Actor Robert Morse (‘Mad Men’) dies at 90

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Actor Robert Morse has died at the age of 90. His death was confirmed by his son Charlie to the Los Angeles network ABC last Wednesday. The cause still remains unknown.

Born in 1931 in Newton, Massachusetts, Morse served in the US Navy during the Korean War before beginning his career in the industry in 1954, landing a role in the television series ‘The Secret Storm’. The following year, the actor made a big impression on Broadway as a young Barnaby Tucker in “The Matchmaker.” His performances on stage were rewarded with two Tony Award nominations for two musicals: in 1958 for ‘Say, Darling’ and in 1959 for ‘Take Me Along’.

He wouldn’t take home the award until 1961, when he played J. Pierrepont Finch in the musical ‘How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying’. The production won two Tonys, including Best Leading Actor in a Musical for Morse. In the 1990s he would return to the theater to win his second Tony for his role as Truman Capote on the show ‘Tru’.

Starting in the 1960s, Morse would establish himself in film and television with roles in ‘Where Were You When the Lights Went Out?’, ‘The Loved One’, ‘Alfred Hitchcock Presents’ or ‘Fantasy Island’. His starring role came in 2007, when he played Bertram Cooper, co-founder of Sterling Cooper, on the TV series ‘Mad Men.’ This role earned him five Emmy nominations.

a heartfelt tribute

The actor’s death has also been announced by writer and producer Larry Karaszewski through his Twitter account.

“My good friend Bobby Morse has passed away at the age of 90,” Karaszewski wrote. “He had enormous talent and a beautiful spirit. All my love for his children Charlie and Allyn. I’ve had a blast with Bobby over the years – filming People v OJ and sharing the screen many times (How to succeed, Loved One, That’s life)”.

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