Bill Morey

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Bill Morey
Born December 19, 1919
Framingham, Massachusetts, U.S.
Died December 10, 2003 (age 83)
Santa Monica, California, U.S.

Bill Morey (December 19, 1919 – December 10, 2003) was an American character actor.[1] He was perhaps best known for portraying Oscar in the 1990s sitcom, The John Larroquette Show.[2]


Early life[edit]

Morey was born on December 19, 1919 in Framingham, Massachusetts.[1][3][4] He was a World War II veteran.[5]


Morey began his career in the 1940s, performing on stage and radio.[1] He moved to Traverse City, Michigan because of the Cherry County Playhouse, where he acted their productions during the 1950s and early 1960s. In addition, he acted in and directed productions at the Civic Theater, the former name of what is now the Old Town Playhouse during the early 1960s. Morey also worked in local radio and television while residing in Traverse City.[5]

Morey was awarded the 1970 Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance in Janus at the Pheasant Run Playhouse in Chicago.[4] It was there when he was discovered by Michael Ritchie, who cast Morey in his first feature role in Prime Cut (1972).[4][5] From then on, Morey moved to Los Angeles in 1974 where he continued to work in film and television until his retirement in 2001.[4][5]

Personal life and death[edit]

Morey was first married to a woman by the name of Chris. They met while both were employed by the WWJ television station in Detroit. He was also the father of sons Christopher and Michael and daughter Dianne.[5] On December 10, 2003, Morey died of natural causes at the age of 83 in a Santa Monica hospital.[1][3]

Partial filmography[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Harris M. Lentz III, Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2003: Film, Television, Radio, Theatre, Dance, Music, Cartoons and Pop Culture, McFarland, 2004 page 279
  2. ^ Everett, Todd (20 September 1994). "Review: 'The John Larroquette Show Changes'". Variety. Retrieved 11 May 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Overview for Bill Morey". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 11 May 2016.
  4. ^ a b c d "Bill Morey". Retrieved 11 May 2016.
  5. ^ a b c d e South, Carol (7 January 2004). "Morey makes mark on stage and screen: Veteran actor instrumental in early days of Traverse City Civic Theater". Traverse City Record-Eagle. Retrieved 11 May 2016.

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