Howard Morris Biography

Birthday: 1919-09-04
Place of Birth: New York City, New York
Wiki Biography: 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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Filmography

TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Your Show of Shows 1950 Comedy
The Polly Bergen Show 1957 Music
The Atom Ant Show Atom Ant 1965 - 1966 Animation
The Atom Ant/Secret Squirrel Show Atom Ant (1967-1968) 1967 Animation
The Archie Comedy Hour Jughead Jones 1969 Animation
Archie's Fun House Big Moose / ... 1970 Animation
Mission: Magic 1973 Animation
My Favorite Martians 1973 Animation
The US of Archie Jughead Jones 1974 Animation
The Secret Lives of Waldo Kitty 1975 Animation
Legends of the Super-Heroes Dr. Thaddeus Bodog Sivana 1977 - 1977
Galaxy High School Luigi La Bounci 1986 - 1987 Animation
The Little Clowns of Happy Town 1987 Animation
Garfield and Friends Wade Duck 1988 Animation
Police Academy: The Animated Series Carl Sweetchuck / ... 1988 - 1989
Cow and Chicken 1997 Animation
Splash Dr. Zidell 2013
The Doc Files Crazy Legs 2013
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree Gopher 1966 Animation, Family
Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day Gopher 1968 Animation, Family
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh Gopher 1977 Family, Animation, Musical
High Anxiety Professor Lilloman 1978 Comedy, Thriller
Splash Dr. Zidell 1984 Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Return to Mayberry Ernest T. Bass 1986 Comedy, Romance
The Good, the Bad, and Huckleberry Hound 1988 Animation, Family
Transylvania Twist Marinas Orlock 1989 Comedy, Horror
Life Stinks 1991
Tom and Jerry: The Movie 1993 Animation, Family
A Flintstones Christmas Carol 1994 0, Drama
The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit 1998