21 Facts About Robert Morse


Robert Morse notably starred as J Pierrepont Finch in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, both the 1961 original Broadway production, for which he won a Tony Award, and its 1967 film adaptation; and as Bertram Cooper in the critically acclaimed AMC dramatic series Mad Men.


Robert Morse won his second Tony Award for playing Truman Capote in the 1989 production of the one-man play Tru.


Robert Morse reprised his role of Capote in an airing of the play for American Playhouse in 1992, winning him a Primetime Emmy Award.


Robert Morse attended a number of different schools until finding his inspiration in Henry Lasker, a music teacher at Newton High School who, according to Morse, "knew what I had burning in me and wanted to express".


Robert Morse received an uncredited role in The Proud and Profane, a film starring William Holden and Deborah Kerr.


Robert Morse earned multiple nominations and wins for Tony, Drama Desk, and Emmy awards over a period of five decades.


Robert Morse appeared in musicals and plays on Broadway, as well as in movies and television shows.


Robert Morse played young 1960s New York City businessman J Pierrepont Finch in the 1961 Broadway production and 1967 film version of the Frank Loesser and Abe Burrows musical, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.


In 1964, Robert Morse co-starred in the comedy film Quick, Before It Melts.


In 1965, Robert Morse appeared in the black comedy film The Loved One, a movie based on the Evelyn Waugh novel of the same name which satirized the funeral business in Los Angeles, in particular Forest Lawn Cemetery.


In 1987, Robert Morse appeared in the movie The Emperor's New Clothes, which starred Sid Caesar and was part of the Cannon Movie Tales series.


Robert Morse was in the original Broadway cast of Sugar, a 1972 musical stage adaptation of Some Like It Hot, for which he was nominated for another Tony.


Robert Morse won a Tony for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding One-Person Show for his portrayal of Truman Capote in Tru.


Robert Morse starred in the 1976 musical So Long, 174th Street, which was based on the play Enter Laughing.


In 1999, Robert Morse was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame for his long career as a stage actor.


In 2002, Robert Morse was cast in the role of the Wizard of Oz in the San Francisco run of the musical Wicked, but quit the show before it opened on Broadway.


Robert Morse joined other performers, including Marlo Thomas, in creating the 1972 Free to Be.


Robert Morse provided the voice for the cartoon character Howler in Hanna-Barbera's Pound Puppies.


Robert Morse appeared in dozens of TV shows, including Alfred Hitchcock Presents and The Twilight Zone.


At the age of 85, Robert Morse returned to Broadway in the 2016 revival of The Front Page with Nathan Lane, John Slattery, John Goodman, and Holland Taylor at the Broadhurst Theatre.


Robert Morse died at his home in Los Angeles, California, on April 20,2022, at the age of 90.