Marc Singer

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Marc Singer
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Marc Singer at the 2011 WonderCon
Born (1948-01-29) January 29, 1948 (age 71)
Occupation Film, television, stage actor
Spouse(s) Haunani Minn (until 2014, her death)

Marc Singer (born January 29, 1948) is a Canadian-born American actor best known for his roles in the Beastmaster film series, as Mike Donovan in the original 1980s TV series V , and his role in Dallas as Matt Cantrell.

Canadians citizens of Canada

Canadians are people identified with the country of Canada. This connection may be residential, legal, historical or cultural. For most Canadians, several of these connections exist and are collectively the source of their being Canadian.

Actor person who acts in a dramatic or comic production and works in film, television, theatre, or radio

An actor is a person who portrays a character in a performance. The actor performs "in the flesh" in the traditional medium of the theatre or in modern media such as film, radio, and television. The analogous Greek term is ὑποκριτής (hupokritḗs), literally "one who answers". The actor's interpretation of their role—the art of acting—pertains to the role played, whether based on a real person or fictional character. Interpretation occurs even when the actor is "playing themselves", as in some forms of experimental performance art.

<i>The Beastmaster</i> 1982 fantasy film directed by Don Coscarelli

The Beastmaster is a 1982 sword and sorcery film directed by Don Coscarelli and starring Marc Singer, Tanya Roberts, John Amos and Rip Torn. Loosely based on the novel The Beast Master by Andre Norton, the film is about a child who is stolen from his mother's womb by a witch. The child grows into Dar, who has the ability to communicate telepathically with animals. Dar grows up in a village, where he learns to do battle, but the village is destroyed by a race of beast-like warriors under the control of the sorcerer Maax. Dar vows revenge and travels with new friends to stop Maax from causing any more problems.


Early life

Singer was born in Vancouver, British Columbia and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas. He has two brothers (Claude and Gregory) and one sister, Lori, an actress. His father, Jacques Singer, was a symphony conductor; his mother, Leslie, a concert pianist; and his sister, Lori, is an actress and cellist.

Vancouver City in British Columbia, Canada

Vancouver is a coastal seaport city in western Canada, located in the Lower Mainland region of British Columbia. As the most populous city in the province, the 2016 census recorded 631,486 people in the city, up from 603,502 in 2011. The Greater Vancouver area had a population of 2,463,431 in 2016, making it the third-largest metropolitan area in Canada. Vancouver has the highest population density in Canada with over 5,400 people per square kilometre, which makes it the fifth-most densely populated city with over 250,000 residents in North America behind New York City, Guadalajara, San Francisco, and Mexico City according to the 2011 census. Vancouver is one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities in Canada according to that census; 52% of its residents have a first language other than English. Roughly 30% of the city's inhabitants are of Chinese heritage. Vancouver is classed as a Beta global city.

British Columbia Province of Canada

British Columbia is the westernmost province of Canada, located between the Pacific Ocean and the Rocky Mountains. With an estimated population of 5.016 million as of 2018, it is Canada's third-most populous province.

Corpus Christi, Texas City in Texas, United States

Corpus Christi, colloquially Corpus, is a coastal city in the South Texas region of the U.S. state of Texas. The county seat of Nueces County, it also extends into Aransas, Kleberg, and San Patricio counties. It is 130 miles southeast of San Antonio. Its political boundaries encompass Nueces Bay and Corpus Christi Bay. Its zoned boundaries include small land parcels or water inlets of three neighboring counties.


Before the height of his career, Singer appeared in the sequel to the miniseries Roots as Col. Warner's elder son Andy. He had originally auditioned for the role Jim Warner, but the producers felt he was better suited for the Andy Warner role.

<i>Roots: The Next Generations</i> American TV miniseries

Roots: The Next Generations is an American television miniseries, introduced in 1979, continuing, from 1882 to the 1960s, the fictionalized story of the family of Alex Haley and their life in Henning, Lauderdale County, Tennessee, USA. This sequel to the 1977 miniseries is based on the last seven chapters of Haley's novel entitled Roots: The Saga of an American Family plus additional material by Haley.

<i>Roots</i> (1977 miniseries) 1977 miniseries

Roots is an American television miniseries based on Alex Haley's 1976 novel Roots: The Saga of an American Family. The series first aired on ABC in January 1977. Roots received 37 Primetime Emmy Award nominations and won nine. It also won a Golden Globe and a Peabody Award. It received unprecedented Nielsen ratings for the finale, which still holds a record as the third-highest-rated episode for any type of television series, and the second-most watched overall series finale in U.S. television history. It was produced on a budget of $6.6 million. The series introduced LeVar Burton in the role of Kunta Kinte.

