Marshall Goldman works as a columnist for the Springfield Shopper newspaper and the main antagonist of "Thursdays With Abie," an episode of The Simpsons. He is a specialist in human interest stories and wants to publish incredible stories about Grandpa Abe Simpson, which would make him famous enough to win a Pulitzer Prize, though to obtain this particular goal, he plots unsuccessfully to kill Abe.

Marshall was voiced by the recurring show actor Hank Azaria, who also voiced Bob Arnold, Snake Jailbird, The Collector, Frank Grimes, Jr. on the same show, Carlos in Hop and played Kahmunrah with Gargamel in Smurf live-action movies.


He wrote a column on him in the newspaper and made him a local celebrity. However, Homer found out that he was only doing this to make him a celebrity so that he could kill Abe and publish a book about his life, which he had already written, in order to win the Pulitzer Prize. (It is implied that he wants to win the prize because he wanted his mother to respect him for once, as he sings, "Here comes the prize, Pulitzer prize, I'll finally be successful in my mother's eyes.")

Homer reads the book to find that Abe will die that day on the train. Homer runs to catch it and eventually, with Lenny and Carl's help, gets on to stop Goldman from killing him. Goldman had a pillow to suffocate him with, with a knife to rip this open and a gun inside it just in case. Homer fights Marshall to try and get the gun from him, but he is unsuccessful, as Marshall maintains his hold on it. However, it turns out that Abe was "playing possum" and knocks Marshall into a wall, which causes a pile of hatboxes to land on him.


  • It is unknown what happened to Goldman after this, whether he was arrested, escaped, or died is unknown.
  • It has several similarities with Hans from Frozen.


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