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Marshall Thompson (November 27, 1925 – May 18, 1992) was an American film and television actor. He was born James Marshall Thompson in Peoria, Illinois. In 1943 Thompson, known for his boy-next-door good looks, was signed by Universal Pictures. He played quiet, thoughtful teens in Universal's feature films, including a lead opposite singing star Gloria Jean in Reckless Age, earning $350 weekly. During 1946 Universal discharged most of its contract players; that same year Thompson moved to MGM and his film roles steadily increased and improved. Thompson became a freelance actor in the 1950s and worked for various studios on a variety of pictures, including a number of horror and science-fiction features; this included the role of Carruthers in It! The Terror from Beyond Space (1958), one of the two feature films that would later inspire the plot for director Ridley Scott's 1979 big budget feature film Alien. Thompson also starred as Mel Hunter in the syndicated science fiction TV series World of Giants, about a man who has been miniaturized and must live in a dollhouse. By the 1960s, Thompson's boyish looks had matured and his screen persona became more authoritative. He co-starred with Annie Fargé in the 33-episode CBS sitcom Angel (1960–1961) about an American architect with a charming but scatterbrained French wife, who often got into zany, Lucy Ricardo-esque situations, caused in part by her lack of English; the show was canceled after 33 episodes due to low ratings, despite critical acclaim for French-born newcomer Annie Fargé. In the mid-1960s Thompson starred in CBS's Daktari, a television series about a veterinarian in Africa; the series was based on Thompson's 1965 feature film Clarence, the Cross-Eyed Lion. Later in his career, he appeared in many television episodes and in feature films such as The Turning Point (1977) and The Formula(1980). Thompson was a brother-in-law of actor Richard Long, best known for his role as Jarrod Barkley in ABC's The Big Valley. Thompson's wife, Barbara, was Long's sister. Marshall Thompson died from congestive heart failure at the age of sixty-six in Royal Oak, Michigan.

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​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.  

Marshall Thompson (November 27, 1925 – May 18, 1992) was an American film and television actor. He was born James Marshall Thompson in Peoria, Illinois. In 1943 Thompson, known for his boy-next-door good looks, was signed by Universal Pictures. He played quiet, thoughtful teens in Universal's feature films, including a lead opposite singing star Gloria Jean in Reckless Age, earning $350 weekly. During 1946 Universal discharged most of its contract players; that same year Thompson moved to MGM and his film roles steadily increased and improved. Thompson became a freelance actor in the 1950s and worked for various studios on a variety of pictures, including a number of horror and science-fiction features; this included the role of Carruthers in It! The Terror from Beyond Space (1958), one of the two feature films that would later inspire the plot for director Ridley Scott's 1979 big budget feature film Alien. Thompson also starred as Mel Hunter in the syndicated science fiction TV series World of Giants, about a man who has been miniaturized and must live in a dollhouse. By the 1960s, Thompson's boyish looks had matured and his screen persona became more authoritative. He co-starred with Annie Fargé in the 33-episode CBS sitcom Angel (1960–1961) about an American architect with a charming but scatterbrained French wife, who often got into zany, Lucy Ricardo-esque situations, caused in part by her lack of English; the show was canceled after 33 episodes due to low ratings, despite critical acclaim for French-born newcomer Annie Fargé. In the mid-1960s Thompson starred in CBS's Daktari, a television series about a veterinarian in Africa; the series was based on Thompson's 1965 feature film Clarence, the Cross-Eyed Lion. Later in his career, he appeared in many television episodes and in feature films such as The Turning Point (1977) and The Formula(1980). Thompson was a brother-in-law of actor Richard Long, best known for his role as Jarrod Barkley in ABC's The Big Valley. Thompson's wife, Barbara, was Long's sister. Marshall Thompson died from congestive heart failure at the age of sixty-six in Royal Oak, Michigan.

