Marc Singer

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Marc Singer
Marc Singer at the 2011 WonderCon
Born (1948-01-29) January 29, 1948 (age 75)
United States
Occupation(s)Film, television, stage actor
Years active1973–present
SpouseHaunani Minn (1974 - 2014, her death)
RelativesLori Singer (sister)

Marc Singer (born January 29, 1948) is a Canadian-born American actor best known for his roles in the Beastmaster film series, as Mike Donovan in the original 1980s TV series V, and as Matt Cantrell in Dallas.

Early life[edit]

Singer was born in Vancouver, British Columbia and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas. He has two brothers (Claude and Gregory) and one sister, Lori, an actress and cellist. His father, Jacques Singer, was a symphony conductor; his mother, Leslie (née Wright), a concert pianist. Singer is of Jewish descent.[1]


Before the height of his career, Singer appeared in the sequel to the miniseries Roots as Col. Warner's elder son Andy.[2] He had originally auditioned for the role Jim Warner, but the producers felt he was better suited for the Andy Warner role.

In the 1970s, Singer had a small breakthrough role in the Planet of the Apes TV series playing a gladiator.[3]

He found fame in the early '80s with the film The Beastmaster and its sequels, in which he played the title role, Dar, and as Mike Donovan in the 1983 miniseries V, the 1984 sequel V: The Final Battle, and the TV series V: The Series.[4]

Other roles include the 1982 film If You Could See What I Hear (where he portrayed blind musician Tom Sullivan), Body Chemistry, Something for Joey (as football star John Cappelletti), Watchers II, High Desert Kill, The Fighter, Go Tell the Spartans and Dead Space, as well as General Klaus Von Kraut in A Man Called Sarge.[5]

Singer voiced the character of Man-Bat on Batman: The Animated Series.[4] He has guest-starred on television series, such as Barnaby Jones, where he played in the episode titled “Trap Play” (01/07/1975).[6] This is a role he played alongside Nick Nolte in the earlier years. He also appeared in another episode of Barnaby Jones, titled “Price of Terror” (10/10/75).[7] He also starred as Matt Cantrell in season nine ("the dream season") of Dallas; The Twilight Zone; The Hitchhiker; Simon & Simon; Murder, She Wrote; The Young and the Restless; The Ray Bradbury Theater and Highlander: The Series.[8]

Singer is active in theater and played Petruchio in the American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) production of Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew, as well as Christian in Cyrano de Bergerac.[9] Both Taming of the Shrew and Cyrano were filmed.[10][11]

Singer appeared in the last episode of season 2 of the new version of V, airing on March 15, 2011; however, instead of reprising his role of Mike Donovan, he plays a new character called Lars Tremont.[12] He was in a recurring role as General Matthew Shrieve on The CW television series Arrow's third season.[13]

Personal life[edit]

He married Hawaiian-born actress Haunani Minn in 1974. She died in November 2014.



Year Title Role Notes
1978 Go Tell The Spartans Captain Al Olivetti
1982 If You Could See What I Hear Tom Sullivan
The Beastmaster Dar
1988 Born to Race Kenny Landruff
1990 A Man Called Sarge Colonel Klaus Von Kraut
Body Chemistry Tom Redding
In the Cold of the Night Ken Strom
Dan Turner, Hollywood Detective Detective Dan Turner
Watchers II Paul Ferguson
1991 Dead Space Commander Steve Krieger
Beastmaster 2: Through the Portal of Time Dar
Ultimate Desires Jonathan Sullivan
1992 The Berlin Conspiracy Harry Spangler
Sweet Justice Steve Colton
1994 Silk Degrees Baker
1995 Victim of Desire Peter Starky
Savate Ziegfeld Von Trotta
Droid Gunner Jack Ford
1996 Street Corner Justice Mike Justus
1997 Lancelot: Guardian of Time Lancelot du Lac
2001 L.A.P.D.: To Protect and to Serve Sam Steele
2002 Angel Blade Dr. Martin Gites
Determination of Death Reese Williams
2004 What Lies Above Curt Seavers
2008 Eagle Eye Explosives Developer
2009 Dragonquest Maxim
2011 Life at the Resort Thomas Warfield
2013 House Hunting Charlie Hays
The Last Letter Mr. Haynes
2014 The Palmer Supremacy Roger Towne


