Frank Marshall is one of the premier film producers in the entertainment industry. His career-long efforts in collaborating with the industry’s most influential minds has defined generations of movie-goers, producing such timeless hits as Back to the Future, Who Framed Roger Rabbit? and the Indiana Jones and Jason Bourne franchises. In addition to a prolific producing career, Marshall has garnered wide acclaim as a film director, having brought to the screen such memorable movies as Arachnophobia, Alive, and Congo. Currently, he is directing the Bee Gees documentary. Marshall was a producer of the 2015 blockbuster Jurassic World, which has grossed more than $1.5 billion worldwide, making it the sixth-biggest box office hit of all time.
The son of American composer and conductor, Jack Marshall, Frank is an avid musician himself. He worked as the line producer on Martin Scorsese’s The Last Waltz, where he helped Scorsese document the final touring concert of The Band, immortalizing the group’s performance for future generations. He also produced the 2018 Broadway musical, Escape to Margaritaville, alongside Jimmy Buffett, which will go on tour in 2020. His musical, Diana, played at the La Jolla Playhouse from March to April 2019 and is headed to Broadway this year. Marshall made his stage directorial debut with Invisible Tango that had an extended run at the Geffen Playhouse in 2019.
Growing up, Marshall was a keen sports enthusiast. Before graduating from UCLA in 1968, Marshall ran track and cross-country for the school. In addition, he spearheaded the university’s inaugural soccer team, becoming a three-year varsity letterman in the process. Marshall directed the ESPN 30 for 30 documentary, Right to Play.
Marshall began his motion picture career as an assistant to director Peter Bogdanovich. The filmmaker quickly promoted Marshall to serve as his location manager on the timeless movie The Last Picture Show. Marshall then took on the responsibilities of associate producer for Bogdanovich as the pair continued their alliance, creating such notable films as Paper Moon and Nickelodeon. In 1978, Marshall was hired by filmmakers George Lucas and Steven Spielberg to produce the iconic Raiders of the Lost Ark. Released in 1981, the film was a huge international success and was nominated for nine Academy Awards. That same year, along with future wife and fellow producer Kathleen Kennedy, Marshall teamed with Spielberg to form Amblin Entertainment. Over the next decade, the trio established one of the most successful collaborations in motion picture history, bringing to the screen some of the most beloved movies of the modern era, including E.T.-The Extra Terrestrial, Poltergeist, and The Goonies.