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 .



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: I think we were all created evil! Then some... or some wise guy, some, uh, a leftwinger, or a, a union organizer comes along and tells us that we were all created good, we were all created in His image.

Jackson Two-Bears: He's a murderer, a hired killer. His nose was bit off in a fight.
Frankie Ballou: If I was gonna be scared, I'd be scared of the fella who bit it off, not him!

Maria Forst: There's a Bergman film in the neighborhood.
Richard Forst: I don't feel like getting depressed tonight.

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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.

Father of Ben Marley.

Attended City College of New York.

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