Year Title Role Notes
1973 Columbo Young TV Doctor Episode: "Double Shock"
1974 Cyrano de Bergerac Christian de Neuvillette Television film
Planet of the Apes Dalton Episode: "The Gladiators"
Nakia Reed Episode: "No Place to Hide"
Hawaii Five-O Randy Episode: "Bomb, Bomb, Who's Got the Bomb?"
Things in Their Season Andy Gerlach Television film
1975 Barnaby Jones Father Tanner Episode: "Trap Play"
Journey from Darkness David Hartman Television film
Hawaii Five-O Jeff Heywood Episode: "Target? The Lady"
Barnaby Jones Tally Morgan Episode: "The Price of Terror"
1976 The Rookies Blair Winfield Episode: "Journey to Oblivion"
Jigsaw John Wade Bedell 4 episodes
The Taming of the Shrew Petruchio Television film
1977 Something for Joey John Cappelletti Television film
The Feather and Father Gang Tim Donahue Episode: "Never Con a Killer"
79 Park Avenue Ross Savitch Miniseries, 2 episodes
1978 What Really Happened to the Class of '65? Episode: "Class Underachiever"
Sergeant Matlovich vs. the U.S. Air Force Jason Cole Television film
Visions Episode: "Escape"
1979 Roots: The Next Generations Andy Warner Miniseries, 4 episodes
The Two Worlds of Jennie Logan David Reynolds Television film
1980 The Contender Johnny Captor Miniseries, 5 episodes
1981 For Ladies Only Stan Novak Television film
1982 Paper Dolls Wesley Miles Television film
CHiPs Spectator Episode: "Something Special"
1983 V Mike Donovan Miniseries, 2 episodes
1984 Her Life as a Man Mark Rogers Television film
V: The Final Battle Mike Donovan Miniseries, 3 episodes
The Love Boat John Neary 2 episodes
1984-1985 V Mike Donovan 19 episodes
1985 The Greatest Adventure: Stories from the Bible Adam Voice, episode: "The Creation"
1986 Dallas Matt Cantrell 12 episodes
1987 Hotel Lieutenant Commander Tom Hardison Episode: "Past Tense"
Shades of Love: Indigo Autumn Bruce Television film
1988 The Twilight Zone Ed Hamler/Monty Hanks Episode: "Extra Innings"
Simon & Simon Ray McGuinness Episode: "Love Song of Abigail Marsh"
1989 Murder, She Wrote Rick Barton Episode: "The Search for Peter Kerry"
The Hitchhiker Robert Lewis Episode: "Code Liz"
High Desert Kill Brad Mueller Television film
1991 Deadly Game Jake Kellogg Television film
1992 The Ray Bradbury Theater Commander Trask Episode: "The Long Rain"
Batman: The Animated Series Dr. Kirk Langstrom/Man-Bat Voice, 3 episodes
Highlander: The Series Caleb Cole Episode: "Mountain Men"
1993 The Sea Wolf Johnson Television film
The Adventures of the Black Stallion Episode: "Legends Never Die"
1994 Sirens Bruce Weber 2 episodes
1996 Beastmaster III: The Eye of Braxus Dar Television film
The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest Montague, Mitchell Stramm Voice, 2 episodes
1998 Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show Bob Voice, episode: "Honey, It's Doomsday"
1999 The Young and the Restless Chet 12 episodes
2001-2002 Beastmaster Dartanus 6 episodes
2005 Duck Dodgers Kirk Manlord Voice, episode: "Bonafide Heroes"
2006 Lesser Evil Captain Varney Television film
2010 The Republic Frank Alden Television film
2011 Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior Kenneth Richards Episode: "See No Evil"
V Lars Tremont Episode: "Mother's Day"
2015 Arrow General Matthew Shrieve 5 episodes
2016 Beauty & the Beast Peter Braxton 4 episodes
2020 AJ and the Queen Bob Episode: "Columbus"


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  2. ^ "Roots: The next Generations (1979)". BFI.
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  4. ^ a b "Marc Singer". AllMovie.
  5. ^ "Marc Singer". BFI.
  6. ^ "Barnaby Jones Season 3 Episodes: Episode 14: Trap Play". TV Guide.
  7. ^ "CTVA US Crime - "Barnaby Jones" (Quinn Martin/CBS) Season 4 (1975-76)".
  8. ^ "Marc Singer | TV, Documentary and Other Appearances". AllMovie.
  9. ^ Grigware, Don. "BWW Interview: Marc Singer On MIDSUMMER".
  10. ^ The taming of the shrew. Broadway Theatre Archive ; Kultur. April 24, 2002. OCLC 50857082 – via Open WorldCat.
  11. ^ "Cyrano De Bergerac". April 24, 1972.
  12. ^ "V : Mother's Day (2011) - Bryan Spicer". AllMovie.
  13. ^ Blake, Emily (17 January 2015). "Marc Singer joins 'Arrow'". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on 10 May 2015. Retrieved Dec 15, 2014.

2. Demetria Fulton; previewed Marc Singer on Barnaby Jones, in the episode titled “Trap Play” (01/07/1975). Marc Singer also appeared in another episode of Barnaby Jones, titled “Price of Terror” (10/10/1975).

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