Paul Marco


Paul Marco (June 10, 1927 – May 14, 2006) was an American actor. He often appeared in movies made by Ed Wood, including the "Kelton Trilogy": Bride of the Monster, Night of the Ghouls and Plan 9 from Outer Space. In this trilogy, he played a bumbling, fearful policeman named Kelton.

Paul Marco
Angelo Inzalaco

(1927-06-10)June 10, 1927
DiedMay 14, 2006(2006-05-14) (aged 78)


Marco was born in Los Angeles. He took lessons in drama, singing, and dancing at an early age. After graduating from Hollywood High School, he served in the United States Navy during World War II.

His first known movie role was a small part in the 1944 movie Sweet and Low-Down with Benny Goodman.[1] In the early 1950s, The Amazing Criswell predicted on national television that Paul Marco would go far in the movie business. Criswell introduced Marco to Ed Wood. In turn, Marco introduced Ed Wood to Bunny Breckinridge, a gay Shakespearean actor. Breckinridge lived with Marco for a time and co-starred in Wood's Plan 9 from Outer Space.

Marco depended on Wood for parts. He more or less retired as an actor as Ed Wood's movies shifted more and more towards pornography. In 1995, Marco recorded "Home on the Strange", in which he reprised his Kelton character for Dionysus Records. He revived Kelton once more in the 2005 science fiction satire/tribute film The Naked Monster. On May 14, 2006, Paul Marco died after a battle with hip problems and chronic illness. He was 78.

Movie listEdit

Year Film Role Notes
1944 Sweet and Low-Down Uncredited
1952 Hiawatha
1955 Bride of the Monster Officer Kelton Alternative title: Bride of the Atom
1959 Night of the Ghouls Patrolman Paul Kelton Alternative title: Revenge of the Dead
Plan 9 from Outer Space
1961 The Young Savages Uncredited
1965 Rat Fink
1989 Horror Talk
2005 The Naked Monster Kelton the Cop
2009 Kelton's Dark Corner: Trilogy One Direct-to-DVD release
Year Title Role Notes
1960 The Donna Reed Show Plumber #3 1 episode
77 Sunset Strip Jeep Driver 1 episode


  • Sloan, Will. (April 2005). "Can Your Heart Stand the Shocking Facts About Kelton the Cop A/K/A Paul Marco?" Filmfax, pp. 88-89


  1. "Paul Marco". 2006-03-16. Retrieved 2009-09-20.

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