Robert Morse
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Robert Morse
Robert Morse is an American actor and singer. Morse is best known for his appearances in musicals and plays on Broadway. He has also acted in movies and television shows. His best known role is that of J. Pierrepont Finch in the 1961 Broadway musical, and 1967 film How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. He is currently known for his recurring role as Bertram Cooper on the show Mad Men.
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Stage Door: <i>The Front Page</i>
Huffington Post - 4 months
It's 1928, a dirty press room in Chicago's Criminal Courts Building. Reporters are keeping a deathwatch on the jail, where anarchist Earl Williams (John Magaro) is waiting to be hanged for accidently shooting a black police officer. Williams' hanging has become a media circus: The mayor and police chief are days away from a reelection campaign -- and they need the black vote. Cynicism, indifference, political venality - it's all part of The Front Page, the dark comedy masterwork by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur, now on Broadway at The Broadhurst. It exposes the vices of tabloid journalism with relish. The newsroom is either killing time or abuzz with the possibility of a scoop, any new twist on the case. Fastidious reporter Bensinger (Jefferson Mays) even asks if the hanging can move up a few hours -- so he can make the morning edition. At the top of the food chain is Hildy Johnson (an appealing, sassy John Slattery), who claims he wants out, and his demanding, schemin ...
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Robert Morse's daring show 'That's Life' lives on in a Cinefamily salute
LATimes - about 1 year
Robert Morse has had a remarkable career, making his Broadway debut opposite Ruth Gordon in "The Matchmaker" 60 years ago, earning his first Tony Award in 1962 for the musical "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" and his second in 1990 for his dramatic turn in "Tru." Younger audiences...
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A Complete List Of Emmy Winners
Business Insider - over 3 years
That's a wrap on the 65th annual Emmy awards. With Neil Patrick Harris hosting, "Breaking Bad" received a top honor, Michael Douglas won for best acceptance speech, and "The Colbert Report" nabbed its first win for Outstanding Variety, Music Or Comedy Series. But there were a lot of other big winners, too. See who took home the gold (via The Wrap): Outstanding Drama Series "Breaking Bad" WINNER "Downton Abbey" "Game of Thrones" "House of Cards" "Homeland" "Mad Men" Outstanding Comedy Series "30 Rock" "The Big Bang" "Girls" "Louie" "Modern Family" WINNER "Veep" Outstanding Miniseries or Movie "American Horror Story" "Behind the Candelabra" WINNER "The Bible" "Phil Spector" "Political Animals" "Top of the Lake" Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie Benedict Cumberbatch, "Parade’s End" Michael Douglas, "Behind The Candelabra" WINNER Matt Damon, "Behind The Candelabra" Toby Jones, "The Girl" Al Pacino, "Phil Spector" Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Miniseri ...
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Emmy Awards 2013: List of Nominees!
US Magazine - over 3 years
Who will win an Emmy this year? The countdown begins as Neil Patrick Harris gears up to host the 2013 Emmy Awards live on Sunday, Sept. 22 on CBS. Nominations for the star-studded event were first announced on July 18 by Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul and the first-time host at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences' Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre in North Hollywood.   PHOTOS: Emmy Awards -- best dressed stars of all time Notable nominations for this year's big award show include House of Cards star Kevin Spacey earning an Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series nod and Arrested Development's Jason Bateman nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. Jeff Daniels earned his first Emmy nomination for The Newsroom and Scandal's Kerry Washington, House of Cards' Robin Wright and Bates Motel's Vera Farmiga earned their first lead actress nomination. Full a refresher on nominations, check out the full list below before the big night: Outstanding Comedy Series ...
