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Howard Morris

Highest Rated:   93% Boogie Nights (1997)
Lowest Rated:   18% Tom and Jerry: The Movie (1992)
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Diminutive (5'7") comic actor Howard Morris was in his teens when, while attending the National Youth Administration's radio workshop in New York City, he befriended another aspiring actor named Carl Reiner. The two were reunited in Honolulu during World War II, when Morris was Reiner's sergeant in an entertainment unit. Both Morris and Reiner played supporting roles in Maurice Evans' army-camp tour of Hamlet and MacBeth; after the war, the two performers toured in the musical Call Me Mister before joining the cast of Sid Caesar's TV comedy-variety series. Only after finishing nine seasons with Caesar were Morris and Reiner able to establish their own individual showbiz identities: Reiner as a novelist, film supporting actor, director and creator of The Dick Van Dyke Show, and Morris as one of the most prolific TV guest stars and directors of the 1960s. Relocating from New York to LA in 1961, Morris played the recurring role of goonish, rock-throwing Ernest T. Bass on The Andy Griffith Show, and a whole slew of one-shot assignments on series ranging from The Danny Thomas Show to The Twilight Zone. Morris forever shed the "third banana" status he'd had during his Sid Caesar days by directing episodes of such TV weeklies as Andy Griffith, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Gomer Pyle USMC, and the unforgettable black-and-white pilot for Get Smart. He also served as producer of the 1972-73 sitcom The Corner Bar. In films, Morris sparkled in such supporting parts as Jerry Lewis' browbeaten father in The Nutty Professor and German psychiatrist Dr. Lilloman in Mel Brooks' High Anxiety (1977). His theatrical-film directorial credits include the all-star comedy Who's Minding the Mint (1967), Doris Day's swan song With Six You Get Eggroll (1968), a very WASP-ish adaptation of Woody Allen's Don't Drink the Water (1969), and the Donny & Marie Osmond opus Goin' Coconuts (1978). Howard Morris is also a fixture of the animated cartoon voice-over world, supplying voices and directing recording sessions for many a Hanna-Barbera, Filmation and Walt Disney production: If you can't place the voice, think of Morris as Atom Ant, Beetle Bailey, Jughead Jones, and futuristic rock star Jet Screamer ("Eep, opp, ork, ah-ah") on The Jetsons.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Five
  • Screenwriter
2011
80% The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit
  • Leo Zellman
1998
93% Boogie Nights
  • Mr. Brown
1997
No Score Yet It Came from Outer Space II
  • Ben Cully
1996
No Score Yet A Flintstones Christmas Carol
  • Actor
1994
18% Tom and Jerry: The Movie
  • Squawk
1992
19% Life Stinks
  • Sailor
1991
23% Dying Young
  • Voice on Jetsons
1991
No Score Yet Transylvania Twist
  • Marinus Orlock
1989
60% End of the Line
  • Hobo
1987
No Score Yet Return to Mayberry
  • Ernest T. Bass
1986
No Score Yet Star Fairies
  • Actor
1985
92% Splash
  • Dr. Zidell
1984
No Score Yet Portrait of a Showgirl
  • Actor
1982
No Score Yet The Munsters' Revenge
  • Actor
1981
63% History of the World---Part I
  • Court Spokesman
1981
No Score Yet Goin' Coconuts
  • Director
1978
75% High Anxiety
  • Prof. Lilloman
1977
92% Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • Gopher
1977
No Score Yet Archie & Friends - Archie's TV Funnies
  • Actor
1974
No Score Yet Don't Drink the Water
  • Getaway Pilot
  • Director
1969
No Score Yet With Six You Get Eggroll
  • Director
1968
No Score Yet Archie & Friends - The Archie Show
  • Actor
1968
No Score Yet Who's Minding the Mint?
  • Director
1967
No Score Yet Way...Way Out
  • Schmidlap
1966
No Score Yet Alice of Wonderland in Paris
  • Actor
1966
No Score Yet Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree
  • Gopher
1965
88% The Nutty Professor
  • Mr. Kelp
1963
No Score Yet 40 Pounds of Trouble
  • Julius
1963
No Score Yet Boys' Night Out
  • Howard McIlleny
1962
No Score Yet 10 From Your Show Of Shows
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
  • George P. Hanley
  • 1963

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