Tully Marshall

Tully Marshall (born William Phillips;[1] April 10, 1864 March 10, 1943) was an American character actor. He had nearly a quarter century of theatrical experience before his debut film appearance in 1914.

Tully Marshall
William Phillips

(1864-04-10)April 10, 1864
DiedMarch 10, 1943(1943-03-10) (aged 78)
Years active1914–1943
Spouse(s)Marion Fairfax (1899-1943; his death)

Early years

Marshall was born in Nevada City, California. He attended private schools and Santa Clara College,[2] from which he graduated with an engineering degree.[3]


Marshall began acting on the stage at 19, appearing in Saratoga at the Winter Garden in San Francisco on March 8, 1883.[2] He played a wide variety of roles on Broadway from 1887. His Broadway credits include The Clever Ones (1914).[4]

For several years, Marshall played with a variety of stock theater troupes, including both acting and being stage manager for E. H. Sothern's company.[2]

In 1909, appearing in Clyde Fitch's drama The City, he was the first actor to say "Goddamn" on Broadway.[5]


In 1914, Marshall arrived in Hollywood. His screen debut was in Paid in Full (1914).[2] By the time D. W. Griffith cast him as the High Priest of Bel in Intolerance (1916), he had already appeared in a number of silent films.

His career continued to thrive during the sound era and he remained busy for the remaining three decades of his life. He played a vast array of drunken trail scouts, lovable grandpas, unforgiving fathers, sinister attorneys and lecherous aristocrats. In one of his last films, This Gun for Hire, he plays a sinister treacherous nitrogen industrialist.

Personal life

Marshall was married to screenwriter and playwright Marion Fairfax.[3]


Marshall died on March 10, 1943, age 78, after a heart attack at his home in Encino, California. His grave is located in Hollywood Forever Cemetery.[1]

Selected filmography

Stage plays

  • Because She Loved Him So (1899)
  • Sky Farm (1902)
  • Hearts Aflame (1902)
  • The Best of Friends (1903)
  • An African Millionaire (1904)
  • Just Out of College (1905)
  • The Stolen Story (1906)
  • The Builders (1907)
  • Paid in Full (1908)
  • The City (1910)
  • The Talker (1912)
  • The Girl and the Pennant (1913)
  • The House of Bondage (1914)
  • The Clever Ones (1915)
  • The Trap (1915)


  1. Wilson, Scott (2016). Resting Places: The Burial Sites of More Than 14,000 Famous Persons, 3d ed. (2 volume set). McFarland. p. 481. ISBN 9780786479924. Retrieved November 30, 2016.
  2. Lowrey, Carolyn (1920). The First One Hundred Noted Men and Women of the Screen. Moffat, Yard. pp. 112–113. Retrieved November 30, 2016.
  3. Katchmer, George A. (2002). A Biographical Dictionary of Silent Film Western Actors and Actresses. McFarland. p. 234. ISBN 9781476609058. Retrieved December 1, 2016.
  4. "("Tully Marshall" search results)". Playbill Vault. Retrieved December 1, 2016.
  5. Saying it facing the audience would have been too shocking for the era – Marshall had to turn his back.
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