Perhaps best known as the unflappable, conscientious “Juror #4” in Sidney Lumet’s courtroom drama, 12 Angry Men, American actor E. G. Marshall died on this day, August 24, 1998 of lung cancer in Bedford, New York. His grave is in the Middle Patent Rural Cemetery, located in the hamlet of Banksville, a part of the town of North Castle, New York. He was 84 years old.
Born Everett Eugene Grunz in Owatonna, Minnesota, the son of Hazel Irene (née Cobb; 1892–1975) and Charles G. Grunz (1882–1959), he attended both Carleton College and the University of Minnesota. During his life, he chose not to reveal what “E. G.” stood for, telling most people it stood for “Everybody’s Guess”
Although most familiar for his later television and movie roles as the lawyer Lawrence Preston on The Defenders in the 1960s and as neurosurgeon David Craig on The Bold Ones: The New Doctors in the 1970s., E. G. Marshall also had a distinguished Broadway career. 1n 1968, having already appeared in the original New York productions of The Skin of Our Teeth and The Iceman Cometh, Marshall joined Marlon Brando, Montgomery Clift, Julie Harris, Kim Stanley, and 45 others to make up the first group of actors granted membership in the newly formed Actors Studio in 1948.
As a member of the Committee for National Health Insurance, E. G. Marshall was a long-time advocate for government-provided health care in the United States. During the 1968 US presidential campaign, he filmed and narrated a political ad endorsing Democratic candidate Hubert Humphrey.
1924 – Louis Teicher (pianist: duo: Ferrante & Teicher: Exodus, Tonight, Theme from “The Apartment”, Midnight Cowboy; died Aug 3, 2008)
1928 – Penny (Millicent Maxine) Edwards (actress: Heart of the Rockies, North of the Great Divide, Trail of Robin Hood; died Aug 26, 1998)
1949 – Joe Regalbuto (actor: Murphy Brown, Knots Landing, Writer’s Block, The Queen of Mean, Invitation to Hell, Lassiter)
1958 – Steve Guttenberg (actor: Billy, No Soap Radio, Cocoon, Three Men and a Baby, Three Men and a Little Lady, Police Academy series, The Boys from Brazil)
1965 – Marlee Matlin (Academy Award-winning actress: Children of a Lesser God ; Hear No Evil, Bridge to Silence, Reasonable Doubts)