62 (passed away Aug. 27th, 1996)
Sep. 27th, 1933
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
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Born in Cleveland, Morris came to Hollywood in the early 1960s. His acting experience at that time consisted of a few minor roles on the Seattle stage. He found work appearing on Television series such as "The Dick Van Dyke Show" (1961) and "The Twilight Zone" (1959) before being cast in "Mission: Impossible" (1966). Morris played quiet, efficient electronics expert Barney Collier from 1966-1973. After the show ended, Morris continued to appear in other Television series and a couple of Television movies. In 1979, he went to Las Vegas to film the television series "Vega$" (1978) in which he played Lt. David Nelson. He liked the city so much he decided to stay. This series lasted 2 years. In 1981, Morris survived a serious road accident and did not reappear on television for years. In 1989, he appeared in a short-lived remake of "Mission: Impossible" (1988). In 1990, he was diagnosed with cancer.
- A serious car accident that resulted in reconstructive plastic surgery severely curtailed his career in 1981. He finally reappeared on television after a long absence with a short-lived remake of "Mission: Impossible," which also featured his son, Phil, in 1989. Greg had a cameo role.
- Father of 'Iona Morris' (qv).
- Best remembered by the public for his role in Mission Impossible (1965).
- Had three children: Phil, Iona, and Linda. Each of them have had show business careers. Phil and Iona both became actors and Linda became a film production executive. In early 2000, Iona, performed a one-woman show to pay tribute to her father. The show, "For You," used the same title her father had used on a jazz album he released in the 1970s.
- While playing his supporting role as Lieutenant Dave Nelson in _"Vega$" (1978)_ (qv), he found the filming location in Nevada to his liking -- so much so that he and his wife Lee eventually moved to Las Vegas.
- In 1975 he reprised his Barney Collier character in a spy spoof called "Mission Incredible" for an episode of "The Jeffersons".
- Attended Ohio State University and then the University of Iowa, where he majored in drama but had not graduated by the time he moved to Seattle.
- Fashion, Television, and Costume Designers Guild, most promising newcomer of 1968-69, he also won an honorary degree from Miles College in 1969.
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