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Frank Marshall

Marshall receives an Inkpot Award at the 1982 San Diego Comic Con. Credit to Alan Light.
Born Frank Wilton Marshall
September 13, 1946 (1946-09-13) (age 63)
Los Angeles, California, USA
Occupation Film producer
Film director
Years active 1968 - present
Spouse(s) Kathleen Kennedy

Frank Wilton Marshall (born September 13, 1946) is a five-time Academy Award-nominated American movie producer and director, often working in collaboration with his wife, Kathleen Kennedy. With Kennedy and Steven Spielberg, he was one of the founders of Amblin Entertainment. He is a partner with Kennedy in The Kennedy/Marshall Company, a film production company formed in 1991, which signed a new contract with Columbia Pictures effective April 1, 2009 and in force through to October 31, 2010.

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Life and career

Marshall was born in Los Angeles, California, the son of composer Jack Marshall. Marshall played collegiate soccer at UCLA in 1967 and 1968.[1]

He has worked on many of Hollywood's biggest films since 1973. In 1981, with his wife Kathleen Kennedy and Steven Spielberg, he co-founded Amblin Entertainment, one of the industry's most productive and profitable production companies.

Marshall is also a former VP, member of the Board of Directors and member of the Executive Committee of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). In 2003 Marshall co-chaired (with Bill Stapleton) a task force on a much needed seven month-long reform process that streamlined the organization and installed a new course for governance. Marshall was recently inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame class of 2008 for his years of service to the USOC.

Marshall is particularly respected for his skills at organizing and managing high quality, large scale productions — both domestically as well as internationally.

He was specifically brought in by Universal, for example, to supervise the difficult production circumstances of The Bourne Identity after filming had begun. He then deftly guided both sequels in the series: The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum through two complex productions from start to finish. Kennedy/Marshall's production of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) received 13 Oscars nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor for Brad Pitt, and Best Supporting Actress for Taraji P. Henson. It won three Oscars for Art Direction, Makeup, and Visual Effects.

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Right to Play

As part of ESPN's anniversary series, "30 for 30", Marshall is directing a documentary about Olympian Johann Olav Koss entitled "Right to Play".[2] According to Marshall, it will seek to capture not only Koss' sporting career and the ideals behind his nonprofit organization, but also his "drive and how it has changed the world."[2] Shooting had already began in Pakistan in early 2009, but the documentary is not expected to be finished until at least mid-2010 as it will incorporate footage from the 2010 Winter Olympics.[2]

Marshall also enjoys magic and has been known to perform under the moniker of "Dr. Fantasy."

Filmography

Director

Year Film Other notes
1990 Arachnophobia 1993 Alive
1995 Congo

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