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Garrett Morris (born February 1, 1937) is an American comedian and actor from New Orleans, Louisiana. February 1 is the 32nd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... Year 1937 (MCMXXXVII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... A comedian, or comic, is an entertainer who amuses an audience by making them laugh. ... Actors in period costume sharing a joke while waiting between takes during location filming An actor or actress is a person who acts, or plays a role, in a dramatic production. ... Nickname: Location in the State of Louisiana and the United States Coordinates: Country United States State Louisiana Parish Orleans Founded 1718 Government  - Mayor Ray Nagin (D) Area  - City  350. ...


Morris was a church-choir singer from his youth, trained at the Juilliard School of Music, and soloed early in his career with the Harry Belafonte singers. He performed in a number of Broadway musicals, including Hallelujah, Baby! and Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death. He also appeared as a high school teacher in the memorable cult classic film Cooley High. The Juilliard School is a performing arts conservatory in New York City, informally but definitively identified as simply Juilliard, and most famous for its musically-trained alumni. ... Harold George Belafonte, Jr. ... Broadway theatre[1] is often considered the highest professional form of theatre in the United States. ... Musical theater (or theatre) is a form of theatre combining music, songs, dance, and spoken dialogue. ... Hallelujah, Baby! is a musical with music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Adolph Green and Betty Comdenwith a book by Arthur Laurents. ... Aint Supposed to Die a Natural Death is a musical with a book, music, and lyrics by Melvin Van Peebles. ... Cooley High is a 1975 feature film produced and released by American International Pictures and written by Eric Monte (creator of Good Times). ...


Morris has appeared in numerous television shows and movies since the early 1970s, but is best known as one of the original cast members of NBC's Saturday Night Live. At least twice on SNL he sang classical music: once a Mozart aria when guest-host Walter Matthau designated him as a "musical guest...in place of the usual crap", and once a Schubert lied while the titles on the screen purported to express his colleagues' displeasure at having to accommodate a misguided request by him. Template:A year The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, inclusive. ... NBC (an abbreviation for National Broadcasting Company, its former corporate name) is an American television network headquartered in the GE Building in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... Saturday Night Live (SNL) is a weekly late night 90-minute American comedy-variety show based in New York City which has been broadcast by NBC on Saturday nights since October 11, 1975. ... Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (IPA: , baptized Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart) (January 27, 1756 – December 5, 1791) was a prolific and influential composer of the Classical era. ... This article is about the musical term aria. ... Walter Matthau Walter Matthau (October 1, 1920 – July 1, 2000) was an Academy Award winning American comedy actor. ... Franz Peter Schubert (January 31, 1797 – November 19, 1828) was an Austrian composer. ... Lied (plural Lieder) is a German word, literally meaning song; among English speakers, however, it is used primarily as a term for European classical music songs, also known as art songs. ...


Morris' best known character on SNL was the Dominican baseball player Chico Escuela. Chico spoke only limited and halting English, so the joke centered on him responding to almost any question with his catch phrase: "Baseball... been berra berra good... to me."


According to the book Saturday Night: A Backstage History of Saturday Night Live, Morris was frequently unhappy during his tenure on SNL from 1975-1980, and expressed the opinion that he was usually typecast in stereotypical roles. In the late 1970s, he began to freebase cocaine on a regular basis, and began to experience hallucinations and symptoms of paranoia, telling other cast members and writers that an invisible hypnotist robot was following him. This culminated in a bizarre outburst in front of Kirk Douglas during rehearsals for a sketch in February 1980, when Morris allegedly stripped to the waist and began to scream at the top of his lungs. The word typecasting (past participle typecast) can mean more than one thing: typecasting (programming) typecasting (acting) in acting This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Freebase refers to the standalone basic form of an alkaloid, as opposed to its water-soluble salt form. ... Cocaine (or crack in its freebase form) is a crystalline tropane alkaloid that is obtained from the leaves of the coca plant. ... A hallucination is a sensory perception experienced in the absence of an external stimulus, as distinct from an illusion, which is a misperception of an external stimulus. ... For other senses of this word, see paranoia (disambiguation). ... Kirk Douglas (born Issur Danielovitch Demsky December 9, 1916) is an American actor and film producer known for his gravelly voice and his recurring roles as the kinds of characters Douglas himself once described as sons of bitches. He is also father to Hollywood actor and producer Michael Douglas. ...


