Marshall Bell


Actor

Biography

In 1984, character actor Marshall Bell made his film debut at the relatively late age of 42 -- in the Matthew Modine and Nicolas Cage-starring war drama, "Birdy" -- and he worked as if making up for lost time ever since. The following year, Bell appeared as Coach Schneider, a key character in the second installment of the "Nightmare on Elm Street" horror film franchise, and then in 1986,...

Family & Companions

Milena Canonero
Wife
Costume designer.

Biography

In 1984, character actor Marshall Bell made his film debut at the relatively late age of 42 -- in the Matthew Modine and Nicolas Cage-starring war drama, "Birdy" -- and he worked as if making up for lost time ever since. The following year, Bell appeared as Coach Schneider, a key character in the second installment of the "Nightmare on Elm Street" horror film franchise, and then in 1986, he played Wil Wheaton's father, Mr. Lachance, in Rob Reiner's classic coming of age adventure drama, "Stand By Me." He began picking up recurring TV roles in 1987, including a part on the short-lived cop drama "The Oldest Rookie" and appearances in two drastically disparate Arnold Schwarzenegger films: the 1988 Ivan Reitman comedy, "Twins," with Danny DeVito, followed by Paul Verhoeven's sci-fi action movie, "Total Recall." By then, Bell was firmly cemented onto casting directors' radars. Through the second half of the '90s, Bell was offered a string of military officer or cop-type parts that climaxed in 1997, when he re-united with Verhoeven, playing General Owen in the sci-fi epic "Starship Troopers," which was adapted from the novel by Robert A. Heinlein. Since then, Bell's roles have shown more range -- from a role as an admiral in 2006's "Rescue Dawn," Werner Herzog's biographical drama about the escape of a war prisoner in, to a role as Principal Rocker in the comedy flop "Hamlet 2," from 2008. Bell is married to multiple Oscar-winning costume designer Milena Canonero.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

The Last Word (2017)
The Rules Don't Apply (2016)
90 Minutes in Heaven (2015)
Home, James (2014)
A Bit of Bad Luck (2014)
The Bling Ring (2013)
Somebody Up There Likes Me (2012)
The Rum Diary (2011)
Puncture (2011)
Hamlet 2 (2008)
Little Chenier (2008)
Rescue Dawn (2007)
Sex and Death 101 (2007)
Nancy Drew (2007)
The Final Season (2007)
The Astronaut Farmer (2006)
Room 6 (2004)
Dandelion (2004)
Identity (2003)
Northfork (2003)
Mr Stalling
Serving Sara (2002)
Mercy (2000)
Gil Reynolds
Virus (1999)
A Slipping Down Life (1999)
Black and White (1999)
The Brave (1997)
Starship Troopers (1997)
Just Looking (1997)
Dave
Crazy Horse (1996)
Senator Allison
Operation Dumbo Drop (1995)
Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead (1995)
Lt Atwater
W.E.I.R.D. World (1995)
The Puppet Masters (1994)
Airheads (1994)
Natural Born Killers (1994)
Probable Cause (1994)
The Chase (1994)
Heaven and Earth (1993)
Undercover Blues (1993)
The Vagrant (1992)
The Vagrant
Diggstown (1992)
Innocent Blood (1992)
Where Sleeping Dogs Lie (1991)
The Marshal
The Heroes of Desert Storm (1991)
Oscar (1991)
Leather Jackets (1991)
Stranger
Total Recall (1990)
Air America (1990)
Dick Tracy (1990)
Wildfire (1988)
Lewis
Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988)
Twins (1988)
Johnny Be Good (1988)
Cherry 2000 (1988)
No Way Out (1987)
1st Contra
Stand by Me (1986)
Seven Minutes In Heaven (1986)
Gerry Jones--Jeff'S Stepfather
A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge (1985)
Birdy (1984)

Cast (Special)

Forever Ambergris (1993)
Camp California (1989)
And All Through the House (1989)

Life Events

1984

Feature film debut in "Birdy," directed by Alan Parker

1985

First major feature role, "A Nightmare on Elm Street, Part 2: Freddie's Revenge"

1987

TV acting debut, "The Oldest Rookie" (CBS)

1988

Cast as Chief Elkans in "Johnny Be Good"

1988

Acted in the hit comedy feature "Twins"

1990

Reunited with "Twins" co-star Arnold Schwarzenegger in "Total Recall"

1990

Played a cop in Warren Beatty directed adaptation of "Dick Tracy"

1991

Appeared in ABC TV-movie "The Heroes of Desert Storm"

1994

Cast opposite Charlie Sheen and Kristy Swanson in "The Chase"

1994

Cast in Oliver Stone's "Natural Born Killers," starring Woody Harrelson and Juliette Lewis

1997

Acted opposite Johnny Depp and Marlon Brando in "The Brave"

1997

Played General Owen in the campy sci-fi feature "Starship Troopers"

2002

Appeared in the romantic comedy "Serving Sara"

2004

Landed a recurring role on HBO's "Deadwood"

2005

Cast in the biographical crime drama "Capote"

2011

Reunited with Johnny Depp in "The Rum Diary," the big screen adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson's novel

Companions

Milena Canonero
Wife
Costume designer.

Bibliography