Farewell to E.G. Marshall, veteran Broadway actor and two-time Emmy winner, who died Monday evening, Aug. 24, at age 84. In his 60 years of stage experience, Marshall created roles in the Broadway productions of classic plays including: The Iceman Cometh, The Crucible, The Skin of our Teeth, Plaza Suite, The Petrified Forest, Jacobowsky and the Colonel and The Gambler. He also won acclaim playing Didi opposite Bert Lahr in the 1956 Broadway premiere of Samuel Beckett's Waiting For Godot.
According to the NY Times and Associated Press obituaries (Aug. 26), Marshall began his 60 years in the theatre, performing various roles with the Theatre Guild on the Air (a radio program) in 1932 . The following year he joined a touring Shakespearean repertory company and eventually made it to Broadway five years later, in the 1938 Federal Theatre Project's production of Prologue to Glory.
But, it wasn't until his roles in two widely popular television programs -- "The Defenders" (1961-1965) and "The New Doctors" (1969-1973) -- that Marshall gained national prominence. He received two Emmy awards for his role as a father and senior partner in a law firm in "The Defenders."
Marshall's numerous film credits include: 12 Angry Men, Compulsion, Town Without Pity, Interiors, Superman II, The Caine Mutiny, The Silver Chalice, The Left Hand of God, Twelve Angry Men, Cash McCall, and The Bridge at Remagen.
Marshall was particulary well known for his roles playing lawyers, doctors and political figures.
-- By Sean McGrath