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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 18 May 1931Newton, Massachusetts, USA
Birth NameRobert Xavier Morse
Nickname Bobby
Height 5' 5" (1.65 m)

Mini Bio (1)

With that impish, gap-toothed grin, nervous bundle of energy, Robert Morse could never be contained long enough to become a film star. The live stage would be his calling. He made his debut with the musical, "On the Town", in 1949, and trained with Lee Strasberg, before making his inauspicious film debut in The Proud and Profane (1956), but movie offers were few. Instead, he brightened up the lights of Broadway as "Barnaby Tucker" in "The Matchmaker" (and in the film version of The Matchmaker (1958)), in "Say, Darling" (Tony nomination in 1958), "Take Me Along" (Tony nomination in 1959) and his best-known role as the ever-ambitious "J. Pierpont Finch" in "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying", in which he finally won the Tony, in 1961, while singing his signature song, "I Believe in You", to himself in the mirror. He took that role to film, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (1967), six years later.

His best movie roles also came in the 60s, as a Britisher arranging his uncle's funeral in the cult favorite, The Loved One (1965), and as Walter Matthau's philandering buddy/advisor in A Guide for the Married Man (1967). His offbeat musical talents were used for the intriguing experimental James Thurber-like TV series, That's Life (1968), with E.J. Peaker, which combined sketches, monologues and musical interludes, but the show lasted only one season. Overall, Bobby's work has never been less than interesting with no gray areas in his performances -- ranging from bizarre to irritating, from frenzied to fascinating. After earning acclaim and another Tony-nomination as the cross-dressing musician on the lam in "Sugar", a Broadway musical version of Some Like It Hot (1959), Morse appeared less and less -- his eccentricities proving both difficult to cast and to deal with. Following an unfulfilling stint on the daytime soap, All My Children (1970), he came back in grand style in the one-man tour de farce, American Playhouse: Tru (1992), based on the life of the equally-eccentric Truman Capote - a perfect fit, if ever there was one, between actor and role. With this role, Bobby became one of the choice few to ever win Tony awards for both a musical and dramatic part. He continues to be seen in odd roles from time to time, such as "Grandpa" in the revamped TV movie, Here Come the Munsters (1995). Married twice, his daughters are actresses Andrea Doven, Hilary Morse and Robin Morse.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Gary Brumburgh / gr-home@pacbell.net

Spouse (2)

Elizabeth Roberts (1989 - present) (2 children)
Carole D'Andrea (8 April 1961 - 1981) (divorced) (3 children)

Trade Mark (2)

Gap between two front teeth
Short stature

Trivia (3)

Has won two Tony Awards: in 1962, as Best Actor (Musical) for "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying," a role he recreated in the film version, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (1967); and in 1990 as Best Actor (Play) for "Tru," a one-man show in which he played Truman Capote and a performance he recreated on television as American Playhouse: Tru (1992). He was also nominated for Tony Awards three other times: once as Best Supporting or Featured Actor (Dramatic), in 1959 for "Say, Darling;" and twice as Best Actor (Musical), in 1960 for "Take Me Along" (an Award won by co-star Jackie Gleason) and in 1973 for "Sugar.".
Father, with Carole D'Andrea, of actresses Andrea Doven, Hilary Morse, and Robin Morse.
Hollywood, CA: The Egyptian Theater as a guest star to answer questions after the showing of the movie, The Loved One (1965). [February 2012]

Personal Quotes (8)

John Lithgow was absolutely wonderful in 'Dexter,' there's no doubt about it.
I think you always have to keep your eye open and take advantage of anything that may come your way.
I think I'm pretty much down to earth, and I'm not really way, way out there.
I like the normal things of life: I like the Mets, and the Celtics, and the N.Y. Rangers. I like to watch C-Span; I love Costco.
I lead a simple life. I get residuals. I have a family; we're doing alright.
My memorization skills aren't that great so I need help in that area. As far as everything else, I listen to the director. I'm someone who doesn't argue. I hit my marks and say the lines.
I love to go into the studio on days when I'm not even doing anything. It's like my senior club. Some people go to senior centers, well I go to my senior center.
Most actors have been fired during their career.

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