|ugh Marlowe (Jan 30.1911 - May 2.1982)|
5'11" and 6'1".
Weight: 170-175 pounds
Siblings: Sidney (1909), G. Worthington (twin),
Shirley R. (1912)
(1) Margaret (Peggy) Davis, radio drama actress
(Nov 23. 1932 - Feb 1938, divorced)
(2) Edith Atwater, actress
(Nov 15/18, 1941 - Sep 16 1945, divorced)
(3) K.T. Stevens (aka Gloria Wood), actress
(May 7, 1946 - Sep 1967, divorced)
Chris(tian) Marlowe, sportscaster (Sep 28, 1951)
Jeff Marlowe, cinematographer (Jul 7, 1948)
(4) Rosemary Macellaro Torri, actress
(aka Rosemary Murtagh)
(1968 - 1982, his death)
Son : Hugh Marlowe Jr. (Feb 1969)
Hugh Marlowe was born on January 30, 1911
as Hugh Herbert Hipple in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, son of Mildred and George W. Hipple of
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.
Above left: Marlowe's film debut as John Marlowe in Brilliant Marriage (1936).
Above right: It Couldn’t Have Happened (But It Did) (1936)Evelyn Brent as Beverly makes goo-goo eyes at Edward (Hugh Marlowe)
Marlowe gained experience with
Victor Jory 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
He made his film debut a year later in Married Before Breakfast (1937) as Kenneth.
Late in 1938 at the Pasadena Playhouse Jory got restless and said "Let go to England. I have some pretty good connections there and I think the change of scene will do us good."
Marlowe said yes. Two piled into a car and burned up the roads coming East.
In Manhattan Jory had to clean up a little personal business before the sailing. A friend of Marlowe's called and suggested he drop over to the Guild Theater. Auditions for the Guild Council's "Young Hopefuls" group were being held. Marlowe went around to 52nd Street and recited parts from Having Wonderful Time. A few hours later he got a call from Brook Pemberton. Pemberton was busy casting Kiss the Boys Goodbye There was a part in it for an actor who could pretend to be an indolent, polo-playing millionaire. Marlowe accepted and was thinking how he would break the news to Jory. Jory came around and hinted sheepishly he'd better be getting back to Hollywood. Both were happy.
He was married to Peggy Davis (daughter of Arthur Davis, a former executive of State Street department store) from Chicago, separated in January 1936 and divorced her in 1938. So the 1940 Census correctly states Marlowe as being 29 and "divorced".
It is more and more common to
(wrongfully) minimize the radio career actors had.
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 (Pictured right).
Over his career Hugh kept performing on Broadway. In late 1940 early 1941, he was romantically linked to actress Cynthia Carlin. In 1941 he performed in the Broadway play The Land is Bright as Wayne Kincaid. In this play he met K.T.Stevens, daughter of director Sam Wood. But he married Edith Atwater in Chicago on November 15, 1941. The news came as a surprise to their friends, for the the young actress and actor only decided to get married a day or two before. A quiet ceremony with no wedding trip, for the bridegroom had performances of The Land is Bright planned the same day. The couple appeared together in a Barnard Bond show at McMillin Theater on April 23. 1942 in a sketch entitled "A Very Nice Dinner". He divorced Edith in September 1945.
Co-starring with K.T. Stevens again 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 Laura (1944),
Above left: Broadway play 1941-42 The Land is Bright as Wayne Kincaid opposite Diane Barrymore (related to Drew Barrymore!).
Above right: Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Marlowe (Edith Atwater), who are having a reunion with their Chicago friends while he is here to play opposite Gertrude Lawrence in Lady in the Dark at the Civic Opera House. (Jan, 1943).
Above left: Going my way?... But it's more a command than a question, When Lana Turner puts it to Hugh Marlowe in a scene in Metro-Goldwyn Mayer's Marriage Is A Private Affair (1944). As her husband and a habitual drinker, Marlowe has been missing for days and in a round-about way throwing more strain on Lana's marriage in the story to John Hodiak. Robert Z. Leonard directed the drama of a wartime bride and her emotional problems.
Above right: K.T. Stevens and Hugh Marlowe, who were offstage principals in a marriage ceremony this week, continue to delight audiences with their make believe romance and bright comedy in The Voice of the Turtle, a Broadway hit (1946).
|Marlowe appeared in such notable movies as Meet Me in St. Louis (1944), Twelve O'Clock High (1949), All About Eve (1950) (below left: with Bette Davis), Night and the City (1950) and The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) with Patricia O'Neal (below right).|
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
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."
The episodes were shot at the Motion Picture Center early in 1954. When interviewed on Ellery Queen Hugh had this to say: "Queen is a changed man now. Then he relied strictly on his wits to solve crimes. There wasn't much physical work involved. But television has toughened him up. Now I get to trade punches with a few of the hardened criminals with which I come in contact."
Above left: Hugh Marlowe, Nina Foch, Edward G. Robinson in Illegal (1955) where Marlowe plays a young, ambitious lawyer.
Above right: Dr. Russell Marvin (Hugh Marlowe) and his wife Carol Marvin (Joan Taylor) both scientists experimenting with rockets to probe the upper atmosphere for future space flight in Earth vs Flying Saucers (1956).
The TV series Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955) has had several role for Hugh Marlowe playing Harold Skinner, Rev. Richard Fell, Dr. Ralph Mannick, Philip Baxter Sr., and Bernard Butler.
On April 8. 1956 Hugh and K.T.'s Brentwood home suffered an estimated $25,000 damage after fire broke out in a closet. It spread to several other rooms before firemen controlled it. The actor was appearing in a stage play. Luckily his wife and children and a housekeeper fled unharmed.
Racier than any of his on-screen roles was an incident that
took place around the same time as the fire when Marlow was starring in
Anniversary Waltz at the Alcazar Theatre in San Francisco in April 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.
The role of a doctor is a popular role for Hugh Marlowe. In Earth vs. Flying Saucers (1956) he played Dr. Russell A. Marvin, in World Without End (1956) he was Dr. John Borden and Doc Carozal in Castle of Evil (1966).
Above left: Hugh Marlowe in 13 Frightened Girls (1963)
Above right: In the episode from TV's Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea , "Thing from Inner Space" (1966) Marlowe played Bainbridge Wells.
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, (1959-1965) 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 The Last Shot You Hear (1969)
Hugh played Charles Nordeck internationally famed marriage-counselor who
demonstrates the use of his gun on his wife... (above left).
On May 2, 1982 Hugh Marlowe passed away in his Manhattan apartment New York, New York from a heart attack.
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