Arthur Marks (Arthur Ronald Marks)
BiographyLos Angeles, California, USA
Writer, director and producer Arthur Marks was born on August 2, 1927 in Los Angeles, California. His grand parents acted in silent pictures and his father Dave Marks was an assistant director and production manager at MGM whose credits include "The Wizard of Oz" and "Easter Parade." Arthur began his film career as a little boy working as both an extra and bit actor in movies in the 30s. Marks attended the University of Southern California and got a job working in the production department at MGM. Read more... assistant director for the TV shows "Broken Arrow," "The 20th Century-Fox Hour," and "Treasury Men in Action," plus worked on the immensely popular "Perry Mason" TV series as both a producer and director. Marks eventually began directing various enjoyably trashy low-budget drive-in exploitation features in the 70s; he made his theatrical film debut with the 1970 movie "Togetherness." Arthur truly hit his stride with several hugely entertaining blaxploitation outings: the rousing crime thriller "Detroit 9000" (this particular picture was re-released in theaters in 1998 by Quentin Tarantino), the delightfully breezy Pam Grier vehicle "Friday Foster," the bang-up Fred Williamson action flick "Bucktown," the atmospheric horror winner "J.D.'s Revenge," and the amusingly goofy comedy "Monkey Hustle." Marks' other films as director include the gritty film noir "Bonnie's Kids," the sleazy serial killer opus "The Roommates," and the silly soft-core romp "Class of '74." In addition, Arthur served as production manager on "The Centerfold Girls" and "Wonder Women." He also often produced the films he directed. Marks ran the independent outfit General Film Corporation in the 70s, which picked up pictures like William Girdler's "The Zebra Killer" and the notorious cult exploitation gem "The Candy Snatchers" for theatrical distribution. Outside of his movie work, Arthur directed episodes of such TV shows as "The Dukes of Hazzard," "Starsky and Hutch," and "I Spy." Arthur Marks and his wife Phyllis Marie Lehman have four children; his sons Beau and Paul are both successful producers in the fields of film and television.