Morse at The Paley Center For Media's PaleyFest 2014 Honoring
May 18, 1931
Newton, Massachusetts, U.S.
Spouse(s) Carol Ann D'Andreá (1961–1981)
Elizabeth Roberts (1989–present)
Robert Alan Morse (born May 18, 1931) is an American actor and singer best known as the star of both the 1961 original Broadway production and 1967 movie version of , and as How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying Bertram Cooper, from 2007 to 2014, in the AMC dramatic series . Mad Men [1 ] [2 ] [3 ] [4 ]
Early life [ edit ]
Morse was born on May 18, 1931 in
Newton, Massachusetts, the second child of Charles Morse and Mary SIlver. He attended a number of different schools until finding his inspiration in Henry Lasker, a drama teacher at Newton High School. "He knew what I had burning in me and wanted to express." Upon graduation, he left home for New York City to fulfill his ambition of becoming an actor, joining his elder brother Richard who was already studying acting at the prestigious Neighborhood Playhouse. With almost lightning speed he wound up with a role in The Proud and the Profane, a 1956 film starring William Holden and Deborah Kerr (although eventually uncredited, he did manage to work for five to six weeks on the film at the lofty sum of $500 a week). Soon thereafter, he was cast as Barnaby Tucker in the original Broadway production of Thornton Wilder's "The Matchmaker," and his career was off and running.
Morse has earned multiple nominations and wins for
Tony, Drama Desk and Emmy awards over a period of five decades. He is well known for his appearances in musicals and plays on Broadway, as well as roles in movies and television shows. Perhaps best known for his role as young 1960s New York City businessman J. Pierrepont Finch in the 1961 Broadway production and 1967 film version of the Frank Loesser and Abe Burrows musical, , Morse gained new prominence in the late 2000s for his recurring role of elder 1960s New York City businessman How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying Bertram Cooper on the AMC television show . Mad Men [5 ]
Having already played Barnaby on Broadway, Morse reprised the role in the
1958 film adaptation of , this time opposite The Matchmaker Shirley Booth. That same year, he won the Theatre World Award and was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play for . What was considered the final step toward full stardom was his performance as J. Pierrepont Finch in the Pulitzer Prize-winning Say, Darling . It won him the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical in 1962. How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying He also starred in [6 ] the 1967 movie version.
In 1964, Morse co-starred in the comedy film
. In 1965, Morse appeared in the black comedy film Quick, Before It Melts , a movie based on the The Loved One Evelyn Waugh novel of the same name that satirized the funeral business in Los Angeles, in particular the Forest Lawn Cemetery. In 1967, he co-starred in , opposite A Guide for the Married Man Walter Matthau. In 1968, he appeared in the comedy opposite Where Were You When the Lights Went Out? Doris Day. In the same year, he appeared in the 1968 television series , which attempted to blend the musical genre with a situation comedy centered on newlyweds "Robert" and "Gloria" (played by That's Life E. J. Peaker). In 1987, Morse also appeared in the movie [7 ] , in which he played "The Tailor" starring The Emperor's New Clothes Sid Caesar. Morse was in the original Broadway cast of , a 1972 musical stage adaptation of Sugar , for which he was nominated for another Tony. He won a Tony for Some Like It Hot Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding One-Person Show for his portrayal of Truman Capote in (1989). Tru In 1992, he recreated his performance for the [8 ] PBS series and won the American Playhouse Emmy Award as Best Actor in a Miniseries or Special. In 1999, Morse was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame for his long career as a stage actor. In 2002, Morse was cast in the role of the [9 ] Wizard of Oz in the San Francisco run of the musical , but quit the show before it opened on Broadway. He was replaced by Wicked Joel Grey. [10 ]
Morse joined other performers, including
Marlo Thomas, in creating the 1972 children's album. Free to Be... You and Me
He also provided the voice for the cartoon character Howler in
Hanna Barbera's . Pound Puppies
Another famous role he played was Jack in the 1979 animated
Rankin/Bass special . In Jack Frost , also by The First Easter Rabbit Rankin/Bass, he was the voice of the main character, Stuffy.
Morse has appeared in dozens of TV shows going back to the live days of television with the Kraft Theatre and General Electric Theatre. He appeared as
Boss Hogg's devious nephew, Dewey Hogg, in sixth season episode "How to Succeed in Hazzard" (1984). He had featured roles in the 1993 The Dukes of Hazzard miniseries and the 2000 medical drama Wild Palms . City of Angels
Beginning in 2007, Morse took on a recurring role in the
AMC dramatic series as Mad Men Bertram Cooper, a partner in the advertising agency Sterling Cooper, for which role he was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series in 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013, and 2014.
Personal life [ edit ]
Morse has been married twice
and has five children. [8 ]
Filmography [ edit ]
Television [ edit ]
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