Logan Marshall-Green Bio: In His Own Words – Video Exclusive, News, Photos
Logan Marshall-Green (November 1, 1976) is an American actor best known for roles on television in 24, The O.C., and Dark Blue, as well as in films such as Prometheus and The Invitation. Additionally, he has performed in a variety of plays throughout his career.
Logan Marshall-Green Bio
Logan Marshall-Green was born on November 1, 1976 in Charleston, S.C. The son of two drama teachers, Logan grew up in Rhode Island when his mother Lowry Marshall took a position at Brown University’s theater department. Logan attended Barrington High School in Barrington, R.I., before attending the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Upon graduating from Tennessee, Marshall-Green attended the National Theater Institute in Waterford, Conn. He completed his studies by earning his Master’s degree in Fine Arts from New York University’s Graduate Acting Program at the Tisch School of the Arts.
Coming from a theater background, acting always seemed to be in Logan Marshall-Green’s blood. Yet at first, it wasn’t necessarily the direction he was heading in. In an exclusive chat with uInterview, he told us about his path into acting. “I came up in a theater household. My mom and my dad are both theater directors, professors… so I was always around and on stage in smaller roles,” Marshall-Green said. “I didn’t think I really wanted to follow in their footsteps. I wanted to be a baseball player until college and then I slowly realized after doing odd jobs around the theater – holding lights – and I loved waiting in the wings, if you will, watching those actors.”
“But then suddenly,” he continued, “I realized I love live performance. I love live music. It actually was seeing Angelo Moore in a Fishbone concert in Knoxville where I was going to college that I realized he makes me want to perform live. I’m so close to the stage and I just took that next step and walked along.”
Logan Marshall-Green Career
Logan Marshall-Green’s professional acting career got underway in 2003 with appearances on both Law & Order and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. He appeared on one episode apiece between the two installments in 2003 and 2004. He also had a role in the short film The Kindness of Strangers in 2004.
In 2005, Marshall-Green landed a recurring role on Fox’s popular thriller 24 during its 4th season. He played Richard Heller, the son of the Secretary of Defense, for six episodes with the Kiefer Sutherland-led cast. Additionally he acted in nine episodes of another Fox mid-2000s drama hit, The O.C., where he played the role of Trey Atwood, the brother of main character Ryan.
Marshall-Green also continued his work in theater, landing a Drama Desk Award for his performance in 2004’s The Distance From Here. He performed in three productions in 2005, acting in Swimming in the Shallows, Bus Stop, and Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead (a spoof on Peanuts and Charlie Brown).
Also in 2005, Marshall-Green made his first appearances in full-length movies. He played a minor role in Alchemy, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival before premiering on ABC Family later in the year, and a supporting role in The Great Raid, which portrayed the mission to free American prisoners of war from the Japanese in the Philippines during World War II.
2007 had Marshall-Green acting in many different mediums with roles on television, film, and in theater. He was part of The Beatles-centric film Across the Universe with the supporting role of Paco. He also had a starring role in Traveler alongside Matt Bomer as Tyler Fog. The show, which focused on two college roommates who must prove their innocence after being framed for a bombing, aired on ABC. It only aired for its first season and ended on a cliffhanger after the show’s 8th and final episode. To cap off the busy year, Logan played the key antagonist of Edmund in the Public Theater’s production of King Lear, which also starred Kevin Kline in its performances.
Logan Marshall-Green’s next two roles would have him play police officers. In 2009, he joined Richard Gere and Wesley Snipes in the crime drama Brooklyn’s Finest. Marshall-Green played rookie cop Melvin Panton in the film. In the summer of 2009 he was cast as Dean Bendis in Jerry Bruckheimer‘s police drama Dark Blue. Officer Bendis is a part of LAPD’s undercover unit, but takes actions that make his comrades question his motives on which side he’s really on. The show aired for two seasons on TNT, with Logan appearing on all 20 of its episodes.
In 2010, Logan played a major role in M. Night Shyamalan‘s horror film Devil as Tony, an elevator passenger trapped inside with The Devil. Two years later in 2012, Logan’s breakout performance came in Prometheus. As the supporting character of Charlie Holloway, an archeologist whose brash personality puts the crew at risk as they’re faced with aliens they’re trying to investigate. With Ridley Scott at the helm and Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender and Guy Pearce alongside him, Marshall-Green put on one of his most critically acclaimed performances. The film was also a hit with moviegoers, racking in over $400 million worldwide at the box office.
2013 saw Marshall-Green star alongside James Franco in As I Lay Dying. Marshall-Green plays Jewel, the brother of Franco’s Darl, as they deal with the aftermath of their mother’s death. Logan then joined Alice Eve and Bryan Cranston (in his first post-Breaking Bad role) in the crime thriller Cold Comes the Night. In 2014, he played a supporting role in the film adaptation of Madame Bovary.
In 2015, Logan was tapped for the starring role in The Invitation for HBO. In an exclusive interview with uInterview, he described the film and his feelings about the production. “I play a character named Will who is returning to his old house that he and his now ex-wife, Eden, once had a family in,” he said of the film’s plotline. “He is returning to a house he very early on learned their son had passed in a freak accident. So he is returning with all of his damage and she’s returning with all of hers. It’s dinner party with their friends as well as invited guests and some other people who I don’t think he was expecting and worlds start to clash.”
Marshall-Green also told us about the challenges of playing a mentally unstable character. “It was important to me that we couldn’t put a thumb on it. That we were still wondering who the protagonist is, who the antagonist is and that it vacillated between he and David, who is somewhat his opponent. And I think just where he puts his grief was completely different from where his wife put hers, and so it put them at the other ends of the spectrum, and it really is a movie about grief. It’s a psychological thriller. But I think there’s a beautiful conversation and dialogue about how we grieve and where we put it.”
Marshall-Green said the most difficult part of filming “was a scene about realizing that you might be wrong. And seeing a ghost that you thought couldn’t be. It’s not a ghost story, but I knew that I wanted it to be very vulnerable and very raw. And I was hoping that (director) Karyn (Kusama) felt the same and she did and so that’s how we approached it, and I knew that that scene was kind of the scene that I was most afraid of, but the reason why I wanted to do the movie. I was glad that the writers and Karyn, that it was going to be an excruciating scene and not just something you could walk through.”
“The script was fantastic, but there was still kind of the approach, which I didn’t know, that this was a script that could easily become a genre, your genre film,” Logan continued. “But then I knew very quickly after meeting Karyn and understanding her approach that this film was going to be a dialogue and a character relationship-driven piece that had a genre backdrop, and I just loved how Karyn approached it and I knew instantly that I wanted to work with her.”
Up next on the docket for Logan Marshall-Green is Quarry, an upcoming television series that will have an eight episode first season on Cinemax. “It’s great,” Logan told us about the show. “It’s based on these books that are loosely based on these murders up and down the Mississippi and it’s about Vietnam vets in the 70s that come home and are certainly not approached by their country; they’re shunned. Yet they are approached by the CIA and Mafia to become hard killers and that’s what he decides.”
Logan Marshall-Green Personal Life
Logan Marshall-Green is married to Diane Marshall-Green. The two have been married since December, 2012 and have two children together.
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