1 June 1926
Portsmouth, Hampshire, England
15 July 2015 (aged 89)|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Relatives||Wolfe Morris (brother)|
Early life and career
Morris was one of nine children born to Becky (née Levine) and Morry Steinberg. An elder brother, Wolfe Morris, was also an accomplished actor. His grandparents were from Kiev and escaped the Russian pogroms, arriving in London in about 1890. The family moved to Portsmouth at the turn of the 20th century. Aubrey attended Portsmouth Municipal College and RADA. His first stage appearance in 1944 was at the Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park in The Winter's Tale. From 1954 to 1956 he was at The Old Vic and appeared on Broadway.
Film and television
Morris featured in over fifty films; a notable early role was as Thorburn, the oddball pornographer running a Soho bookshop in John Gilling’s science fiction thriller The Night Caller (1965). His better known films include Woody Allen's Love and Death (1975), Ken Russell's Lisztomania (1975), and Gene Wilder's The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother (1977).
He also appeared in many television programmes, his debut being in a BBC production of the comedy Fly Away Peter (1948). Although most of his television appearances were in Britain, such as Z-Cars and Lovejoy, he also made some appearances in US programmes, such as a Columbo movie titled Ashes to Ashes (1998) and the Dennis Miller comedy vehicle Bordello of Blood (1996).
- The Quare Fellow (1962) – Silvertop
- The Night Caller (1965) – Thorburn
- The Great St Trinian's Train Robbery (1966) – Hutch
- The Sandwich Man (1966) – Cedric, the escapologist
- Up the Junction (1968) – Creely, an estate agent
- If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium (1969) – Harry Dix
- A Clockwork Orange (1971) – P.R. Deltoid, the youth worker charged with the task of keeping Alex out of trouble
- Blood from the Mummy's Tomb (1971) – Doctor Putnam
- Go for a Take (1972) – Director
- The Wicker Man (1973) – Gravedigger/gardener
- Man About the House (1974) – Lecturer
- Love and Death (1975) – Soldier
- Lisztomania (1975) – Manager
- The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother (1977) – Coach Driver
- S.O.S. Titanic (1979) – Steward John Hart
- Oxford Blues (1984) – Doctor Quentin Boggs
- The Zany Adventures of Robin Hood (1984) – Archbishop
- Lifeforce (1985) – Sir Percy Heseltine
- The Rachel Papers (1989) – Sir Herbert
- My Girl 2 (1994) – Alfred Beidermeyer
- Bordello of Blood (1996) – McCutcheon
- Bram Stoker's Legend of the Mummy (1998) – Dr. Winchester
- Visioneers (2008) – Old Jeffers
- Catweazle – Theatrical items shop owner
- City Beneath the Sea (1962) – Professor Ludwig Ziebrecken, a meglomaniac who sees himself as the leader of a 'New World Order'
- 1981 BBC TV adaptation of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy – the dimwitted Golgafrinchan captain who was eternally taking a bath
- Tales from the Crypt (1990) Season 2, Episode 4 "'Til Death" as Freddy
- Reilly, Ace of Spies – Mendrovovich
- Ripping Yarns Episode 6 – Grosvenor, the butler who likes 'the naughty books'
- The Prisoner – Town crier
- The Saint – Pebbles
- The Avengers – Quince in episode 'Silent Dust' (1965)
- Babylon 5 – Duncan (in "Exogenesis")
- Danger Man – 3 episodes, including Fortunato Santos in one episode, Tamasio in another
- The Sweeney – Foreign Gambler, episode: 'Stoppo Driver', his brother Wolfe Morris also appeared in the same episode.
- Space: 1999 – Petros High Priest
- Armchair Theatre – 6 episodes, including Joe, the make-up man in "Afternoon of a Nymph" (1962)
- Deadwood – Chesterton
- On the Buses – Marriage guidance counsellor
- It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia – Dr. Zimmerman
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- Cheryl Cheng (16 July 2015). "Aubrey Morris Dead: 'A Clockwork Orange' Actor Dies at 89". The Hollywood Reporter.
- A Clockwork Orange actor Aubrey Morris, dies aged 89 at BBC News Entertainment & Arts. Retrieved 17 July 2015
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