E.G. MARSHALL Biography - Actors and Actresses


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Name: Everett Eugene Grunz                                                           
Born: 18 June 1914 Owatonna, Minnesota, USA                                           
Died: 24 August 1998 (lung cancer) Bedford, New York                                 
E. G. Marshall (June 18, 1914 - August 24, 1998) was a two-time Emmy Award-winning   
American actor who co-starred in the 1957 movie 12 Angry Men. Two of his better       
known TV roles are those of lawyer, Lawrence Preston on The Defenders in the         
1960s, and as neurosurgeon, Dr. David Craig on The Bold Ones: The New Doctors in     
the 1970s.                                                                           
Marshall was born Everett Eugene Grunz in Owatonna, Minnesota, the son of Hazel       
Irene (née Cobb) and Charles G. Grunz. During his life, he never divulged           
fully what 'E.G' stood for, telling most people it stood for "Everybody's Guess".     
It was thought to mean "Everett Eugene Grunz" or "Edda Gunnar Marshall".             
Marshall was the original host of the popular nightly radio drama The CBS Radio       
Mystery Theater (or CBSRMT), which ran on CBS radio affiliate stations across         
the United States between 1974 and 1982. CBSRMT was an ambitious and sustained       
attempt to revive the great drama of old-time radio. Each episode began with the     
ominous sound of a creaking door, slowly opening to invite listeners in for the       
evening's adventure. At the end of each show, the door would swing shut, with         
Marshall signing off, "Until next time, pleasant... dre-e-eams?" Marshall hosted     
the program for the first seven years. Failing health forced his departure in         
1981, and he was replaced by actress Tammy Grimes for the final season.               
Marshall also found fame playing in other television and film roles, usually as       
an authoritative figure. One of his best known television roles was as defense       
lawyer Lawrence Preston in the series The Defenders, which lasted from 1961 to       
1965. He and future Brady Bunch star Robert Reed portrayed a father and son who       
worked in a law firm. This role garnered him two Emmy wins-one in 1962 and one       
in 1963. He also earned more prominence as dedicated neurosurgeon, Dr. Benjamin       
Craig, in The Bold Ones: The New Doctors, from 1969 to 1973, featuring               
unfamiliar actors David Hartman and John Saxon. Marshall reprised the role of         
Lawrence Preston for a 1997 Showtime television movie based on The Defenders         
called The Defenders: Payback. It featured the elder Preston and his descendants     
taking on legal cases in the 1990s. (Reed did not appear in the revival since he     
died in 1992. The movie acknowledged this absence by mentioning that Reed's           
character had died.) There was a second movie and plans for a series. The series     
was aborted after his death.                                                         
Marshall was married three times. He had seven children in total, whose names         
include Sam, Jed, Sarah, Jill, and Degen.                                             
He died of lung cancer in Bedford, New York, on August 24, 1998, at age 84. 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.