Tully Marshall

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Tully Marshall (1925)

Tully Marshall (actually William Phillips ; born April 10, 1864 in Nevada City , California , † March 10, 1943 in Encino , California) was an American actor. In his 60-year career, the versatile character actor was successful in both theater and film.

life and career

Tully Marshall initially wanted to pursue a career in the judiciary . During his studies at Santa Clarita University, he took an acting class and changed his career aspirations. He began his acting career in San Francisco when he was 19 . In 1887 Marshall moved to New York, where he appeared as a traveling actor and from 1893 at the latest on Broadway as well. In total, he played in about 15 Broadway plays by 1915. Then he moved to silent movies in Hollywood, where he made his film debut in 1914.

Tully Marshall's first well-known role was the High Priest of Bel in the Babylon episode of David Wark Griffith's monumental epic Intolerance (1916), which intrigues against his king and thus helps to bring the king down. He showed great versatility and embodied the most diverse characters in the course of his film career. He played the role of Fagin in an early film adaptation of Charles Dickens and impersonated an old westerner in The Caravan by James Cruze . In the 1923 silent film classic The Hunchback of Notre Dame , he played the French King Louis XI at the side of Lon Chaney senior . He had one of his most provocative roles in the film adaptation of the operetta The Merry Widow , where his old and rich Baron Sadoja has a foot fetishism .

Marshall made the leap to talkies at the end of the 1920s without any problems, he continued to be a busy and respected supporting actor. In 1932 he played a newspaper editor in the gangster classic Scarface , in the same year he played a friendly plantation supervisor in Indochina in the love melodrama Jungle in the Storm and was part of the star cast in the Oscar-winning drama People in the Hotel . In his later films, Marshall often embodied respectable characters such as grandfathers, professors, and judges. He worked as a film actor until the year of his death and so came to almost 200 film appearances in a 60-year acting career.

Tully Marshall died of a heart attack a month before his 79th birthday in 1943. From 1899 until his death he was married to the playwright and screenwriter Marion Fairfax (1875-1970). His and Marion's grave is in Hollywood Forever Cemetery , Hollywood.

Filmography (selection)

Individual evidence

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  2. ^ Marion Fairfax. Internet Movie Database , accessed June 10, 2015 .
  3. ^ Tully Marshall in the Find a Grave database . Retrieved January 7, 2015.

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