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Marshall Applewhite (1931–1997)

Applewhite was born in Spur, Texas the son of a Presbyterian Minister. He graduated from high school in Corpus Christi, Texas in 1948. Applewhite briefly enrolled to study as a Minister but changed his mind and went into Music. In 1952 he graudated from Austin College. He then did a brief stint in the US army corps from 1954 to '56. By 1959 he had ... See full bio »

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 2020 Heaven's Gate: The Cult of Cults (TV Mini-Series documentary)
- The Exit: 1996-1997 (2020) ... Self
- The Second Harvest: 1991-1995 (2020) ... Self
- The Chrysalis (2020) ... Self
- The Awakening: 1975 (2020) ... Self
 2020 The UnXplained (TV Series documentary)
Self - Leader of Heaven's Gate
- Deadly Cults (2020) ... Self - Leader of Heaven's Gate
 2019 Explained (TV Series documentary)
Self - Leader, Heaven's Gate
- Cults (2019) ... Self - Leader, Heaven's Gate
 2018 Deep Fat Fried (TV Series)
 2016 Encounters with Evil (TV Series documentary)
Self - Leader, Heaven's Gate
- Prophets of Doom (2016) ... Self - Leader, Heaven's Gate
 2013 America's Book of Secrets (TV Series documentary)
- Deadly Cults (2013) ... Self
 2013 Hidden in America (TV Series)
- Doomsday Cults (2013) ... Self
 2010-2011 Ancient Aliens (TV Series documentary)
- Aliens and Deadly Cults (2011) ... Self
- Angels and Aliens (2010) ... Self
 2007 Join Us (Documentary)
 2007 Heaven's Gate: The Definitive Story (TV Movie documentary)
 2003 History's Mysteries (TV Series documentary)
- Cults (2003) ... Self
 1999 Heaven's Gate: The Untold Story (Documentary)
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 1999 Holy Smoke
Self - States Beliefs of Heaven's Gate (uncredited)
 1998 60 Minutes (TV Series documentary)
Self - Cult Leader
- 60 Minutes at 30 (1998) ... Self - Cult Leader
 1997 The Unexplained (TV Series documentary)
- UFO Cults (1997) ... Self

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Many years before the mass suicide, the TV-movie Mysterious Two (1982) was inspired by some of the beliefs and statements of the Heaven's Gate cult. The character portrayed by John Forsythe, named "He" in the film, was loosely based on Marshall Applewhite, who went by the name "Do" as the leader of Heaven's Gate. See more »

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