Frank Marshall
Frank Marshall Deauville 2012.jpg
Frank Wilton Marshall

(1946-09-13) September 13, 1946 (age 76)
Glendale, California, United States
OccupationFilm producer, film director, Actor
Years active1968–present
(m. 1987)
AwardsInkpot Award (1982)[1]

Frank Wilton Marshall (born September 13, 1946) is an American film producer and director. He often collaborates with his wife, film producer Kathleen Kennedy. With Kennedy and Steven Spielberg, he was one of the founders of Amblin Entertainment. In 1991, he founded, with Kennedy, The Kennedy/Marshall Company, a film production company which has a contract with Amblin Partners. Since May 2012, with Kennedy taking on the role of President of Lucasfilm, Marshall has been Kennedy/Marshall's sole principal.[2] Marshall has consistently collaborated with directors Spielberg, Paul Greengrass, and Peter Bogdanovich. He received the Irving G. Thalberg award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2018, awarded to "creative producers, whose bodies of work reflect a consistently high quality of motion picture production."[3][4][5]

Life and career

Born in Glendale, California, Marshall is the son of guitarist, conductor and composer Jack Marshall. His early years were spent in Van Nuys, California. In 1961, his family moved to Newport Beach, where he attended Newport Harbor High School, and was active in music, drama, cross country, and track. He entered UCLA in 1964 as an engineering major, and graduated in 1968 with a degree in Political science. While at UCLA, he was initiated into Alpha Tau Omega fraternity,[6] helped create its first NCAA soccer team, and played collegiate soccer there in 1966, 1967 and 1968.[7]

In 1966, he met film director Peter Bogdanovich at a birthday party for the daughter of director John Ford, a friend of his father. Marshall volunteered to work on Bogdanovich's first film, Targets (1968), which became his apprenticeship in film production, as he assumed various productions roles, even appearing in a bit part. Following graduation from UCLA, Marshall spent the next two years working in Aspen and Marina del Rey, as a waiter/guitar player at "The Randy Tar," a steak and lobster restaurant. While traveling through Europe in March 1970, he received another call from Bogdanovich, offering him a position on The Last Picture Show (1971). Three days later he arrived in Archer City, Texas, doubling as location manager and actor in this seminal film. Under Bogdanovich's guidance, Marshall would work his way up from producer's assistant to associate producer on five more films. He branched out to work with Martin Scorsese as a line producer on the music documentary The Last Waltz (1978) and as an associate producer on director Walter Hill's gritty crime thriller, The Driver (1978). The following year, Marshall earned his first executive producer credit on Hill's cult classic street gang movie, The Warriors (1979). He continues to collaborate with Bogdanovich, working to complete their tenth film together, Orson Welles' unfinished The Other Side of the Wind in 2018.[8]

Marshall in 1982.
Marshall in 1982.

In 1981, together with his future wife Kathleen Kennedy and Steven Spielberg, he co-founded Amblin Entertainment, one of the industry's most productive and profitable production companies. As a producer, Marshall has received five Oscar nominations for Best Picture for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), Seabiscuit (2003), The Sixth Sense (1999), The Color Purple (1985), and Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981).[9] During the 1980s and 1990s, Marshall served on the advisory board of the National Student Film Institute.[10][11]

His feature film directing debut was the thriller Arachnophobia (1990), starring Jeff Daniels. In 1991, he and Kennedy created The Kennedy/Marshall Company and began producing their own films. Marshall directed the company's first film, Alive (1993), about a rugby team struggling to survive in the snow after their plane crashes in the Andes. Next, he directed Congo (1995), based on Michael Crichton's novel, followed by Eight Below (2006),[9] an adventure about loyalty and the bonds of friendship set in the extreme wilderness of Antarctica. In 1998, he directed the episode "Mare Tranquilitatis", for the Emmy Award-winning HBO miniseries From the Earth to the Moon. As part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series, Marshall directed a documentary about Olympian Johann Olav Koss entitled Right to Play (2012). (the name of Koss's humanitarian organisation).[12] Marshall stated that the documentary, broadcast in 2012, sought to capture not only Koss' sporting career and the ideals behind his nonprofit organization, but also his "drive and how it has changed the world."[12]

