, expecting to use the money to pay for his college tuition. As it happened, Thompson never returned to the halls of academia; from 1944 onward he worked steadily as a film actor at Universal, 20th Century-Fox, MGM and other studios, sometimes as a lead, more often in supporting roles. For a while, he was typed as a mental case after convincingly portraying a psycho killer in MGM's Dial 119 (1950). He also acted in something like 250 TV programs, and for eight weeks in 1953 co-starred with Janet Blair in the Broadway play A Girl Can Tell. The boyish enthusiasm of his early screen roles a thing of the past, Thompson provided maturity and authority to his two-dimensional roles in such Saturday-matinee melodramas as Cult of the Cobra (1955), It! The Terror From Beyond Space (1958), Fiend Without a Face (1958), and First Man Into Space (1959), assignments that indirectly led to his first TV-series starring stint as the miniaturized hero of World of Giants (1959). In 1960, Thompson briefly went the "dumb sitcom husband" route in the weekly Angel. In 1961, the staunchly patriotic Thompson starred in and directed the low-budget feature A Yank in Vietnam, which he would later insist, with some justification, was the first up-close-and-personal study of that unfortunate Asian conflict (alas, good intentions do not always make good films; abysmally bad, Yank in Vietnam lay on the shelf until 1965). During the early 1960s, Thompson worked in close association with producer Ivan Tors as an actor and director of animal-oriented short subjects. The actor's fascination with African wildlife was later manifested in his two-year starring stint on Tors' TV series Daktari (1966-68), an outgrowth of the feature film Clarence the Cross-Eyed Lion, in which Thompson both starred and collaborated on the script. After playing character parts in such films as The Turning Point (1977) and The Formula (1980), Thompson spent the bulk of the 1980s in Africa, where he assembled the internationally syndicated documentary series Orphans of the Wild. While on a visit to Michigan in 1992, Marshall Thompson died of congestive heart failure.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet A Soldier's Peace Director 2008
No Score Yet Chi Lites Live Actor 2006
No Score Yet Chi-Lites - Live in Concert Actor 2006
No Score Yet Dallas: The Early Years Dr. Ted Johnson 1986
No Score Yet Bog Dr. Brad Wednesday 1983
92% White Dog Director 1982
30% The Formula Geologist 1980
No Score Yet Cruise into Terror Actor 1978
64% The Turning Point Carter 1977
No Score Yet George Actor 1970
No Score Yet Around the World Under the Sea Dr. Orin Hillyard 1966
No Score Yet Clarence, the Cross-Eyed Lion Dr. Marsh Tracy Screenwriter 1965
No Score Yet The Mighty Jungle Marsh Connors 1964
No Score Yet No Man Is an Island Jonn Sonnenberg 1962
No Score Yet Flight of the Lost Balloon Doctor Farady 1961
No Score Yet First Man into Space Cmdr. C.E. Prescott 1959
69% It! The Terror From Beyond Space Carruthers 1958
No Score Yet Lure of the Swamp Simon Lewt 1958
67% Fiend Without a Face Director Maj. Cummings 1957
No Score Yet Good Morning, Miss Dove Wilfred Banning 'Wolf' Pendleton III 1955
No Score Yet Cult of the Cobra Tom Markel 1955
No Score Yet Crashout Billy Lang 1955
100% To Hell and Back Johnson 1955
No Score Yet Battle Taxi 2nd Lt. Tim Vernon 1955
83% The Caddy Bruce Reeber 1953
No Score Yet My Six Convicts (My 6 Convicts) Blivens Scott 1952
No Score Yet The Rose Bowl Story Steve Davis 1952
100% The Tall Target Lance Beaufort 1951
No Score Yet The Basketball Fix Johnny Long 1951
No Score Yet Dial 1119 (The Violent Hour) Gunther Wyckoff 1950
No Score Yet Devil's Doorway Rod MacDougall 1950
No Score Yet Mystery Street Henry Shanway 1950
No Score Yet Stars in My Crown Narrator 1950
75% Battleground Jim Layton 1949
No Score Yet Roseanna McCoy Tolbert McCoy 1949
20% Words and Music Herbert Fields 1948
No Score Yet Command Decision Capt. George W.B. Le 1948
No Score Yet Homecoming Sgt. McKeen 1948
No Score Yet Romance of Rosy Ridge Ben MacBean 1947
No Score Yet The Secret Heart Brandon Reynolds 1946
No Score Yet Bad Bascomb Jimmy Holden 1946
No Score Yet The Cockeyed Miracle Jim Griggs 1946
No Score Yet The Show-Off Joe Fisher 1946
91% They Were Expendable Ens. Snake Gardner 1945
No Score Yet The Valley of Decision Ted Scott 1945
100% The Clock Bill 1945
No Score Yet Blonde Fever Freddie Bilson 1944
No Score Yet The Purple Heart Morrison 1944


No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
Ward Silloway 1989
No Score Yet Quincy, M.E.
Dr. Henry George Harris 1979
No Score Yet Charlie's Angels
Meadows 1977
No Score Yet Ironside
Tom Ames 1974
No Score Yet The Streets of San Francisco
Father Carey 1973
No Score Yet The Partridge Family
Dr. Milstead 1971
No Score Yet Perry Mason
Poe 1960
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
Fields 1958


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