He found fame in the early '80s with the movie The Beastmaster and its sequels, in which he played the title role, and as Mike Donovan in the 1983 miniseries V , the 1984 sequel V The Final Battle , and the TV series V: The Series.

<i>V</i> (1983 miniseries) 1983 American TV miniseries

V is a two-part American science fiction television miniseries, written and directed by Kenneth Johnson. First shown in 1983, it initiated the science fiction franchise concerning aliens known as the "Visitors" trying to gain control of Earth and of the ways the populace reacts.

<i>V The Final Battle</i> 1984 TV miniseries: sequel to miniseries a year earlier

V: The Final Battle is a 1984 American TV miniseries. It is a sequel to the 1983 miniseries V written by Kenneth Johnson about aliens known as "The Visitors" trying to take over Earth.

V is a 60-minute weekly television series that aired in the United States on NBC in 1984–85. It is a continuation of the V franchise about an alien invasion of Earth by a carnivorous race of reptilians known as "Visitors", which was originally conceived by American writer, producer, and director Kenneth Johnson. Johnson, however, was not involved in the production of the weekly series. At a cost of one million dollars per episode, V was the most expensive series to be produced for television at that time.

Other roles include the 1982 film If You Could See What I Hear (where he portrayed blind musician Tom Sullivan), Body Chemistry , Something for Joey (as football star John Cappelletti), Watchers II , High Desert Kill , The Fier , Go Tell the Spartans and Dead Space , as well as General Klaus Von Kraut in A Man Called Sarge .

The following is an overview of events in 1982 in film, including the highest-grossing films, award ceremonies and festivals, a list of films released and notable deaths.

<i>If You Could See What I Hear</i> 1982 film by Eric Till

If You Could See What I Hear is a 1982 Canadian biographical drama film about blind musician Tom Sullivan, starring Marc Singer and Shari Belafonte, directed by Eric Till.

Tom Sullivan is an American entertainer, singer, actor, author, motivational speaker and writer.

Singer voiced the character of Man-Bat on Batman: The Animated Series . He has guest-starred on television series, such as Dallas ; The Twilight Zone ; The Hitchhiker ; Simon & Simon ; Murder, She Wrote ; The Young and the Restless ; The Ray Bradbury Theater and Highlander: The Series .

Man-Bat DC Comics character

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<i>Batman: The Animated Series</i> Animated series based on the DC comics character

Batman: The Animated Series is an American animated television series based on the DC Comics superhero Batman. Developed by Bruce Timm and Eric Radomski and produced by Warner Bros. Animation, it originally aired on the Fox Kids Network block from September 5, 1992, to September 15, 1995, with a total of 85 episodes. For the final fifteen episodes, the series was given the on-screen title The Adventures of Batman & Robin, which was also used for reruns of earlier episodes. The series became the first in the continuity of the shared DC animated universe; spawning further animated TV series, feature films, comic books and video games with most of the same creative talent.

<i>Dallas</i> (1978 TV series) American television series

Dallas is an American prime time television soap opera that aired on CBS from April 2, 1978 to May 3, 1991. The series revolves around a wealthy and feuding Texas family, the Ewings, who own the independent oil company Ewing Oil and the cattle-ranching land of Southfork. The series originally focused on the marriage of Bobby Ewing and Pamela Barnes, whose families were sworn enemies with each other. As the series progressed, Bobby's older brother, oil tycoon J.R. Ewing, became the show's breakout character, whose schemes and dirty business became the show's trademark. When the show ended in May 1991, J.R. was the only character to have appeared in every episode.

Singer is active in theater and played Petruchio in the American Conservatory Theatre (A.C.T.) production of Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew , as well as Christian in Cyrano de Bergerac . Both Taming of the Shrew and Cyrano were filmed.

Singer appeared in the last episode of season 2 of the new version of V, airing on March 15, 2011; however, instead of reprising his role of Mike Donovan, he plays a new character called Lars Tremont. He was in a recurring role as General Matthew Shrieve on The CW television series Arrow's third season. [1]

Personal life

His wife was Hawaiian-born actress Haunani Minn. She died in November 2014.


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  1. Blake, Emily. "Marc Singer joins 'Arrow'". Entertainment Weekly. Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved Dec 15, 2014.