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Morse, Robert 1931- (Bobby Morse)

Morse, Robert 1931- (Bobby Morse)


Full name, Robert Alan Morse; born May 18, 1931, in Newton, MA; son of Charles (an assistant manager of a record store) and May (maiden name, Silver) Morse; married Carole Ann D'Andrea, April 8, 1961 (divorced); married Elizabeth Roberts (an advertising executive); children: (first marriage) Robin (an actress), Andrea, Hilary; (second marriage) Allyn Elizabeth, Charles Robert. Education: Trained for the stage with American Theatre Wing, New York City, early 1950s.


Agent—Bauman, Redanty and Shaul Agency, 5757 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 473, Los Angeles, CA 90036.


Actor and director. Appeared with Folger Theatre, Washington, DC, 1985. Military service: U.S. Navy, 1951.


Actors' Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.

Awards, Honors:

Theatre World Award, 1958, and Antoinette Perry Award nomination, best supporting or featured dramatic actor, 1959, both for Say, Darling; Antoinette Perry Award nomination, best actor in a musical, 1960, for Take Me Along; Antoinette Perry Award, best actor in a musical, 1962, for How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying; Emmy Award nomination, best variety or musical series, 1969, for That's Life; Drama Desk Award, outstanding performance, 1972, Antoinette Perry Award nomination, best actor in a musical, Outer Critics Circle Award, outstanding actor, 1973, all for Sugar; Drama Desk Award, outstanding solo performance, Antoinette Perry Award, best dramatic actor, Elliot Norton Award, distinguished contribution to Boston theatre, Drama League Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, best actor in a play, Drama League Award, distinguished performance, 1990, LA Drama Critics Circle Award, lead performance, 1991, Helen Hayes Award, outstanding lead actor in a non-resident production, 1992, all for Tru (theatre production); Emmy Award, best lead actor in a miniseries or special, 1992, for Tru (television production); Theater Hall of Fame, inductee, 1999; Screen Actors Guild Award nomination (with others), outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series, Emmy Award nomination, outstanding guest actor in a drama series, 2008, both for Mad Men.


Stage Appearances:

(Stage debut) Our Town, Peterborough Players, Peterborough, NH, 1949.

(Broadway debut) Barnaby Tucker, The Matchmaker, Royale Theatre, 1955.

Ted Snow, Say, Darling, American National Theatre and Academy, New York City, 1958.

Richard Miller, Take Me Along, Shubert Theatre, New York City, 1959.

J. Pierpont Finch, How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying, 46th Street Theatre, New York City, 1961.

Jerry, Sugar, Majestic Theatre, New York City, 1972.

Member of ensemble, Milliken Breakfast Show (revue), Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, New York City, 1973.

Mr. Applegate, Damn Yankees, Meadowbrook Dinner Theatre, Cedar Grove, NJ, 1973.

Jerry, Sugar, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles, 1974.

J. Pierpont Finch, How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 1975.

David, So Long, 174th Street, Harkness Theatre, New York City, 1976.

Sidney Black, Light Up the Sky, Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles, 1986.

Scooter Malloy, Mike, Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia, PA, 1988.

Toymaker, Babes in Toyland, California Music Theatre, Pasadena, CA, 1988-89.

Truman Capote, Tru (solo show), Booth Theatre, New York City, 1989-90.

Night of 100 Stars III, Radio City Music Hall, New York City, 1990.

Show Boat, Canadian production, 1995.

Louis Blore/His Most Royal Majesty, King of France, Du Barry Was a Lady, City Center Theatre, New York City, 1996.

Special guest host, Take Me Along, Pasadena Playhouse, Pasadena, CA, 2000.

Wizard of Oz, Wicked, San Francisco, CA, 2003.

Also appeared in More of Loesser, Off-Broadway production; Eileen in Concert, Off-Broadway production.

Major Tours:

Barnaby Tucker, The Matchmaker, U.S. cities, 1957.

Bobby, Sugar Babies, U.S. cities, 1980.

Also toured in Tru, U.S. cities.

Stage Director:

How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles, 1975.

Film Appearances:

Second casualty, The Proud and the Profane, Paramount, 1956.

