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Also Known As: Died: June 3, 1992
Born: May 25, 1908 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Wiltshire, England, GB Profession: actor, playwright, novelist

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Portly English character actor who first gained acclaim on the London stage for his title role in "Oscar Wilde." Morley successfully reprised the part on Broadway in 1938, leading to an invitation to Hollywood and an Oscar-nominated film debut as Louis XVI in "Marie Antoinette" (1938). A jovial comic figure who could equally convincingly erupt into rage, Morley portrayed several more royal or aristocratic types, including King George III, in "Beau Brummel" (1954); Louis XI, in "Quentin Durward" (1955); and the Earl of Manchester, in "Cromwell" (1970). Other real-life figures he played were Charles James Fox, in "The Young Mr. Pitt" (1942); Oscar Hammerstein, in "Melba" (1953); and W.S. Gilbert, in "Gilbert and Sullivan" (1953). A cultivated, erudite presence, Morley imposed a distinctive stamp both on his more serious films and on campy vehicles like "Theatre of Blood" (1973). In this cult classic, he played a pompous theater critic gruesomely dispatched by a Shakespearean actor (Vincent Price) whom he had panned.

Portly English character actor who first gained acclaim on the London stage for his title role in "Oscar Wilde." Morley successfully reprised the part on Broadway in 1938, leading to an invitation to Hollywood and an Oscar-nominated film debut as Louis XVI in "Marie Antoinette" (1938).

A jovial comic figure who could equally convincingly erupt into rage, Morley portrayed several more royal or aristocratic types, including King George III, in "Beau Brummel" (1954); Louis XI, in "Quentin Durward" (1955); and the Earl of Manchester, in "Cromwell" (1970). Other real-life figures he played were Charles James Fox, in "The Young Mr. Pitt" (1942); Oscar Hammerstein, in "Melba" (1953); and W.S. Gilbert, in "Gilbert and Sullivan" (1953).

A cultivated, erudite presence, Morley imposed a distinctive stamp both on his more serious films and on campy vehicles like "Theatre of Blood" (1973). In this cult classic, he played a pompous theater critic gruesomely dispatched by a Shakespearean actor (Vincent Price) whom he had panned.

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CAST: (feature film)

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2.
 Lady And The Highwayman, The (1989) Lord Chancellor
3.
 Little Dorrit (1988) Lord Decimus Barnacle (Merdles And Society)
4.
 Wind, The (1987) Elias Appleby
5.
 Trouble With Spies, The (1987) Angus Watkins
6.
 Loophole (1986) Godfrey
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 Second Time Lucky (1984) God
8.
 High Road to China (1983) Bentik
9.
 Great Muppet Caper, The (1981) British Gentleman
10.
 Oh, Heavenly Dog! (1980) Bernie
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1929:
London stage debut
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Established repertory company in Perranporth, Cornwall, with Peter Bull
1938:
American stage debut in Broadway production of London hit, "Oscar Wilde"
1938:
Film debut, playing Louis XVI opposite Norma Shearer in "Marie Antoinette" (nominated for Academy Award)
1949:
"Edward My Son", play co-written with Noel Langley, adapted for the screen
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Education

Wellington College: -
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art: London , England -

Notes

He was made a commander of the British Empire in 1957

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companion:
Meriel Forbes. Actor. Briefly engaged; later married to Sir Ralph Richardson.
wife:
Joan North Buckmaster. Married in 1940.

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father:
Robert W Morley. Major in the British army.
mother:
Gertrude Morley.
son:
Sheridan Morley. Journalist, author. Born December 5, 1941.
son:
Wilton Morley. Impresario.
daughter:
Annabel Morley.
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