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From the Stacks: "Tolstoy: The Lesson of the Artist"
The New Republic - over 3 years
Leo Tolstoy was born on this day in 1828. Robert Morss Lovett paid tribute to the Russian author’s centenary with this essay exploring the existential questions that haunted him throughout his life.Tolstoy’s centenary has a significance beyond the honoring of an individual artist or pro
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Stephen Robert Morse: If Stop-and-Frisk Is Illegal, NYC Will Become Dangerous Again
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Earlier this morning, I received a New York Times alert stating that the stop-and-frisk practice of the New York Police Department was deemed illegal, as it "violated the constitutional rights of tens of thousands of New Yorkers." And while it may be true that thousands of people, most of whom are of color, were stopped and frisked, I disagree with this decision. As Ray Kelly, the NYPD's commissioner, recently wrote in the Wall Street Journal, "Since 2002, the New York Police Department has taken tens of thousands of weapons off the street through proactive policing strategies. The effect this has had on the murder rate is staggering. In the 11 years before Mayor Michael Bloomberg took office, there were 13,212 murders in New York City. During the 11 years of his administration, there have been 5,849. That's 7,383 lives saved -- and if history is a guide, they are largely the lives of young men of color." It should also be noted that during poor economic times, when crim ...
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Girl goes from milking to musicals
Buxton Advertiser - over 3 years
A Chapel-en-le-Frith girl has won a role in a award-winning musical to be shown at the Lowry next month. Laura Johnson will be starring in How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying at the Salford theatre from August 8th to 10th. The play, produced by youth group the Company, is satirical look at cut-throat corporate life and office politics and starred Daniel Radcliffe on Broadway in its revival in 2011. Laura, who is in her first year of training at the Centre Pointe, a dance college in Manchester, said she was loving rehearsals, as they were a far cry from her usual weekend activity of milking cows on her boyfriend’s farm. The 18-year-old said some days she was there from 8.45am to 9.30 pm, to make the most of every minute. She added she had always enjoyed watching musicals in Manchester and the West End and went to the auditions for experience and didn’t expect to reach the cast. Laura said she was “absolutely delighted” to be playing the part of Switchboard Girl an ...
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Stephen Robert Morse: Congratulations, You Funded Matter Selling Itself to Medium and You Didn't Make a Dime!
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Last year, I wrote a pretty controversial piece about Matter, a long-form science journalism web site with little inkling of a business model that managed to raise $140,000 on Kickstarter from 2,566 people who apparently have far bigger hearts and more optimism about the future of journalism than I do. But sorry folks, you've been used and abused. What did the Kickstarter backers get? Erm. Nothing really, other than a handful of "free" articles, some of which were later distributed for free on the platform. Yes, Matter now has some inkling of a business model, but it's clearly not one that really works well. The founders of Matter have now sold the magazine, but why they've "sold" to online publisher Medium is bonkers, given that Medium seems to have no intention to be a platform for paid for professional content. That's not what Matter promised its backers. Let's face it: Medium founder Ev Williams does great work, but not in the high-quality, professional media space.0 ...
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The Best Law Schools -- Or Are They!?
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
The all-important (or irrelevant, depending on who you ask) U.S. News &amp; World Report rankings of the top law schools for 2014 were released Tuesday. As expected, a number of law school deans immediately attempted to diminish the rankings' value. Above The Law gathered responses from University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Michigan State University College of Law and Brooklyn Law School all explaining why the rankings don't tell the whole story. Joan W. Howarth, dean of Michigan State College of Law, told the site, "These rankings are terribly flawed, with next-to-nothing in the formula that directly reflects the quality of the education we offer." Steven J. Harper, a law instructor at Northwestern University, wrote an op-ed in the Chronicle of Higher Education that blames the bursting of the law school bubble in part on "U.S. News-driven ranking mania." Many law students graduate with debt in the six digits, and fewer are landing full-time jobs that require a ...
