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Peter Marshall Poster

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Overview (3)

Born in Huntington, West Virginia, USA
Birth NameRalph Pierre LaCock
Height 6' 2" (1.88 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Peter Marshall was born on March 30, 1926 in Huntington, West Virginia, USA as Ralph Pierre LaCock. He is an actor and writer, known for The Hollywood Squares (Daytime) (1965), Annie (1982) and Harold Robbins' 79 Park Avenue (1977). He has been married to Laurie Marshall since August 19, 1989. He was previously married to Sally Carter-Ihnat and Nadene Rita Teaford.

Spouse (3)

Laurie Marshall (19 August 1989 - present)
Sally Carter-Ihnat (9 October 1977 - 1983) (divorced)
Nadene Rita Teaford (30 June 1947 - July 1973) (divorced) (4 children)

Trivia (56)

Younger brother of Joanne Dru. Uncle of Dick Haymes Jr..
One-time comedy partner of Tommy Noonan.
Father of Pete LaCock, and Suzanne LaCock.
His mother was president of the Motion Picture Mothers from 1975 to 1976.
Has sung with big bands.
Went to New York at age 12 after the death of his pharmacist father, Ralph. He joined his mother, Jeanne, an aspiring costume designer who was working at Macy's as a saleswoman. His 20-year-old sister, Joanne (later known as Joanne Dru), had started a modeling career.
Brother-in-law of C.V. Wood.
Ex-brother-in-law of John Ireland and Dick Haymes.
Marshall reminisces about the making of The Cavern (1964) in the book "A Sci-Fi Swarm and Horror Horde" (McFarland & Co., 2010) by Tom Weaver.
Had known Milton Berle since he was 12.
Was working as an usher in 1948 at the Paramount Theater in New York City, where Frank Sinatra first sang "Night and Day".
Son Pete LaCock played professional baseball for the Chicago Cubs and the Kansas City Royals from 1972 to 1980.
While a page at NBC, he used to work with Ira Skutch, who went on to work as a director for Mark Goodson-Bill Todman Productions.
At age 22 he moved to Los Angeles, California, to pursue a career in singing and comedy.
Persuaded The Hollywood Squares (Daytime) (1965) ex-panelist John Davidson to host the revamped 1980s version, of the same show, which fortunately he did. The second incarnation lasted only 3 seasons.
After Reel to Reel (1998), he retired from hosting game shows at age 72.
Has been singing since he was a teenager.
His sister, Joanne Dru, died in 1996.
Had always wanted to be a singer.
His hobbies included dancing, golfing, singing and listening to music.
Born to a singing family.
Began his career in 1941, working with the Bob Chester Band as a boy singer.
Lived not too far from Julie London and Johnny Carson. The most coincidental thing is they both appeared on The Hollywood Squares (Daytime) (1965).
After his father's death, he and his family relocated back to Huntington, WV.
He filled in for Gary Owens as an announcer on the "Music of Your Life" radio network.
In 2002 he appeared as the "center square" on Hollywood Squares (1998), hosted by Tom Bergeron. Later that week Bergeron himself took over that square as Marshall hosted the curtain call for "The Master of the Hollywood Squares". It was the only time he ever appeared on any of the "Hollywood Squares" shows.
Was hired by Merrill Heatter and Bob Quigley to host The Hollywood Squares (Daytime) (1965) after they saw him in several commercials he made for Kellogg's cereals.
He used to sell newspapers for both the Wheeling Downs in Wheeling, WV, and the Pittsburgh Press in Pittsburgh, PA. After he moved to Los Angeles, he worked as a page at NBC and worked at nightclubs in the L.A. area, often with Ben Blue. He also had been a disc jockey and program director at a radio station.
Had commuted from his home in Encino, CA, to Atlantic City, NJ, every two weeks for 1-1/2 years to host Yahtzee (1988).
Has homes in the San Fernando Valley, CA, and Palm Desert, CA.
Best known by the public as the host of The Hollywood Squares (Daytime) (1965).
Was about to sign a movie contract with 20th Century-Fox in 1944 when he was drafted into the Army. He was sent to Italy, where he wound up broadcasting from a 50,000-watt Army radio station outside of Naples.
He was born in Clarksburg, WV. Shortly after his birth the family moved to Wheeling, WV, where they remained until 1936, when his father died, after which they moved to Huntington, WV.
Used to share the same birthday with Frankie Laine. Marshall went on a big band show with him.
Resides in Encino, California.
His parents put him in a dancing school when he was three years old.
He wasn't the producers' first choice as host of The Hollywood Squares (Daytime) (1965). His best friend, Morey Amsterdam, talked him into hosting the pilot of the show, subbing for Bert Parks. The producers liked what he did and hired him. He hosted for 15 years, until its cancellation in 1981.
Along with Dick Gautier, Marshall co-wrote and appeared in Maryjane (1968), which starred former teen idol Fabian.
Graduated from Huntington High School in Huntington, WV, in 1944.
His The Hollywood Squares (Daytime) (1965) ex-panelist Leslie Uggams worked with him on a short-lived game show, Fantasy (1982), as Marshall's co-hostess.
Met his first wife, Nadine Teaford, at the Havana Beach Club in 1946 in Rosemary Beach, FL, where he was a radio singer.
His idol was Garry Moore.
Though he retired from hosting game shows, as well as acting, he never retired from singing.
Through John Ireland (one of Joanne Dru's husbands), Marshall met Tommy Noonan.
Met Betty White in the movie Let's Dance (1950). They have remained friends for over 65 years.
He, along with Tommy Noonan, introduced Dan Rowan and Dick Martin to each other.
Attended the Pollstar Concert Industry Awards with Shirley Jones in Los Angeles, CA, on Feb. 8, 2007.
Was signed to do the film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) but did not appear in it.
Former classmate of Wally Cox, who appeared opposite Marshall on The Hollywood Squares (Daytime) (1965).
Had appeared on television since he was 23. His first show was "Let's Place the Stars".
When a band leader said he couldn't hired someone with the name LaCock, he decided to change his entire name from Ralph LaCock to Peter Marshall; model agency owner John Robert Powers had given his sister (Joanne Dru) the last name of Marshall when she began to model for the famous agency. He didn't, as has been often said, take the name from his hometown college, although he still follows Marshall's football and basketball teams.
Along with Tommy Noonan, he opened up the Zango Wango Club in Los Angeles for his comedy.
Before he was a successful actor, singer and game show host, he did everything, including being a disc jockey, when he served as program director of a radio station.
Ex-stepfather of Stefan Ihnat.

Personal Quotes (2)

[on action] God, save us from the hotheads who lead us to act foolishly, and from cold feet that would keep us from acting at all.
[on Jackie Mason] I'm not a fan of him as a person, but he made me laugh. He's one of the only guys who did The Hollywood Squares (Daytime) (1965) that I told the producers NOT to ask back. He was disruptive. But he was very good. I followed him up to Harrah's Reno one year. I was there to see his act and he was wonderful, but not a very nice person.

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