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May 2, 1936 (age 88) (
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Donald James "Don" Marshall (May 2, 1936 – October 30, 2016) was an American actor best known for his role as Dan Erickson in the television show Land of the Giants.


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Early life

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Marshall was born on May 2, 1936, to Alama Marashall in San Diego. He lived with his mother and his maternal grandmother, Leola Williams, his two older sisters and his twin brother (Douglas). He graduated high school from San Diego High School in 1954. While studying engineering between 1956 and 1957, he was encouraged to try acting by a friend, Peter Bren. Marshall was still in the army at this time, but later studied acting at the Bob Gist Dramatic Workshop, while undertaking a course in Theatre Arts at Los Angeles City College. While at college, he was pole vaulter on the track team.


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Marshall's first professional role was in a 1962 Columbia Studios feature The Interns in an uncredited role. In 1964, he was in Shock Treatment, another uncredited role. Also in 1964, Marshall took the role of Chris Logan, playing opposite Nichelle Nichols in CBS Repertoire Workshop episode titled "Great Gettin' Up Mornin'", a made-for-TV-movie about an African-American family preparing their children for their first day at a racially integrated school in America's south. That same year, Nichols played Marshall's fiancée in a controversial episode of Gene Roddenberry's series The Lieutenant. In 1965, Marshall appeared in a pilot for a series Premiere in the episode "Braddock". In 1966 he appeared as the recurring character of Luke in Daktari.

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Later in the 1960s he appeared in Roddenberry's next series, Star Trek portraying Lt. Boma in the episode "The Galileo Seven" (1967). Other TV series he appeared in were Tarzan (the series with Ron Ely), Dragnet 1967, and Ironside. In 1968, he appeared as Ted Neumann, the recurring love interest of Julia Baker, in the television series Julia, a series about an African-American widow raising her son on her own.

Land of the Giants

As a result of appearing in Premiere in the episode "Braddock", the actor met Irwin Allen, leading to Marshall gaining his role in Land of the Giants, in which he performed alongside Gary Conway, Don Matheson, Kurt Kasznar, Stefan Arngrim, Deanna Lund and Heather Young. The series, created by Irwin Allen, featured Marshall as a competent African-American in a leading role. This was also a first for an African American male in the 1960s to be featured so prominently in science fiction. The only other African American actors to be in such a position in the 1960s were Nichelle Nichols, known for her role as Lt. Uhura in the TV series Star Trek, and Greg Morris as electronics expert Barney Collier in Mission: Impossible.

On set, the actors had to perform many of their own stunts and Marshall's athleticism was an asset, he credited his previous football, track and pole vaulting work that helped him with the stunts required. In one of the episodes, "Ghost Town", while diving over a fire, Marshall actually dislocated his shoulder and the next day they had to shoot new scenes with Marshall's arm in a sling. Another episode "Giants and All That Jazz" that featured former world champion boxer Sugar Ray Robinson as Biff Bowers and Mike Mazurki as Loach, where Marshall had to teach Biff Bowers how to play the trumpet was one that Marshall in his own words calls "Beautiful" seems to be a favorite of his and made him want to act rather than follow or figure out what dialogue to use or say. He also says that actors had a better time on the set when Irwin Allen wasn't on the set. When he was it was very different and people would get uptight.

In later years Marshall wrote a script for a sequel to the series called Escape from a Giant Land. He hoped that it would be a big screen production and would feature as many original cast members as possible.


Marshall had a role in the made-for-TV-movie The Reluctant Heroes, aka The Egghead on Hill 656 (1971), a film that was directed by Robert Day. This was a war film set in the Korean War with men under a newly commissioned lieutenant who are trapped on a hill surrounded by the enemy. His character as Pvt. Carver LeMoyne was subject to continual racial abuse by Cpl. Leroy Sprague (Warren Oates). The film also starred Ken Berry, Jim Hutton, Ralph Meeker, Cameron Mitchell and Trini Lopez.

Marshall was subsequently cast in the role of Dr. Fred Williams in the science-fiction horror exploitation film The Thing with Two Heads (1972) which starred Ray Milland and Rosey Grier. This was a tale about a wealthy and racist white man who has his head transplanted onto the body of a black prisoner from death row. In 1974, he was cast in Uptown Saturday Night as Slim's Henchman. In 1976, he played the part of Captain Colter in an episode of The Bionic Woman and in 1979 he was in a two-part episode of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century as Julio. From 1978 to 1980, Marshall was in three episodes of The Incredible Hulk.


