|Born||Edward Morton Lowater
13 February 1914
|Died||26 November 1987
San Francisco, California, U.S.
|Occupation||Film and television actor|
|Known for||Roles in The Hound of the Baskervilles and How Green was My Valley|
|Spouse(s)||Diana Whalley (1934-1936)
Virginia Barnato (1938-1949) (divorced) (1 child)
Morton Lowry, born Edward Morton Lowater (13 February 1914 – 26 November 1987) was a British actor. He is best known for his film roles as John Stapleton in The Hound of The Baskervilles (1939) and for his role as Mr. Jonas in How Green was My Valley. He also appeared in other films including Pursuit to Algiers and The Picture of Dorian Gray both in 1945.
Morton was married at least three times. His first marriage was in 1934, when he was 20 years old, to Diana Whalley (1912–1990). This short-lived marriage ended in divorce in 1936. On 27 February 1938, Morton married socialite Virginia Barnato (1916–1980), granddaughter of diamond dealer Barney Barnato and daughter of racing car driver Woolf Barnato, on a San Francisco theatre stage after announcing their engagement on 15 February 1938. This relationship did not survive but one son was born. Morton went on to marry once more in 1957 and, though this union also ended in divorce, it produced one more child in 1958.
Morton Lowry moved back to the United States in the early 1960s in order to revive his film career. He died on 26 November 1987 at a San Francisco UCSF hospital from heart failure due to complications during surgery. His death was indigent and he was buried by the state at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Sebastopol, California, on 14 January 1988.
Morton started his stage career using the name Edward Lowater. He appeared in many stage revues, appearing in theatres such as the Alhambra Theatre, the London Astoria and the Garrick Theatre, where he is mostly credited as being part of the singing and dancing chorus line. He can be found credited in shows such as Over the Page in September 1933 and The Drunkard in November 1934.
His first known big break came in the role of Donnie in the film The Dawn Patrol acting under the name of Morton Lowry. This led to a respectable film career in which he completed over 25 films, including How Green Was My Valley, which received ten Academy Award nominations in the United States. He was one of the few actors to appear as different characters in the Basil Rathbone/Nigel Bruce Sherlock Holmes film series, as John Stapleton in The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939) and as the Steward in Pursuit to Algiers (1945).
In 1947, Lowry's film career dwindled, with his last American film role being uncredited as a scared man in Calcutta. His last British film role was as Dinelli's driver in the 1960 film Too Hot to Handle.
Morton ventured into television work during the 1950s, most of which was in the United Kingdom. His work includes BBC Sunday Night Theatre in 1951, Theatre Royal (television film) in 1952 and Sword of Freedom in 1957. During 1959, he played various characters in the television series The Four Just Men. He also appeared as the Lieutenant in the 1959–60 television series The Adventures of Robin Hood in at least 12 episodes.
|Dawn Patrol, TheThe Dawn Patrol||1938||Donnie Scott|
|Hound of the Baskervilles, TheThe Hound of the Baskervilles||1939||John Stapleton|
|Tarzan Finds a Son!||1939||Richard Lancing|
|Hudson's Bay||1940||Gerald Hall|
|How Green Was My Valley||1941||Mr. Jonas|
|A Yank in the R.A.F.||1941||Squadron leader|
|Charley's Aunt||1941||Harley Stafford|
|This Above All||1942||Soldier|
|Pied Piper, TheThe Pied Piper||1942||Roger Dickinson|
|Captains of the Clouds||1942||Carmichael|
|The Loves of Edgar Allan Poe||1942||Charles Dickens|
|No Time for Love||1943||Dunbar|
|None but the Lonely Heart||1944||Taz|
|Story of Dr. Wassell, TheThe Story of Dr. Wassell||1944||Lieutenant Bainbridge|
|Picture of Dorian Gray, TheThe Picture of Dorian Gray||1945||Adrian Singleton|
|Pursuit to Algiers||1945||Steward|
|Man in Half Moon Street, TheThe Man in Half Moon Street||1945|
|Verdict, TheThe Verdict||1946||Arthur Kendall|
|Sunday Night Theatre||1951|
|Sword of Freedom||1957|
|Four Just Men, TheThe Four Just Men||1959||Various roles|
|Adventures of Robin Hood, TheThe Adventures of Robin Hood||1959–1960||Lieutenant||At least twelve episodes|
|Too Hot to Handle||1960||Driver|
- Lancashire Birth Records, Volume 8c, pg. 1257.
- Middlesex Marriage Records, Jan-Feb-Mar 1934. Volume 1b, pg. 16.
- Divorce Court File: 2411. 1936. The National Archives.
- "Chicago Daily Tribune". Chicago Daily Tribune. 27 February 1938.
- "The transcript picture page". The Transcript. 15 February 1938.
- Barnato Walker, Diana (2008). Spreading My Wings. Grub Street Publishing. p. 162.
- California Marriage Index, 1960-1985
- Middlesex Marriage Records, Jan-Feb-Mar 1957. Volume 5c, pg. 2344.
- "Morton Lowry - Filmography". New York Times. Retrieved 28 December 2011.
- "Morton Lowry Filmography". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 28 December 2011.
- Fraser, George MacDonald (1996). The Hollywood history of the world. Harvill Press. ISBN 978-1-86046-201-6.
- Crowther, Bosley (29 October 1941). "A Beautiful and Affecting Film Achievement Is "How Green Was My Valley," at the Rivoli". The New York Times.