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Howard Morris (September 4, 1919May 21, 2005) was an American comic actor and director. (photo[1]) September 4 is the 247th day of the year (248th in leap years). ... Year 1919 (MCMXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar). ... May 21 is the 141st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (142nd in leap years). ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian 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. ... A television director is usually responsible for directing the actors and other taped aspects of a television production. ...


Early career in television

Morris was born in Bronx, New York. He came to prominence in appearances on Sid Caesar's Your Show of Shows (a live sketch comedy television series appearing weekly in the United States, from 1950 until June 5, 1954). Although he was a classically trained Shakespearean actor, he is best remembered for playing the wily and over the top "mountain man" character Ernest T. Bass on The Andy Griffith Show. He had lampooned southern accents while in the army at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. The Bronx is one of the five boroughs of United States. ... Sid Caesar (born Isaac Sidney Caesar on September 8, 1922) is an Emmy-winning comic actor and writer, best known as the leading man on the 1950s television sketch comedy series Your Show of Shows. ... Your Show of Shows was a live sketch comedy television series appearing weekly in the United States, from 1950 until June 5, 1954, featuring Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca. ... For information about The Sketch Show TV programme, see The Sketch Show. ... A television program is the content of television broadcasting. ... 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... June 5 is the 156th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (157th in leap years), with 209 days remaining. ... Year 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... William Shakespeare—born April 1564; baptised April 26, 1564; died April 23, 1616 (O.S.), May 3, 1616 (N.S.)—has a reputation as the greatest of all writers in English. ... Liver-Eating Johnson The Mountain Men is also the name of a 1980 movie starring Charlton Heston. ... Ernest T. Bass from The Andy Griffith Show Ernest T. Bass was a fictional character on the American TV sitcom The Andy Griffith Show. ... The Andy Griffith Show was an American television series that aired from 1960 to 1968. ...

He also provides Gerald's boings and other sound effects in Gerald McBoing-Boing's animated features, and in the television series The Gerald McBoing-Boing Show and played a variety of voices in many Hanna-Barbera series (including The Jetsons and The Flintstones). He also voiced the characters Professor Icenstein and Luigi La Bounci in the animated series Galaxy High. He played a fine art dealer once on the Dick Van Dyke Show. Sound effects or audio effects are artificially created or enhanced sounds, or sound processes used to emphasize artistic or other content of movies, video games, music, or other media. ... A scene from UPA/Columbias Gerald McBoing-Boing. ... A television program is the content of television broadcasting. ... The Gerald McBoing-Boing Show is an animated television series, based on the Dr. Seuss character, Gerald McBoing-Boing, who speaks through sound effects instead of spoken words. ... Cartoon Network Studios, formerly known as Hanna-Barbera Cartoons, Inc. ... The Jetsons was a prime-time American animated television series produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions, and aired on Sunday nights on ABC from September 23, 1962 to March 3, 1963. ... The Flintstones is a American animated television series produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions. ... Galaxy High was an American animated series that premiered on September 13, 1986 on CBS and ran for 13 episodes until December 6, 1986. ... The Dick Van Dyke Show was an American television situation comedy which aired on CBS from October 3, 1961 to September 7, 1966. ...

The move to directing

While Morris continued to make himself available for voice and sound effect roles, he has also began a new career in voice directing. Among the projects he directed are Police Academy, Richie Rich, Bionic Six, Galaxy High, The Snorks, The Mighty Orbots, Rose Petal Place, The Dogfather and Kidd Video. In The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh he did the voice of Gopher and became one of his most famous roles. Police Academy is a long-running series of comedy films, the first six of which were made in the 1980s. ... For other uses, see Richie Rich (disambiguation). ... Bionic Six was an animated television series from the 1980s produced by TMS Entertainment and distributed by Studios USA and MCA Television. ... Galaxy High was an American animated series that premiered on September 13, 1986 on CBS and ran for 13 episodes until December 6, 1986. ... The Snorks was a comic book created by Belgian Freddy Monnickendam in 1974. ... The Mighty Orbots is an American/Japanese animated series that aired in 1984 on Saturday mornings in the United States. ... Rose Petal Place was a cartoon and its corresponding toy line from the United States. ... The Dogfather (A DePatie-Freleng Production, in association with Mirish Cinema Coperation) was created by Hawley Pratt and Friz Freleng at DePatie-Freleng Enterprises. ... Kidd Video was a Saturday morning cartoon airing on NBC from 1984 to 1986. ... The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is a full-length animated film produced by Walt Disney Productions and first released on March 11, 1977. ... A drawing of Gopher. ...

