William Morris (actor)

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William Morris
William Henry Morris

January 1, 1861
DiedJanuary 11, 1936(1936-01-11) (aged 75)
Los Angeles, California
Years active1875 – 1935
Spouse(s)Etta Hawkins
ChildrenChester Morris

William Henry Morris (January 1, 1861 – January 11, 1936) was an American stage and film actor.[1]

He began his career as a teenager in the theater, first appearing at the Boston Museum, 1875 and became a star on Broadway. Much theater work where he spent most of his career. He appeared in popular plays such as 1909's Is Matrimony a Failure? He was a character actor in silent films, usually playing gruff fathers or bad guys.

His appearance in Alice Guy's 1917 silent film The Ocean Waif, from Kino DVD, is an example of Morris's surviving screen work.

He was married to actress Etta Hawkins, with whom he had four children, including 1930s film star Chester Morris.[2][3]

Selected filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1916 Romeo and Juliet Abraham
1930 Brothers Dr. Moore
1931 The Woman Between Frederick Weston
The Gang Buster Andrew Martine


  1. ^ "William Morris, 75, Veteran Actor, Dies; Father of Chester of the Movies Well Known on Broadway Stage". The New York Times. January 12, 1936. Retrieved June 25, 2017.
  2. ^ The Chester Morris Web the only Chester Morris website on the internet
  3. ^ "Obituary: Etta Hawkins Morris". The New York Times. July 15, 1945. p. 15. Retrieved June 25, 2017.

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