Chester Morris (I) (1901–1970)

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The Academy Award-nominated film actor Chester Morris, who will forever be associated with the character Boston Blackie, was born John Chester Brooks Morris on February 16 1901 in New York City, the son of actor William Morris and comedienne Etta Hawkins. Chester Morris made his Broadway debut as a teenager in 1918 in the play "The Copperhead," in ... See full bio »

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Known For

Tomorrow at Seven Neil Broderick
Alibi Chick Williams
The Big House Morgan


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 1970 The Great White Hope
Pop Weaver
 1969 Gentle Ben (TV Series)
- Busman's Holiday (1969) ... Elsmore
 1968 Cimarron Strip (TV Series)
George Deeker
- Without Honor (1968) ... George Deeker
 1967 Coronet Blue (TV Series)
Dr. Michael Wilson
- A Time to Be Born (1967) ... Dr. Michael Wilson
 1962-1965 The Defenders (TV Series)
District Attorney Brent / Judge Philip Benning / Captain Peters
- A Matter of Law and Disorder (1965) ... District Attorney Brent
- The Bagman (1963) ... Judge Philip Benning
- The Empty Chute (1962) ... Captain Peters
 1965 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (TV Series)
Major Whitman
- The Fliers (1965) ... Major Whitman
 1964 Mr. Broadway (TV Series)
Orin Kelsey
- Don't Mention My Name in Sheboygan (1964) ... Orin Kelsey
 1964 Dr. Kildare (TV Series)
Tom Monahan
- Dolly's Dilemma (1964) ... Tom Monahan
 1964 Suspense (TV Series)
- The Hunter (1964)
 1964 Kraft Suspense Theatre (TV Series)
Blaine Davis
- Knight's Gambit (1964) ... Blaine Davis
 1964 East Side/West Side (TV Series)
Walt McGill
- The Name of the Game (1964) ... Walt McGill
 1964 Espionage (TV Series)
Harry Kemp
- Castles in Spain (1964) ... Harry Kemp
 1963-1964 Route 66 (TV Series)
Mr. Hull / Emmett McNeill
- Child of a Night (1964) ... Mr. Hull
- Soda Pop and Paper Flags (1963) ... Emmett McNeill
 1962-1963 Alcoa Premiere (TV Series)
Charles Richardson / Andrew Hines
- The Glass Palace (1963) ... Charles Richardson
- The Contenders (1962) ... Andrew Hines
 1962 The Eleventh Hour (TV Series)
Frankie Morrison
- Along About Late in the Afternoon (1962) ... Frankie Morrison
 1961 Ben Casey (TV Series)
Walter Tyson
- An Expensive Glass of Water (1961) ... Walter Tyson
 1961 Checkmate (TV Series)
Albert Dewitt
- Portrait of a Man Running (1961) ... Albert Dewitt
 1961 Naked City (TV Series)
Frank Manfred
- Make-Believe Man (1961) ... Frank Manfred
 1961 A String of Beads (TV Movie)
Walter Harmon
 1960 Rawhide (TV Series)
Hugh Clements
- Incident on the Road to Yesterday (1960) ... Hugh Clements
 1960 Diagnosis: Unknown (TV Series)
Capt. Max Ritter / Detective Max Ritter / Detective Lieutenant Max Ritter / ...
- The Red Death (1960) ... Capt. Max Ritter
- The Parasite (1960) ... Capt. Max Ritter
- Gina, Gina (1960) ... Capt. Max Ritter
- The Curse of the Gypsy (1960) ... Capt. Max Ritter
- The Case of the Elder (1960) ... Capt. Max Ritter
 1960 Play of the Week (TV Series)
- Morning's at Seven (1960) ... Swanson
 1959 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series)
