Marshall Bell

Marshall Bell

Marshall Bell, 2009
Born Archibald Marshall Bell
(1942-09-28) September 28, 1942
Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1984 - Present
Spouse(s) Milena Canonero (1980-present)

Archibald Marshall Bell (born September 28, 1942)[1] is an American 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) and Total Recall (1990).

Early life

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.

He is married to Milena Canonero, a renowned Oscar-winning costume designer.

In the early 1980s, British director/producer Alan Parker offered Bell a small role in a movie at the suggestion of American producer Fred Roos.


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).

He and Michael Ironside starred together in three movies: Total Recall, The Vagrant, and Starship Troopers.

Bell is now voicing Jack Taggart in the animated short The Xtacles.

Bell stars in the upcoming comedy The Rock 'n Roll Dreams of Duncan Christopher.

Over the last 3 years, Bell has played the role of United States' founding father Alexander Hamilton in several television commercials for Citizen Bank.

Bell and his wife, Milena, live in West Hollywood, California.

Selected filmography

Year Title Role
1984 Birdy Ronsky
1985 Seven Minutes in Heaven Gerry Jones
1985 A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge Coach Schneider
1986 Stand by Me Mr. Lachance
1986 Manhunter Atlanta policeman (uncredited)
1987 Cherry 2000 Bill
1988 Tucker: The Man and His Dream Frank
1988 Johnny Be Good Chief Elkans
1988 Wildfire Lewis
1988 Twins Webster, the hitman
1990 Total Recall George/Kuato
1990 Dick Tracy Lip's Cop
1990 Air America Q.V.
1992 The Vagrant the vagrant
1992 Diggstown Warden Bates
1992 Innocent Blood March
1993 Undercover Blues Sykes
1994 The Chase Ari Josephson
1994 Airheads Carl Mace
1994 Natural Born Killers Deputy #1
1994 The Puppet Masters General Morgan
1995 Payback Tom "Gully" Gullerman
1995 Operation Dumbo Drop Colonel Pederson
1997 Starship Troopers General Owen
1999 Virus J.W. Woods, Jr.
2000 Sand Gus
2002 Serving Sara Warren Cebron
2003 Identity District Attorney
2004 Dandelion Uncle Bobby
2005 Capote Warden Marshall Krutch
2006 Rescue Dawn Admiral Berrington
2006 The Final Season Harvey Makepeace
2007 Nancy Drew John Leshing
2008 Hamlet 2 Principal Rocker
2011 Puncture Jeffrey Dancort
2011 The Rum Diary Donovan
2013 The Bling Ring Police Officer
2016 Rules Don't Apply Colonel Maxwell


  1. ↑ "Website". Retrieved 2008-09-08.
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