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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 Born on January 14, 1944.


1971 27 Years Old When approached by documentarians Howard Smith and Sarah Kernochan, he agreed to let their film crew follow him on a final tour in 1971 around revival meetings in California, Texas and Michigan. … Read More
1973 29 Years Old 1 More Event
He began his acting career with a featured role in The Marcus-Nelson Murders, the 1973 pilot for the Kojak TV series. … Read More


1978 34 Years Old From 1978 to December 14, 1979, Gortner was married to Candy Clark.
1979 35 Years Old Gortner's most memorable film performance is probably as the psychopathic hostage-taking drug-dealer in Milton Katselas's 1979 screen adaptation of Mark Medoff's play When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder? … Read More


1995 51 Years Old Gortner hosted an early-1980s reality TV series called Speak Up, America, ironically playing a terrorist preacher in a 2nd Season episode of Airwolf, and appeared on Falcon Crest as corrupt psychic-cum-medium "Vince Karlotti" (1986–87) before ending his movie career in 1995 with an appearance as a preacher in the western Wild Bill.


2007 63 Years Old In 2007, the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival commissioned actor and writer Brian Osborne to write a one-man play about Gortner. … 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 9th festival.
2009 65 Years Old Until 2009, Gortner produced Celebrity Sports Invitational charity golf tournaments and ski events to raise money for charities such as the Dream Foundation and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.'s Waterkeeper Alliance.
2010 66 Years Old He retired from this role in January 2010.
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