Remembering Bill Marshall
The family of Bill Marshall, founder of the Toronto International Film Festival and Niagara Integrated Film Festival, is heartbroken to share the news that he died today, January 1, 2017, at age 77.
Bill passed away early this morning from a cardiac arrest while in hospital in Toronto, the city where he made such an impact.
He immigrated to Canada from Glasgow, Scotland in 1955 and was a proud Canadian and Member of the Order of Canada, an honour he received for his many contributions to the arts.
As much as Bill loved and cherished the arts, he also played a significant role in shaping the political landscape of Toronto, where he served as campaign manager and Chief of Staff for 3 different Toronto Mayors. Bill was a trusted advisor to many senior politicians in Canada and the United States and his legacy continued with his recent support of current Toronto Mayor, John Tory.
Bill was a visionary in the Canadian film industry, producing 13 feature films, including the award winning Outrageous, along with hundreds of documentaries. He was an accomplished writer, journalist, novelist and speech writer to royalty and heads of state. He also produced numerous live theatre productions, including the Toronto production of the hit musical Hair.
As an industry leader, Bill was a driving force behind the establishment of numerous industry organizations, including the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, The Toronto Film and Television Office, and was past President of the Canadian Association of Motion Picture Producers.
In a very real way Bill was in the business of making dreams become reality and he continued doing so to the very end with several new projects in development. Now, as the house lights dim, friends and family will remember and honour Bill as a first rate raconteur, famous for his honesty, keen mind and wry humour.
Details for a proper send-off are in process and will be communicated once finalized.
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