Film historian Marill dies

He compiled showbiz encyclopedia

Film historian and author Alvin H. Marill died Dec. 25 in New Jersey after suffering a stroke. He was 76.

Most of Marill’s career was spent in broadcasting, direct marketing, the recording industry and publishing. He authored more than two dozen books surround the stage and screen including encyclopedic compilation “Movies Made for Television,” 2007’s “Big Pictures on the Small Screen,” “The Complete Films of Edward G. Robinson,” “Samuel Goldwyn Presents” and career studies of Sidney Poitier, the Three Stooges and Tommy Lee Jones.

Marill was an executive editor at CBS Entertainment, and also for “Films in Review.” He also was a contributing editor of Leonard Maltin’s annual “Movie and Video Guide.”

A charter member of the Television Movie Hall of Fame, Marill and received the Literary Award from the Intl. Television Movie Festival. He was a member of the Locarno fest jury in 1983.

Survivors include a son, grandson and a sister.

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