Scott Marlowe

Scott Gregory Marlowe (born Ronald Richard DeLeo; June 24, 1932 – January 6, 2001)[1] was an American film, stage and television actor.

Scott Gregory Marlowe
Ronald Richard DeLeo

(1932-06-24)June 24, 1932
DiedJanuary 6, 2001(2001-01-06) (aged 68)
  • Actor
Years active1951-2001
RelativesRobert DeLeo (half-brother), Dean DeLeo (half-brother)

Early film career

Marlowe was born Ronald DeLeo in Newark, New Jersey, the son of Emil and Constance Severini DeLeo. He had a half-sister, Claudia, and half-brothers Dean and Robert, known as the guitarist and bassist of the grunge band Stone Temple Pilots.[2][1] He debuted on television in 1951 on Pulitzer Prize Playhouse (1950–52) in the episode "Hostage" (June 8, 1951)[3]

His first feature film role was in the 1954 production of Attila. Two years later, he starred as John Goodwin in an episode "In Summer Promise" on General Electric Theater.[4] In 1957 he appeared as Private Meredith in the war movie Men in War. He appeared as Jimmy Budd, along with Ronald Reagan and his wife Nancy Davis, in the episode "The Long Shadow" in Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater directed by Budd Boetticher, which aired on January 19, 1961.[5]

Marlowe often took film roles of dysfunctional juveniles in a series of films made during the 1950s and 1960s,[6] including The Scarlet Hour (1956), The Restless Breed (1957), The Cool and the Crazy (1958), Riot in Juvenile Prison (1959), The Subterraneans (1960), and A Cold Wind in August (1961).[6]

Western series

In 1956, Marlowe appeared as Knox Cutler in the western film The Young Guns. In 1958, he began appearing in a number of television westerns, with his guest role of Jess "Little Elk" Carswell on NBC's Wagon Train with Ward Bond. In 1959, he portrayed the outlaw John Wesley Hardin, who reportedly killed 44 men in the Old West, in the episode "The Turning Point" of ABC's Bronco.[4]

In 1960, he appeared as "The Kid from Nowhere" in CBS's one-season Hotel de Paree starring Earl Holliman and Jeanette Nolan. That same year, he starred as Mickey Free in the episode "Apache Blood" of Clint Walker's ABC series, Cheyenne. He starred in 1960 as Clancy Jones in the episode "The Show-Off" of NBC's Law of the Plainsman starring Michael Ansara. He appeared on CBS's Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater[4]

Marlowe guest starred three times in significant segments of Have Gun - Will Travel.[7][8][9]

Marlowe appeared four times between 1963 and 1966 on James Arness's CBS western Gunsmoke. In 1964, Marlowe appeared as Lee Hewitt in the episode "The Roper" on the NBC western, Bonanza. In 1970, he guest starred as Billy Kells in the episode "The Experiment" on CBS's Lancer series starring Andrew Duggan, James Stacy, and Wayne Maunder.[4]

Drama and adventure series

In the 1960s, Marlowe continued to appear in drama and adventure series, often as a young man in trouble with the law or unwilling to adjust to societal mores. He appeared twice in 1961 on ABC's Target: The Corruptors! in episodes "A Man's Castle" (as Tito) and "Mr. Meglomania" (as Phil Manzak).[4] In 1961, he starred as Armand Fontaine a serial killer on the episode "Effigy in Snow" of CBS's Route 66. He guest starred as Eliot Gray in the 1961 episode "The Throwback" of CBS's Alfred Hitchcock Presents. He appeared on Thriller, Dr. Kildare, and The Detectives.[4]

In 1962, he appeared on Checkmate, with Anthony George, Doug McClure, and Sebastian Cabot. Other appearances in 1962 were on NBC's drama Saints and Sinners with Nick Adams and on ABC's Stoney Burke, a drama about a rodeo performer, in which Marlowe played the character Soames Hewitt in the episode "Point of Honor".[4]

In 1962, Marlowe appeared in NBC's drama, The Eleventh Hour, with Wendell Corey and Jack Ging, in the role of Stanley Filmore in the episode "Where Have You Been, Lord Randall, My Son?" His 1963 appearances were also on three ABC medical series: The Nurses, Ben Casey, and Breaking Point, the latter a drama starring Paul Richards, in which Marlowe appeared as Jason Landros in the episode "Solo for B-Flat Clarinet".[4]

He appeared twice on ABC's series The Outer Limits in the 1963-1964 season. Between 1966 and 1973, Marlowe appeared 10 times on ABC's drama The F.B.I. starring Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. During this time, he appeared on Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law, Ironside, Cannon, Mannix, and Hawaii Five-O.[4]

He appeared six times as Nick Koslo on the 1976-77 series Executive Suite, twice on CBS's Barnaby Jones and appeared in the 1975 film Journey into Fear. His television work continued into the 1980s on ABC's Matt Houston, T.J. Hooker and Days of Our Lives. He portrayed Keeve Falor in the fifth-season episode "Ensign Ro" on Star Trek: The Next Generation.[4]

Later career

During the 1990s, Marlowe appeared as Al Brackman twice on Matlock, on Father Dowling Mysteries and on Jake and the Fatman. His most enduring work in the decade was in 1994 with 65 appearances as Michael Burke on the night-time soap opera Valley of the Dolls. In 1995, he appeared as Avery Nugent in the episode "School for Murder" on Murder, She Wrote.[4]

Marlowe also appeared on stage. His most highly acclaimed such performance was at the Chicago Civic Theatre in a production of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman. He was a founding member of Theatre West in Los Angeles.[6]


Marlowe died of a heart attack at age 68 in Los Angeles, California.[10] Marlowe, who was bisexual, never married.[6][11]


Year Title Role Notes
1956The Scarlet HourVince
1956The Young GunsKnox Cutler
1957Men in WarPvt. Meredith
1957The Restless BreedAllan
1958The Cool and the CrazyBennie Saul
1958Young and WildRichard Edward 'Rick' Braden
1959Riot in Juvenile PrisonEddie Bassett
1960The SubterraneansJulien Alexander
1961A Cold Wind in AugustVito Pellegrino
1975Journey into FearJose
1981Circle of PowerTed Bartel
1993Lightning in a BottleSydney Langley
1994ChasersFast Food Clown


  1. Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014. Social Security Administration.
  2. "Claudia DeLeo's Obituary on Asbury Park Press". Asbury Park Press. January 26, 2017. Retrieved July 7, 2017.
  3. "Hostage" details,; accessed August 17, 2015.
  4. "Scott Marlowe profile". Retrieved January 7, 2009.
  5. "The Long Shadow" details,; accessed August 17, 2015.
  6. "Austin Mutti-Mewse, Scott Marlowe obituary". London, UK: The Independent (United Kingdom). February 6, 2001. Retrieved January 10, 2009.
  7. "Have Gun - Will Travel: Duke of Texas synopsis". Retrieved January 16, 2009.
  8. "Have Gun - Will Travel on CBS "The Hanging of Roy Carter"". TV Guide. Retrieved January 16, 2009.
  9. "Have Gun - Will Travel: Charley Red Dog". TV Guide. Retrieved January 16, 2009.
  10. "Scott Marlowe; Actor Had Roles as Young Delinquent". Los Angeles Times. January 29, 2001. Retrieved July 7, 2017.
  11. Hunter, Tab (2006). Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star. Algonquin Books. p. 135. ISBN 9781565125483. Retrieved July 7, 2017.
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