In the 1980s he voiced a regular character on the cartoon series Garfield and Friends. On the show, he voiced Wade Duck, a cowardly duck who was said to have had "almost every phobia known to man and some known to duck." There was also an unrelated childrens television series, titled Garfield Goose and Friends from the 1950s through the 1970s. ...

He also performed nearly all of the voices in the 1960 Oscar-winning cartoon MUNRO, directed by Gene Deitch. Gene Deitch (born August 8, 1924 in Chicago, Illinois, USA) is an American Academy-Award winning illustrator, animator and film director, based out of Prague. ...

Later Career

Mel Brooks occasionally cast Morris in his films. For example, he played Brooks' mentor psychiatrist in the 1977 comedy High Anxiety, the emperor's court spokesman ("Here, wash this!") in History of the World, Part I, and played a memorable role as a would be sailor living in the streets in the 1991 flop Life Stinks. Mel Brooks (born Melvin Kaminsky on June 28, 1926) is an Academy Award-winning American actor, writer, director and producer best known as a creator of broad film farces and comedy parodies or, as he says, spoofs. // Born Melvin Kaminsky in Brooklyn, New York to Russian-Jewish parents Maximillian Kaminsky... Psychiatry is a branch of medicine that studies and treats mental and emotional disorders (see mental illness). ... For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ... High Anxiety is a 1977 comedy film directed by and starring Mel Brooks. ... This article is about the film. ... This article is about naval crewpeople; for other meanings, see sailor (disambiguation). ... 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Life Stinks is a 1991 comedy directed by Mel Brooks. ...

In 1986, he reprised his famous role as Ernest T. Bass in the high-rated TV movie Return to Mayberry. 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Return to Mayberry was a television movie made in 1986 on NBC. The show was a reunion movie for the 1960s American television sitcom The Andy Griffith Show. ...

Morris died of heart ailment at age 85 in 2005. He is interred in a crypt at Hillside Memorial Park in Culver City, California. 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

External links

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NationMaster - Encyclopedia: Howard Morris (1605 words)
Howard Morris, the compact comic whirligig who was a key player in Sid Caesar's "Your Show of Shows" ensemble in the 1950s, but is perhaps better known for appearances on "The Andy Griffith Show" as the love-challenged, poetry-spouting hillbilly Ernest T. Bass, died May 21 at his home in Hollywood.
Morris, who also lent his raspy voice to hundreds of cartoon and commercial voice-overs, was a bar mitzvah band drummer, a radio performer and briefly a Shakespearean actor before he shot to prominence as part of the Sid Caesar ensembles, along with Carl Reiner and Imogene Coca.
Howard Jerome Morris was born Sept. 4, 1919, in the Bronx, N.Y. His father, a rubber company executive, had a fatal heart attack shortly after losing his job during the Depression, and Mr.
Variety.com - Howard Morris (321 words)
Morris enjoyed a long and varied career in show business, from being a key player in the acting ensemble of Sid Caesar's "Your Show of Shows'' in the 1950s, to his stint on the Griffith Show, to providing voices for dozens of animated characters, including Beetle Bailey and Atom Ant.
Morris was born in the Bronx, New York and started his career onstage, enjoying a brief stint as a Shakespearian actor.
In 1963, Morris played George P. Hanley' on an episode of "The Twilight Zone'' entitled "I Dream of Genie.'' Hanley, hopelessly inept in social situations, is given one wish by a genie that appears after he rubs a lamp.
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