January 14, 1944 – Former evangelist and actor Marjoe Gortner is born Hugh Marjoe Ross Gortner in Long Beach, California. Coached by his parents (who came from a long line of preachers), Marjoe became child preacher, a prodigy famous for his energetic and charismatic sermons. He continue preaching into young adulthood,Â but after a crisis of faith he “starred” in Marjoe, an Academy Award-winning feature-length documentary exposing the fraud of the evangelical circuit. Marjoe later had a career in acting from the 1970s through the mid-1990s.
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