In the 1980s, Marshall had few roles, appearing occasionally in episodes of Little House on the Prairie as Caleb Ledoux, as Doctor Jim Blair in Finder of Lost Loves and as Senator Ed Lawrence in Capitol. In 1992 he played the concierge in the Paul Schneider directed made-for-TV-movie Highway Heartbreaker. Marshall has often stated that he was proud of his work on Little House. In 2011, he was in Pioneers of Television as Pvt. Ernest Cameron in archival footage from the episode titled "To Set It Right" in 1964's The Lieutenant for PBS.

After he retired from acting, Marshall set up his own company called DJM Productions, Inc., which produced television commercials and documentary films. He was popular with Star Trek fans as he was a Star Trek convention regular.

Personal life and death

Marshall was in a relationship with Diahann Carroll (1969–1970). He was previously married to Diane Marshall. He had one daughter and one son. Marshall provided consultation on matters connected with his work and with racial issues, and received an award for "Outstanding Achievement in his field as a Black Achiever in the United States". He died on October 30, 2016, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Veteran actress BarBara Luna had reported his death on Facebook.


Highway Heartbreaker (TV Movie) as
Finder of Lost Loves (TV Series) as
Dr. Jim Blair
- Forgotten Melodies (1984) - Dr. Jim Blair
Capitol (TV Series) as
Senator Ed Lawrence #1 (1984)
Little House on the Prairie (TV Series) as
Caleb Ledoux
- Dark Sage (1981) - Caleb Ledoux
The Incredible Hulk (TV Series) as
Man / Doctor / Lee
- Deathmask (1980) - Man
- Mystery Man (1979) - Doctor
- The Hulk Breaks Las Vegas (1978) - Lee
The Suicide's Wife (TV Movie) as
Richard Wilkes
Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (TV Series) as
- Planet of the Slave Girls (1979) - Julio
Rescue from Gilligan's Island (TV Movie) as
FBI Man #1
The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries (TV Series) as
Flight Engineer Eddy Baker
- The Strange Fate of Flight 608 (1977) - Flight Engineer Eddy Baker
Benny and Barney: Las Vegas Undercover (TV Movie) as
Detective Vincent
Rich Man, Poor Man - Book II (TV Series) as
- Chapter XII (1976) - Reverend
The Bionic Woman (TV Series) as
Captain Colter
- The Vega Influence (1976) - Captain Colter
Good Times (TV Series) as
Federal Agent Lloyd
- The Investigation (1976) - Federal Agent Lloyd
Hugo the Hippo as
Additional characters (voice)
Police Story (TV Series) as
Justin Sullivan / Chuck
- The Execution (1975) - Justin Sullivan
- World Full of Hurt (1974) - Chuck (uncredited)
Uptown Saturday Night as
Slim's Henchman #2
Terminal Island as
A.J. Thomas
The Thing with Two Heads as
Dr. Fred Williams
The Reluctant Heroes (TV Movie) as
Pvt. Carver LeMoyne
Bewitched (TV Series) as
Keith Wilson
- Sisters at Heart (1970) - Keith Wilson
Land of the Giants (TV Series) as
Dan Erickson
- Graveyard of Fools (1970) - Dan Erickson
- Wild Journey (1970) - Dan Erickson
- The Marionettes (1970) - Dan Erickson
- A Small War (1970) - Dan Erickson
- Doomsday (1970) - Dan Erickson
- The Deadly Dart (1970) - Dan Erickson
- Panic (1970) - Dan Erickson
- The Secret City of Limbo (1970) - Dan Erickson
- Pay the Piper (1970) - Dan Erickson
- Nightmare (1970) - Dan Erickson
- Our Man O'Reilly (1969) - Dan Erickson
- Home Sweet Home (1969) - Dan Erickson
- Land of the Lost (1969) - Dan Erickson
- A Place Called Earth (1969) - Dan Erickson
- The Clones (1969) - Dan Erickson
- Comeback (1969) - Dan Erickson
- Chamber of Fear (1969) - Dan Erickson
- Every Dog Needs a Boy (1969) - Dan Erickson
- Collector's Item (1969) - Dan Erickson
- Giants and All That Jazz (1969) - Dan Erickson
- The Unsuspected (1969) - Dan Erickson
- Deadly Pawn (1969) - Dan Erickson
- The Inside Rail (1969) - Dan Erickson
- Six Hours to Live (1969) - Dan Erickson
- The Mechanical Man (1969) - Dan Erickson
- The Chase (1969) - Dan Erickson
- Shell Game (1969) - Dan Erickson
- Sabotage (1969) - Dan Erickson
