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Born: May 18, 1931 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Newton, Massachusetts, USA Profession: actor

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An endearingly impish and multi-talented performer on stage, television and in films since the 1950s, Robert Morse was the Emmy- and Tony-winning powerhouse who defined self-confidence in "How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" (1967) and earned kudos for turns as Truman Capote in "Tru" and as Bertram Cooper on "Mad Men" (AMC, 2007- ). Morse's boundless energy and charm were his key strengths, but also a stumbling block for producers who frequently cast him in quirky roles rather than plucky her s like his "How to Succeed" character. Television and stage became his best venues for nearly four decades, culminating in a Tony win for "Tru" and multiple Emmy nominations for "Mad Men," where he appeared to play a worldly, wiser version of his most famous musical role. His body of work made him a favorite among theater habitu├ęs and drama enthusiasts well into his eighth decade.

An endearingly impish and multi-talented performer on stage, television and in films since the 1950s, Robert Morse was the Emmy- and Tony-winning powerhouse who defined self-confidence in "How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" (1967) and earned kudos for turns as Truman Capote in "Tru" and as Bertram Cooper on "Mad Men" (AMC, 2007- ). Morse's boundless energy and charm were his key strengths, but also a stumbling block for producers who frequently cast him in quirky roles rather than plucky her s like his "How to Succeed" character. Television and stage became his best venues for nearly four decades, culminating in a Tony win for "Tru" and multiple Emmy nominations for "Mad Men," where he appeared to play a worldly, wiser version of his most famous musical role. His body of work made him a favorite among theater habitu├ęs and drama enthusiasts well into his eighth decade.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Here Come the Munsters (1995) Grandpa
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 Jack Frost (1988) Voice
4.
 Hunk (1987) Garrison Gaylord
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 Calendar Girl Murders (1984) Nat Couray
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 The Boatniks (1970) Ens. Thomas Garland
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1949:
Made stage debut in a New Hampshire production of "Our Town"
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Served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War
1954:
Cast as one of original members of the CBS soap opera "The Secret Storm"
1955:
Created the role of Barnaby in "The Matchmaker" on Broadway; also made Broadway debut opposite Ruth Gordon
1956:
Feature debut, small role as a battle victim in "The Proud and the Profane"
1957:
TV debut, "Rain in the Morning" episode of "Matinee Theater" (NBC)
1958:
Received a Tony nomination for his role in the Broadway play "Say, Darling"
1958:
First major film role, recreating stage role of Barnaby opposite Shirley Booth in the film adaptation of "The Matchmaker"
1959:
Received second Tony nomination for his role in the Broadway Musical "Take Me Along"
1961:
Created the role of J. Pierpont Finch in the Broadway musical "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying"
1965:
Appeared in the black comedy "The Loved One," a movie that satirized the funeral business in Los Angeles
1967:
Reprised role of Finch for the film version of "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying"
1968:
Appeared in the comedy "Where Were You When the Lights Went Out?" opposite Doris Day
1968:
TV series debut as regular, "That's Life" (ABC); received first Emmy nomination
1970:
Last film for seventeen years, Disney's "The Boatniks"
1972:
Appeared in the original Broadway cast of "Sugar," the musical stage adaptation of "Some Like It Hot"; earned a Tony Award nomination
1972:
Joined other performers, including Marlo Thomas, in creating the <i>Free to Be... You and Me</i> children's album
1976:
Last appearence on Broadway for a decade, "So Long, 174th Street"
1980:
Joined the U.S. touring production of "Sugar Babies"
1987:
Returned to features in the comedy "Hunk"
1989:
Garnered critical acclaim for his one man stage portrayal of Truman Capote in "Tru"
1992:
Recreated his Broadway performance for a PBS adaptation of "Tru"
1993:
Played featured role in the ABC miniseries "Wild Palms"
1995:
Starred in the Canadian production of "Show Boat"
1995:
Portrayed Grandpa in the Fox TV-movie "Here Comes the Munsters"
2000:
Cast as Edwin O'Malley on the CBS medical drama "City of Angels"
2002:
Played the role of The Wizard in the San Francisco run of the musical "Wicked"; replaced by Joel Grey when it opened on Broadway
2007:
Played the recurring role of Bertram Cooper on AMC's "Mad Men"; received an Emmy (2008, 2010) nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor In A Drama Series
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Education

American Theatre Wing: New York , New York -

Notes

Morse is one of three actors to receive Tony Awards as Best Actor in a Musical and Best Actor in a Play. Zero Mostel and Rex Harrison are the other two. Matthew Broderick has been honored for his work in plays and musicals but his first Tony was in the Featured Actor category.

Inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame in 1999

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wife:
Carol Ann D'Andrea. Married April 8, 1961; divorced; first wife; mother of Morse's three eldest daughters.
wife:
Elizabeth Roberts. Advertising executive. Second wife; mother of Allyn and Charles.

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daughter:
Andrea Morse. Mother Carol D'Andrea.
daughter:
Robin Morse. Actor. Appeared on "As the World Turns" and in NYC theatre; mother Carol D'Andrea; born July 8, 1963.
daughter:
Hilary Morse. Mother Carol D'Andrea.
daughter:
Allyn Elizabeth Morse. Born April 1991; mother Elizabeth Roberts.
son:
Charles Robert Morse. Born July 11, 1996; mother Elizabeth Roberts.
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