The boyishly good-looking Morse first made his title on Broadway within the Fifties, and landed some roles in Hollywood comedies within the Nineteen Sixties.
NEW YORK — Actor Robert Morse, who received a Tony Award as a hilariously brash company climber in “Tips on how to Achieve Enterprise With out Actually Attempting” and a second one a era later because the sensible, troubled Truman Capote in “Tru,” has died. He was 90.
Morse died at his house Wednesday after a quick sickness, mentioned David Shaul of BRS/Gage Expertise Company.
The boyishly good-looking Morse first made his title on Broadway within the Fifties, and landed some roles in Hollywood comedies within the Nineteen Sixties. “I think about myself an actor — shyly,” he advised the Los Angeles Instances in 1964. “I really like performing. It’s an important use of physique and thoughts… With all humility, you hope that you’re doing one thing worthwhile.”
Extra not too long ago, he performed the autocratic and eccentric chief of an promoting company in “Mad Males,” AMC’s hit drama that debuted in 2007. The function earned him an Emmy nomination in 2008 as greatest visitor actor in a drama collection.
“He radiated a depraved pleasure; it was not possible to observe him with out immediately sharing his giddy delight,” wrote playwright Paul Rudnick.
Morse was already well-established on Broadway, with two Tony nominations to his credit score, when he grew to become nationally well-known at age 30 because the star of Abe Burrows and Frank Loesser’s smash 1961 Broadway satire of company life, “Tips on how to Succeed…”. The present received each the Pulitzer Prize and the Tony for greatest musical and ran for greater than three years.
Morse’s bright-eyed J. Pierrepont Finch was a grasp of company backstabbing — with a toothy grin — as he went from Manhattan window washer to titan on the World Large Wicket firm with the assistance of somewhat “how-to” paperback on workplace politics.
The musical’s music titles counsel the button-down, pre-feminist enterprise world: “The Firm Manner,” a theme music for yes-men; “A Secretary Is Not a Toy,” a music that winks at workplace dalliance; “Espresso Break,” a tribute to caffeine; and the hymn Finch sings to himself: “I Consider in You.” Finch toadies as much as the growing older boss, performed by Nineteen Twenties crooner Rudy Vallee, by becoming a member of within the outdated man’s school struggle music, “Grand Outdated Ivy.”
“Think about a collaboration between Horatio Alger and Machiavelli and you’ve got Finch, the intrepid hero of this sortie into the canyons of commerce,” The New York Instances wrote. “As performed with unfaltering bravura and wit by Robert Morse, he’s a rumpled, dimpled angel with a streak of Lucifer.”
The 1967 movie model of “How To Succeed” dropped some songs however in any other case stored near the stage authentic. Morse was again, as was Vallee.
However Morse’s movie profession largely did not take off.
He was again on Broadway in 1972 — and picked up one other Tony nomination — for “Sugar,” producer David Merrick’s musical model of “Some Like It Sizzling.” Morse starred as Jerry, the half performed by Jack Lemmon within the Billy Wilder comedy about two male musicians who disguise themselves as girls to get away from murderous gangsters.
“Tru,” a one-man present based mostly on Capote’s writings, revived Morse’s stage profession in 1989.
“His Capote is wickedly humorous, a sly imp able to ship an off-color joke concerning the Queen Mum, zing Robert Goulet or rhapsodize concerning the time he tap-danced for Louis Armstrong. …,” Related Press drama critic Michael Kuchwara wrote in his overview. “However there’s a determined facet of Capote, too, and Morse rises to the ache.”
In 1993, the televised model of “Tru” (PBS) received Morse an Emmy for greatest actor in a miniseries or particular. (In the meantime, a 1995 Broadway revival of “Tips on how to Succeed…” introduced one other Tony for its Finch, Matthew Broderick.)
Tv’s “Mad Males” returned Morse to the “Tips on how to Succeed” milieu of Manhattan workplace politics, Nineteen Sixties-style.
When Morse landed in Hollywood after his “Tips on how to Succeed” triumph, columnist Hedda Hopper predicted in 1963: “If Robert Morse comes over on display as he does on stage, he’ll have youngsters screaming and moms eager to undertake him. He has an innate sense of comedy and a humorous face to go together with it.”
Amongst his movies was “The Cherished One,” a 1965 black comedy about an Englishman’s encounter with Hollywood and the funeral business, based mostly on the satirical novel by Evelyn Waugh.
“I don’t assume when it comes to whether or not an image will assist or hinder my profession,” Morse advised the Los Angeles Instances when the movie was in manufacturing. “I consider who I’m working with.” Amongst his “Cherished One” co-stars had been Jonathan Winters, John Gielgud and Tab Hunter.
Morse was born Could 18, 1931, in Newton, Massachusetts, and made his Broadway debut in 1955 in “The Matchmaker.”
He obtained back-to-back Tony nominations for his subsequent two roles: in 1959 for greatest featured actor in a play for “Say, Darling,” and in 1960 for greatest actor in a musical for “Take Me Alongside,” which additionally starred Jackie Gleason.
“Say, Darling” was a comedy a few younger author’s expertise as his novel is become a Broadway present. The play was based mostly on the creation of “The Pajama Sport,” and Morse’s character, a “boy producer” who hated being referred to as that, was modeled on Harold Prince, a “Pajama Sport” co-producer.
Reviewing his profession, Morse advised The New York Instances in 1989: “Issues change. I by no means bought an opportunity to be in a play or image the place I performed a father, or had a household, or the place I may really feel or present one thing. The wild youngster in me by no means had an opportunity to develop up.”
He mentioned he had efficiently battled alcohol and drug abuse, however added, “I don’t assume ingesting bought in the way in which of my work. I did my job. It was the opposite 22 hours I had an issue with.”
Nonetheless, he mentioned of his profession, “I didn’t assume it was going to finish or not finish. I simply plowed on. In the future you hear `We love you, Bobby.’ The subsequent day you’re doing voiceovers.”
He’s survived by 5 youngsters, a son Charlie and 4 daughter, Robin, Andrea, Hilary and Allyn.