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Birth information

16 February 1901 New York City, New York, USA

Death information

11 September 1970 New Hope, Pennsylvania, USA

Given Name

John Chester Brooks Morris

How tall is Chester Morris?

1.75 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Lillian Kenton
Suzanne Kilborn

Life Story of Chester Morris

The Academy Award-nominated film actor Chester Morris, who will forever be associated with the character Boston Blackie, was born John Chester Brooks Morris on February 16 1901 in New York City, the son of actor William Morris and comedienne Etta Hawkins.

Chester Morris made his Broadway debut as a teenager in 1918 in the play "The Copperhead," in support of the great Lionel Barrymore, who ironically would play Boston Blackie in a silent picture (The Face in the Fog (1922)) a generation before Morris would make that role his own. A year earlier, Chester Morris had made his movie debut in Van Dyke Brooke's An Amateur Orphan (1917), but he didn't really become a movie actor until the sound era. Instead, Morris made his acting bones on the boards, appearing on Broadway in the plays "Thunder" and "The Mountain Man" in 1919. He returned to the Great White Way in 1922 in the comedy "The Exciters" following it up with the comedy-drama "Extra" in 1923. Now established, Chester Morris began billing himself as "the youngest leading man in the country."

He appeared without credit in 'Cecil B. DeMille's The Road to Yesterday (1925), though his dark, good-looks and...

Publications and Magazines about Chester Morris

Scott Allen Nollen with Yuyun Yuningsih Nollen Chester Morris: His Life and Career. 2019

What movies did Chester Morris play or participate?

Actors Filmography
The Great White Hope (1970) Pop Weaver, Gentle Ben (1969) Elsmore, Cimarron Strip (1968) George Deeker, Coronet Blue (1967) Dr. Michael Wilson, The Defenders (1965) District Attorney Brent / Judge Philip Benning / Captain Peters, Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (1965) Major Whitman, Mr. Broadway (1964) Orin Kelsey, Dr. Kildare (1964) Tom Monahan, Suspense (1964) , Kraft Suspense Theatre (1964) Blaine Davis, East Side/West Side (1964) Walt McGill, Espionage (1964) Harry Kemp, Route 66 (1964) Mr. Hull / Emmett McNeill, Alcoa Premiere (1963) Charles...

Birth information

16 February 1901 New York City, New York, USA

Death information

11 September 1970 New Hope, Pennsylvania, USA

Given Name

John Chester Brooks Morris

How tall is Chester Morris?

1.75 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Lillian Kenton
Suzanne Kilborn

Life Story of Chester Morris

The Academy Award-nominated film actor Chester Morris, who will forever be associated with the character Boston Blackie, was born John Chester Brooks Morris on February 16 1901 in New York City, the son of actor William Morris and comedienne Etta Hawkins.

Chester Morris made his Broadway debut as a teenager in 1918 in the play "The Copperhead," in support of the great Lionel Barrymore, who ironically would play Boston Blackie in a silent picture (The Face in the Fog (1922)) a generation before Morris would make that role his own. A year earlier, Chester Morris had made his movie debut in Van Dyke Brooke's An Amateur Orphan (1917), but he didn't really become a movie actor until the sound era. Instead, Morris made his acting bones on the boards, appearing on Broadway in the plays "Thunder" and "The Mountain Man" in 1919. He returned to the Great White Way in 1922 in the comedy "The Exciters" following it up with the comedy-drama "Extra" in 1923. Now established, Chester Morris began billing himself as "the youngest leading man in the country."

He appeared without credit in 'Cecil B. DeMille's The Road to Yesterday (1925), though his dark, good-looks and...

Publications and Magazines about Chester Morris

Scott Allen Nollen with Yuyun Yuningsih Nollen Chester Morris: His Life and Career. 2019

What movies did Chester Morris play or participate?

Actors Filmography
The Great White Hope (1970) Pop Weaver, Gentle Ben (1969) Elsmore, Cimarron Strip (1968) George Deeker, Coronet Blue (1967) Dr. Michael Wilson, The Defenders (1965) District Attorney Brent / Judge Philip Benning / Captain Peters, Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (1965) Major Whitman, Mr. Broadway (1964) Orin Kelsey, Dr. Kildare (1964) Tom Monahan, Suspense (1964) , Kraft Suspense Theatre (1964) Blaine Davis, East Side/West Side (1964) Walt McGill, Espionage (1964) Harry Kemp, Route 66 (1964) Mr. Hull / Emmett McNeill, Alcoa Premiere (1963) Charles...

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Billie Burke and Chester Morris in Ein Arzt für alle Fälle (1935)

Son of actor William Morris.

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Mae Clarke and Chester Morris in Breach of Promise (1932)

Was appearing in a stage production of "The Caine Mutiny Court Martial" at the Bucks County Playhouse at the time of his death.

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Chester Morris in The Case of Sergeant Grischa (1930)

The Boston haircut where the hair was combed straight back over the crown and cut level at the back was a popular style in the 1940s. The style was made famous by the character of Boston Blackie, played by Chester in 14 films, and it's thought that this is the origin of the name.

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Betty Compson and Chester Morris in The Case of Sergeant Grischa (1930)

Morris' maternal grandparents looked after the two DeMille boys William C. and Cecil B. when their parents were on tour.

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Chester Morris and Jean Parker in Princess O'Hara (1935)

According to director Edward Dmytyk, who worked with Morris on "Confessions of Boston Blackie," the actor hated stunt work but loved performing magician's card tricks between takes.

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Billie Dove and Chester Morris in Cock of the Air (1932)

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Marion Byron, Chester Morris, and Alice White in Playing Around (1930)

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Dolores Costello and Chester Morris in Second Choice (1930)

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Billie Dove and Chester Morris in Cock of the Air (1932)

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Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Chester Morris, and Loretta Young in Fast Life (1929)

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Mae Clarke and Chester Morris in Breach of Promise (1932)

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Mae Clarke and Chester Morris in Breach of Promise (1932)

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Adele Mara and Chester Morris in Alias Boston Blackie (1942)

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Evelyn Brent and Chester Morris in Woman Trap (1929)

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Carole Lombard and Chester Morris in Sinners in the Sun (1932)

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