Robert Morse, two-time Tony-winning actor, dies at 90

Morse died at his house Wednesday after a short illness, stated David Shaul of BRS/Gage Talent Agency.The boyishly handsome Morse first made his name on Broadway in the 1950s, and landed some roles in Hollywood comedies in the 1960s. Morse starred as Jerry, the part played by Jack Lemmon in the Billy Wilder funny about 2 male musicians who disguise themselves as females to get away from homicidal gangsters. When Morse landed in Hollywood after his “How to Succeed” victory, columnist Hedda Hopper forecasted in 1963: “If Robert Morse comes over on screen as he does on stage, hell have teens shouting and moms wanting to embrace him.

Morse died at his house Wednesday after a quick health problem, stated David Shaul of BRS/Gage Talent Agency.The boyishly handsome Morse initially made his name on Broadway in the 1950s, and landed some functions in Hollywood comedies in the 1960s. “As played with unfaltering bravura and wit by Robert Morse, he is a rumpled, dimpled angel with a streak of Lucifer. Morse starred as Jerry, the part played by Jack Lemmon in the Billy Wilder comedy about two male musicians who disguise themselves as females to get away from homicidal gangsters. When Morse landed in Hollywood after his “How to Succeed” accomplishment, writer Hedda Hopper anticipated in 1963: “If Robert Morse comes over on screen as he does on stage, hell have teenagers shrieking and moms wanting to adopt him. The play was based on the creation of “The Pajama Game,” and Morses character, a “kid manufacturer” who disliked being called that, was modeled on Harold Prince, a “Pajama Game” co-producer.

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