He authored important work on film history

Martin S. Quigley, a film business reporter and editor, died of natural causes in West Hartford, Conn., on Feb. 5.

Quigley spent most of his career leading the Quigley Publishing Co., a motion picture trade publisher that his father founded in 1915. He started as a reporter for the Motion Picture Daily, became editor of the Motion Picture Herald in 1949 and editorial director of all the publications in 1956; he was president from 1964-2001.

The QP show business reference books, which would come out every year, were the pre-Internet era’s book equivalent of the IMDb or Studio System — a compendium of people and projects that were active in a given calendar year, plus biographical/resume information for prominent people in the biz.

Quigley was the editor or author of five books about movies, including the important work “Magic Shadows — The History of the Origin of Motion Pictures.”

Born in Chicago, Quigley graduated from Georgetown U. in 1939. He received his M.A. and a doctorate in education from Columbia U. almost 40 years after his undergraduate degree.

During WWII, Quigley was a spy for the U.S. attached to the Special Intelligence Division of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) engaged in undercover work in Ireland and Italy.

Quigley was chairman of the health education committee of the Will Rogers Institute from 1980 to 1997.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Katherine Dunphy Quigley; a sister; nine children; 27 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

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