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Overview (5)

Born in Prentice, Wisconsin, USA
Died in Fresno, California, USA  (respiratory failure)
Birth NameEarl Stanley Morner
Nickname Tuffy/ Toughie
Height 6' 2" (1.88 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Dennis Morgan was born Stanley Morner in the small town of Prentice, Wisconsin. His first jobs in Hollywood were mostly bit parts, but he scored big after playing opposite Ginger Rogers in Kitty Foyle (1940). He starred in films like My Wild Irish Rose (1947), God Is My Co-Pilot (1945) and The Very Thought of You (1944). He teamed up with buddy Jack Carson to do Two Guys from Milwaukee (1946), Two Guys from Texas (1948) and It's a Great Feeling (1949). His engaging performance as seaman "Jefferson Jones", with Barbara Stanwyck and a wonderful supporting cast, has made Christmas in Connecticut (1945) a holiday favorite. Morgan retired in the late 1950s, but did cameos now and then. He and his wife were married for 61 years, and he passed away in 1994. He had three children, Stanley Jr., Kristin Morgan and James.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Kay Peracca with James Turner

Spouse (1)

Lillian Mae Vedder (5 September 1933 - 7 September 1994) ( his death) ( 3 children)

Trivia (21)

Kristin Morgan, Dennis' daughter, appeared with him in My Wild Irish Rose (1947). She was 8 years old at the time.
Born at 11am CST.
In 1943, was originally cast to play Rick Blaine in Casablanca (1942), but made Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943) instead.
Later became an astute businessman, with extensive business holdings.
First under contract to MGM, he subsequently moved to Paramount and then Warner Bros., where he became one of the top movie singers.
Received his big musical film break singing "A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody" in The Great Ziegfeld (1936). His voice, however, was dubbed by Allan Jones.
Traveled during his early days with an operatic company singing in productions of "Faust" and "Carmen".
Attended Carroll College in Wisconsin and belonged to the college football team. Later studied voice at the Wisconsin Conservatory of music in Milwaukee and the American Conservatory in Chicago.
Appeared in high school plays and the glee club.
His children are named Stanley Morner, Kristin Morgan and James Morner.
Sang "Home is the Sailor" at friend Errol Flynn's funeral (October 1959).
Was a staunch conservative Republican.
At one point he was set to costar with Ann Sheridan in Serenade (1956) but the parts eventually went to Mario Lanza and Joan Fontaine.
One of Mr. Morgan's most popular films, "Christmas in Connecticut", was released in the British Isles under the rather odd title, "Indiscretion".
During the 1940's, for six consecutive years, Mr. Morgan received more fan mail than any other star (male or female) at Warner Brothers.
During the 1940's, Mr. Morgan was the highest paid actor at Warner Brothers.
In May, 1945, Mr. Morgan received an "honorary Doctor of Fine Arts" from Carroll University (in Wisconsin), - the degree was the first of its kind, conferred by the university in its (then) 100 year history.
In her autobiography, Viveca Lindfors, the Swedish actress who worked with Dennis Morgan, described him as a "divine friend". She added that " he had a glorious voice and was a happy man!" (exclamation point was hers.).
Dennis Morgan was fluent in the Swedish language.
Was a pallbearer at the funeral of Jack Carson, one of his closest friends.

Personal Quotes (3)

It's not the easiest thing in the world to be a success in Hollywood and still be the ordinary husband and father.
What has blown Hollywood apart is paying the superstars $2 million for a picture. There's nothing left over for anyone else.
That's the greatest crime of Hollywood: signing young people who show talent, then never using that talent. And there's no recourse as long as they pay you.

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