Early years: 1963-1982
Marshall Terrill is one of four children of Mike and Carolyn
Terrill. An Air Force brat, he lived in Big Spring and
Waco, Texas, Sacramento,
California, Montgomery, Alabama.
He mainly grew up in Northern Virginia and
San Antonio, Texas.
Terrill attended Hayfield Elementary School in
Virginia, Madison High School in San Antonio, and graduated from
Robinson High School in
Phoenix, Arizona: 1982-1989
After high school Terrill moved to
Phoenix, Arizona. While
studying business he worked for financier
Charles Keating beginning
in 1984. Five years later Keating’s company, Lincoln Savings & Loan, was
the target of a federal investigation. Keating was sentenced to jail and
suddenly unemployed. At age 26, he moved back into his
parents’ home in Northern Virginia and began his second career, as a
biographer. His first subject: actor Steve McQueen.
Project: 1989 to 1993
Terrill spent the next three-and-a-half years researching the
life of McQueen. In December 1993, the 564-page Steve McQueen: Portrait of an
American Rebel, was released. The book, noted for its exhaustive research, was
featured in numerous publications including
USA Today, New York Post, Playboy, Entertainment
Washington Post, Variety, Cosmopolitan, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco
Chronicle, and the Arizona Republic. Portrait
of an American Rebel became a best-seller and has gone into four printings. It
also launched Terrill’s literary career.
More Biographies: 1994-2002
Terrill moved back to Phoenix in 1994 and followed his
biography on McQueen with collaborations on actor
"Kookie" Byrnes, Barbara Leigh,
Aaron Pryor, Ken Norton and Earnie Shavers (co-authored
Fitzgerald, and basketball legend David Thompson (co-authored
by Sean Stormes).
In 1999, Terrill was hired by the East Valley Tribune as a
He and his wife Zoe also co-authored Sergeant Presley
in 2002 with Rex and Elisabeth Mansfield.
That same year he took a job with the Chandler Connection,
a weekly publication in
Chandler, Arizona, which
morphed into the [Ocotillo Tribune] in August 2007.
Terrill was hired in 2008 by Arizona State University's
Public Affairs Division promoting the university's campus in downtown Phoenix.
2002 to present
2005 saw the 25th anniversary of Steve McQueen's death and
with it came another re-examination of his life and work. London-based Plexus
publishing updated Steve McQueen: Portrait of an American Rebel, with a new
beginning and end chapter. That same year, Terrill met McQueen's last wife and
widow, Barbara, and the two began working on a photo book.
In October 2006, Terrill released Maravich, co-authored
, an exhaustively researched biography on the basketball
great, who died on January 5, 1988 from a heart defect. The book took seven
years to research and write and was done with the cooperation of Jackie
Maravich, the athlete’s widow. Focus on the Family/Tyndale Publishing released
the paperback version of the book in September 2008 called Pete Maravich: The
Authorized Biography of Pistol Pete Maravich.
Terrill also released Steve McQueen: The Last Mile, which is
a 250-page photo book containing more than 150 photos of the actor taken by
Elvis: Still Taking Care of Business was released in May
2007. Terrill co-authored with Sonny West, who was Presley's friend and
bodyguard for 16 years. West and Terrill spent four years perfecting the
manuscript. The book was released in tradeback in August 2008.
In 2009 Terrill co-wrote Palm Springs à la Carte (Barricade
Books) with businessman Mel Haber, who is the longtime owner of the Ingleside
Inn and Melvyn's restaurant in Palm Springs.
Terrill oversaw the release of two Steve McQueen books
in 2010: "Steve McQueen: A Tribute to the King of Cool," (Dalton
Watson Fine Books) is a 384-page photo/passage book that was released on March
24, 2010, what would have been McQueen's 80th birthday. "Steve McQueen:
The Life and Legacy of a Hollywood Icon," (Triumph Books) is a 600-page plus bio on the actor. It was released in November 2010 to
commemorate the 30th anniversary of McQueen's death.
In April 2011, the Hollywood Reporter announced that two-time
Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner will produce and star in a McQueen biopic based on
two books by Terrill: Portrait of an American Rebel and The Life and Legacy of a
Hollywood Icon. James Gray, who wrote and directed We Own the Night, is attached
to write the screenplay. Video director Ivan Zacharias is attached to make his
directorial debut on the project.