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: Lyndia Baily (1952), Something of Value (1957), To Trap a Spy (1964) and finally known for being in The Boston Strangler (1968) with Tony Curtis (I). Marshall really didn't hit it big until the "blaxplotation" era of the 70s. He starred in the contemporary vampire melodrama Blacula (1972) and its sequel Scream Blacula Scream (1973) and the Exorcist-type film Abby (1974). From the 80s Marshall was seen as the Kig of Cartoons on the Saturday morning TV kiddie show Pee Wee's Play House, a job that he accepted on behalf of his grandchildren. Marshall has also appeared in Maverick (1994) and Dinosaur Valley Girls (1996). Marshall retired from acting afterwards and died of Alzheimer's disease in June, 2003.
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