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Producer Profile: Frank Marshall


Production Company: Kennedy/Marshall Company
Occupation: Producer/Director/Writer
Active Years: 30+

FRANK MARSHALL is one of the motion picture industry's most respected filmmakers. With an astonishing number of films to his credit as a visionary producer who irrevocably transformed American film, he has also excelled as a director and, transcending his chosen industry, found the time to devote his talents to numerous endeavors in public service and sports.

As a producer, Marshall has over fifty films under his belt. He has already made several trips to the Academy Awards®, having been nominated in the Best Picture category in 1982 for "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and again in the same category in 1985 for "The Color Purple" with co-producers Steven Spielberg, Quincy Jones and his wife, Kathleen Kennedy. One of his most recent projects, M. Night Shyamalan's 1999 box office smash "The Sixth Sense," was nominated for six Academy Awards®, including Best Picture.

As a director, Marshall's credits include the summer 1995 hit adventure,"Congo," based on Michael Crichton's best-selling novel; the sensitive true-life drama, "Alive," from Piers Paul Reid's non-fiction book; the thriller "Arachnophobia"; and an episode of the Emmy Award-winning HBO miniseries, "From the Earth to the Moon."

Marshall began his motion picture career as assistant to Peter Bogdanovich on the director's cult classic, "Targets." He was then asked by Bogdanovich to serve as location manager for "The Last Picture Show" and "What's Up, Doc?" before graduating to associate producer on the filmmaker's next five movies, including "Paper Moon" and "Nickelodeon."

Marshall was line producer on Martin Scorsese's "The Last Waltz," the heralded musical documentary on The Band. He then began a two-film association with director Walter Hill, first as associate producer on "The Driver," then as executive producer of "The Warriors," both of which have also attained a certain cult status among cineastes. Marshall was also line producer of Orson Welles's legendary unfinished film, "The Other Side of the Wind," to which he periodically returned from 1971 through 1976.

"Raiders of the Lost Ark" marked the beginning of Marshall's epochal collaboration with Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and Kathleen Kennedy. Following the productions of "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" (for which he was production supervisor) and "Poltergeist" (which he produced), in 1981 he formed industry powerhouse Amblin Entertainment with Spielberg and Kennedy. During his tenure at Amblin, Marshall also produced such films as Kevin Reynolds's "Fandango," Barry Levinson's "Young Sherlock Holmes," "Gremlins," "Poltergeist," the "Back to the Future" trilogy, "Who Framed Roger Rabbit," and Spielberg's "Always," "Hook," and "Empire of the Sun," as well as his own directorial debut, "Arachnophobia."

Marshall left Amblin in the fall of 1991 to pursue his directing career. Together with Kathleen Kennedy, he formed The Kennedy/Marshall Company, under which "Alive" was the company's first release. In 1995, he directed "Congo" and produced the highly acclaimed film "The Indian in the Cupboard" with Kathleen Kennedy and Jane Startz. In 1997, he directed his episode of "From the Earth to the Moon," which centered around the Apollo 11 moon landing.

The Kennedy/Marshall Company's productions include a remarkably diverse group of films, including "Snow Falling on Cedars," directed by Scott Hicks; "A Map of the World," starring Sigourney Weaver and Julianne Moore; "The Sixth Sense," starring Bruce Willis and Haley Joel Osment; "Olympic Glory," the first official large format film of the Olympic Games; "The Bourne Identity," starring Matt Damon; M. Night Shyamalan's "Signs," and this year's box office success, "Seabiscuit," the dramatic true story based on Laura Hillenbrand's bestselling book and directed by Gary Ross.

Marshall is currently producing "The Bourne Supremacy," with Paul Greengrass to direct and Matt Damon returning as Jason Bourne. Photography will commence this fall in Berlin and Moscow.

While at UCLA, Marshall ran cross-country and track and was a three-year Varsity letterman in soccer. He continues to find time for his love of music and sports and participates in distance races worldwide. Combining his passions for music and running, he, along with America's premiere miler Steve Scott, founded the Rock 'N' Roll Marathon, which debuted in 1998 in San Diego as the largest first time marathon in history.

Marshall is a Vice President of the United States Olympic Committee, a board member of The Los Angeles Sports Council, Co-Chairman of The L.A. Mentoring Partnership and a member of the UCLA Foundation Board of Governors. He is a recipient of the acclaimed American Academy of Achievement Award, the UCLA Alumni Professional Achievement Award and the California Mentor Initiative's Leadership Award.

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