Fletcher Markle

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Fletcher Markle
Fletcher Markle 1948.jpg
Fletcher Markle directing the
CBS Radio series Studio One (1948)
Born(1921-03-27)March 27, 1921
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
DiedMay 23, 1991(1991-05-23) (aged 70)
Occupation Actor, screenwriter, television producer, television and film director
Spouse(s)Helen Blanche Willis (m.?1949)
Mercedes McCambridge (m. 19501962)

Fletcher Markle (March 27, 1921 – May 23, 1991) was a Canadian actor, screenwriter, television producer and director. Markle began a radio career in his native Canada, before working in films as an actor, and on television as a host as well as in his other creative roles.

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Films and television

Fletcher Markle and Madeleine Carroll at a rehearsal of "A Farewell to Arms" for Studio One (1948) Studio One 1948.jpg
Fletcher Markle and Madeleine Carroll at a rehearsal of "A Farewell to Arms" for Studio One (1948)

Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Markle began his career in the early 1940s in Vancouver, British Columbia doing radio dramas with a group whose members included John Drainie, Lister Sinclair, Bernie Braden and Alan Young on such local stations as CJOR and the CBC network. During World War II, the group moved to Toronto, and Markle had a role as an actor in Journey Together (1946). Markle then moved to New York City, and although not listed in the credits, contributed to the screenplay for Orson Welles's The Lady from Shanghai (1947).

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During his time in New York, he contributed to the CBS radio anthology, Studio One , which he later brought to television. He produced, co-wrote, and had a cameo role in the movie Jigsaw (1949). He directed Nancy Davis, Ray Milland, and John Hodiak in Night into Morning (1951). [2]

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<i>Jigsaw</i> (1949 film) 1949 film noir by Fletcher Markle

Jigsaw is a 1949 American film noir crime drama directed by Fletcher Markle starring Franchot Tone, Jean Wallace and Marc Lawrence. The feature was produced by the Danziger Brothers, Edward J. Danziger and Harry Lee Danziger, from a screenplay by Vincent McConnor and Fletcher Markle, based on a story by John Roeburt.

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During the 1950s and early 1960s, he was a director, producer and host for a number of television series such as Front Row Center and Boris Karloff's Thriller , Father of the Bride and Telescope . He directed the movie The Incredible Journey (1963) for Walt Disney. Markle is also credited for signing Lorne Greene to play Ben Cartwright in Bonanza . [2]

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Telescope is a Canadian documentary series which aired on CBC Television between 1963 and 1973. The series was hosted by Fletcher Markle, which profiled notable Canadian people from celebrities to the unknown, who made a difference.

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Personal life

Markle's first marriage to Helen Blanche Willis ended in 1949. [1] While working for Orson Welles, he met his future second wife, Mercedes McCambridge. [3] The couple divorced in 1962. [4]

Mercedes McCambridge American actress

Carlotta Mercedes Agnes McCambridge was an American actress of radio, stage, film, and television. Orson Welles called her "the world's greatest living radio actress." She won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for All the King's Men (1949) and was nominated in the same category for Giant (1956). She also provided the voice of Pazuzu in The Exorcist (1973).

Mr. Markle was also married a third time to Dorothy Conradt, from 1963 to 1991.


On May 23, 1991, Markle died at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena, California of heart failure. [1]

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  • The Lady from Shanghai (Uncredited, 1947)
  • Jigsaw (1949)
  • The Wednesday Play (1 episode, 1964)

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  2. 1 2 Fairbridge, Jerry (April 2003). "Markle, Fletcher (1921-1991)". broadcasting-history.ca. Retrieved 2008-11-06.
  3. Lackmann, Ronald W. (2005). Mercedes McCambridge: A Biography and Career Record. McFarland. pp. 49, 57. ISBN   0-7864-1979-2.
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