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Marshall Thompson

Highest Rated:   100% To Hell and Back (1955)
Lowest Rated:   30% The Formula (1980)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
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 Words and Music
  • Herbert Fields
1998
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
No Score Yet Centennial
  • Dennis
1978
58% 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 Mighty Jungle
  • Actor
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
  • 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
80% 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
No Score Yet 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
100% Battleground
  • Jim Layton
1949
No Score Yet Roseanna McCoy
  • Tolbert McCoy
1949
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 Show-Off
  • Joe Fisher
1946
89% 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

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