30,1911 - May 2,1982)
Weight: 170 pounds
(1) Edith Atwater, actress (Nov 18, 1941 - 1946, divorced)
K.T. Stevens (aka Gloria Wood) , actress
(May 20, 1946 - 1967, divorced)
Sons: Chris(tian) Marlowe, sportscaster (Sep 28, 1951),
(3) Rosemary Torri, actress
(1968 - 1982, his death).
: Hugh Marlowe Jr. (Feb 1969)
Twin brother: Worthington
Hugh Marlowe was born on January 30, 1911
as Hugh Herbert Hipple in Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania, son of Mr. and Mrs George W.Hipple of
He went to Senn High School in Chicago where he made his first steps on
stage. He played football at Wisconsin.
Understandably he changed his name when he
started out as an actor. Marlowe (sometimes credited as John Marlowe)
usually was a secondary lead. He
preferred character parts. Marlowe also has a way of speaking with clear and
precise enunciation of words so that the audience has no trouble hearing and
understanding what he is saying. Marlowe spoke Spanish, liked Classical
music, read the Bible, Shakespeare, and Dante. He got that way in
Marshall-Field's book department as a clerk. He hated chemistry but if he
had had another chance at college he'd become a doctor or a chemist.
Started his career as a radio announcer
at WHO in Des Moines, Iowa, and when he left the station his old job was given
to another would-be actor named Ronald Reagan.
His radio debut was on Hollywood
Hotel with Leslie Howard in "The Amateur Gentlemen,"(1935)
he has worked on the Kate Smith hour, the American School of the Air as
Jim on the Brenda Curtis series opposite Vicki Vola.
Marlowe gained experience at the Pasadena Playhouse, a
celebrated movie-actors' training ground in those days,
launching his film career in 1936. He made his
stage debut in London and later debuted on Broadway in "Arrest That
Woman."(1936) He made his film debut a year later in
"Married Before Breakfast" (1937) as Kenneth.
It is more and more common to
(wrongfully) minimalize the career actors had in radio.
But as was the case with Hugh his days as a radio announcer were a
steppingstone for his stage and movie career. He played
Queen in the first season of the
successful series (1940) opposite
Marion Shockley, a
role he would reprise for TV later.
Over his career Hugh kept performing on Broadway. In 1941 he appeared in
the Broadway play "The Land is Bright" as Wayne
Kincaid. In this play he met K.T.Stevens, daughter of director Sam
Wood. Co-starring in a 1944 Chicago production of "The Voice of the
Turtle", they married in 1946. The couple went on to grace more than 20
stage shows together, including a Broadway production of the classic film
Marlowe appeared in such notable movies as "Meet Me in St. Louis"
"Twelve O'Clock High" (1949), "All About Eve"
(1950), "Night and the City"
(1950) and "The Day the Earth Stood Still"
Making his first TV Guest Appearance in 1953's The
Philco Television Playhouse episode: Train to Trouble (episode # 6.4). Soon
thereafter he got the title role in "The
Adventures of Ellery Queen"
(1954-56) a role he already played
some 14 years earlier in radio.
In 1954 Hugh Marlowe had this to say on TV sleuths: "In spite of what
everybody says, a mystery plot is one of the few that can be solved in 28
minutes. You don't need Robert E. Sherwood to write it. I would rather do a
28-minute mystery well than some great classic that would require 50 hours of
rehearsal and would fail because It couldn't be crowded into an hour."
TV series "Alfred
(1955) has had several role for Hugh Marlowe
playing Harold Skinner, Rev. Richard Fell, Dr. Ralph Mannick, Philip Baxter Sr.,
and Bernard Butler.
Racier than any of his on-screen roles was an incident that took place when
Marlow was starring in Anniversary Waltz at the Alcazar Theatre in San
Francisco in 1956. A few seconds after the curtain went down on the second act,
his co-star Marjorie Lord slapped his face and sent him reeling. And Marlowe
slapped her back. The tabloids loved it. HE KISSES, SHE SLAPS,
HE'S FIRED, headlined the New York Journal-American.
Versions of the incident differed. The feud had started a week or so earlier
when Marjorie Lord objected that Marlowe was "overly ardent in the love
scenes." She accused him of inventing 'some quite violent embraces that
weren't in the script at all." That night something happened to provoke the
fight. In newspapers Marjorie was quoted "Frequently he...well, some things
just weren't in the script," and "Mr. Marlowe didn't seem to be
impressed with dialogue so I slapped him."
Marlowe replied "So I slapped her right back in the heat of emotion. And I
told her, 'I wouldn't let President Eisenhower himself do that if I was right.'
Then she said, 'You're never going to be allowed to kiss me like you did tonight
any more.' That's all there was to it. She's a wonderful person."
After the incident the actors finished the performance. The following night,
however, when Marlowe showed up at the stage door, it was barred to him. The
actor was informed his contract had been terminated.
The role of a doctor is a popular role for Hugh Marlowe.
vs. Flying Saucers"
(1956) he played Dr. Russell A. Marvin, in
"World Without End"
he was Dr. John
Borden and Doc Carozal in "Castle
of Evil" (1966).
From then on he appeared primarily as a television guest star, usually in
westerns or crime dramas. In 1962, Marlowe played the part of Sam Garner in the
episode "The Pitchwagon" on CBS's Rawhide. He made six guest
appearances on Perry Mason,
playing several different characters he was Doctor Lambert, Brander Harris,
Cmdr. James Page, Guy Munford, Jarvis Baker, and Ernest Stone.
The marriage with KT Stevens well until about 1966, when Hugh fell in love
with his co-star, the talented young actress Rosemary Torri. They started an
affair, and in mid 1968, Rosemary got pregnant. K.T. and Hugh divorced in a
quick fashion and Hugh married Rosemary right after the divorce was made final.
Their son, Hugh Marlowe III, was born in February 1969.
In off-Broadway productions Hugh Marlowe has been in "The
Deer Park" (1967)
and "All My Sons"
From 1969 to 1982 he was the last of four actors
to portray the Matthews family patriarch Jim Matthews in the
daytime serial "Another World."
On May 2, 1982 Hugh Marlowe passed away in his Manhattan apartment New York, New York from a heart