E. G. Marshall

E. G. Marshall (June 18, 1914 – August 24, 1998) was an American actor, best known for his television roles as the lawyer Lawrence Preston on The Defenders in the 1960s and as neurosurgeon David Craig on The Bold Ones: The New Doctors in the 1970s. Among his film roles he is perhaps best known as the unflappable, conscientious "Juror #4" in Sidney Lumet's courtroom drama 12 Angry Men (1957).

    Early life and career

    Marshall was born Everett Eugene Grunz in Owatonna, Minnesota, the son of Hazel Irene (née Cobb; 1892–1975) and Charles G. Grunz (1882–1959). His paternal grandparents were German. During his life, he chose not to reveal what "E. G." stood for, telling most people it stood for "Everybody's Guess". According to the Social Security Death Index, even his Social Security card showed his full name as: "E G Marshall". He attended both Carleton College and the University of Minnesota.

    Although most familiar for his later television and movie roles, Marshall also had a distinguished Broadway career. In 1948, having already appeared in the original New York productions of The Skin of Our Teeth and The Iceman Cometh, Marshall would join Marlon Brando, Montgomery Clift, Julie Harris, Kim Stanley, and 45 others to make up the first group of actors granted membership in the newly formed Actors Studio. In subsequent years, he'd land the leading roles in The Crucible and Waiting for Godot. In 1973, he returned to the live stage to play the title role in a highly praised production of Macbeth in Richmond, Virginia, under the direction of Keith Fowler. From January 1974 until February 1982, Marshall was the original host of the popular nightly radio drama, The CBS Radio Mystery Theater.

    Personal life

    Marshall was married three times. He had seven children in all, including Jed, Sarah, Jill, Degen, and Sam. He died of lung cancer in Bedford, New York, on August 24, 1998. His grave is in the Middle Patent Rural Cemetery, located in the hamlet of Banksville, a part of the town of North Castle, New York.

    As a member of the Committee for National Health Insurance, E. G. Marshall was a long-time advocate for government-provided health care in the United States. During the 1968 United States presidential campaign, he filmed and narrated a political advertisement endorsing Democratic candidate Hubert Humphrey.

    Partial filmography

    • The House on 92nd Street (1945) (uncredited)
    • 13 Rue Madeleine (1947) (uncredited)
    • Call Northside 777 (1948) (uncredited)
    • The Caine Mutiny (1954)
    • Broken Lance (1954)
    • Pushover (1954)
    • The Silver Chalice (1954)
    • The Left Hand of God (1955)
    • The Mountain (1956)
    • Alfred Hitchcock Presents: The Mail Order Prophet (1957 TV series)
    • The Bachelor Party (1957)
    • Man on Fire (1957)
    • 12 Angry Men (1957)
    • The Buccaneer (1958)
    • The Journey (1959)
    • Compulsion (1959)
    • Cash McCall (1960)
    • The Islanders as Curt Cober in "Forbidden Cargo (ABC-TV, 1960)
    • Town Without Pity (1961)
    • The Defenders (1961-1965 CBS TV series)
    • The Chase (1966)
    • The Poppy Is Also a Flower (1966)
    • Is Paris Burning? (1966) (uncredited)
    • The Bridge at Remagen (1969)
    • The Learning Tree (1969)
    • Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)
    • The Pursuit of Happiness (1971)
    • The Incredible Machine (1975) (narrator)
    • Billy Jack Goes to Washington (1977)
    • Interiors (1978)
    • Vampire (1979) (TV film)
    • Superman II (1980)
    • Creepshow (1982)
    • Kennedy (1983 TV miniseries)
    • La Gran Fiesta (1984)
    • My Chauffeur (1986)
    • Power (1986)
    • At Mother's Request (1987) (TV film)
    • War and Remembrance (1988-89 TV miniseries)
    • National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)
    • Two Evil Eyes (1990)
    • Consenting Adults (1992)
    • (narrator) (1993 documentary)
    • Chicago Hope (1994–1995, eight episodes)
    • The Tommyknockers (1993 TV miniseries)
    • Nixon (1995)
    • Absolute Power (1997)
    • Miss Evers' Boys (1997 TV movie)

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