Howard Morris

Howard Morris

Bronx, Bronx County, New York, USA
Death 21 May 2005 (aged 85)
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Culver City, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot Laurel Gardens Wall Crypt E-450
Memorial ID 11013980 · View Source
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Actor, Cartoon Voice Actor, Director. During his decades long career, Howard Morris was heard more than seen as he was either performing as a voice actor or working behind the camera. Mainly a television director, he guided episodes of "The Andy Griffith Show" "The Dick Van Dyke Show" "Hogan's Heroes" "Get Smart" "Bewitched" and feature films "With Six You Get Eggroll" and "Don't Drink the Water." His raspy voice was used in hundreds of cartoons - Beetle Bailey and General Halftrack, The Atom Ant for Hanna-Barbera productions while providing the voices of possums, birds, monkeys, cats and alligators. In his later life, he ran an advertising agency with lucrative accounts with Kellogg's and McDonald's. Born and raised in the Bronx, Howard Jerome Morris was the only child of Hugo and Elsie Morris. His father was an executive at U.S. Rubber losing his job during the Great Depression followed by a fatal heart attack leaving his mother to fend for herself. She found employment as an organist playing during silent movies aided by Howard, who mimicked the on-screen stars. He went to Dewitt Clinton High School where he acted in school plays while being a member of a student combo group which entertained at weddings, bar mitzvahs and funerals. After graduation, he attended New York University under a scholarship as a drama major. However, World War II interrupted his studies and he was drafted into the Army serving as an infantryman seeing considerable combat in the Pacific including Guadalcanal and the Philippines. At War's end, he had become a first sergeant and was performing with an entertainment unit stationed in Hawaii headed by classical actor Maurice Evans with Carl Reiner also in the unit. Both Morris and Reiner played supporting roles in an army-camp tour performing Hamlet and MacBeth. The postwar found the two performers still together in the touring musical "Call Me Mister." Television was in its infancy when he was introduced to Sid Caesar and hired to appear in his show, "Admiral Broadway Revue." The show lasted only a year then spent four more years in a successor show, "Your Show of Shows" where he received national attention performing along side Sid Caesar, Imogene Coca and Carl Reiner. The live, 90 minute comedy variety program ran on NBC from 1950 to 1954. After it's closing, "Caesar's Hour" a TV Series followed where Morris performed as well as wrote for the show. Nine seasons with Caesar and it was quits, both Morris and Reiner were able establish their own individual acting careers. Television moved to Hollywood and Morris followed becoming a prolific guest star on hundreds of television shows while appearing as a character actor in the films "Boy's Night Out" "The Nutty Professor" "High Anxiety" "Life Stinks" and "History of the World: Part I." His health steadily declined in his eighties as he suffered from various heart ailments. A heart attack claimed him at age 85 at his Hollywood residence. His funeral was held at Hillside Memorial Park Chapel in Culver City. Many movie notables were in attendance including his long time friend and Army buddy Carl Reiner. Appropriately, his favorite sketch role was played on tape bringing down the house. Made back when he appeared on "Your Show of Shows," it was a spoof of the mawkish reunion show "This Is Your Life." He played Uncle Goopy, Sid Caesar as his long-lost nephew and Carl Reiner as the show host. Entombment followed at a Hillside Cemetery mausoleum. Legacy...He always expressed surprise that his few guest appearances on the Andy Griffith Show series would be the most defining and best remembered performance of his career. Morris played the rock-throwing hillbilly Ernest T. Bass. He was a Clio award-winning director of commercials while providing the voice in many including the voice of the Qantas Airlines Koala during its run in the 1980's.

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