Robert Morse

Birth Place: Newton, MA, USA

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Morse may be best known to Broadway fans as the original J. Pierrepont Finch in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, a role for which he won a Tony Award. He also went on to play Finch in the film adaptation of the musical in 1967.
Morse won a second Tony Award for playing Truman Capote in the 1989 production of the one-man play Tru. He went on to also win a Primetime Emmy Award for the role, in an airing of the play for American Playhouse in 1992.
Morse made his Broadway debut in Catherine Was Great in 1944. His subsequent Broadway credits include The Matchmaker; Say, Darling (Tony nomination); Take Me Along (Tony nomination); Sugar; So Long, 174th Street; Show Boat; and The Front Page.
He appeared on the US tour of Sugar Babies in 1980, and appeared in the world premiere production of Wicked as The Wizard in San Francisco in 2003.
In addition to his stage roles, Morse may be best known to television fans for playing Bert Cooper on TV's Mad Men.
Among his many other television and film roles, Morse also appeared in the 1968 musical series That's Life, as well as Night Gallery, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Dukes of Hazard, City of Angels, Murder She Wrote, and many more.

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Robert Morse STAGE CREDITS

[Broadway]
Broadway Revival Production, 2016
Mr. Pincus

[San Francisco (Regional)]
World Premiere, 2003
The Wizard

[Off-Broadway]
Encores! Concert, 1996
Louis Blore / His Most Royal Majesty, The King of France

[Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 1994
Cap'n Andy [Replacement]

[Broadway]
1989
Truman Capote

[Regional (US)]
World Premiere, 1988
Scooter Molloy

[US Tour]
1st National Tour, 1980
Performer

[Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1976
Performer

David

[Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1972
Jerry

[Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1961
Finch

J. Pierrepont Finch

[Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1959
Richard Miller

[Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1958
Ted Snow

Ted Snow

[Broadway]
1955
Barnaby Tucker

[Broadway]
1944
Councillor

[Regional (US)]
West Coast Revival, 1974
Performer


Robert Morse Movies

[1958]The Matchmaker Barnaby Tucker

[1964]Honeymoon Hotel Jay Menlow

[1964]Quick, Before It Melts Oliver Cromwell Cannon

[1965]The Loved One Dennis Barlow

[1967]A Guide for the Married Man Ed Stander

[1967]How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying J. Pierpont Finch

[1967]Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mamma's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feelin' So Sad Jonathan

[1968]Where Were You When the Lights Went Out? Waldo Zane

[1970]The Boatniks Ensign Garland

[1987]Hunk Garrison Gaylord

[1987]The Emperor's New Clothes The Tailor

[2002]It's All About You Dr. Flowers

[2012]The Man Who Shook the Hand of Vicente Fernandez Burt


Robert Morse TV Shows

Mad Men Bertram Cooper

Pound Puppies Howler, Mrs. Gugenfeller, Howler's Ancestor

Sofia the First Gnuckles, Marshak

That's Life Robert Dickson

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There was a lot of history crossing that stage, with performers reprising numbers they’d sung on the Great White Way as far back as the 1970s. Giving the proceedings a uniquely touching quality was the sweet meeting of the generations, with these still very vital veterans being welcomed by — and conversing with — a respectful master of ceremonies who’s still in his teens, but is immersed in musical theatre lore.

HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING Comes to Way Off-Broadway This Summer

Following the box office successes of Camelot and Church Basement Ladies, The Way Off Broadway Dinner Theatre will continue its 2023 Season this summer with the Broadway classic How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.

What Are the Longest Running Musicals That Haven't Been Revived (Yet)?

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Review Roundup: SOME LIKE IT HOT Opens on Broadway!

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Maddie Baillio to Make NYC Concert Debut at Birdland Jazz Club in November

Birdland Jazz Club will present the New York concert debut of actress and vocalist Maddie Baillio – best known for her appearances in the Amazon film Cinderella and NBC’s “Hairspray Live!” – on Monday, November 21 at 7:00 PM.

THE VOICE's Wendy Moten to Perform Six-Show Engagement at Birdland Theater in November

Birdland Theater will present Nashville vocalist Wendy Moten – best known for her 2021 run on NBC’s “The Voice” – in an exclusive six-show concert engagement from Friday, November 18 to Sunday, November 20 with performances at 7:00 PM and 9:30 PM each night.

Christian Holder to Present DREAMS AND INSPIRATION With Special Guest Donna McKechnie at Birdland Theater

BIRDLAND THEATER will present vocalist Christian Holder in his new show “Dreams and Inspiration” – featuring a special appearance by Donna McKechnie – on Monday, November 7 at 8:30 PM.

Birdland Theater to Present Stacy Sullivan & Todd Murray in I'M GLAD THERE IS YOU Celebrating Frank Sinatra & Peggy Lee

BIRDLAND THEATER will present singers Stacy Sullivan and Todd Murray in the new show “I’m Glad There Is You – The Musical Romance of Frank Sinatra and Peggy Lee” on Monday, October 31 at 8:30 PM.

