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Who was Robert Morse?

Robert Alan Morse (May 18, 1931 – April 20, 2022) was an American actor and singer, best known as the star of both the 1961 original Broadway production, for which he won a Tony Award, and the 1967 film adaptation of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and as Bertram Cooper in the critically acclaimed AMC dramatic series Mad Men (2007–2015). 

He won his second Tony Award for playing Truman Capote in the 1989 production of the one-man play Tru. He reprised his role of Capote in an airing of the play for American Playhouse in 1992, winning him a Primetime Emmy Award.

Tony award winner and ‘Mad Men’ star Robert Morse dies at 90

Tony award winner and 'Mad Men' star Robert Morse dies at 90
Tony award winner and ‘Mad Men’ star Robert Morse dies at 90

Actor Robert Morse, who started his career on Broadway and then became a ‘Mad Men’ star, has died at 90. The news was confirmed by Jordan Bell of the talent agency BRS/Gage, who said via email that Morse “died peacefully at home after a brief illness.”

On Broadway, Morse originated the role of J. Pierrepont Finch on How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, for which he won a Tony Award. Six years later, in 1967, he starred in the film version of the same musical. Morse also won a Tony Award for his 1990 one-man show Tru, in which he played Truman Capote. He was nominated for three other Tony Awards throughout his career.

Younger audiences, however, will recognize him from the AMC TV hit Mad Men, in which he played Bertman Cooper, advertising mogul and founding partner of Sterling Cooper. The role landed him five Emmy nominations.

Larry Karaszewski, writer-producer and a vice president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences expressed his condolences on Twitter. “A huge talent and a beautiful spirit. Sending love to his son Charlie & daughter Allyn. Had so much fun hanging with Bobby over the years – filming People v OJ & hosting so many screenings (How To Succeed, Loved One, That’s Life),” he wrote.

Robert Morse Biography, Wiki

With that impish, gap-toothed grin, nervous bundle of energy, Robert Morse could never be contained long enough to become a film star. The live stage would be his calling.

He was born Robert Allen Morse on May 18, 1931, in Newton, Massachusetts, the son of May (Silver) and Charles Morse, who worked at a record store. His father was of German Jewish descent and his mother was of Russian Jewish ancestry. He developed an interest in performing in high school.

Moving to New York, he joined elder brother Richard who was already studying acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse. Robert made his debut with the musical “On the Town”, in 1949, and trained with Lee Strasberg, before making his inauspicious film debut in The Proud and Profane (1956), but movie offers were few.

Instead, he brightened up the lights of Broadway as “Barnaby Tucker” in “The Matchmaker” (and in the film version of The Matchmaker (1958)), as well as in “Say, Darling” (Tony nomination in 1958), “Take Me Along” (Tony nomination in 1959) and his best-known role as the ever-ambitious “J. Pierpont Finch” in “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”, in which he finally won the Tony, in 1961, while singing his signature song, “I Believe in You”, to himself in the mirror.

He took that role to film, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (1967), six years later.

Robert Morse Biography Wikipedia
Robert Morse
BornRobert Alan Morse
May 18, 1931
Newton, Massachusetts, U.S.
DiedApril 20, 2022 (aged 90)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
OccupationActor, singer
Years active1953–2021
Spouse(s)Carol Ann D’Andreá​​(m. 1961; div. 1981)​Elizabeth Roberts ​(m. 1989)​
Children5

Robert Morse Career

Robert Morse made his debut stage appearance in ‘On The Town’, sometime between 1944 and 1946. ‘The Proud and Profane’ (1956) was his first film, but it was a commercial failure.

His performance as Barnaby Tucker in the Broadway production of ‘The Matchmaker’ was highly appreciated by the critics. The play also proved to be a great success and was immediately adapted into a film (1958), which saw Morse reprising his role in it.

Some of his most notable Broadway performances are ‘Say, Darling’ (1958), ‘Take Me Along’ (1959), ‘Some Like it Hot’ (1959), ‘How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying’ (1961), and ‘Sugar’ (1972).Morse entered the world of cinema with ‘The Proud and Profane’ in 1956, and followed it up by working in ‘The Cardinal’ (1963), ‘Honeymoon Hotel’ (1964), ‘The Loved One’ (1965), ‘A Guide for the Married Man’ (1967), ‘Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mama’s Hung You in the Closet and I’m Feeling So Sad’ (1967), ‘Where Were You When the Lights Went Out’ (1968), ‘How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying’ (1967), ‘Hunk’ (1987), and ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’ (1987).

Morse made very few Broadway appearances in the 1970s, and was only seen in ‘Sugar’ (1972) and ‘So long, 174th Street’ (1976). Around this time, he took a break from Broadway for some years. He returned to stage with ‘Light up the Sky’ (1986), ‘Mike’ (1988) and ‘Tru’ (1989 – 90).

When he was enjoying a very successful run on Broadway, he started making appearances on television as well. Some of his TV roles include ‘Alfred Hitchcock Presents’ (1959), ‘Play of the Week’ (1959 – 1960), ‘Naked City’ (1961), ‘Car 54, Where Are You’ (1964), ‘That’s Life’ (1968), ‘Love, American Style’ (1971 – 74), ‘Fantasy Island’ (1978), ‘All My Children’ (1982), ‘One Day at a Time’ (1983), ‘The Dukes of Hazzard’ (1984), ‘Murder, She Wrote’ (1985), ‘Trapper John, M.D.’ (1985), ‘The Twilight Zone’ (1985), and ‘Mad Men’ (2007).

Morse also did voice acting in animated films, and his most memorable performance was in the Hanna Barbara series ‘Pound Puppies’ between 1986 and 1987.

Robert Morse Awards

  • 2014Emmy-Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series: Nominated
  • 2012Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominated
  • 2011Emmy-Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series: Nominated
  • 2010Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominated
  • 2009Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Winner
  • 2008Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Winner
  • 2008Emmy-Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series: Nominated
  • 2007Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominated
  • 1969Emmy-Outstanding Variety or Musical Series: Nominated

Some Interesting Facts About Robert Morse

  • Studied with acting guru Lee Strasberg
  • Was in the original 1954 cast of the CBS soap opera The Secret Storm
  • Won a Tony in 1961 for his lead role in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and reprised the role in the 1967 big-screen treatment
  • Went 17 years between film appearances: From 1970’s The Boatniks to 1987’s Hunk
  • Won a Tony in 1990 as Truman Capote in the one-man show Tru, then re-created the role in 1992 for PBS and won an Emmy

Robert Morse FAQ’s

Who was Robert Morse?

Robert Alan Morse (May 18, 1931 – April 20, 2022) was an American actor and singer, best known as the star of both the 1961 original Broadway production, for which he won a Tony Award, and the 1967 film adaptation of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and as Bertram Cooper in the critically acclaimed AMC dramatic series Mad Men (2007–2015). 

How old was Robert Morse?

Robert Morse died at 90.

How did Robert Morse die?

Actor Robert Morse, who started his career on Broadway and then became a ‘Mad Men’ star, has died at 90. The news was confirmed by Jordan Bell of the talent agency BRS/Gage, who said via email that Morse “died peacefully at home after a brief illness.”

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