- Rescue (1969) - Dan Erickson
- Return of Inidu (1969) - Dan Erickson
- Genius at Work (1969) - Dan Erickson
- Target: Earth (1969) - Dan Erickson
- Seven Little Indians (1969) - Dan Erickson
- Night of Thrombeldinbar (1969) - Dan Erickson
- Deadly Lodestone (1969) - Dan Erickson
- On a Clear Night You Can See Earth (1969) - Dan Erickson
- The Bounty Hunter (1969) - Dan Erickson
- Brainwash (1969) - Dan Erickson
- The Lost Ones (1969) - Dan Erickson
- The Golden Cage (1968) - Dan Erickson
- The Weird World (1968) - Dan Erickson
- Double-Cross (1968) - Dan Erickson
- The Creed (1968) - Dan Erickson
- The Trap (1968) - Dan Erickson
- Manhunt (1968) - Dan Erickson
- The Flight Plan (1968) - Dan Erickson
- Terror-Go-Round (1968) - Dan Erickson
- Underground (1968) - Dan Erickson
- Framed (1968) - Dan Erickson
- Ghost Town (1968) - Dan Erickson
- The Crash (1968) - Dan Erickson
Julia (TV Series) as
Ted Newman / Thedoore Carver Neumann
- The Dates of Wrath (1970) - Ted Newman
- Love is a Many Sighted Thing (1969) - Ted Newman
- The One and Only, Genuine, Original, Family Uncle (1968) - Ted Newman
- Designers Don't Always Have Designs (1968) - Thedoore Carver Neumann
Dragnet 1967 (TV Series) as
Off. Dave Evans / Dave Roberts
- Community Relations: DR-10 (1968) - Off. Dave Evans
- The Shooting (1967) - Dave Roberts
Premiere (TV Series) as
- Braddock (1968) - Gilmore
Sergeant Ryker as
Cpl. Jenks
Ironside (TV Series) as
Joe Masterson
- Let My Brother Go (1967) - Joe Masterson
Tarzan (TV Series) as
- The Fanatics (1967) - Kimini (as Donald Marshall)
Mr. Terrific (TV Series) as
- Stanley the Track Star (1967) - Athlete
Star Trek: The Original Series (TV Series) as
- The Galileo Seven (1967) - Boma
12 O'Clock High (TV Series) as
Sgt. Earl Conklin
- Graveyard (1966) - Sgt. Earl Conklin
Mission: Impossible (TV Series) as
The Police Officer
- The Ransom (1966) - The Police Officer
Daktari (TV Series) as
- Trail of the Cheetah (1966) - Luke
- The Killer Lion (1966) - Luke
- Predator of Wameru (1966) - Luke
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (TV Series) as
Jerry Benton / Lathrop / Paul / ...
- The Admiral (1965) - Jerry Benton
- The War and Eric Kurtz (1965) - Lathrop
- The Shattered Glass (1964) - Paul
- The Turncoat (1964) - 2nd Security Guard
Ben Casey (TV Series) as
Charles Stearns
- A Nightingale Named Nathan (1965) - Charles Stearns
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (TV Series) as
Joe Chandler / Officer Healy / Tom Jackson
- Night Fever (1965) - Joe Chandler
- Isabel (1964) - Officer Healy
- The Cadaver (1963) - Tom Jackson
The Rogues (TV Series) as
- The Diamond-Studded Pie (1965) - Chalo
Shock Treatment as
Singer (uncredited)
Rawhide (TV Series) as
Pvt. Goodlove
- Incident at Seven Fingers (1964) - Pvt. Goodlove
CBS Repertoire Workshop (TV Series)
- Great Gettin' Up Mornin' (1964)
The Lieutenant (TV Series) as
Pvt. Ernest Cameron
- To Set It Right (1964) - Pvt. Ernest Cameron
Great Gettin' Up Mornin' (TV Movie) as
Chris Logan
Kraft Suspense Theatre (TV Series) as
Cpl Jenks / Cpl. Jenks
- The Case Against Paul Ryker: Part 2 (1963) - Cpl Jenks
- The Case Against Paul Ryker: Part 1 (1963) - Cpl. Jenks
The Interns as
Intern (uncredited)
Star Trek: Inside the Roddenberry Vault (Documentary) as
From the Mouths of Babes (TV Series documentary) as
- "Star Trek" on Self 2 (2016) - Self
- "Star Trek" on Love 2 (2016) - Self
- "Star Trek" on Life 2 (2016) - Self
- "Star Trek" on Love (2014) - Self
- "Star Trek" on Self (2014) - Self
The Fantasy Worlds of Irwin Allen (TV Movie documentary) as
The Donald O'Connor Show (TV Series) as
- Episode dated 5 April 1969 (1969) - Self
The 26th Annual Golden Globe Awards (TV Special) as
Archive Footage
Pioneers of Television (TV Series documentary) as
Ernest Cameron in The Lieutenant: To Set It Right
- Science Fiction (2011) - Ernest Cameron in The Lieutenant: To Set It Right
The 50 Worst Movies Ever Made (Video documentary)


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