Barnaby Tucker, The Matchmaker, Paramount, 1958.

Bobby and His Adora-Belles, The Cardinal, Columbia, 1963.

Jay (Mason) Menlow, Honeymoon Hotel, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1964.

Oliver Cromwell Cannon, Quick, Before It Melts, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1964.

(Uncredited) Himself, Milton Fox, Esq., 1964.

Dennis Barlow, The Loved One, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1965.

Jonathan, Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mama's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feeling So Sad, Paramount, 1967.

J. Pierpont Finch, How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying (also known as How to Succeed …, United Artists, 1967.

Ed Stander, A Guide for the Married Man, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1967.

Waldo Zirrer, Where Were You When the Lights Went Out?, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1968.

Ensign Thomas Garland, The Boatniks, Buena Vista, 1970.

Henry, The Emperor's New Clothes, Cannon, 1987.

Garrison Gaylord, Hunk, Crown International, 1987.

Voice, Jack Frost, 1988.

Why I Live at P.O., 1998.

Himself, Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There (also known as Broadway, Broadway: The Golden Age, and Broadway: The Movie), Dada Films, 2003.

Himself, Trying to Offend Everything (short), Warner Home Video, 2006.

Himself, Hollywood Singing and Dancing: 1920s—The Dawn of the Hollywood Musical (documentary), Passport Video, 2008.

Command van soldier, The Incredible Hulk, Universal, 2008.

Television Appearances; Series:

Jerry Ames, The Secret Storm, CBS, 1954.

That Was the Week That Was, 1964.

Robert Dickson, That's Life, ABC, 1968-69.

Harry, All My Children, ABC, c. 1980.

Host, narrator, saloon Indian, and the lion, The Good Book, 1982.

Moncho, Monchichis, 1983.

Voice of Howler, Pound Puppies (animated; also known as All New Pound Puppies), 1986-87.

Voice, ProStars, NBC, 1991.

Edwin O'Malley, City of Angels, CBS, 2000.

Bertram Cooper, Mad Men, AMC, 2007—.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Chap Starfall, Wild Palms, ABC, 1993.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Nat Couray, Calendar Girl Murders (also known as Insatiable, Victimised, and Victimized), ABC, 1984.

Grandpa, Here Come the Munsters, Fox, 1995.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Leslie, ABC, 1968.

Presenter, The 23rd Annual Tony Awards, NBC, 1969.

Performer, The 25th Annual Tony Awards, ABC, 1971.

Marlo Thomas and Friends in Free to BeYou and Me, ABC, 1974.

Young Scrooge, The Stingiest Man in Town, NBC, 1978.

Voice of title character, Jack Frost (animated), NBC, 1980.

Soapie, The Cop and the Anthem, HBO, 1982.

Broadway Plays Washington on Kennedy Center Tonight (also known as Broadway Plays Washington!), 1982.

Day-to-Day Affairs, HBO, 1985.

Night of 100 Stars III, NBC, 1990.

The 44th Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 1990.

Performer, The 45th Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 1991.

Voice of Eddy Foy, The Wild West (documentary), syndicated, 1993.

Presenter, The 49th Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 1995.

Daphne, My Favorite Broadway: The Leading Ladies, PBS, 1999.

Intimate Portrait: Michele Lee, Lifetime, 1999.

Heart & Soul: The Life and Music of Frank Loesser, 2006.

Nick Rabinowitz, I Did Not Know That, 2006.

Also appeared in Kennedy Center Tonight—Broadway to Washington.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

"Man on Spikes," Goodyear Television Playhouse (also known as Goodyear Playhouse), NBC, 1955.

"Bilko Goes to College," The Phil Silvers Show, CBS, 1956.

"The Big Wave," Alcoa Hour, NBC, 1956.

Larry, "Midnight Mystery," Matinee Theatre, NBC, 1957.

Frank Wilson, "Rain in the Morning," Matinee Theatre, NBC, 1958.

Philip Baxter, Jr., "Touche," Alfred Hitchcock Presents, CBS, 1959.

"Forty-Five Minutes from Broadway," Omnibus, NBC, 1959.