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Stephen Robert Morse: My Hometown's Recovery From Sandy Has Been Lackluster, But It Could Have Been Better
Huffington Post - about 4 years
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, I witnessed two Long Island communities, Long Beach and Oceanside, located just 1.5 miles from one another, experience very different fates. Both communities have populations hovering around 33,000 residents, and both faced unprecedented damage during the storm. However, the main difference between the two is that Long Beach is a city, with its own government and resources, whereas Oceanside is what New York State defines as a hamlet, an unincorporated area with no mayor, no police department and no other essential services that would be useful in times of crisis. It is simply a part of the greater Town of Hempstead, which is itself a collection of 37 hamlets and 22 villages. The Town of Hempstead's total population is roughly 770,000 according to the latest U.S. Census Bureau reports. When disaster struck, Oceanside, where I grew up, had few resources to rely on: We have an all-volunteer fire department made up of amazing men and w ...
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Stephen Robert Morse: Guy Fieri Times Square Restaurant Review: Here Is the Grade I Give It After I Tried It Myself
Huffington Post - over 4 years
After reading Pete Wells' marvelously entertaining New York Times review of Guy Fieri's Times Square restaurant, the eponymously named Guy's American Kitchen and Bar, I wanted to experience the place myself, simply to judge whether Wells was too harsh, or whether this dining experience was truly as poor as Wells claimed. So I launched a campaign early this week to convince my five-person team at work to join me at Guy's for a Friday lunch to remember. Much like my pre-Sandy obliviousness to the practice of folks who traffic in disaster porn, I was ignorant that ironic dining was already a hipster pastime. But an ironic dining outing, much like wearing tight pants when cycling long distances, is a hipster concession that we all must make for the good of mankind. Our motley, open-minded crew (all dudes, as it happens) made the three-block trip to Manhattan's armpit, better known as Times Square. Mind you, when I worked for MTV in Times Square, I had daily panic attacks tha ...
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Scandal Costs School 'Best College' Ranking
Huffington Post - over 4 years
George Washington University is no longer ranked No. 51 on U.S. News &amp; World Report's annual Best Colleges list, due to the revelation that the Washington, D.C. school, had been submitting faulty data to the magazine for more than a decade. GWU was guilty of inflating the high school grades of its incoming students, reporting to U.S. News that 78 percent of its 2011 matriculates ranked in the top 10 percent of their high school graduating classes. The real number turned out to be much lower at 58 percent. On Wednesday, Robert Morse, director of data research at U.S. News, explained in a blog post that the magazine decided to drop GWU from No. 51 to "Unranked." "This Unranked status will last until next fall's publication of the 2014 edition of the Best Colleges rankings, and until George Washington confirms the accuracy of the school's next data submission in accordance with U.S. News's requirements," Morse said. High school class rankings of incoming students ...
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Dena Takruri: Should We End The Practice Of Tipping?
The Huffington Post - over 4 years
Originating in 16th century England, the "T.I.P." was designed "to insure promptitude" in service. Tipping is now a deeply entrenched custom in America and tipping poorly can incur the wrath of your waiters or delivery people, not to mention judgment from your peers. Two examples of this recently went viral on the Huffington Post. The first is a picture of a receipt reportedly left at a restaurant. The bill's total was $138.35 but instead of a tip, the diner wrote "single mom, sorry!" In the second example, a Pizza Hut delivery man in Des Moines, Iowa demonstrated his frustration over being denied a tip by urinating on the customer's front door. The dismal reality is that most people working in the service industry are grossly underpaid, earning a federal minimum wage of $2.13 per hour. Customers' tips are not only taken as an expression of gratitude -- they are essential to our service workers' livelihoods. But not everyone is happy with this onus being on the cust ...
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The Huffington Post article
Stephen Robert Morse: How 21% of Americans Will Hold the Election Hostage to Partisan Tools and Fools
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Election Day is less than three weeks away, but that doesn't mean much to me, because I'm not voting. I'll go into work, read PolicyMic on my computer, check some exit polls in the early afternoon, and hopefully not encounter any radical offshoots of the New Black Panther Movement. It will be business as usual. That's because I'm a member of the 79%, and until the Electoral College is abolished, my vote, as a resident of New York state, will be absolutely meaningless. The Electoral College has already awarded three elections to losers of the popular vote (not to mention that the "electors" are a bunch of partisan tools and fools). The top 38.5 million Americans who live in "swing states" are the 12.1%. Their votes matter most, and therefore they get the best promises and treatment from presidential candidates. The people who reside in Florida (19.05 million), Ohio (11.54 million), and Virginia (8.10 million) are this lucky 12.1%. (Of course, the above figures recognize that ...