Steve Ross to Present AUTUMN SERENADES at Birdland in October

BIRDLAND JAZZ CLUB will present vocalist and pianist Steve Ross in a special new show “Autumn Serenades” on Monday, October 24 at 7:00 PM. Ross will sing a few mellow seasonal ballads, including “September in the Rain,” “Autumn Leaves,” “September Song,” and “When October Goes.”

Victoria Shaw, Jim Brickman & Peter Cincotti to Present THREE FRIENDS, ONE PIANO at Birdland in October

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Tony Winner Julie Halston to Present New Show DECLASSIFIED! at Birdland in October

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Robert Morse, Original Star of HOW TO SUCCEED and MAD MEN, Dies at 90

BroadwayWorld is saddened to report that Tony Award-winning stage and screen actor Robert Morse has died at age 90. Morse may be best known to Broadway fans as the original  J. Pierrepont Finch in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, a role for which he won a Tony Award. 

LES MISERABLES 25TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT & More Added to BroadwayHD

Kicking off the month on January 1st is the 1945 musical comedy film Ziegfeld Follies, featuring Fred Astaire, Lucille Ball, Gene Kelly, Judy Garland, Fanny Brice, Lena Horne and more. The How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying film, based on the musical of the same name, is set to debut on January 4th.

BWW Interview: Theatre 40's David Hunt Stafford - Already Planning Their 56th Season

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BWW Interview: Jason Graae of PERFECT HERMANY at 42nd Street Moon Celebrates the Legacy of His Dear Friend Jerry Herman

San Francisco’s revered 42nd Street Moon kicks off its 2021 “Moonbeams” season with Jason Graae in Perfect Hermany, a tribute to the late, great Jerry Herman, writer of such classic musicals as Hello, Dolly!, Mame and La Cage Aux Folles. The title Perfect Hermany is an unusually apt one as Graae is the perfect interpreter of Herman’s work, having starred in a much-lauded production Herman’s The Grand Tour in LA and toured for years with Herman in Hello, Jerry!, a revue of Herman’s work. Perfect Hermany is available for streaming on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through May 2, 2021. For additional information and to purchase tickets, visit 42ndStreetMoon.org. Among his many credits, Graae has appeared on Broadway numerous times, toured extensively as The Wizard in Wicked, performed with major symphonies across the country, recorded dozens of musical theater albums and has enjoyed a long association with 42nd Street Moon. He is known for the improbable combination of his antic, go-for-broke comedic style and the impeccable musicianship of his soaring tenor. He is the type of performer who can make you bust a gut one moment, and then melt your heart the next.   BroadwayWorld caught up with Graae last week from his home base in LA soon after he had completed filming Perfect Hermany. We talked about his long association with both Herman and 42nd Street Moon, his favorite Herman songs, a couple of key roles that somehow got away from him and a few he still hopes to have a go at. Graae is always a blast to talk to. It seems the guy just is incapable of not being funny, but he is also thoughtful and kind, and sort of a walking treasure trove of theatrical lore. The following conversation has been condensed and edited for clarity.

UN DÍA COMO HOY: SUGAR se estrenaba en Broadway

Producida por David Merrick y dirigida y coreografiada por Gower Champion, SUGAR se estrenó en Broadway en el Majestic Theatre el 9 de abril de 1972 tras 14 preestrenos y se cerró el 23 de junio de 1973 tras 505 representaciones.

Robert Morse FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Robert Morse has appeared on Broadway in 10 shows.

Robert Morse has not appeared in the West End.

Robert Morse has been nominated for several awards throughout his career. These include the Outstanding Lead Actor, Non-Resident Production (Helen Hayes Awards) for "TRU," the Distinguished Performance Award (Drama League Awards) for "Tru," the Best Actor - Play (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for "Tru," the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play (Tony Awards) for "Tru," the Outstanding One Person Show (Drama Desk Awards) for "Tru," the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for "Sugar," the Outstanding Performance (Drama Desk Awards) for "Sugar," the Best Actor (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for "Sugar," the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying," the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for "Take Me Along," the Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play (Tony Awards) for "Say, Darling," and the Performance (Theatre World Awards) for "Say, Darling."

Robert Morse has won several awards throughout his career. Some of his notable wins include the Outstanding Lead Actor, Non-Resident Production at the Helen Hayes Awards for his performance in "TRU," the Distinguished Performance Award at the Drama League Awards for "Tru," the Best Actor - Play at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for "Tru," the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play at the Tony Awards for "Tru," the Outstanding One Person Show at the Drama Desk Awards for "Tru," the Outstanding Performance at the Drama Desk Awards for "Sugar," the Best Actor at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for "Sugar," the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical at the Tony Awards for "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying," and a Performance award at the Theatre World Awards for "Say, Darling."

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