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Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 81

Birthday 1925-11-27

Day of Death 1992-05-18

Place of Birth Peoria, Illinois, USA

Official Site -

Also Known As

  • James Marshall Thompson
  • J. Marsh Thomson

Acting TV ShowsMovies

Ride the Tiger
1986 Dallas: The Early Years as Dr. Ted Johnson
1982 White Dog as Director
1980 The Formula as Geologist #1
1979 Benson (1 episode)
1979 Bog as Dr. Brad Wednesday
1978 The Eddie Capra Mysteries (1 episode)
1978 Cruise Into Terror as Bennett
1977 The Turning Point as Carter
1976 Quincy, M.E. (2 episodes)
1976 Charlie's Angels (1 episode)
1976 That's Entertainment, Part II as (archive footage)
1974 George (26 episodes) as Jim Hunter
1972 George as Jim
1972 The Streets of San Francisco (1 episode)
1967 Ironside (1 episode)
1966 Around the World Under the Sea as Dr. Orin Hillyard
1966 To the Shores of Hell as Maj. Greg Donahue
1966 Daktari (88 episodes) as Dr. Marsh Tracy
1965 Clarence, the Cross-Eyed Lion as Dr. Marsh Tracy
1964 The Mighty Jungle
1964 Flipper (1 episode)
1964 Year of the Tiger as Maj. Benson
1962 No Man is an Island as Jonn Sonnenberg
1962 East of Kilimanjaro as Marsh Connors
1961 Flight of the Lost Balloon as Dr.Joseph Farady
1960 Angel (34 episodes)
1959 Men into Space (1 episode)
1959 World of Giants (13 episodes)
1959 First Man Into Space as Cmdr. Charles Ernest Prescott
1958 The Secret Man as Dr. Cliff Mitchell
1958 Bronco (1 episode)
1958 It! The Terror from Beyond Space as Carruthers
1958 Fiend Without a Face as Major Cummings
1957 Perry Mason (1 episode)
1957 Lure of the Swamp as Simon Lewt
1957 Panic! (1 episode)
1956 Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater (1 episode)
1955 Matinee Theater (3 episodes)
1955 The 20th Century Fox Hour (1 episode)
1955 To Hell and Back as Johnson
1955 Gunsmoke (1 episode)
1955 Cult of the Cobra as Tom Markel
1955 Crashout as Billy Lang
1955 The Millionaire (2 episodes)
1955 Battle Taxi as 2nd Lt. Tim Vernon
1954 Port of Hell as Marsh Walker
1954 Climax! (1 episode)
1954 The Whistler (2 episodes)
1954 Public Defender (1 episode)
1953 Letter to Loretta (2 episodes)
1953 The Caddy as Bruce Reeber
1952 The Rose Bowl Story as Steve Davis
1952 My Six Convicts as Blivens Scott
1951 Hallmark Hall of Fame (2 episodes)
1951 Schlitz Playhouse of Stars (2 episodes)
1951 The Tall Target as Lance Beaufort
1951 The Basketball Fix as Johnny Long
1950 Dial 1119 as Gunther Wyckoff
1950 Devil's Doorway as Rod MacDougall
1950 Mystery Street as Henry Shanway
1950 Stars in My Crown as Narrator (adult John Kenyon) (voice)
1950 Robert Montgomery Presents (3 episodes)
1949 Battleground as Jim Layton
1949 Roseanna McCoy as Tolbert McCoy
1948 Words and Music as Herbert Fields
1948 Studio One (1 episode)
1948 Homecoming as Staff Sgt. 'Mac' McKeen
1948 B.F.'s Daughter as The Sailor
1947 The Romance of Rosy Ridge as Ben Mac Bean
1946 The Secret Heart as Brandon Reynolds
1946 Gallant Bess as Tex Barton
1946 The Show-Off as Joe Fisher
1946 The Cockeyed Miracle as Jim Griggs
1946 Bad Bascomb as Jimmy Holden
1945 They Were Expendable as Ens. 'Snake' Gardner
1945 The Valley of Decision as Ted Scott
1945 Twice Blessed as Jimmy
1945 The Clock as Bill
1944 Blonde Fever as Freddie Bilson
1944 Reckless Age as Roy Connors

Writing

1972 George Writer
1965 Clarence, the Cross-Eyed Lion Story

Directing

1964 Flipper (4 episodes)Director
1964 Year of the Tiger Director

Creator

1974 George Creator

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