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Huffington Post article
Stephen Robert Morse: Kennedy Center Should Honor Sixto Rodriguez, the Bob Dylan of Detroit
Huffington Post - over 4 years
If you haven't seen the documentary Searching for Sugar Man, then consider this a spoiler alert. If you've already seen it or you're not going to see it any time soon, then keep on reading. (But first, take a second to sign this Change.org petition!) In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Sixto Rodriguez created brilliant music that was the stuff of legend, but for whatever the reason, his records didn't sell in America. And he fell into obscurity. It is rare that a documentary elicits emotions that I carry with me for days and weeks after I have seen it. But that is just what Searching for Sugar Man did. This film tells the story of Rodriguez, whose songs inspired the movement to end apartheid in South Africa and whose lyrics became anthems of change for people around the world. However, nobody knew what happened to the artist, and ghastly rumors about his demise abounded. In this genre-defining music-mystery, the filmmakers set out to determine what happened to Rodrigu ...
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Huffington Post article
Stephen Robert Morse: Dear New York City: Stop Being a Police State and Let Us Drink Beer in Parks
Huffington Post - over 4 years
I roll my eyes every time someone says that New York is the greatest place on earth. The inhabitants of the greatest places on earth have freedom. The people of New York, well, we have civil liberties that are in line with the plutocracy in which we live. I spent 2009 through early 2012 living primarily in a collection of places that should be noted for their strong offering of individuals freedoms. One needn't flex the imagination too hard to extol the virtues of life in San Francisco, where it seems like 99 percent of all legislation is progressive. From marijuana decriminalization to recycling programs to living wages, San Francisco knows what's good for citizens in a supposedly enlightened democracy. (That said, 82 San Francisco bus drivers made more than $100,000 per year during the depths of the recession, which, is not only absurd from the standpoint of a recovering English major who will never rake in such sums, but also a huge waste of taxpayer dollars.) And ...
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Stephen Robert Morse: 32 Mantras to Live by Post-College
Huffington Post - over 4 years
I recently read a fascinating and controversial blog post by a millennial who defended her (our!) generation from verbal attacks that Baby Boomers and other older folks use to discredit us. The irony is that these people, who are currently in positions of power -- and, by many accounts, have screwed up pretty much everything (the economy, the environment, education, etc.) for future generations -- are the cause of many millennial problems. This post inspired me to create a list of what I've learned since I graduated college in 2007, because when I look back at my own worldview at that time, I realize that I knew nothing about the way the "real world" operates. The point here is that there is still so much time to do amazing things, yet there's got to be a focus in so many aspects of life: 1. This is just the beginning. You needn't have changed the world yet, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't keep trying. Think of all the people who made their best accomplishments when t ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Robert Morse
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 84
    He will be in the Broadway revival of The Front Page at the Broadhurst Theatre starting on September 20, 2016.
    More Details Hide Details Morse has been married twice and has five children.
  • 2007
    Age 75
    Beginning in 2007, Morse took on a recurring role in the AMC dramatic series Mad Men as Bertram Cooper, a partner in the advertising agency Sterling Cooper, for which role he was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series in 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013, and 2014.
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  • 1993
    Age 61
    He had featured roles in the 1993 miniseries Wild Palms and the 2000 medical drama City of Angels.
    More Details Hide Details He also appeared in five episodes of the CBS Radio Mystery Theater from 1974 to 1976.
  • FORTIES
  • 1979
    Age 47
    Another famous role he played was Jack in the 1979 animated Rankin/Bass special Jack Frost.