Gustave, "Thieves' Carnival," Play of the Week, syndicated, 1959.

Len, "Hitch Hike," Alfred Hitchcock Presents, CBS, 1960.

"The Velvet Glove," Play of the Week, syndicated, 1960.

Richie Wilkins, "Sweet Prince of Delancey Street," Naked City, ABC, 1961.

Drum Carpenter, "Rebel Gun," The Shirley Temple Theatre (also known as Shirley Temple's Storybook), NBC, 1961.

Officer Corrigan, "How Smart Can You Get?," Car 54, Where Are You?, NBC, 1962.

What's My Line?, 1962, 1967.

Pantomime Quiz (also known as Mike Stokey's "Pantomime Quiz" and Stump the Starz), 1963.

I've Got a Secret, CBS, 1966.

The Hollywood Squares, NBC, 1966, 1967, 1968.

Today (also known as NBC News Today and The Today Show), 1967.

The Andy Williams Show, 1967.

The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, 1968.

Robert Dickson, "Happy New Year," That's Life, 1968.

Personality, 1969.

Fred Philpotts, "The Day They Hanged Kid Curry," Alias Smith and Jones, ABC, 1971.

Roger Blacker, "Marmalade Wine," Night Gallery (also known as Rod Serling's "Night Gallery"), NBC, 1971.

"Love and the Ledge," Love, American Style, ABC, 1971.

Stand Up and Cheer (also known as Johnny Mann's "Stand Up and Cheer"), ABC, 1971.

Baffle (also known as All-Star Baffle), 1973.

Match Game, 1974.

"Love and the Forever Tree," Love, American Style, ABC, 1974.

Showoffs, 1975.

You Don't Say, 1975.

"The Island of Lost Women," Fantasy Island, ABC, 1978.

Frank, "Worried Heart," One Day at a Time, CBS, 1983.

Sky Kelly, "Rabbit's Feet," The Fall Guy, ABC, 1984.

Dewey Hogg, "How to Succeed in Hazzard," The Dukes of Hazzard, CBS, 1984.

Stephan Shaw, "Sauce for the Goose," Tales of the Unexpected (also known as Roald Dahl's "Tales of the Unexpected"), 1984.

Cupid, "Ye Gods," The Twilight Zone (also known as The New Twilight Zone), CBS, 1985.

Honest Wayne McIntyre, "A False Start," Trapper John, M.D., CBS, 1985.

"Gotta Dance," The New Love American Style, ABC, 1985.

Marc Faber, "Broadway Malady," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1985.

"The Best of Broadway," Great Performances, PBS, 1985.

Officer Morton, "The Lush Life," You Again?, 1986.

"Love and the Fractured Fibula," The New Love American Style, ABC, 1986.

"The Lush Life," You Again, NBC, 1986.

Voice of himself, "Sunken Treasure," Reading Rainbow, PBS, 1990.

Truman Capote, "Tru," American Playhouse, PBS, 1992.

Goopy, "Two-Tone Town," Tiny Toon Adventures (animated; also known as Steven Spielberg Presents: Tiny Toon Adventures), 1992.

Voice of Desaad, "Father's Day," Superman (animated; also known as Superman: The Animated Series), 1997.

Santa Claus, "Jack Gets a Hot Tip," Union Square, NBC, 1997.

Bert, Jack's Uncle, "Thanksgiving Episode," Suddenly Susan, NBC, 1998.

Voice of Jake, "Two's Company," The Wild Thornberrys (animated), Nickelodeon, 1999.

"My Favourite Broadway: The Leading Ladies," Great Performances, PBS, 1999.

Ron, "Too Many Hens in the Foxhouse," Jeff Ltd., CTV, 2007.

Also appeared in The Perry Como Show, NBC; The Jack Paar Show, NBC; People and Other Animals, syndicated; To Tell the Truth, CBS; The Mike Douglas Show, syndicated; The Red Skelton Show, CBS; The Clay Cole Show, syndicated; The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, CBS; as panelist, "Elaine Stritch vs. Robert Morse," Password (also known as Password All-Stars).

Television Director; Episodic:

Friends and Lovers, CBS, 1974.

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