Marcus Smythe, Class of 1972

Posted Sep 14, 2020

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Marcus Smythe ’72 died Aug. 20, 2020. He born March 26, 1950 to the late Patricia Schweitzer and Paul Smythe. Marcus received his B.A. in theatre from Otterbein University in 1972 where he played basketball and was in the Eta Phi Mu (Jonda) fraternity. He then received his MFA ’75 from Ohio University. Marcus was an actor of film, television and theatre. He appeared at the Cleveland Playhouse post-college before his move to New York City. Marcus was a familiar romantic lead in the most popular daytime-television serials of the 1970s and ‘80s. These included his portrayal of Gordon Middleton on “The Guiding Light,” Dane Taylor on “Search for Tomorrow,” and Peter Love on NBC’s long-running and award-winning “Another World.” He also appeared with such acting luminaries as Henry Fonda, Myrna Loy and Jessica Tandy in feature films and performed extensively in off-Broadway theatrical productions and national stage tours. He was the recipient of Drama Logue and LA Weekly Drama Awards during his stage career in Los Angeles. He was a member of SAG, AFTRA and Actors Equity. With his sons, Marcus was active in Boy Scouts of America in La Crescenta. He served as assistant scout master, Chaplain and recruiter as well as coaching, with wife Suzanne, both sons to achieve Eagle Scout. He is survived by his wife, Suzanne Goddard, two sons, Harrison and Duncan, and brother Casey, as well as nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by parents, Patricia Schweitzer and Paul Smythe and brother Scott.