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Barry Morse Biography

  • Profession: Actor
  • Born: Jun 10, 1918
  • Died: Feb 2, 2008
  • Birth Name: Herbert Morse

The son of a London shopkeeper, Barry Morse enrolled at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts at age 15. Upon graduation, Morse spent four years in provincial repertory, playing (by his own count) some 300 roles. In 1942 he made his first film appearance in Will Hays's The Goose Steps Out. Firmly established in London theatrical circles by 1951, he starred in an early BBC telecast of Hamlet--then left for Canada, where he would spend the next decade. Dubbed "the Laurence Olivier of Canada" by more than one admirer, Morse appeared with regularity on the CBC, occasionally producing and directing as well. He began dividing his time between Toronto and Hollywood in 1959, showing up in such American TV anthologies as [[Feature~V38446~Playhouse 90~playhouse90[tvseries]]] and The Twilight Zone. In 1963, he was hired by producer [[Performer~P181251~Quinn Martin~quinnmartin]] to play the diligent Lieutenant Girard in the popular weekly series The Fugitive. Morse's post-Fugitive television work includes two weekly series, The Adventurer (1974) and [[Feature~V291818~Space: 1999~space:1999voyagersreturn]] (1975-77), and any number of specials and miniseries. Barry Morse's best performances of the past two decades include his interpretation of Menachem Begin in the American miniseries [[Feature~V42537~Sadat~sadat]] (1980) and his hilarious turn as a numbskull American president (who happens to be a former movie actor!) in the London Weekend Television black comedy [[Feature~V54443~Whoops Apocalypse~whoopsapocalypse]] (1982). Morse died in February 2008 at age 89. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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