Marcus Smythe
1950 - 2020
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1950 - August 20, 2020 Marcus Smythe, actor of film, television and theatre, died Aug. 20 at his home with family in La Crescenta, Calif. He was 70. The cause of death was the culmination of a three-year battle with brain cancer. He is survived by his wife, Suzanne Goddard, two sons, Harrison and Duncan, and brother Casey of Tucson, Ariz., as well as nieces and nephews in Kansas and Arizona. He is preceded in death by parents, Patricia (Schweitzer) and Paul Smythe and brother Scott.Smythe 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.He received his B.A. in theatre from Otterbein University in 1972 and a Master of Fine Arts from Ohio University in 1975. He appeared at the Cleveland Playhouse post-college before his move to New York City.With his sons, Smythe 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.A memorial remembrance will be deferred to either electronic access or post-pandemic in-person service. In lieu of flower tributes, the family respectfully encourages contributions to a favorite charity or Democrat in the upcoming election. The family wishes to reinforce to everyone that the pandemic is real and asks everyone to please wear a mask.

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Published in Los Angeles Times from Aug. 26 to Aug. 30, 2020.
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October 7, 2020
To Marcus Smythe,
You were a very talented actor. I enjoyed watching you on the daytime soap opera another world. My prayers go to your family. Lisa Weiner
Lisa Weiner
Acquaintance
September 24, 2020
To Marcus Smythe,
You were a very talented actor. You did a good job playing Peter Love on the day time soap opera another world. My prayers go to your family. Lisa Weiner
Lisa Weiner
Acquaintance
September 21, 2020
Mr. Marcus was an amazing man that brought a smile to everyone’s face whenever they were in his presence. I got to know Mr. Marcus through his sons, Harry and Duncan, whom I went to high school with and became good friends, as well as his wife, Ms. Suzanne, whom I had met at several auditions. Every time I went to their house, Mr. Marcus would greet me with a smile and an enthusiastic “Hello!” and every conversation I had with him was always one filled with laughter. I would always walk away from our talks feeling happier and more optimistic. He was a generous person and just a happy, positive soul, and he will be missed dearly. My thoughts and condolences go out to Ms. Suzanne, Harry, and Duncan, as well as to his entire family.
Zach Cicciarelli
Friend
September 21, 2020
Mr. Marcus was an amazing man that brought a smile to everyone’s face whenever they were in his presence. I got to know Mr. Marcus through his sons, Harry and Duncan, whom I went to high school with and became good friends, as well as his wife, Ms. Suzanne, whom I had met at several auditions. Every time I went to their house, Mr. Marcus would greet me with a smile and an enthusiastic “Hello!” and every conversation I had with him was always one filled with laughter. I would always walk away from our talks feeling happier and more optimistic. He was a generous person and just a happy, positive soul, and he will be missed dearly. My thoughts and condolences go out to Ms. Suzanne, Harry, and Duncan, as well as to his entire family.
Zach Cicciarelli
Friend
September 1, 2020
Marc and I had an English class together. We sat next to each other and l teased that he was just a fancy "Smith". During a class when we were reading Spoon River Anthology which is a collection of head stones epifets I remember that Marc's epithet was something about how he had lived the life of an actor and trod the boards his whole life. So nice to see that he had that life. My condolences to his family.
Carol (Sparkia) Smith
Classmate
September 1, 2020
Please except my deepest sympathies, Grief can be so hard, but your special memories can help you to cope. Remembering your loved one today and always.
Simone Taylor
September 1, 2020
Rest in peace my old friend.lots of fond memories with
you joging at hollywood high and hanging out together. even showed me around NYC when i came to visit.
Marcus you were a great guy. I am sure you will be missed by all.



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cal clough
Friend
August 31, 2020
Marcus entered Suzanne’s life, and therefore ours, almost 30 years ago. He was like a strong, fresh breeze that leavened the air in any room he entered. Tall, handsome and winning, he had a delicious sense of humor and a natural empathy for others. We are lucky to have had Marcus and I am fortunate to have known him. He is rising with the angels, whole, healthy and shining. We will meet again, and until then we will hold Marcus in our hearts and we will tell his story.
Steve Fickinger
Friend
August 30, 2020
I was a classmate of Marcus at Ohio University. A favorite reflection is of Marcus’ laugh. His heart and his laugh were huge! I am deeply sorry for this loss. Farewell dear Marcus, may you rest at last and may your love sustain Suzanne and the boys (as he would say), Harry and Duncan.
Nathalie Blossom
Classmate
August 29, 2020
The world feels so much sadder with this news. Marcus was a special mensch, a loving husband and father, and a very fun friend. Restful peace be with him. Sending much love and comfort to Suzanne, Harry, Duncan, and all family and friends.
~ Mary Ellen Thomas and Dan Olderman
Mary Ellen Thomas
Friend
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