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Peter Marshall

Biography

Primary host of TV game show Hollywood Squares, who presented the show from 1966 to 1981. As an adolescent, he worked being a theater usher. His Hollywood Squares web host work was the initial steady one he ever arrived. He wedded his first wife, Nadene R. Teaford, in 1947. He provides four children called Pete, Suzanne, David and Jaime. He was the initial web host of Hollywood Squares, whereas Tom Bergeron was the 4th.

Quick Facts


Full Name Peter Marshall
Date Of Birth March 30, 1926
Died January 26, 1949, Washington, D.C., United States
Place Of Birth Huntington, WV
Height 1.87 m
Profession Game Show Host
Nationality American
Spouse Laurie Marshall, Marya Carter, Nadene R. Teaford
Children Pete LaCock, Suzanne LaCock, Jaime LaCock, David LaCock
Parents Ralph LaCock, Jeanne LaCock
Siblings Joanne Dru
Awards Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show Host
Nominations Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Daytime Programming - Individuals, Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding host/hostess in a variety series
Movies Annie, Swingin' Along, The Rookie, Ensign Pulver, FBI Girl, Happy Anniversary and Goodbye, The 49th Man, A Guide for the Married Woman, Sista dansen, The Return of Jesse James, Little Voice, Americathon, Take Me High, Teddy Bears' Picnic, 79 Park Avenue, Now You See Me, Now You Don't
TV Shows Hollywood Squares, All-Star Blitz, Storybook Squares, The Reel to Reel Picture Show, Yahtzee, Fantasy
Star Sign Aries

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#Fact
1Ex-stepfather of Stefan Ihnat.
2Before he was a successful actor, singer and a game show host, he did everything, including being a disc jockey, when he served as program director of a radio station.
3Along with Tommy Noonan, he opened up the Zango Wango club in Los Angeles, for his comedy.
4When 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.
5Had appeared on television since he was 23. His first show was "Let's Place the Stars.".
6Former classmate of Wally Cox, who appeared opposite Marshall on The Hollywood Squares (1965).
7Was signed to do the film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) but did not appear in it.
8Attended the Pollstar Concert Industry Awards, with Shirley Jones, in Los Angeles, CA, on Feb. 8, 2007.
9He, along with Tommy Noonan, introduced Dan Rowan and Dick Martin to each other.
10Met Betty White in the movie Let's Dance (1950). They remained friends for 65 years.
11Through John Ireland (one of Joanne Dru's husbands), Marshall met Tommy Noonan.
12Though he retired from hosting game shows, as well as acting, he never retired from singing.
13His idol was Garry Moore.
14Met his first wife, Nadine Teaford, at the Havana Beach Club in 1946 in Rosemary Beach, FL, where he was a radio singer.
15His ex-The Hollywood Squares (1965) panelist, Leslie Uggams, worked with him on a short-lived game show, Fantasy (1982), as Marshall's co-hostess.
16Graduated from Huntington High School in Huntington, WV, in 1944.
17Along with Richard Gautier, Marshall co-wrote and appeared in Maryjane (1968), which starred former teen idol Fabian.
18He wasn't the producers' first choice as host of The Hollywood Squares (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.
19His parents put him in a dancing school when he was three years old.
20Resides in Encino, California.
21Used to share the same birthday with Frankie Laine. Marshall went on a big band show with him.
22He 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.
23Was 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.
24Best known by the public as the host of The Hollywood Squares (1965).
25Has homes in the San Fernando Valley, CA, and Palm Desert, CA.
26Before he was a successful actor, singer and a game show host, he was a page for the NBC symphony orchestra in New York City, New York.
27Had commuted from his home in Encino, CA, to Atlantic City, NJ, every two weeks for 1-1/2 years to host Yahtzee (1988).
28He 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 held such jobs as a page at NBC and working 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.
29Was hired by Merrill Heatter and Bob Quigley to host The Hollywood Squares (1965) after they saw him in several commercials he made for Kellogg's cereals.
30In 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.
31He filled in for Gary Owens, as an announcer on the "Music of Your Life" radio network.
32After his father's death, he and his family relocated back to Huntington, WV.
33Lived not too far from Julie London and Johnny Carson. The most coincidental thing is they both appeared on The Hollywood Squares (1965).
34Began his career in 1941, working with the Bob Chester Band as a boy singer.
35Born to a singing family.
36His hobbies included dancing, golfing, singing and listening to music.
37Had always wanted to be a singer.
38His sister, Joanne Dru, died in 1996.
39Was influenced by: Bob Goen, Pat Finn, Graham Elwood, Chuck Woolery and Vicki Lawrence.
40Has been singing since he was a teenager.
41After Reel to Reel (1998), he retired from hosting game shows at age 72.
42Had talked ex-The Hollywood Squares (1965) panelist, John Davidson to host the revamped 1980s version, of the same show, which fortunately he did. The second incarnation lasted only 3 seasons.
43At age 22 he moved to Los Angeles, California, to pursue a career in singing and comedy.
44While 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.
45Son Pete LaCock played professional baseball for the Chicago Cubs and the Kansas City Royals from 1972-80.
46Was working as an usher in 1948 at the Paramount Theater, in New York City, where Frank Sinatra first sang "Night and Day".
47Had known Milton Berle since he was 12.
48Marshall reminisces about the making of The Cavern (1964) in the book, "A Sci-Fi Swarm and Horror Horde" (McFarland & Co., 2010), by Tom Weaver.
49Ex-brother-in-law of John Ireland and Dick Haymes.
50Brother-in-law of C.V. Wood.
51Went 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.
52Currently sings with Big Bands.
53His mother was president of the Motion Picture Mothers from 1975-76.
54Father of Pete LaCock, and Suzanne LaCock.
55One-time comedy partner of Tommy Noonan.
56Brother of Joanne Dru. Uncle of Dick Haymes Jr..