    More Details Hide Details In The First Easter Rabbit, also by Rankin/Bass, he was the voice of the main character, Stuffy. Morse has appeared in dozens of TV shows going back to the live days of television with the Kraft Theatre and General Electric Theatre. He appeared as Boss Hogg's devious nephew, Dewey Hogg, in The Dukes of Hazzard sixth season episode "How to Succeed in Hazzard" (1984).
  • 1972
    Age 40
    Morse joined other performers, including Marlo Thomas, in creating the 1972 Free to Be...
    More Details Hide Details You and Me children's album. He also provided the voice for the cartoon character Howler in Hanna Barbera's Pound Puppies.
    Morse was in the original Broadway cast of Sugar, a 1972 musical stage adaptation of Some Like It Hot, for which he was nominated for another Tony.
    More Details Hide Details He won a Tony for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding One-Person Show for his portrayal of Truman Capote in Tru (1989). In 1992, he recreated his performance for the PBS series American Playhouse and won the Emmy Award as Best Actor in a Miniseries or Special. In 1999, Morse was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame for his long career as a stage actor. In 2002, Morse was cast in the role of the Wizard of Oz in the San Francisco run of the musical Wicked, but quit the show before it opened on Broadway. He was replaced by Joel Grey.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1968
    Age 36
    In the same year, he appeared in the 1968 television series That's Life, which attempted to blend the musical genre with a situation comedy centered on newlyweds "Robert" and "Gloria" (played by E. J. Peaker).
    More Details Hide Details In 1987, Morse also appeared in the movie The Emperor's New Clothes, which starred Sid Caesar and was part of the Cannon Movie Tales series.
    In 1968, he appeared in the comedy Where Were You When the Lights Went Out? opposite Doris Day.
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  • 1967
    Age 35
    In 1967, he co-starred in A Guide for the Married Man, opposite Walter Matthau.
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  • 1965
    Age 33
    In 1965, Morse appeared in the black comedy film The Loved One, a movie based on the Evelyn Waugh novel of the same name that satirized the funeral business in Los Angeles, in particular the Forest Lawn Cemetery.
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  • 1964
    Age 32
    In 1964, Morse co-starred in the comedy film Quick, Before It Melts.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1958
    Age 26
    Having already played Barnaby on Broadway, Morse reprised the role in the 1958 film adaptation of The Matchmaker, this time opposite Shirley Booth.
    More Details Hide Details That same year, he won the Theatre World Award and was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play for Say, Darling. What was considered the final step toward full stardom was his performance as J. Pierrepont Finch in the Pulitzer Prize-winning How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. It won him the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical in 1962. He also starred in the 1967 movie version.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1931
    Born
    Morse was born on May 18, 1931 in Newton, Massachusetts, the second child of Charles Morse and Mary SIlver.
    More Details Hide Details He attended a number of different schools until finding his inspiration in Henry Lasker, a drama teacher at Newton High School. "He knew what I had burning in me and wanted to express." Upon graduation, he left home for New York City to fulfill his ambition of becoming an actor, joining his elder brother Richard who was already studying acting at the prestigious Neighborhood Playhouse. With almost lightning speed he wound up with a role in The Proud and Profane (1956), a film starring William Holden and Deborah Kerr (although uncredited, he did manage to work for five to six weeks on the film at the lofty sum of $500 a week). Soon thereafter, he was cast as Barnaby Tucker in the original Broadway production of Thornton Wilder's The Matchmaker, and his career was off and running. Morse has earned multiple nominations and wins for Tony, Drama Desk and Emmy awards over a period of five decades. He is well known for his appearances in musicals and plays on Broadway, as well as roles in movies and television shows. Perhaps best known for his role as young 1960s New York City businessman J. Pierrepont Finch in the 1961 Broadway production and 1967 film version of the Frank Loesser and Abe Burrows musical, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Morse gained new prominence in the late 2000s for his recurring role of elder 1960s New York City businessman Bertram Cooper on the AMC television show Mad Men.
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