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Don Marshall, Actor on ‘Star Trek’ and ‘Land of the Giants,’ Dies at 80

Don Marshall, Actor on ‘Star Trek’ and ‘Land of the Giants,’ Dies at 80
Don Marshall, who appeared on TV shows including “Star Trek,” “Land of the Giants” and “Julia,” died Sunday in Los Angeles. He was 80.

Fellow “Star Trek” cast member BarBara Luna reported his death on Facebook and said that he died peacefully with his daughter, son and twin brother Doug Marshall at his side.

On “Star Trek,” he played Lt. Boma in “The Galileo Seven” episode in 1967. On the late 1960s sci-fi drama “Land of the Giants,” he had a recurring role as Dan Erickson.

Among his other TV guest roles were as one of Diahann Carroll’s boyfriends on groundbreaking series “Julia” and on series including “Bewitched,” “The Bionic Woman,” “The Incredible Hulk” and “Little House on the Prairie.”

Marshall said he was grateful to get the role at a time when there were so few opportunities for African-American actors. “There weren’t that many jobs, guest starring jobs, for African-Americans or any minorities, really
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William Marshall: The black Christopher Lee

After his electrifying performance as Blacula (1972), the great William Marshall was briefly considered a worthy successor to Christopher Lee's vampire king. A respected Shakespearean actor with an impressive theatre background, he was set to become a major horror star of the seventies, but like his fellow stage actor Robert Quarry, who achieved the same status as Count Yorga, his film career faded rapidly after the genre went through a radical re-think following the commercial success of The Exorcist (1973).

Marshall remained in New York to train in as an actor and director in Grand Opera and Shakespeare, although he had to support himself in a variety of jobs before making his professional stage debut. At 6ft 5inches, he was an impressively built, handsome, strong-featured actor with a booming bass baritone voice to match his towering presence. Not surprisingly, he quickly built up a formidable reputation as America's finest Shakespearean actor,
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Code Red Returning to Horror High and Terminal Island

The great folks at Code Red DVD are at it once again digging up hard-to-find blasts from the past to give the digital treatment to. Two of the latest drive-in favorites getting the special edition treatment via Code Red are the el cheapo 1974 cult fave Horror High (Aka Twisted Brain) and the 1973 survival thriller Terminal Island.

First out of the gate on August 10th will be a brand new 16x9 (1.85:1) print of Horror High mastered from HiDef from the original 35mm dupe negatives from Crown International's vault. This marks the first time the film has ever been released uncut on home video.

A series of grisly murders wreaks havoc at a small Texas high school! A no-nonsense cop is assigned to find out the identity of the mad devious killer who roams the corridors of the high school. A mild mannered student has been drinking a mysterious potion that turns himself into Vernon,
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Stephanie Rothman in person in Los Angeles July 24 at Women Exploitation Auteurs Screening

This July and August, the UCLA Film & Television Archive in Los Angeles, California is screening a series of horror and thriller films directed by women called No She Didn't!: Women Exploitation Auteurs. From July 24th through August 8th, films like Terminal Island (directed by Stephanie Rothman), Bad Girls Go To Hell and Another Day, Another Man (directed by Doris Wishman), Gaitor Bait (directed by Beverly Sebastian), Bury Me an Angel (directed by Barbra Peters), and Slumber Party Massacre (directed by Amy Holden-Jones) will be screened in their full exploitation glory.

July 24th, Stephanie Rothman will make a rare appearance to introduce Terminal Island, her feminist exploitation flick...

In the 1970s and ‘80s, something funny happened on the way to the grindhouse. With women still sorely under-represented in the directorial ranks of the "New Hollywood," a number of women began working as writer-directors in the low-budget world of exploitation films.
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