Kipp Marcus

Kipp Marcus (born January 19, 1970) is an American actor, screenwriter, producer, and digital media executive. He is best known for his role as the oldest brother Kip Cleaver on the revival television series The New Leave It To Beaver. He has also received critical acclaim for his screenwriting and acting in the film Let It Snow.

Kipp Marcus
Kipp Marcus

(1970-01-19) January 19, 1970 (age 51)
OccupationActor, screenwriter, producer, digital media executive
Years active1984–present
Spouse(s)Alice Dylan (2003–present; 2 children)

Early lifeEdit

Kipp Marcus was born in Manhattan, New York, to parents Wayne and Susan Marcus and is the younger brother of Adam Marcus.[1] The family members had artistic interests: Marcus' great-grandfather was in vaudeville, grandmother and mother were both singers, father is an abstract painter, one uncle was a filmmaker and the other an actor, his older brother Adam Marcus is a film director.[2] Marcus was committed to producing theatre from a young age, and directed and acted in many theatrical productions during his school years,[3] winning the Young Playwrights of New England Award for Best Play at the age of 16.


Marcus studied acting at NYU's Tisch School for the Arts from 1989 to 1992 and graduated with a BFA degree. In 1991, he was invited to train at the Maly Theater in Moscow as a student with Circle In The Square Theater in New York.



Kipp Marcus began his professional acting career in 1984 at the age of 14 in the Broadway production of Lionel Bart's Oliver! as a Workhouse boy and in Fagin's gang.[4]

In that same year, Marcus appeared in the role of Ward 'Kip' Cleaver II, the eldest son of the adult Theodore "Beaver" Cleaver, in the television sitcom The New Leave It To Beaver,[1] Marcus' role was one of the central characters on the show, he appeared in over 100 episodes during 1984–1989.[citation needed]

Marcus had his first film role in the 1992 Sundance Film Festival cult comedy "Aisle Six", directed by David Wain.[5]

A year later, in 1993, Marcus was featured in the horror franchise Friday the 13th when he played the role of Officer Randy Parker in the New Line Cinema film Jason Goes to Hell, directed by his brother, Adam Marcus.[6]

Marcus returned to Broadway in 1995 in the roles of Marius, Jean-Prouvaire and Joly in the musical Les Misérables. He performed in the musical for 800 performances, including the 10th Anniversary production in 1997, under the direction of Royal Shakespeare Company's Trevor Nunn and John Caird.[7]

In 1999, Marcus appeared as the male lead James Ellis in the movie Let It Snow, which he also wrote and produced.

Screenwriting and ProducingEdit

While Marcus was studying at NYU, he wrote and produced the comedy So you like this girl, which received Tisch School's Best Picture award in 1990.[citation needed]

In 1999, Marcus wrote and produced the comedy Let It Snow. His screenwriting won him a Best New Writer Award from the American Film Institute at the Los Angeles Film Festival in 1999,[8][9] as well as producing honors at the Deauville International Film Festival, where it was nominated for best film[10] and was an official selection at the Sundance International Film Festival in 2000. The movie was distributed in the United States, Europe and Asia and received favorable reviews.[11][12][13][14]

During 2000–2003 Marcus wrote television pilots for Imagine Entertainment, Warner Bros, Fox and NBC.[15]

More recently, Marcus wrote a screenplay about Buster Keaton.[16]


Film and Television ActingEdit

Film and Television WritingEdit





  1. ^ a b Tiger Beat: Star magazine, March 1987, p. 67
  2. ^ Where are they now: Kipp Marcus - "Randy" Archived 2011-09-29 at the Wayback Machine Friday the 13th Films, accessed Nov. 4, 2010
  3. ^ Let It Snow: Press kit, accessed Nov. 4, 2010
  4. ^ Oliver! Internet Broadway Database, accessed Nov. 4, 2010
  5. ^ Aisle six (1992) The Internet Movie Database, accessed Nov. 5, 2010
  6. ^ Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (1993) The Internet Movie Database, accessed Nov. 5, 2010
  7. ^ Misérables: Tenth Anniversary Cast Les Misérables - the unofficial Broadway production website, accessed Nov. 5, 2010
  8. ^ AFI Fest 2000 Archived 2010-12-03 at the Wayback Machine accessed Nov. 5, 2010
  9. ^ AFI Fest (1999) The Internet Movie Database, Accessed Nov. 5, 2010
  10. ^ 26th Festival Program in 2000 Archived 2011-07-10 at the Wayback Machine Deauville American Film Festival, accessed Nov. 9, 2010
  11. ^ Lael Loewenstein Snow Days Variety, Nov. 4, 1999, accessed Nov. 5, 2010
  12. ^ Elvis Mitchell Film In Review: 'Let It Snow' The New York Times, June 8, 2001, accessed Nov. 5, 2010
  13. ^ Harry Haun Let It Snow Film Journal International, accessed Nov. 5, 2010
  14. ^ M. V. Moorehad When Harry Met Indie Phoenix New Times, Sep. 6, 2001, accessed Nov. 5, 2010
  15. ^ Josef Adalian Marcus brothers team up with Imagine Variety, Dec. 17, 2001, accessed Nov. 9, 2010
  16. ^ Jose Canseco's Book is Optioned Boxoffice Prophets, Aug. 18, 2006, accessed Nov. 5, 2010
  17. ^ Nominees and Winners Archived 2016-03-03 at the Wayback Machine Ninth Annual Youth in Film Awards 1986-1987, accessed Nov. 4, 2010
  18. ^ Nominees and Winners Archived 2015-04-14 at WebCite Tenth Annual Youth in Film Awards 1987-1988, accessed Nov. 4, 2010

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