Marty spent his childhood in the poverty-stricken London East End and left school at the age of 15, hoping for a career as a jazz trumpeter (his appearance in a Variety show earned him the title "the worst trumpeter in the world").He had just started his comedy career, as a writer for BBC radio programs and TV shows in the late 1950s, when he married Lauretta Sullivan in January 1959 (they would stay married until his death in 1982).There's a saying: "Your face is your fortune"; Marty had received a double-whammy.
However, he died of a massive heart attack, caused by shellfish food poisoning, while filming Yellowbeard (1983) in Mexico City, on December 2, 1982... Died in Mexico City of shellfish poisoning on the last day of filming a scene from Yellowbeard (1983), in which he was supposed to die. His illness was discovered by filmmaker friend Michael Mileham who had also suffered from the same poisoning but survived.
When presenting the 1976 Live Action Short Oscar, he called the two winning producers to the stage, threw the statue to the floor, then handed a shard of the award to each one.
He said, "It said, 'Made in Hong Kong' on the bottom." In his DVD commentary for Young Frankenstein (1974), director Mel Brooks provides a further explanation for Marty Feldman's early death.
American audiences first saw Marty in Dean Martin Presents the Golddiggers (1968), where he did comedy skits with Susie Ewing and the Golddiggers.
He appeared in a number of movies, his most-remembered role being that of Igor (pronounced Eye-Gor) in Young Frankenstein (1974).
Besides acting, he made his directorial debut in The Last Remake of Beau Geste (1977).Beloved and popular, it seemed Marty was to enjoy a long career in the entertainment field."I am too old to die young, and too young to grow up," Marty Feldman told a reporter -- a week before he died.This beloved comedian, who poked fun at himself, as well as others, was born Martin Alan Feldman on July 8, 1934, in London, England.His parents were of Ukrainian Jewish heritage (from Kiev).He was the son of Cecilia (née Crook) and Myer Feldman, a gown manufacturer.