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John Marley Overview:

Actor, John Marley, was born on Oct 17, 1907 in New York City, NY. Marley died at the age of 76 on May 22, 1984 in Los Angeles County, CA .

HONORS and AWARDS:

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Although Marley was nominated for one Oscar, he never won a competitive Academy Award.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1970Best Supporting ActorLove Story (1970)Phil CavilleriNominated
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John Marley Quotes:

Richard Forst: What is it that, that weighs five thousand pounds and it's got a stick through it? A hippo popsicle.


Richard Forst: You're not fat.
Jeannie: What?
Richard Forst: You're voluptuous.


Garabet: [Philosophically] There's too much dirt for a broom.


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John Marley Facts
During rehearsals for John's notorious horse head bedroom scene in The Godfather (1972) a fake horse's head was used. For the actual day of shooting, however, a freshly severed horse's head was used from a slaughterhouse in New Jersey. The blood, however, was not real.

Reprised his role as Jack Woltz for a lengthy Godfather parody by "SCTV" (1976) in 1981. Here he plays Leonard Bernstein (whom he closely resembled), who refuses to give Johnny Pavorotti (John Candy) the lead role in the "new war opera".

Attended City College of New York.

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