Actor. He is best remembered for his role of Barney Collier, the quiet and talented technical genius, in the television series "Mission: Impossible" (1966-1973). Born Francis Gregory Alan Morris in Cleveland, Ohio, he began his acting career making guest appearances on such television shows as The Twilight Zone and Ben Casey. In September 1959, he married Leona Keyes; they would have three children before their divorce in 1995. In 1966, he became a regular on the television series, "Mission: Impossible" where he played the electronics expert Barney Collier. Along with costar Peter Lupus, they would be the only two actors to remain on the series throughout its entire run. When that show ended, Morris continued to appear in other television series and in several made-for-television movies, including such shows as The Match Game, You Don't Say, Cross-Wits, I Spy, The Six Million Dollar Man, The Streets of San Francisco, Sanford and Son, and The Adventures of Wonder Woman. In 1979, he moved to Las Vegas, Nevada, where he played the role of Police Lieutenant David Nelson in "Vega$," a series that blended the glitter of Vegas casinos with a crime drama. Although this series only lasted two years, Morris liked the city so much that he decided to remain there, living there for the remainder of his life. Never without work, he was a popular cameo role actor until 1981, when he survived a serious traffic accident, and did not reappear on television until late 1983. He then picked up and continued his career with several cameo guest appearances in such television shows as Fantasy Island, The Jeffersons, T.J. Hooker, and Murder, She Wrote. In 1989, he appeared in the short-lived remake of the television series "Mission Impossible," reprising his Barney Collier role. In this role, his real life son, Phil Morris, also appears, playing the role of Grant Collier, the son of Barney. In 1990, he was diagnosed with cancer, which he continued to fight for the next six years. His last role was on the television sci-fi series "Tek War" in 1995. He died in Las Vegas in August 1996, of cancer.
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