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:

Frankie Ballou: Well now, there's a game for a sheriff - liar's poker. We got our unemployed off the street and made Wolf City safe all in one brilliant stroke.

Richard Forst: I want a divorce. (Maria starts laughing) Did you hear what I said?
Maria Forst: (laughing) Oh, Dickie...
Richard Forst: I want a divorce! (Maria stops laughing) That's the only thing to do, isn't it? Well, why don't you laugh? It's funny!

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

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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.

Married twice and the father of four -- three children, Peter Marley, Julia Marley and Ben Marley, from his first marriage; one child, Alexis Marley, from his second.

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".

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