African-American performers who have followed Morris on Saturday Night Live have at times been publicly concerned with not experiencing the same fate Morris did. Eddie Murphy, for example, told TV Guide in the early 1980s that SNL producer Jean Doumanian "had tried to Garrett Morris me... turn me into the little token." Languages Predominantly American English Religions Predominantly Christianity and Islam Related ethnic groups Sub-Saharan Africans and other African groups, some with Native American groups. ... Saturday Night Live (SNL) is a weekly late night 90-minute American comedy-variety show based in New York City which has been broadcast by NBC on Saturday nights since October 11, 1975. ... Edward Eddie Regan Murphy (born April 3, 1961, Brooklyn, New York City) is a Golden Globe-winning and Academy Award-nominated American actor and comedian. ... TV Guide is the name of two North American weekly magazines about television programming, one in the United States and one in Canada. ... Jean Doumanian (born c. ...


In 1994, he was shot in an apparent robbery attempt but went on to make a full recovery. In a radio interview, he mentioned that the robber who shot him was eventually incarcerated, and in prison some fans of Garrett's who happened to be inmates there teamed up and beat up the robber in revenge.


Among later television performances, he had regular roles on Hunter, Diff'rent Strokes, The Jeffersons, Hill Street Blues, Martin, and The Jamie Foxx Show. Hunter was a police drama television series starring Fred Dryer which ran on NBC from 1984 to 1991. ... Diffrent Strokes was an American sitcom that aired on the NBC television network from 1978 to 1985, and on ABC from 1985 to 1986. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Hill Street Blues was a serial police drama that first aired on NBC in 1981 and ran for 146 episodes on primetime into 1987. ... The television show Martin aired for five seasons from 1992 to 1997 on Fox. ... The Jamie Foxx Show was an American television sitcom-comedy that aired on the WB Network from August 28, 1996 to January 14, 2001. ...


As of 2006, he continues to perform regularly in films.

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Trivia

  • Morris is the oldest living SNL cast member.
  • Was the second person to recite the famous phrase "Live, from New York, it's Saturday Night!" (Chevy Chase was the first)
  • Garrett Morris cameoed on an episode of Saturday Night Live in 2002 (host: Brittany Murphy; musical guest: Nelly) in Tracy Morgan's recurring sketch, Astronaut Jones.
  • Jamie Foxx has impersonated Garrett Morris on In Living Color.
  • Morris was played by Dean Bernard in the 2002 TV movie Gilda Radner: It's Always Something.
  • Garrett Morris had a cameo appearance on Family Guy in the episode "Barely Legal" reviving his "News For The Hard of Hearing" bit he did during Weekend Update with Chevy Chase in SNL's first season.
  • Garret Morris guest-starred in the second episode of Halfway Home as Jimmy the mailman.

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Recurring Characters on Saturday Night Live

  • Chico Escuela, a Dominican baseball player
  • Cliff, the streetwise friend to the Fenstruk Brothers (Dan Aykroyd and Steve Martin)
  • Grant Robinson, Jr., one of the Nerds
  • Hodo, one of Miles Cowperthwaite's cronies
  • Merkon, the leader of the Coneheads
  • Weekend Update's "News For the Hard of Hearing" translator, who simply repeated each line while shouting.

Celebrity Impersonations on Saturday Night Live

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Garrett Morris at AllExperts (340 words)
Garrett Morris (born either January 25 or February 1, 1937) is an American comedian and actor from New Orleans, Louisiana.
Morris was a church-choir singer from his youth, trained at the Juilliard School of Music, and soloed early in his career with the Harry Belafonte singers.
At least twice on SNL he sang classical music: once a Mozart aria when guest-host Walter Matthau designated him as a "musical guest...in place of the usual crap", and once a Schubert lied while the titles on the screen purported to express his colleagues' displeasure at having to accommodate a misguided request by him.
Garrett Morris - Biography - Moviefone (201 words)
Another of Julliard's illustrious alumni, Garret Morris' first significant professional job was as performer and arranger with the Harry Belafonte singers.
Morris went on to appear in such Broadway productions as Porgy and Bess, Hallelujah Baby, and Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death.
After his SNL stint, Morris could be seen in film supporting roles, most amusingly as "Famous Amos" takeoff Chocolate Charlie in the otherwise indifferent 1985 horror film The Stuff.
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