Scott Marble

Scott Marble

Scott Marble (1847 – April 5, 1919) was a playwright who wrote the 1896 stage melodrama "The Great Train Robbery". Seven years later would become a classic movie Western. His other plays include "Tennessee's Pardner" (1894), "The Sidewalks of New York" (1895), "The Cotton Spinner" (1896), "The Heart of the Klondike" (1897), "Have You Seen Smith?" (1898), "On Land and Sea" (1898), and "Daughters of the Poor" (1899).

Marble was born in Pennsylvania in 1847. [U.S. Census, June 1, 1880, State of Illinois, County of Cook, enumeration district 3, p. 42-C, line 25.] [ Chicago Voter Registration, 1892 [database on-line] . Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2001.] [U.S. Census, June 1, 1900, State of New York, County of New York, enumeration district 111, p. 1-B, family 10.] He moved to the Chicago area circa 1878, and worked there as an actor in the 1880s. He and his wife, actress Grace Marble, had four children. [U.S. Census, March 15, 1910, State of New York, County of New York, enumeration district 1367, p. 8-B, family 180.] He died in New York City.


Further reading

"The Oxford Companion to American Theatre". New York: Oxford University Press, 1984.

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