Director Philip Marshak Dies at 80

Darryl Marshak

He helmed the Troma film "Cataclysm" and an installment of the 1985 horror anthology "Night Train to Terror."

Philip Marshak, who directed the 1980 Troma film Cataclysm (aka The Nightmare Never Ends and Satan’s Supper), died July 24 in his home in Los Angeles of diabetes, heart disease and leukemia, his son Darryl said. He was 80.  

Marshak also directed a segment of the horror anthology Night Train to Terror (1985) as well as a string of X-rated films.

Born in the Bronx, Marshak served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War, studied acting in New York with Maxine Marx (Chico Marx’s daughter) and performed in such plays as Detective Story and Harold RobbinsA Stone for Danny Fisher. He moved to Los Angeles in the early 1960s and worked as an assistant to Jerry Lewis.

In addition to Darryl, a manager and producer, survivors include Pamela, his wife of 50 years; another son Shane; daughter Tracy, a production controller; brother Norman; sister Judith; and grandchildren Charlie, Kailee, Jake, Cody, Holden and Zoe.

A memorial service will take place at 11 a.m. on Sunday at Temple Isaiah, 10345 West Pico Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90064.

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