From 1991 to 2012, The Kennedy/Marshall Company produced many films, including The Sixth Sense, Signs, Seabiscuit, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, War Horse, Lincoln, the Bourne series and the feature documentary The Armstrong Lie (2013). Since taking over as sole principal of the company, Marshall has broadened its slate beyond feature films to include television, documentaries and Broadway musicals. In 2015, he produced the Emmy Award-nominated documentary Sinatra: All or Nothing at All for HBO and the summer blockbuster Jurassic World (2015), which has become the sixth highest-grossing film of all time.[13] In 2020, he directed the Hélder Guimarães virtual magic shows The Present and The Future for the Geffen Stayhouse, which both had sold out runs and The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart, which was released by HBO in December, 2020 and nominated for six Emmys. He is currently producing the film Jurassic World Dominion, the third film in the Jurassic World trilogy, which will be released on June 10, 2022.

Marshall is a former VP, member of the board of directors and member of the Executive Committee of the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC). He was awarded the Olympic Shield in 2005, and inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame class of 2008 for his years of service to the USOPC.[14]

Currently, he serves on the board of Athletes for Hope, LA's Promise Fund, as Board Chair of The Archer School for Girls, and on the UCLA School of Theater, Film & Television Executive Board. He is a recipient of the Golden Plate Award of the American Academy of Achievement presented alongside Kathleen Kennedy by Awards Council member George Lucas,[15] the UCLA Alumni Professional Achievement Award and the California Mentor Initiative's Leadership Award. In June 2004, Marshall gave the Commencement Address at the UCLA College of Letters and Science graduation ceremony in Pauley Pavilion.[16]

Marshall enjoys magic and music and has performed under the moniker of "Dr. Fantasy" or "DJ Master Frank".[17] Marshall and American premiere miler Steve Scott founded the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series, which debuted in 1998 in San Diego as the largest first-time marathon in history.[18]


As director

Year Title Director Executive
1990 Arachnophobia Yes Yes Nominated–Saturn Award for Best Director
1993 Alive Yes
1995 Congo Yes Nominated–Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Director
Nominated–Saturn Award for Best Director
2006 Eight Below Yes Yes
2020 The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart Yes Yes Philadelphia Film Festival for Best Documentary (Audience Award)
Nominated–Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special
Nominated–Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Documentary/Nonfiction Program

As producer

Year Title Notes
1973 Paper Moon
1975 At Long Last Love
1976 Nickelodeon
1981 Raiders of the Lost Ark Nominated–Academy Award for Best Picture
Nominated–BAFTA Award for Best Film
1982 Poltergeist
1985 The Color Purple Nominated–Academy Award for Best Picture
Nominated–Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama
1986 The Money Pit
1987 Empire of the Sun Nominated–Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama
1988 Who Framed Roger Rabbit Saturn Award for Best Fantasy Film
Nominated–Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
1989 Always
1991 Hook
1992 Noises Off
1994 Milk Money
1995 The Indian in the Cupboard
1999 The Sixth Sense Nominated–Academy Award for Best Picture
Nominated–BAFTA Award for Best Film
Snow Falling on Cedars Nominated–Satellite Award for Best Film – Drama
A Map of the World
2002 Signs
2003 Seabiscuit Nominated–Academy Award for Best Picture
The Young Black Stallion
2004 The Bourne Supremacy Nominated–Saturn Award for Best Action/Adventure/Thriller Film
2006 Roving Mars
2007 The Bourne Ultimatum
2008 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-off or Sequel
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Saturn Award for Best Fantasy Film
Nominated–Academy Award for Best Picture
Nominated–BAFTA Award for Best Film
2009 Crossing Over
2010 The Last Airbender Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Picture
Nominated–Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-off or Sequel
2012 The Bourne Legacy
2014 The Tale of the Princess Kaguya U.S. dub co-production with Studio Ghibli[19]
2015 Jurassic World
2016 The BFG
Jason Bourne
Assassin's Creed
2018 Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
The Other Side of the Wind Also production manager
2019 The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash
2020 Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous
2021 Diana Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Picture
2022 Jurassic World Dominion
2023 Untitled fifth Indiana Jones film

As executive producer

As associate producer

As actor

Year Title Role Notes
1968 Targets Ticket Boy
1971 The Last Picture Show Tommy Logan
1976 Nickelodeon Dinsdale's assistant
1981 Raiders of the Lost Ark A pilot in the airplane fight sequence
1984 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Tourist at Airport
2006 Hoot Golfer #2
2012 The Secret World of Arrietty Additional voices U.S. dub


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