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Greg Morris
Barney Collier Greg Morris
Greg Morris as Barney Collier on CBS-TV's "Mission: Impossible".
Vital Information
Gender: Male
Birthname: Gregory Morris
Born: (1933-09-27)September 27, 1933
Died August 27, 1996(1996-08-27) (aged 62)
Deathplace: Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
Occupation/
Career:
Actor
Family/Personal information
Spouse(s): Leona Keyes, 1956-1995, his death
Related to: Phil Morris (son, actor)
Iona Morris (daughter, actress)
Linda R. Morris (daughter)
Character/series involvement
Appeared on/
Involved with:
Sanford and Son in guest appearance
Episodes appeared in: in the episodes "Hawaiian Connection", parts 1-3 in Season 6
Character(s) played: Jewel theif Willis
Sanford and Son retro Wiki Script


Greg Morris (September 27, 1933 – August 27, 1996) appeared as Willis, a career criminal and the co-conspirator and mastermind of a robbery of $1,000,000 in diamonds from a Honolulu bank in the three sixth season episodes off Sanford and Son titled The Hawaiian Connection

Early life and career Edit

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Greg began his acting career in the 1960s making guest appearances on many TV shows such as The Twilight Zone and Ben Casey. In 1966, he was cast in his most recognizable role as the electronics expert Barney Collier in the 1966-1973 CBS-TV series Mission: Impossible. Morris, Peter Lupus and Bob Johnson were the only actors to remain with the series throughout its entire run.

While in college, Morris was active in theater and hosted the late afternoon Jazz radio show, "Tea-Time," on the University of Iowa's station, WSUI. He co-produced concerts at the university with a student friend.

After Iowa, Greg's first professional stage role was in The Death of Bessie Smith. One of his earliest television roles was a cameo appearance on The Dick Van Dyke Show, when Rob and Laura think they've gotten the wrong baby from the hospital.[1] In the 1963–1964 season, he appeared on ABC-TV's drama about college life, 'Channing, starring Jason Evers and Henry Jones.

After Mission: Impossible was cancelled, Morris appeared in movies and made guest TV appearances before he was cast as Lt. David Nelson during the second season of the TV series Vega$. After the cancellation of the series in 1981, Morris continued to make guest TV appearances in the next decade, including a few episodes in the short-lived 1980s remake of the Mission: Impossible TV series, which starred his son Phil Morris, who was cast as Grant Collier, the son of Barney. He also appeared in a couple of episodes of the TV series What's Happening!! as Lawrence Nelson (father of Dwayne) and in three episodes of The Jeffersons, in which he reprised his role of an electronics expert (although not as Barney Collier) in a quasi-spoof of the Mission: Impossible series. Morris was also a frequent guest star on "Password" and "Password Plus" in the 1960's & 70's.

Death Edit

Morris died in 1996 of brain cancer in Las Vegas. Shortly before his death, he went to see the film version of Mission: Impossible that starred Tom Cruise. The reports were that he disliked the movie so much (an opinion that was shared by several of his former co-stars) that he left the theater early.[2] According to The Associated Press, he said of the movie: "It's an abomination." [3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Episode Description: The Dick Van Dyke Show - "Where's My Boy??", http://overdrive.dclibrary.org/3BC08ABB-753C-4531-A31D-490E120F0842/10/323/en/ContentDetails.htm?ID=%7BD5FF8F42-A54A-4CF4-A091-22E7405D7824%7D, retrieved 2009-04-23 
  2. "'Mission: Impossible' TV stars disgruntled". CNN. http://www.cnn.com/SHOWBIZ/9605/29/imposssibles/index.html. Retrieved 2010-05-04. 
  3. Ravo, Nick (1996-08-29), Greg Morris, 61, Debonair Star Of TV's 'Mission Impossible', New York Times, http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9B0CE2DD1E39F93AA1575BC0A960958260&sec=&spon=, retrieved 2010-03-22 

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