Archibald Marshall Bell (born September 28, 1942) 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).
Marshall Bell, 2009
Archibald Marshall Bell
September 28, 1942
Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Milena Canonero (1980–present)|
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.
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.
Bell and his wife, Milena, live in West Hollywood, California.
|1985||Seven Minutes in Heaven||Gerry Jones|
|1985||A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge||Coach Schneider|
|1986||Legal Eagles||Process server||Uncredited|
|1986||Stand by Me||Mr. Lachance|
|1987||No Way Out||Contra #1|
|1988||Johnny Be Good||Chief Elkans|
|1988||Tucker: The Man and His Dream||Frank|
|1988||Twins||Webster, the hitman|
|1990||Total Recall||George / Kuato|
|1990||Dick Tracy||Lip's Cop|
|1992||The Vagrant||the vagrant|
|1993||Heaven & Earth||Dinner Guest #3|
|1994||The Chase||Ari Josephson|
|1994||The Silence of the Hams||Cross Dressing Agent|
|1994||Natural Born Killers||Deputy #1|
|1994||The Puppet Masters||General Morgan|
|1994||Love Is a Gun||Jean's Husband|
|1995||Payback||Tom "Gully" Gullerman|
|1995||Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead||Lt. Atwater|
|1995||Operation Dumbo Drop||Colonel Pederson|
|1996||Too Fast Too Young||Det. Quentin Thompson|
|1997||Truth or Consequences, N.M.||Police Lieutenant|
|1997||The End of Violence||Sheriff Call|
|1997||Starship Troopers||General Owen|
|1997||One of Our Own||Col. Dale Cameron|
|1999||Virus||J.W. Woods, Jr.|
|1999||A Slipping-Down Life||Mr. Casey|
|1999||Black and White||Toast|
|2000||Face the Music||Tommy the Bartender|
|2002||Beneath Clouds||Boy at service station|
|2002||Serving Sara||Warren Cebron|
|2005||Rebound||NCBA Vice President||Uncredited|
|2005||Capote||Warden Marshall Krutch|
|2006||Art School Confidential||Lonny|
|2006||Room 6||Amy's Dad|
|2006||Rescue Dawn||Admiral Berrington|
|2006||The Astronaut Farmer||Judge Miller|
|2006||Little Chenier||Tuck Dupuis|
|2007||Nancy Drew||John Leshing|
|2007||Sex and Death 101||Victor Rose III|
|2007||The Final Season||Harvey Makepeace|
|2008||Hamlet 2||Principal Rocker|
|2009||Heidi 4 Paws||Mr. Sesehund||Voice|
|2010||The Rock 'n' Roll Dreams of Duncan Christopher||Uncle Virgil|
|2011||The Rum Diary||Donovan|
|2012||Somebody Up There Likes Me||Lyla's Father|
|2012||To the Wonder||Bob|
|2013||The Bling Ring||L.A. Detective #1|
|2014||A Bit of Bad Luck||Mr. Creech|
|2015||90 Minutes in Heaven||Dr. Greider|
|2015||Waffle Street||Miles Drake III|
|2016||Director's Cut (film)||Moving Company Guy|
|2016||Is That a Gun in Your Pocket?||Dwayne|
|2016||The Congressman||Sherm Hawkins|
|2016||Rules Don't Apply||Colonel Maxwell|
|2017||The Last Word||Mr. Daniels|