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Overview (3)

Born in Fort Worth, Texas, USA
Birth NameThomas Morgan Woodward
Height 6' 3" (1.91 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Morgan Woodward was born on September 16, 1925 in Fort Worth, Texas, USA as Thomas Morgan Woodward. He is an actor and writer, known for Cool Hand Luke (1967), Battle Beyond the Stars (1980) and Star Trek (1966).

Trade Mark (2)

Full head of (prematurely) snow white hair
Towering height

Trivia (24)

Attended the University of Texas in the late 1940s.
Has four brothers.
Father was a doctor.
Brother, Lee, was a much-loved weatherman on KOTV, Tulsa, with his puppet, King Lionel.
Brother of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity.
His uncle, Dr. S.A. Woodward, lived in the San Angelo, Texas area. One day, he was called to help in the birth of a male child. The family, not knowing what gender was expected, had not chosen a name, so in honor of the good doctor's service, they named him Woodward Ritter. Later, he would be known more widely as Tex Ritter.
His brother, Dr. Lewis Woodward, was a successful music professor at Modesto Junior College in Modesto, California. He worked at the school the same time as actor Jack Elam's half-brother (also a Ph.D.) did.
After graduating from college, Woodward entered the University of Texas Law School in 1951. His studies were interrupted when he was recalled to active duty with the Air Force during the Korean War. He was sent to Korea and served with the Military Air Transport Command. After being demobilized, he did not return to law school but became an actor instead.
An article in "Newsweek" magazine on screen "heavies" entitled "The Dirty Half Dozen" named Woodward as on of the six most wanted bad guys in television and motion pictures.
Holds the record for having done more guest starring roles on the television series Gunsmoke (1955) (19) and Wagon Train (1957) (11) than any other actor.
In 1988, Woodward was presented with the "Golden Lariat Award" at the National Western Film Festival.
In 1994, the Texas Arts Council presented Morgan with its Lifetime Achievment in the Arts Award in his hometown of Arlington, Texas. The city also named a prominent street "Morgan Woodward Way".
In 1997, Woodward celebrated 50 years in show business and was given the "International Star Award" in Los Angeles, California.
In August 1988, he received the prestigious "Golden Boot Award" from the Hollywood Motion Picture and Television Fund. Other 1988 recipients were Roy Rogers, Virginia Mayo, Willie Nelson, Ann Rutherford and Burt Reynolds.
In August 1995, Woodward received the "Lifetime Achievement Award" for Western film acting from the "Wild West Film Festival" in Sonora, California.
In March 1990, Woodward's star was placed on the "Walk of Western Stars" at the William S. Hart Museum and Park in Santa Clarita, California.
Served as a pilot in the United States Army Air Force during World War II. He had been flying airplanes since he was at age 16.
Woodward's chief hobby is restoring, rebuilding and flying antique airplanes. In aviation circles, he is recognized as an authority on Early American Aircraft and has received numerous awards for his restoration projects.
In July 1996, he was a guest at the Western Film Fair in Charlotte, North Carolina along with Tony Young, Patricia Blair, Gene Evans, Gregory Walcott, Adrian Booth, Roberta Shore, Tommy Kirk, Dale Berry, Robert F. Hoy, Justin Tubb and Neil Summers.
In 2005, he attended the 50th anniversary celebration of the start of Gunsmoke series at a celebration in Dodge City, Kansas, also attended by son and wife of James Arness, who was unable to travel.
Morgan was kind enough to attend a Walton's International Fan Club Reunion in Hollywood 1997, sharing his Walton experiences.
Morgan Woodward and his "Dallas" co-star Larry Hagman are both real-life natives of Fort Worth, Texas.
Received the Cowboy Spirit Award at the 16th Annual Bison Homes Festival of the West held in Phoenix for "embodying the integrity, strength of spirit, and moral character depicted by the American cowboy." [March 2006]
Now retired, Woodward divides his time between his ranch in Paso Robles, California and his home in Hollywood. [October 2006]

Personal Quotes (1)

"Recognition is a funny thing. I've been recognized for many roles and recently I had someone remember me from an old show I did more than 20 years ago. It was such an obscure role that it took me a few minutes to remember the part myself. But it's amazing what people will remember you for doing. I still get response about my role as Shotgun Gibbs on 'Wyatt Earp' and that ended in the early 60's." (on roles he's recognized in public for playing)

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