Marjoe Gortner

Born Jan 14, 1944

Hugh Marjoe Ross Gortner, generally known as Marjoe Gortner, is a former revivalist who first gained a certain fame in the late 1940s when he became the youngest ordained preacher at the age of four. He then gained outright notoriety in the 1970s when he starred in Marjoe, an Oscar-winning, behind-the-scenes documentary about the lucrative business of Pentecostal preaching. The name "Marjoe" is a portmanteau of the names "Mary" and "Joseph".… Read More

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1944 Birth Hugh Marjoe Ross Gortner was born in 1944 in Long Beach, California, into a long evangelical heritage. … Read More
1951 7 Years Old Until his teenage years, Gortner and his parents traveled throughout the United States holding revival meetings, and by 1951 his younger brother Vernoe had been incorporated into the act. … Read More


1971 27 Years Old …  When approached by documentarians Howard Smith and Sarah Kernochan, he agreed to let their film crew follow him during 1971 on a final tour of revival meetings in California, Texas, and Michigan. … Read More
1972 28 Years Old The resulting film, Marjoe, won the 1972 Academy Award for best documentary. … Read More
1973 29 Years Old He began his acting career with a featured role in The Marcus-Nelson Murders, the 1973 pilot for the Kojak TV series.


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In 1974 he made several appearances in film and television. … Read More
1978 34 Years Old From 1978 to December 14, 1979, Gortner was married to actress Candy Clark. … Read More


2008 64 Years Old In 2008, the Melbourne Underground Film Festival in Melbourne, Australia held the first retrospective of the cinematic works of Marjoe Gortner as part of their ninth festival.
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