Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Remembering Arnold Marquis

Arnold Marquis was born on April 6, 1921 in Dortmund, Germany. He graduated from the Louise Dumont Theater and the Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus drama school. He was hired as an understudy by Schauspielhaus Bochum theater. He served in the Army during World War II and returned to Berlin in 1945. In 1946 he began his career as a film dubber and became the greatest voice actor in German film history dubbing more then 800 films. Marquis’ voice was associated with such American actors as John Wayne, Kirk Douglas, Robert Mitchum, Richard Widmark, James Coburn, Charles Bronson, George C. Scott and Italian actors like Bud Spencer and Lino Ventura. He was considered the King of the voice actors and called John Wayne his friend. After Wayne’s death in1979 Arnold released a record to honor him called I was the voice of John Wayne. He was also a theater actor appearing in Munich, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Berlin. In all Marquis was the German voice of actors in more then sixty Euro-westerns sometimes doing more then one voice per film. Arnold died in Berlin from lung cancer on November 24, 1990. Today we remember Arnold Marquis on what would have been his 90th birthday.

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