John Marley

American actor (1907-1984)

John Marley (October 17, 1907 – May 22, 1984) was an American actor. He played Phil Cavalleri in Love Story (1970) and Jack Woltz in The Godfather (1972).[2]

John Marley
Black-and-white close-up photo of the face of a smiling man with light hair, thick dark eyebrows, and visible stubble.
John Marley from a poster promoting Faces (1968)
Mortimer Marlieb

(1907-10-17)October 17, 1907
New York City, U.S.
DiedMay 22, 1984(1984-05-22) (aged 76)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Resting placeCedar Park Cemetery
Years active1947–1984
  • Stanja Lowe
    (m. 1951; div. 1971)
  • Sandra Marley (m. 1975)



John was born in Harlem, New York City. His parents were Russian Jews. He dropped out of college and then did acting. John served in the  United States Army Signal Corps during World War II.

John appeared in about 250 films and television series. He mainly performed as a supporting actor. He played different and exotic characters. He also appeared on many TV shows and performed on stage. Marley got nominated for an Academy Award as Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his role in Love Story. Marley died during open-heart surgery.


Year Title Role Notes
1942 Native Land Thug With Crowbar Uncredited

as John Marlieb

1947 Kiss of Death Prisoner in Spinning Mill Uncredited
1948 The Naked City Managing Editor Uncredited
1950 Ma and Pa Kettle Go to Town Second Cab Driver Uncredited
1951 The Mob Tony
1952 My Six Convicts Knotty Johnson
1953 The Joe Louis Story Mannie Seamon
1955 The Square Jungle Tommy Dillon - Referee
1956 Time Table Bobik
1958 I Want to Live! Father Devers
1960 Pay or Die D. Caputo, Ragman
Sea Hunt Season 3, Episode 31
1961 Sea Hunt Season 4, Episode 28
1962 The Twilight Zone - Kick the Can Mr. Cox
1963 A Child Is Waiting Holland
The Wheeler Dealers Achilles Dimitros
America, America Garabet
1964 The Twilight Zone - The Old Man in the Cave Jason
1965 Nightmare in the Sun Hogan, Gas station owner
Cat Ballou Frankie Ballou
The Lollipop Cover George
1967 The Wild Wild West King Stefan IX Episode: "The Night of the Wolf"
1968 Faces Richard Forst
In Enemy Country Rausch
1970 A Man Called Sledge Old Man
Love Story Phil Cavalleri Nominated—Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Hawaii Five-O Dr. Gregorios Lemira "The Second Shot"
1971 Clay Pigeon Police Captain
1972 The Dead Are Alive Nikos Samarakis
The Godfather Jack Woltz
1973 Jory Roy Starr
Blade Tommy Blade
1974 Deathdream Charles Brooks
1975 Framed Sal Viccarrone
Kolchak: The Night Stalker Captain Maurice Molnar Episode: "Primal Scream"
1976 W.C. Fields and Me Studio Head Bannerman
1977 The Car Sheriff Everett Peck
Hawaii Five-O Noah "Tread the King's Shadow"
Vengeance Jesus
The Greatest Dr. Ferdie Pacheco
The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover Dave Hindley
1978 Greatest Heroes of the Bible Moses
It Lives Again Mr. Mallory
Hooper Max Berns
1980 Tribute Lou Daniels
1981 Threshold Edgar Fine
The Amateur Molton
SCTV Leonard Bernstein Played parody of his role in The Godfather but with his character as Leonard Bernstein instead of Jack Woltz.
1982 Mother Lode Elijah
1983 Utilities Roy Blue
1986 On the Edge Elmo Glidden (final film role)


  1. Pareles, Jon (May 24, 1984). "John Marley, Actor, An Oscar Nominee and Venice Winner". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 26 August 2017. Retrieved 26 August 2017.
  2. Pareles, Jon (1984-05-24). "JOHN MARLEY, ACTOR, AN OSCAR NOMINEE AND VENICE WINNER". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2022-07-09.