Howard Morris

Biography

Date of Birth 4 September 1919, New York City, New York, USA Date of Death 21 May 2005, Los Angeles, California, USA (heart ailment) Birth Name Howard Jerome Morris This short, quicksilver comic of TV's "Golden Age" has been heard more than seen in the last few decades, as he possesses one of the finest vocal instruments around for animation. Howard ("Howie") Morris was born in New York City in 1919 and forged his own destiny after a chance meeting with Carl Reiner in a radio workshop. Following the war in which they entertained troops together, they performed in the stage musical "Call Me Mister", then came aboard as part of Sid Caesar's repertory/writing company in the classic sketch shows of the 50s. After years of "second banana" success, however, Morris sought his own solo identity and went off to pursue work as an actor, director and voice artist. Since the early 60s, he has been a main staple of the Hanna-Barbera Productions vocal team, offering hundreds and hundreds of voices for "The Flintstones" (1960), "The Jetsons" (1962), "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch" (1971), and other such Saturday morning shows. Interspersed have been some catchy offbeat characterizations in front of the camera. He has given zest to a number of standard comedy films including Boys' Night Out (1962) with Kim Novak, The Nutty Professor (1963) and Way... Way Out (1966), both with Jerry Lewis, and Mel Brooks' spoofs High Anxiety (1977) and History of the World: Part I (1981). Morris has directed Danny Thomas and Andy Griffith in their respective sitcoms, and made a wonderfully eccentric impression on-camera as the grizzled rock-tosser Ernest T. Bass in Griffiths' vehicle. He was so popular in that role, it was brought back faithfully for three seasons. The director of such comedy film fluff as Who's Minding the Mint? (1967), With Six You Get Eggroll (1968), and Woody Allen's Don't Drink the Water (1969), Morris continued on with directing commercials and popping up here and there well into the 1990s.

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Life Stinks

Sailor

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Garfield And Friends: Behind The Scenes

Wade Duck / ... (50 episodes, 1988-1994)

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A Flintstones Christmas Carol

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40 Pounds of Trouble

Julius

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Alice of Wonderland in Paris

The Frowning Prince / King (segment "The Frowning Prince") / Queen / Grand Wizard (voice)

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Archie's Funhouse: Complete Series

Big Moose / ... (16 episodes)

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Magilla Gorilla - The Complete Series

Mr. Peebles

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Fluffy

Sweeney

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Way... Way Out

Schmidlap

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It Came from Outer Space II

Ben Cully

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Added Attractions: The Hollywood Shorts Story

Self (psa for savings bonds) (uncredited)

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Hail Sid Caesar! The Golden Age of Comedy

Self

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It Came from Outer Space II

Ben Cully

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A Flintstones Christmas Carol

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Hollyrock-a-Bye Baby

Bird (voice)

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I Yabba-Dabba Do!

Additional Voices (voice) (as Howie Morris)

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Life Stinks

Sailor

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Dying Young

Voice on Jetsons (voice)

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Garfield And Friends: Behind The Scenes

Wade Duck / ... (50 episodes, 1988-1994)

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The Good, the Bad, and Huckleberry Hound

Chuckling Chipmunk / Goldminer / Dentist / Governor / Mr. Peebles / Photographer (voice)

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End Of The Line

Drunk Hobo

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Return to Mayberry

Ernest T. Bass

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Splash

Dr. Zidell

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Portrait of a Showgirl

Wally Gordon

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History of the World: Part I

Court Spokesman

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The Munsters' Revenge

Igor

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High Anxiety

Professor Lilloman

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The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

Gopher (voice)

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Archie's Funhouse: Complete Series

Big Moose / ... (16 episodes)

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The Comic

Pedestrian Gag Man in Love Honor and Oh Boy (uncredited)

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Don't Drink the Water

Getaway Pilot (uncredited)

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The Big Mouth

Cameo Role (uncredited)

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Way... Way Out

Schmidlap

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Alice of Wonderland in Paris

The Frowning Prince / King (segment "The Frowning Prince") / Queen / Grand Wizard (voice)

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Fluffy

Sweeney

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Magilla Gorilla - The Complete Series

Mr. Peebles

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The Nutty Professor

Mr. Elmer Kelp

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40 Pounds of Trouble

Julius

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Sexy!

Howard McIllenny

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