Saturday, September 13, 2014

Remembering Mike Marshall

Michael ‘Mike’ Marshall was born on September 13, 1944 in Hollywood, California. The son of actor William Marshall [1917-1994] actress Michèle Morgan [1920- ].  When his parents divorced, his father made sure that he received an American education. He began studying Law, but he wanted to become an actor. He later joined his mother in Paris where he began to take drama classes from Raymond Griard and later appeared his first film, “La Planète fantôme” (1961), in France under the direction of his father. Marshall's step-father, Gérard Oury, offered him a role as a young Canadian airman in “La Grande Vadrouille” (1966). Marshall had a long, though low-key, career as a character actor in French Cinema. On stage he starred in “Croque-monsieur”, “Le Vallon”, and “Point de feu sans fume”. Marshall had also appeared in several television series.
As Mike Marshall he appeared in two Euro-westerns: “Death Rides Alone” (1972) as Bobby ‘Idaho’ Kent and “I’ll Sell My Skin Dearly” (1972) as Shane. Mike was the voice of the vulture in the 1991 Euro-western “Jesuit Joe”
Marshall died of cancer in Caen, Calvados, Basse-Normandie France, on June 1, 2005, at the age of 60.
Today we remember Mike Marshall on what would have been his 70th birthday.

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