Actor Marshall Bell

Archibald Marshall Bell (born September 28, 1942) is an American character actor. He has appeared in many character roles in movies and television. He is known for roles in A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge (1985), Stand by Me (1986), Twins (1988), Total Recall (1990) and Starship Troopers (1997).

Early life and education

Bell was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he lived until age 13. His family then moved to Denver, Colorado. Bell attended boarding school at St. Paul’s, Concord, New Hampshire, but was expelled. He then went to the Fountain Valley School in Colorado Springs, where he became interested in acting after performing as Elwood Dowd in the play Harvey.

Bell was discouraged by others, however, who told him he was not a good enough actor, and did not act again for over 20 years. He attended the University of Colorado, majoring in sociology, and served three years in the Army. He eventually became a consultant, teaching business executives to improve their speaking skills.


Bell’s movie debut was in the role as Ronsky in Alan Parker’s drama Birdy (1984). After Birdy, he played Gerry Jones in the Fred Roos comedy Seven Minutes in Heaven (1985). His first major role was as the cruel Coach Schneider in the slasher/horror A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge (1985). Bell played Mr. Lachance, Gordie’s grieving father, in the adventure/drama Stand by Me (1986); the ruthless hitman, Webster, in the comedy Twins (1988) starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito; and George, who has mutant Martian resistance leader, Kuato, attached to his stomach, in director Paul Verhoeven’s blockbuster science fiction/adventure Total Recall (1990) starring Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone and Rachel Ticotin.

He made his TV acting debut in the series The Oldest Rookie in 1987, playing Det. Gordon Lane. Bell starred as Ford Plasko in the short-lived series G vs E. His many guest appearances include Hill Street Blues, Wiseguy, Tales from the Crypt, The X-Files, Millennium, Deadwood and House. He has also appeared in a TV commercial for IBM.

Other movie roles include Lips’ Cop in the action/crime thriller Dick Tracy (1990) opposite Warren Beatty; the title role of a frightening homeless man terrorizing Bill Paxton’s character in the comedy/thriller The Vagrant (1992) opposite Paxton and Michael Ironside; General Owen in the science fiction/adventure Starship Troopers (1997); the warden, Marshall Krutch, in the award-winning biopic Capote (2005) opposite Philip Seymour Hoffman; John Leshing in the family/mystery Nancy Drew (2007) opposite Emma Roberts; and Principal Rocker in the comedy Hamlet 2 (2008). Bell also played the voice acting role as Mr. Sesehund in the animated feature Heidi 4 Paws (2008).

Personal life

Bell is married to Milena Canonero, a four-time Oscar-winning costume designer, and they live in West Hollywood, California.


Year Title Role Notes
1984 Birdy Ronsky
1985 Seven Minutes in Heaven Gerry Jones
1985 A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge Coach Schneider
1986 Legal Eagles Process Server Uncredited
1986 Manhunter Atlanta Policeman Uncredited
1986 Stand by Me Mr. LaChance
1987 No Way Out Contra #1
1987 Cherry 2000 Bill
1988 Johnny Be Good Chief Elkans
1988 Tucker: The Man and His Dream Frank
1988 Wildfire Lewis
1988 Twins Webster, The Hitman
1990 Total Recall George / Kuato
1990 Dick Tracy Lip’s Cop
1990 Air America Q.V.
1991 Oscar Reporter #1
1992 The Vagrant The Vagrant
1992 Leather Jackets Stranger
1992 Diggstown Warden Bates
1992 Innocent Blood March
1993 Undercover Blues Sykes
1993 Heaven & Earth Dinner Guest #3
1994 The Chase Ari Josephson
1994 The Silence of the Hams Cross Dressing Agent
1994 Airheads Carl Mace
1994 Natural Born Killers Deputy #1
1994 The Puppet Masters General Morgan
1994 Love Is a Gun Jean’s Husband
1995 Payback Tom ‘Gully’ Gullerman
1995 Things to Do in Denver When You’re Dead Lieutenant Atwater
1995 Operation Dumbo Drop Colonel Pederson
1995 Just Looking Dave
1996 Too Fast Too Young Detective Quentin Thompson
1997 Truth or Consequences, N.M. Police Lieutenant
1997 The Brave Larry
1997 The End of Violence Sheriff Call
1997 Starship Troopers General Owen
1997 One of Our Own Colonel Dale Cameron
1999 Virus J.W. Woods Jr.
1999 A Slipping-Down Life Mr. Casey
1999 Black and White ‘Toast’
2000 Mercy Gil Reynolds
2000 Sand Gus
2000 Face the Music Tommy The Bartender
2002 Beneath Clouds Boy At Service Station
2002 Serving Sara Warren Cebron
2003 Northfork Mr. Stalling
2003 Identity District Attorney
2004 Dandelion Uncle Bobby
2005 Rebound NCBA Vice President Uncredited
2005 Capote Warden Marshall Krutch
2005 Pomegranate Producer
2006 Art School Confidential Lonny
2006 Room 6 Mr. Roberts
2006 Rescue Dawn Admiral Berrington
2006 The Astronaut Farmer Judge Miller
2006 Little Chenier Tuck Dupuis
2007 Nancy Drew John Leshing
2007 Sex and Death 101 Victor Rose III
2007 The Final Season Harvey Makepeace
2008 Hamlet 2 Principal Rocker
2009 Heidi 4 Paws Mr. Sesehund Voice
2010 The Rock ‘n’ Roll Dreams of Duncan Christopher Uncle Virgil
2010 Footsteps Mr. Dennenberg
2011 Puncture Jeffrey Dancort
2011 The Rum Diary Donovan
2012 Somebody Up There Likes Me Lyla’s Father
2012 To the Wonder Bob
2013 Vertical Walter Stewart
2013 The Bling Ring L.A. Detective #1
2013 Palo Alto Jake
2014 A Bit of Bad Luck Mr. Creech
2014 Home, James Larry
2015 90 Minutes in Heaven Dr. Greider
2015 Waffle Street Miles Drake III
2016 Director’s Cut Moving Company Guy
2016 Is That a Gun in Your Pocket? Dwayne
2016 The Congressman Sherm Hawkins
2016 Rules Don’t Apply Colonel Maxwell
2016 Thirty Nine Lawyer
2017 The Last Word Mr. Daniels
2020 Mainstream Marty
2020 Love Is Love Is Love John

External Links

Actor Marshall Bell – Wikipedia

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