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Morris the Cat

  • Birth 1959 Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
  • Death 7 Jul 1978
  • Burial Non-Cemetery Burial, Specifically: backyard of his trainer Bob Martwick in Chicago, Illinois
  • Memorial ID 7881

Animal Actor. Discovered in 1966 in the Humane Society of Hinsdale, Illinois, by his handler Bob Martwick, who needed a orange cat for a commercial. He adopted Morris who at the time of adoption was seven years old and he sit him in front of a camera, Morris was a natural and a four legged star was born. Morris made his television debut in 1969 for "9Lives" cat food commercials, he was "the world's most finicky cat", eating only 9Lives. Morris would go on to appear in other media over the years making his debut in the Robert Altman film The Long Goodbye with Elliott Gould in 1973. Also starring in the 1973 movie Shamus with Burt Reynolds and Dyan Cannon, he visited the White House and signed a bill making an ink impression with his paw, and received special Patsy award in 1973. Morris is even known for his writing ability, he has "authored" three books: The Morris Approach, The Morris Method and The Morris Prescription. He also appeared as a "spokescat" promoting responsible pet ownership, pet health and pet adoptions through animal shelters. Morris was 17 in cat years and 90 in human years at the time of his death.

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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 18 Dec 1999
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7881
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Morris the Cat (1959–7 Jul 1978), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7881, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Non-Cemetery Burial, who reports a backyard of his trainer Bob Martwick in Chicago, Illinois.