He was "BLACULA", 'OTHELLO" and 'PEE WEE'S CARTOON KING!"
I don't remember what year it was, but it wwas around 1990 and I was working at the Valley Plaza Posal Finance Station in North Hollywood, California as Supervisor. I happened to look up from my desk and standing in front of one of the window clerks was a very distinquished looking Afro-American gentlemen whom I immediately recognized. He was actor William Marshall and if his six foot five inch frame hadn't gotten my notice his distinctive voice did. I walked up to Mr. Marshall and introduced myself adding how I had enjoyed him in a live performance of Shakespeare's "Othello". The actor was surprized that I knew him, but more so that I had seen "Othello". Should you be familiar with Meredith Willson's musicial "The Music Man" than you know from his setting and song that Gary, Indiana was the most boring town in the world and people from Iowa the most opinionated in WIlson's opinion, lol. So of course William Horace Marshall was born there on August 19, 1924. His mother was Thelma Edwards and his father Vereen Marshall. Who to fit into the small town image Wilson painted was a dentist.At least one William Marshall's parents was part Cherokee Indian. Which came from the fact that many freed slaves after the Civil War were accepted by and married into Native American Indian tribes. William Marshall was also the counsin of fellow Afro-American actor Paul Winfield. William Horace Marshall's first love was art and and after his graduation fromGovernors State University. Marshall moved from the midwest to attend New York State University and study in that field. I cannot locate the exact event that made the young man change his career goal, but at some point he joined The Actors Studio.