Full name, Robert Adolph Wilton Morley; born May 26, 1908, in Semley, England; died of a stroke, June 3, 1992, in Reading, England. Actor, producer, director, and writer.
Morley was a British actor who began his career on stage in 1928 in Dr. Syn. His Broadway debut in the title role of Oscar Wilde ten years later brought him much critical acclaim, and was followed by roles in productions such as The Man Who Came to Dinner, Edward, My Son, and The OldCountry. He also co-produced A Likely Tale and directed several other plays, including Once More, with Feeling. Morley's performance in his film debut, Marie Antoinette, earned him an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actor in 1938. He appeared in numerous other films, including Major Barbara, The African Queen, Around the World in EightyDays, Of Human Bondage, The Great Muppet Caper, and The Trouble with Spies. In addition, Morley produced and directed for television, and appeared in several television series, such as War and Remembrance, in episodes of such shows as The Today Show, and in specials. He also wrote stage plays, including Short Story and, with Rosemary Ann Sisson, AGhost on Tiptoe. His books include A Musing Morley, The Best of RobertMorley, and the autobiography, Robert Morley: A Responsible Gentleman, co-written with Sewell Stokes.