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|Also Known As:||Chester Brooks Morris||Died:||September 11, 1970|
|Born:||February 16, 1901||Cause of Death:||barbiturate overdose|
|Birth Place:||New York City, New York, USA||Profession:||Cast ... actor|
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John Chester Brooks Morris (February 16, 1901 - September 11, 1970) was an American actor. Born in New York City, the son of actor William Morris, Morris is most famous for his role in the Boston Blackie detective series of the 1940s, but his film career began in 1917 in An Amateur Orphan. Morris was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for Alibi (1929) directed by Roland West. He also starred in The Bat Whispers (1930) and Corsair (1931), which were both directed by West. However, perhaps his finest role is in the early prison film The Big House (1930), which was a huge success and propelled his career. His career gradually declined in the late 1930s, with roles in B-movies such as Smashing the Rackets (1938) and Five Came Back (1939). From 1941 to 1949 he was best known as Boston Blackie, playing the character in fourteen movies, all produced by Columbia Pictures, and one season of radio shows. Morris's career began to fade in the 1950s. After his last Boston Blackie movie, he only performed in three more movies, including his final role in The Great White Hope (1970). Morris was dying of cancer when he committed suicide by taking an overdose of barbiturates in 1970. He had been appearing in a stage production of The Caine Mutiny Court Martial at the Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope, Pennsylvania at the time of his death.
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