Edmund Morris Biography (1912-1998)



See index for CTFT sketch: Born September 22, 1912, in Odessa, Russia;died January 6, 1998, in Seattle, WA. Actor, educator, screenwriter, playwright. Morris devoted his career to entertainment making his debut as an actorin Having a Wonderful Time in 1937. His other stage appearances included roles in Golden Boy, Rocket to the Moon, Awake and Sing, Two on an Island, Margin for Error, and He. In 1950he directed These Are the Times, a musical revue. In 1954 Morris' playThe Wooden Dish was produced in London; it hit the New York stage a year later. Focusing on an aging man whose son wants to send him to an old folks home, the play was adapted in 1965 into a Yiddish version as The FifthCommandment. It was also filmed for television in 1961. Morris penned screenplays such as Walk on the Wild Side, Zane Grey Theatre, Tarzan, Rat Patrol, and Medical Center. In the 1970s he served as associate professor of theater arts at the University of Denver. Morrisalso taught a play writing class in New York.

Birth Details
September 22, 1912
Odessa, Russia
Death Details
January 6, 1998
Seattle, Washington, United States

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