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Minimize Me2011ShortAnnie's Father
Teddy Bears' Picnic2002Peter Marshall
Reel to Reel1998TV MovieEmcee
The Parent 'Hood1997TV SeriesChuck Roxbury
The Bold and the Beautiful1997TV Series
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch1997TV SeriesGame Show Host
Burke's Law1995TV SeriesMr. Game Show
Sista dansen1993Host in Blackpool
Sledge Hammer!1986TV SeriesBob Kenny
Automan1984TV SeriesKeith Gillette
Hotel1983TV SeriesGarrett Rhodes
H.M.S. Pinafore1982TV MovieCaptain Corcoran
The Love Boat1979-1982TV SeriesFranklin / Dr. Todd Gardiner
CHiPs1979-1982TV SeriesVincent / Peter Marshall
Annie1982Bert Healy
Fantasy Island1981TV SeriesTom Wilkerson
WKRP in Cincinnati1980TV SeriesPhil Tarry
Lou Grant1979TV SeriesMcQueen
A Guide for the Married Woman1978TV MovieFred Hurley
Rabbit Test1978Peter Marshall (as Peter La Cock)
Harold Robbins' 79 Park Avenue1977TV Mini-SeriesBrian Whitfield
Big Hawaii1977TV SeriesFred Whipple
Lanigan's Rabbi1977TV SeriesMike Alessio
Happy Anniversary and Goodbye1974TV MovieGreg Carter
Banacek1974TV SeriesHal Parker
Love, American Style1969-1973TV SeriesStan (segment "Love and the Weirdo") / Freddie Knockman (segment "Love and the Amateur Night") / Arnold Pfister (segment "Love and the Mountain Cabin")
The Good Life1971TV SeriesTrevor Phipps
Maryjane1968
Ensign Pulver1964Carney (as Peter L. Marshall)
The Cavern1964Lt. Peter Carter (as Peter L. Marshall)
77 Sunset Strip1963TV SeriesCharles Bell
The Lucy Show1963TV SeriesHughie
Swingin' Along1961Duke (as Pete Marshall)
The Rookie1959MSgt. Pete Marshall / Japanese Submarine Sailor (as Pete Marshall)
The Millionaire1959TV SeriesHarry Mercer
Harbor Command1958TV SeriesPinkey Parker
Men of Annapolis1957TV SeriesCoach
The 20th Century-Fox Hour1956TV SeriesMechanic
Saturday Spectacular: Manhattan Tower1956TV MovieSteven
The 49th Man1953Leo Wayne
Starlift1951Emcee (uncredited)
FBI Girl1951Television Act (as Pete Marshall)
Holiday Rhythm1950Orderly
The Return of Jesse James1950George
Let There Be Stars1949TV Series

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
My Music: The Big Band Years2009TV Movie introductions
Wild in the Sky1972
Maryjane1968writer

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Annie1982performer: "You're Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile" - uncredited
The Rookie1959performer: "I'm Goin' Home" - uncredited

