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William Marshall (I) (1924–2003)

Dynamic African American leading man and characters actor William Marshall trained in Grand Opera, Broadway and Shakespeare. In films from the 50s and 60s including: Lydia Bailey (1952), Something of Value (1957), To Trap a Spy (1964) and finally known for being in The Boston Strangler (1968) with Tony Curtis. Marshall really didn't hit it big ... See full bio »

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 1996 Dinosaur Valley Girls
Dr. Benjamin Michaels
 1996 Vampires: Thirst for the Truth (TV Movie)
 1995 Sorceress
John Geiger
 1993 Running the Halls (TV Series)
Sherman Renfield
- The Conductor (1993) ... Sherman Renfield
 1988 Killer Instinct (TV Movie)
 1987 The Real Ghostbusters (TV Series)
Master of Shadows
- Slimer, Is That You? (1987) ... Master of Shadows (voice, uncredited)
 1987 Amazon Women on the Moon
Pirate Captain (segment "Video Pirates")
 1986 Beverly Hills Madam (TV Movie)
Widower of Jenny
 1985 Benson (TV Series)
The Grim Reaper
 1984 Pryor's Place (TV Series)
Bookstore Owner
- Readers of the Lost Art (1984) ... Bookstore Owner
 1984 NBC Special Treat (TV Series)
Don Cheek
- One More Hurdle (1984) ... Don Cheek
 1982 The Jeffersons (TV Series)
Joe Blake
- A Date with Danger (1982) ... Joe Blake
 1980 The Great Skycopter Rescue
Mr. Jason
 1977 The Tony Randall Show (TV Series)
Judge Bradshaw
- New Found Franklin (1977) ... Judge Bradshaw
 1977 Rosetti and Ryan (TV Series)
Judge Marcus Black
- Bedeviled Angel (1977) ... Judge Marcus Black
- Everybody Into the Pool (1977) ... Judge Marcus Black
- Ms. Bluebeard (1977) ... Judge Marcus Black
- Is There a Lawyer in the House? (1977) ... Judge Marcus Black
- The Ten-Second Client (1977) ... Judge Marcus Black
 1977 Twilight's Last Gleaming
William Klinger - Attorney General
 1977 Police Woman (TV Series)
Tutti Lawson
- Once a Snitch (1977) ... Tutti Lawson
 1974 Abby
Bishop Garnet Williams
 1969-1974 Medical Center (TV Series)
Dr. Harold Tawn
- U.M.C. (1969) ... Dr. Harold Tawn
 1973 Scream Blacula Scream
Blacula / Prince Mamuwalde
 1972 Mannix (TV Series)
- Lifeline (1972) ... Bolo (as Wiliam Marshall)
 1971 Honky
Dr. Craig Smith
 1971 Primus (TV Series)
Prime Minister Melina
- Trial and Terror (1971) ... Prime Minister Melina
 1970 Zig Zag
Morris Bronson
 1970 The Mask of Sheba (TV Movie)
Captain Condor Sekallie
 1970 Skullduggery
Attorney General
 1968 The Wild Wild West (TV Series)
- The Night of the Egyptian Queen (1968) ... Amalek
 1968 The Boston Strangler
Atty. Gen. Edward W. Brooke
 1968 The Hell with Heroes
Al Poland
 1964-1967 The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (TV Series)
Dr. James Febray / Sekue Ashumen
- The Maze Affair (1967) ... Dr. James Febray
 1967 Tarzan (TV Series)
Likui / Colonel Takakombi / Kasembi
- Mountains of the Moon: Part 2 (1967) ... Likui
- Mountains of the Moon: Part 1 (1967) ... Likui
- Jungle Dragnet (1967) ... Kasembi
 1964-1967 Insight (TV Series)
Chand / Frank
- Dry Commitment (1967) ... Chand
- The Invincible Weapon (1964) ... Frank
 1967 Daniel Boone (TV Series)
Birch Kendall
- The Long Way Home (1967) ... Birch Kendall
 1965 Ben Casey (TV Series)
Dr. Henry Wellick
- A Boy Is Standing Outside the Door (1965) ... Dr. Henry Wellick
 1964 Secret Agent (TV Series)
The Prime Minister K.W.Kamunga
- The Galloping Major (1964) ... The Prime Minister K.W.Kamunga
 1964 Rawhide (TV Series)
Sgt. Sam Turner
- Incident at Seven Fingers (1964) ... Sgt. Sam Turner
 1964 Bonanza (TV Series)
Thomas Bowers
- Enter Thomas Bowers (1964) ... Thomas Bowers
 1964 The Doctors and the Nurses (TV Series)
Octave Mba
- The Leopard Killer (1964) ... Octave Mba
 1964 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (TV Series)
- The Jar (1964) ... Jahdoo
 1963 Piedra de toque
African Missionary (uncredited)
 1961 Danger Man (TV Series)
Saul Khano
- Deadline (1961) ... Saul Khano
 1961 Drama 61-67 (TV Series)
- Drama '61: The Big Pride (1961) ... Sutlej
 1959 Captain David Grief (TV Series)
- Eye of the Octopus (1959) ... King
 1959 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Judge Samuel Addison
- The Winner (1959) ... Judge Samuel Addison
 1958 La fille de feu
Stork (as Bill Marshall)
 1957 Sabu and the Magic Ring
Ubal, the genie
 1957 The Seven Lively Arts (TV Series)
- The World of Nick Adams (1957) ... Bugs
 1957 Something of Value
Leader - Intellectual in Suit
 1953 Harlem Detective (TV Series)
Plainclothes detective
 1952 Lydia Bailey
King Dick
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Interviewed in "Reflections on Blaxploitation: Actors and Directors Speak", 2009. See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Interviews | 1 Article | See more »

Alternate Names:

Bill Marshall | Wiliam Marshall


6' 5" (1.96 m)

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Taught acting workshops on college campuses, including UC Irvine, and at the Mufandi Institute in Watts, Los Angeles. He was director of the institute in the 1960s. See more »


His commanding, bass voice

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Did he ever do readings of books on cassette... Clams
Just noticed him for first time, WOW! stancym-1
Othello sherman212
William Marshall could have played Darth Vader JRC-6
As Adam Early In the Morning(1973) kentonc2001
LOVED HIM!!!!!!!!! McClain1988
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