Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Bryan Marshall Passes On

Bryan Marshall, who appeared frequently on British television, in Hammer films, and in the James Bond movie The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), died yesterday, June 25 2019, at the age of 81.

Bryan Marshall was born in Battersea, London on May 19 1938. He attended the Salesian College in Battersea and trained in acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. He performed at the Bristol Old Vic. He made his television debut in an episode of Teletale in 1964. In the Sixties he had a regular roles in the TV series United!, Spindoe, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, and Villette. He appeared in the mini-series Vanity Fair. He guest starred on the programmes No Hiding Place, Gideon's Way, R3, Dr. Finlay's Casebook, Redcap, This Man Craig, The Forsythe Saga, Sanctuary, Sat'day While Sunday, The Informer, Z Cars, The Saint, Softly Softly, The Avengers, ITV Playhouse, Strange Report, and Special Branch. His film debut was in the Hammer Film Rasputin: The Mad Monk (1966). He appeared in three more Hammer movies: The Witches (1966), The Viking Queen (1967), and Quatermass and the Pit (1967). He also appeared in the movies Alfie (1966), Mosquito Squadron (1969), and I Start Counting (1970).

In the Seventies Mr. Marshall had regular roles on the TV shows Sam and the River, Warship, Rooms, and Buccaneer. He appeared in the mini-series Persuasion and Murder at the Wedding. He guest starred on the shows The Onedin Line, The Frighteners, New Scotland Yard, The Frighteners, Villains, Play for the Day, Dixon of Dock Green, Country Matters, Menace, Thriller, My Good Woman, BBC Play of the Month, Softly Softly: Task Force, Late Night Theatre, Churchill's People, Piccadilly Circus, Crown Court, Out, The Professionals, The Boy Merlin, Airport Chaplain, Armchair Theatre, and Dick Turpin. He appeared in the films Man in the Wilderness (1971), Because of the Cats (1973), The Tamarind Seed (1974), The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), and The Long Good Friday (1980).

In the Eighties Bryan Marshall was a regular on Prisoner: Cell Block HGolden Pennies, and Embassy. He was the host of Australia's Most Wanted. He appeared in the mini-series Tanamera - Lion of Singapore. He guest starred on The Chinese Detective, Tales of the Unexpected, A Country Practice, Special Squad, Neighbours, Pulaski, The Flying Doctors, Mission: Impossible, and Rafferty's Rules. He appeared in the films 4D Special Agents (1981), BMX Bandits (1983), Bliss (1985), Hot Target (1985), The Man from Snowy River II (1988), and The Punisher (1989).

In the Nineties he guest starred on the shows Time Trax, Blue Murder, Water Rats, Big Sky, The New Adventures of Robin Hood, Thief Takers, Halifax f.p., Heartbeat, The Knock, and The Bill. He appeared in the films The Phantom Horseman (1992), Country Life (1994), Chicken (1996), Hard Edge (1997), and Selkie (2000).

In the Naughts Bryan Marshall guest starred on the shows Dalziel and Pascoe, Home and Away, Stingers, and All Saints. He appeared in the movie Courts mais GAY: Tome 13 (2007). His final appearance on screen was in the 2012 mini-series A Moody Christmas.

Bryan Marshall was an extremely talented actor, able to play villains or heroes with equal skill. Over the course of his career he played everything from doctors to military officers to lawyers. There seemed to be no role that he could not do.

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