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Looking Back at the Future2006Documentary special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Dinah!1974-1977TV SeriesHimself
4th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards1977TV SpecialHimself
Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Peter Marshall1977TV SpecialHimself
The 3rd Annual People's Choice Awards1977TV SpecialHimself - Performer
The Peter Marshall Variety Show1977TV SeriesHimself - Host
Circus of the Stars1977TV Special documentaryHimself - Performer
Gala de l'union1976TV SeriesHimself
Celebrity Bowling1972-1975TV SeriesHimself
Mitzi and a Hundred Guys1975TV SpecialHimself (uncredited)
Dinah's Place1973TV SeriesHimself
All-Star Baffle1973TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1966-1973TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
Stand Up and Cheer1973TV SeriesHimself
Laugh-In1972TV SeriesHimself
This Is Your Life1971TV SeriesHimself
The Hollywood Squares1971TV SeriesHost
Mantrap1971TV SeriesHimself
The Pet Set1971TV Series documentaryHimself
Amateur's Guide to Love1971TV MovieHimself
The Virginia Graham Show1971TV SeriesHimself
Name Droppers1970TV SeriesHimself
Della1969TV SeriesHimself
Allen Ludden's Gallery1969TV SeriesHimself
The Match Game1969TV SeriesHimself - Team Captain
The Storybook Squares1969TV SeriesHimself - Host
Snap Judgment1968TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Pat Boone Show1968TV SeriesHimself
The Woody Woodbury Show1967-1968TV SeriesHimself
The Bell Telephone Hour1966TV SeriesHimself - Singer
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre1963TV SeriesHimself / Host, (1971-1972) (NBC Action Playhouse version)
The Ed Sullivan Show1960-1961TV SeriesComedian
I Love, You Love1961DocumentaryNarrator
The Big Party1959TV SeriesHimself
The George Gobel Show1957-1958TV SeriesHimself
The Garry Moore Show1958TV SeriesHimself
Bowery Rhapsody: The Rise and Redemption of Hollywood's Original 'Brat Pack'2017Documentary post-productionHimself
Rose Marie2017post-productionHimself
Untitled Bill Hayes DocumentaryDocumentary post-production
My Music: Starlight Ballroom2015TV MovieHimself - Host
Inside Edition2012TV Series documentaryHimself
My Music: Big Band Vocalists2012TV MovieHimself - Co-Host
The 38th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards2011TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Lifetime Achievement Award to Alex Trebek
My Music: The Big Band Years2009TV MovieHimself - Host
The Florence Henderson Show2009TV SeriesHimself
Pioneers of Television2008TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
The 4th Annual TV Land Awards2006TV SpecialHimself
Moments to Remember: My Music2006TV Movie documentaryHimself - Host
Edgar G. Ulmer - The Man Off-screen2004DocumentaryHimself
E! True Hollywood Story2003TV Series documentaryHimself
Hollywood Squares2002TV SeriesHimself - Panelist / Himself - Guest Host
The Most Outrageous Game Show Moments2002TV SpecialHimself - Co-Host
E! Mysteries & Scandals2001TV Series documentaryHimself
The Test2001TV SeriesHimself - Panelist
The Bold and the Beautiful1997TV SeriesHimself
MADtv1995TV SeriesHimself
Donahue1995TV SeriesHimself
In Living Color1993-1994TV SeriesHimself
Miss World 19901990TV SpecialHimself - Host
3rd Degree!1989TV SeriesHost (pilot only)
Couch Potatoes1989TV SeriesHimself
Yahtzee1988TV SeriesHost
NBC 60th Anniversary Celebration1986TV Special documentaryHimself
All Star Blitz1985TV SeriesHimself - Host
Fantasy1982-1983TV SeriesHimself - Host
Family Feud1983TV SeriesHimself
A Gift of Music1981TV SpecialHimself
The 8th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards1981TV SpecialHimself - Winner
CHiPs1980TV SeriesHimself
Password Plus1979-1980TV SeriesHimself - Celebrity Contestant
The Hollywood Squares1966-1980TV SeriesHimself - Host
Americathon1979Himself
Everyday1978TV SeriesHimself
Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Betty White1978TV SpecialHimself - Comedian
The Mike Douglas Show1971-1978TV SeriesHimself - TV Game Show Host / Himself - Co-Host
America 2-Night1978TV SeriesHimself
The Jim Nabors Show1978TV SeriesHimself
The Alan Hamel Show1978TV SeriesHimself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1981Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Host or Hostess in a Game or Audience Participation ShowThe Hollywood Squares (1965)
1980Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Host or Hostess in a Game or Audience Participation ShowThe Hollywood Squares (1965)
1975Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Host in a Game Show or Audience Participation ShowThe Hollywood Squares (1965)
1974Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsBest Host or Hostess in a Game ShowThe Hollywood Squares (1965)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1983Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Host or Hostess in a Variety SeriesFantasy (1982)
1979Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Host or Hostess in a Game or Audience Participation ShowThe Hollywood Squares (1965)
1976Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Host or Hostess - Game or Audience Participation ShowThe Hollywood Squares (1965)
1973Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Achievement by Individuals in Daytime ProgrammingThe Hollywood Squares (1965)
1972Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Achievement in Daytime Programming - IndividualsThe Hollywood Squares (1965)


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#Quote
1[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 (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.
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.


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