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Robert Morse

Robert Morse (born May 18, 1931, Newton, Massachusetts) is an American actor. Morse is best known for his appearances in musicals and plays on Broadway, and has also acted in movies and TV shows. He served in the US Navy during the Korean War. In 1995, Robert portrayed Grandpa in the Fox telefilm Here Come the Munsters.


Morse created the role of Barnaby in The Matchmaker on Broadway in 1955 opposite Ruth Gordon and reprised the role in the 1958 film adaptation, this time opposite Shirley Booth. That same year he won the Theatre World Award and was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play for Say, Darling. His performance as J. Pierpont Finch in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying won him the Tony. He also starred in the 1967 movie version.

In 1965 Morse appeared in the black comedy The Loved One, a movie based on the Evelyn Waugh novel that satirized the funeral business in Los Angeles, in particular the Forest Lawn Cemetery. In 1968 he appeared in the comedy Where Were You When the Lights Went Out? opposite Doris Day. In the same year, he appeared in the television series That's Life, which attempted to blend the musical genre with a situation comedy centered on newlyweds "Robert" and "Gloria" (played by E.J. Peaker).

Morse was in the original Broadway cast of Sugar, a 1972 musical stage adaptation of Some Like It Hot, for which he was nominated for another Tony. He won a Tony for Best Actor in Play and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding One Person Show/Solo Performance for his portrayal of Truman Capote in Tru (1989). In 1992 he recreated his performance for the PBS series American Playhouse and won the Emmy Award as Best Actor in a Miniseries or Special. In 2002 Morse was cast in the role of The Wizard in the San Francisco run of the musical Wicked, but was replaced by Joel Grey when it opened on Broadway.

Morse joined other performers, including Marlo Thomas, in creating the 1972 Free to Be... You and Me children's album.

Morse has appeared in numerous TV shows, beginning in 1955 with the soap opera The Secret Storm and including mysteries, comedies, and variety shows. He had featured roles in the 1993 miniseries Wild Palms and the 2000 medical drama City of Angels. In 2007 Morse appeared on the AMC series Mad Men as Bertram Cooper, a partner in the advertising agency Sterling Cooper, and was nominated for an Emmy Award for outstanding guest actor for the role in 2008.

Morse has married three times and has five children.

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