Henry Vining
- Whisper of Evil (1959) ... Henry Vining
 1958 Pursuit (TV Series)
- Tiger on a Bicycle (1958) ... Moody
 1953-1957 Kraft Theatre (TV Series)
- Man of Prey (1957)
- Time Lock (1956) ... Dawson
- Final Edition (1953)
 1957 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
- Child of Trouble (1957) ... Warden
 1957 Zane Grey Theatre (TV Series)
Frank Simmons
- Black Is for Grief (1957) ... Frank Simmons
 1957 The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series)
- Clem's Fish Market (1957) ... Tony
 1956 The She-Creature
Dr. Carlo Lombardi
 1954-1956 Studio One (TV Series)
Jack Feeney / Warden Garry / Sam Benson / ...
- The Arena (1956) ... Jack Feeney
- Blow Up at Cortland (1955) ... Warden Garry
- The Death and Life of Larry Benson (1954) ... Sam Benson
- Jack Sperling, Forty-six (1954) ... Jack Sparling
 1955 Appointment with Adventure (TV Series)
Lt. Kizer
- Time Bomb (1955) ... Lt. Kizer
 1955 Unchained
Kenyon J. Scudder
 1954 The Philip Morris Playhouse (TV Series)
 1954 The Web (TV Series)
- Rock-Bound (1954)
 1952-1953 Robert Montgomery Presents (TV Series)
Col. Bobo Nolan
- The Big Night (1953) ... Col. Bobo Nolan
- The Law-Abiding (1952)
 1951-1953 Danger (TV Series)
- Towerman (1953)
 1953 Omnibus (TV Series)
The Battler (segment "The Battler")
- The Battler (1953) ... The Battler (segment "The Battler")
 1952-1953 Suspense (TV Series)
- Point Blank (1953)
- Black Panther (1952) ... Edwards
 1952 Tales of Tomorrow (TV Series)
- The Exile (1952)
 1952 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
- Welcome Home, Lefty (1952) ... Lefty
 1952 Lights Out (TV Series)
- The Intruder (1952)
 1952 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
The Dansker
- Billy Budd (1952) ... The Dansker
 1951 Starlight Theatre (TV Series)
Ed Kennedy
- Act of God Nonwithstanding (1951) ... Ed Kennedy
 1950 Cameo Theatre (TV Series)
- The Great Merlini (1950) ... Merlini
 1949 Boston Blackie's Chinese Venture
Horatio 'Boston Blackie' Black
 1948 Trapped by Boston Blackie
Boston Blackie
 1947 Blind Spot
Jeffrey Andrews
 1946 Boston Blackie and the Law
Horatio 'Boston Blackie' Black
 1946 The Phantom Thief
Horatio 'Boston Blackie' Black
 1946 A Close Call for Boston Blackie
Horatio 'Boston Blackie' Black / Cyrus Peyton
 1946 One Way to Love
Barry Cole
 1945 Boston Blackie's Rendezvous
Boston Blackie
 1945 Boston Blackie Booked on Suspicion
Horatio 'Boston Blackie' Black
 1945 Rough, Tough and Ready
Brad Crowder
 1944 Double Exposure
Larry Burke
 1944 One Mysterious Night
Horatio 'Boston Blackie' Black
 1944 Secret Command
Jeff Gallagher
 1944 Gambler's Choice
Ross Hadley
 1943 Tornado
Pete Ramsey
 1943 The Chance of a Lifetime
Horatio 'Boston Blackie' Black
 1943 High Explosive
Buzz Mitchell
 1943 Aerial Gunner
Sgt. 'Foxy' Pattis
 1943 After Midnight with Boston Blackie
Horatio 'Boston Blackie' Black
 1942 Wrecking Crew
Duke Mason
 1942 Boston Blackie Goes Hollywood
Boston Blackie
 1942 I Live on Danger
Jeff Morrell
 1942 Alias Boston Blackie
Boston Blackie
 1942 Canal Zone
'Hardtack' Hamilton
 1941 Confessions of Boston Blackie
Boston Blackie
 1941 No Hands on the Clock
Humphrey Campbell
