Frank Morgan (I) (1890–1949)

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Jovial, somewhat flamboyant Frank Morgan (born Francis Wuppermann) will forever be remembered as the title character in The Wizard of Oz (1939), but he was a veteran and respected actor long before he played that part, and turned in outstanding performances both before and after that film. One of 11 children of a wealthy manufacturer, Morgan ... See full bio »

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Known For

The Wizard of Oz Professor Marvel / The Gatekeeper / The Carriage Driver / The Guard / The Wizard of Oz
Tortilla Flat The Pirate
A Stranger in Town John Josephus Grant


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 1950 Key to the City
Fire Chief Duggan
 1949 Any Number Can Play
Jim Kurstyn
 1949 The Great Sinner
Aristide Pitard
 1949 The Stratton Story
Barney Wile
 1948 The Three Musketeers
King Louis XIII
 1948 Summer Holiday
Uncle Sid
 1947 Green Dolphin Street
Dr. Edmond Ozanne
 1946 The Great Morgan
Frank Morgan
 1946 Lady Luck
William Audrey
 1946 The Cockeyed Miracle
Sam Griggs
 1946 Courage of Lassie
Harry MacBain
 1945 Yolanda and the Thief
Victor Budlow Trout
 1944 Casanova Brown
J.J. Ferris
 1944 Kismet
Narrator (voice, uncredited)
 1944 The White Cliffs of Dover
Hiram Porter Dunn
 1943 Thousands Cheer
Dr. Frank Morgan
 1943 A Stranger in Town
John Josephus Grant
 1943 The Human Comedy
Willie Grogan
 1942 White Cargo
The Doctor
 1942 Tortilla Flat
The Pirate
 1942 The Vanishing Virginian
Robert Yancey
 1941 Honky Tonk
Judge Cotton
 1941 Washington Melodrama
Calvin Claymore
 1941 The Wild Man of Borneo
J. Daniel Thompson
 1940 Keeping Company
Harry C. Thomas
 1940 Hullabaloo
Frankie Merriweather
 1940 Boom Town
Luther Aldrich
 1940 The Mortal Storm
Professor Viktor Roth
 1940 The Ghost Comes Home
Vern Adams
 1940 Broadway Melody of 1940
Bob Casey
 1940 The Shop Around the Corner
Hugo Matuschek
 1939 Balalaika
Ivan Danchenoff
 1939 Henry Goes Arizona
Henry Conroy
 1939 The Wizard of Oz
Professor Marvel / The Gatekeeper / The Carriage Driver / ...
 1939 Broadway Serenade
Cornelius Collier, Jr.
 1938 Sweethearts
Felix Lehman
 1938 The Crowd Roars
Brian McCoy
 1938 Port of Seven Seas
 1938 Paradise for Three
Rudolph Tobler
 1937 Rosalie
 1937 Beg, Borrow or Steal
Ingraham Steward
 1937 Sunday Night at the Trocadero (Short)
Frank Morgan
 1937 Saratoga
Jesse Kiffmeyer
 1937 The Emperor's Candlesticks
Col. Baron Suroff
 1937 The Last of Mrs. Cheyney
Lord Francis Kelton
 1936 Dimples
Prof. Eustace Appleby
 1936 Piccadilly Jim
James Crocker - Sr. / Count Olav Osric
 1936 Dancing Pirate
Mayor Don Emilio Perena
 1936 Trouble for Two
Colonel Geraldine
 1936 The Great Ziegfeld
 1935 The Perfect Gentleman
Major Horatio Chatteris
 1935 I Live My Life
 1935 Escapade
 1935 Naughty Marietta
Governor d'Annard
 1935 Enchanted April
Mellersh Wilkins
 1935 The Good Fairy
 1934 The Mighty Barnum
Joe (uncredited)
 1934 By Your Leave
Henry Smith
 1934 There's Always Tomorrow
Joseph White
 1934 A Lost Lady
 1934 The Affairs of Cellini
Alessandro - Duke of Florence
 1934 Sisters Under the Skin
John Hunter Yates
 1934 Success at Any Price
 1934 The Cat and the Fiddle
 1933 Bombshell
Pops Burns
 1933 Broadway to Hollywood
Ted Hackett
 1933 Best of Enemies
William Hartman
 1933 When Ladies Meet
Rogers Woodruf
 1933 The Nuisance
Dr. Buchanan Prescott
 1933 The Kiss Before the Mirror
Paul Held
 1933 Reunion in Vienna
Dr. Anton Krug
 1933 Hallelujah I'm a Bum
Mayor John Hastings
 1933 Luxury Liner
Alex Stevenson
 1933 The Billion Dollar Scandal
John Dudley Masterson
 1932 The Half-Naked Truth
Merle Farrell
 1932 Secrets of the French Police
François St. Cyr
 1930 Fast and Loose
Bronson Lenox
 1930 Laughter
C. Mortimer Gibson
 1930 Queen High
Mr. Nettleton
 1930 Dangerous Nan McGrew
 1930 Belle of the Night (Short)
 1927 Love's Greatest Mistake
William Ogden
 1925 Scarlet Saint
Baron Badeau
 1925 The Man Who Found Himself
Lon Morris
 1925 The Crowded Hour
Bert Caswell
 1924 Born Rich
Eugene Magnin
 1924 Manhandled
Arno Riccardi
 1919 The Golden Shower
 1919 The Gray Towers Mystery
Billy Durland
 1918 At the Mercy of Men
Count Nicho
 1918 The Knife
Dr. Robert Manning
 1917 Raffles, the Amateur Cracksman
Bunny Manders
 1917 Who's Your Neighbor?
Dudley Carlton
 1917 Baby Mine
 1917 The Light in Darkness
Ramsey Latham
 1917 A Child of the Wild
Frank Trent
 1917 A Modern Cinderella
 1916 The Girl Philippa
Halkett (as Francis Morgan)
 1916 The Daring of Diana
John Briscoe (as Francis Morgan)
 1916 The Suspect
Sir Richard (as Frank Wupperman)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Appeared in "My Lady Friends" on Broadway. Farce. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Interview | 6 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Francis Morgan | Frank Wupperman


5' 8" (1.73 m)


Alma Rose Muller  (his death)  (1 child)


George Morgan


George Wuppermann | Josephine Wuppermann


Claudia Morgan (niece or nephew)

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He did not live to see The Wizard of Oz (1939) become one of the most famous films ever made through its annual network telecasts. See more »

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