Biography of Marshall Berle
Born in Hollywood, California in 1938, Marshall was raised in a show business family being the nephew of Milton Berle.
After graduating Fairfax High School in Los Angeles, Marshall joined the U.S. Navy in 1956 and served honorably for four years. When his tour of duty was over, Marshall was hired as an agent trainee at the William Morris Agency in Beverly Hils in 1960. Because of Marshall's love for music, his goal was to create a music department at the Agency. In 1962, Marshall signed and represented The Beach Boys for the next three years. The Beach Boys became America's favorite band.
From the 60s into the 90s Marshall helped guide the careers as either an agent or manager of THE BEACH BOYS, MARVIN GAYE, IKE & TINA TURNER, PINK FLOYD, SPIRIT, LITTLE RICHARD, CANNED HEAT, CREDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL, RUFUS featuring CHAKA KAHN, JEFFERSON AIRPLANE, GRATEFUL DEAD, VAN HALEN, and RATT.
When MTV was launched in the early 80s, it provided a new art form in the music business aligning music with film. Marshall created many music videos that were exhibited on MTV. Marshall received one of the first platnium awards for the sale of over one million videos sold.
Marshall left the music business with his body and mind still intact in 1989.
It was at this time that Marshall began painting. Marshall never went to art school, but followed in the footsteps of his art idol, Burt Shonberg. It was Shonberg that paved the way for the ideas and content of Marshall's art. Shonberg passed away in 1977, leaving all of his notes and sketches to Marshall for safe keeping. Shonberg's art is owned by many Hollywood celebrities and can be viewed at: www.burtshonberg.com
In 1994, Marshall obtained the website Laugh.Com.
In 1998 Marshall partnered with the co-founder of the company, Bob Kohn. It was Bob Kohn who guided the company into a major comedy website by raising the capital to launch the company. Bob Kohn brought in GEORGE CARLIN, JONATHAN WINTERS, PHYLLIS DILLER, and many other great comedians to participate in the venture. Working with these comedians, along with the history of working with music artists, Marshall learned that art comes in many forms.
Being part of the pre-hippie movement in the early 60s, Marshall along with his friend Burt Shonberg, explored the higher conciousness of the mind through the use of Peyote and LSD. Shonberg captured the moment on canvas. Marshall, at that time was only a voyeur of art and had no interest in being an artist. After Shonberg's passing, Marshall started painting. It was from his experience of mind expansion that brought on the works that Marshall is doing today.