 1941 Meet Boston Blackie
Boston Blackie
 1940 Girl from God's Country
Jim Holden aka Dr. Gary Currier
 1940 Wagons Westward
David Cook / Tom Cook
 1940 The Marines Fly High
Lt. Jim Malone
 1939 Thunder Afloat
'Rocky' Blake
 1939 Five Came Back
 1939 Blind Alley
Hal Wilson
 1939 Pacific Liner
Doctor Craig
 1938 Smashing the Rackets
Jim 'Sock' Conway
 1938 Sky Giant
Kenneth 'Ken' Stockton
 1938 Law of the Underworld
Gene Fillmore
 1937 Sunday Night at the Trocadero (Short)
Chester Morris
 1937 Flight from Glory
Paul Smith
 1937 I Promise to Pay
Eddie Lang
 1937 Devil's Playground
Robert Mason
 1936 They Met in a Taxi
Jimmy Donlin
 1936 Counterfeit
John Joseph Madden
 1936 Frankie and Johnnie
Johnnie Drew
 1936 Moonlight Murder
Steve Farrell
 1936 Three Godfathers
Bob Sangster
 1935 Pirate Party on Catalina Isle (Short)
Pirate Captain (uncredited)
 1935 Pursuit
Mr. 'Mitch' Mitchell
 1935 Public Hero Number 1
Jeff Crane
 1935 Princess O'Hara
Vic Toledo
 1935 I've Been Around
Eric Foster
 1935 Society Doctor
Dr. Bill Morgan
 1934 The Gay Bride
Jimmie 'Office Boy' Burnham
 1934 Embarrassing Moments
Jerry Randolph
 1934 Gift of Gab
 1934 Let's Talk It Over
Mike McGann
 1933 King for a Night
Bud Williams
 1933 Golden Harvest
Chris Martin
 1933 Tomorrow at Seven
Neil Broderick
 1933 Infernal Machine
Robert Holden
 1933 Blondie Johnson
Danny Jones
 1932 Breach of Promise
James Pomeroy
 1932 Red-Headed Woman
Bill Legendre Jr.
 1932 Sinners in the Sun
Jimmie Martin
 1932 The Miracle Man
John 'Doc' Madison
 1932 Cock of the Air
Lt. Roger Craig
 1931 Corsair
John Hawks
 1930 The Bat Whispers
Detective Anderson
 1930 The Big House
 1930 The Divorcee
 1930 The Case of Sergeant Grischa
Sergeant Grischa Paprotkin
 1930 She Couldn't Say No
Jerry Casey
 1930 Playing Around
Nickey Solomon
 1930 Second Choice
Don Warren
 1929 Show of Shows
Performer in $20 Bet Sketch and 'Bicycle Built for Two' Numbers
 1929 Woman Trap
Ray Malone
 1929 Fast Life
Paul Palmer
 1929 Alibi
Chick Williams (as Mr. Chester Morris)
 1925 The Road to Yesterday
Party Guest (uncredited)
 1923 Loyal Lives
Tom O'Hara
 1918 The Beloved Traitor
 1917 An Amateur Orphan
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Personal Details

Other Works:

(Summer 1955) He acted in Herman Wouk's play, "The Caine Mutiny Court Martial," in a Kenley Players production in Bristol, Pennsylvania. John Kenley was artistic director. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 6 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Mr. Chester Morris


5' 9" (1.75 m)


Lillian Kenton  (his death)  (1 child) | See more »


William Morris | Hawkins, Etta


Adrian Morris (sibling) | See more »

Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[after appearing in thirteen 'Boston Blackie' pictures] After that, a producer wouldn't put me in an 'A' movie even if I paid for the privilege. The only thing I could do was get out and go back to the theater.


Was in three Oscar Best Picture nominees: Alibi (1929), The Divorcee (1930) and The Big House (1930). The last two of these were released in the same year. See more »

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