Barry Morse

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Quotes (18)

  • Barry Morse: (Commenting on David Janssen's death) I was quite horrified. David was only 48 and that seemed to me to be a tragically young age. It was a great waste.

  • Barry Morse: (Speaking to David Janssen) David, son, if you are going to go on collecting, do, please, if you can, collect something which is relatively inexpensive, like stamps or coins. Don't go on collecting wives, it's a very expensive habit!

  • Barry Morse: I've always thought that we in the arts---whichever art we happen to be in---are all "shoplifters." Everybody, from Shakespeare onwards and downwards, who enters any of our activities must acknowledge that we are shoplifters. But once you've acknowledged that, make sure that when you set out on a shoplifting expedition, you go always to Cartier's, and never to Woolworth's!

  • Barry Morse: The Fugitive was, for me, immensely enjoyable. Not only because of its great and lasting popularity, but even more because of the splendid group of people whom it brought together.

  • Barry Morse: (When he first saw his future wife Sydney Sturgess) In my confusion and complete surprise, I dropped my script, my pencil, and my raincoat!

  • Barry Morse: (Reflecting on one of his first stage appearances) I've never forgotten the bliss of triumph that I experienced when I ... was greeted by a round of applause because they recognized me and remembered me from last week and the week before.

  • Barry Morse: (regarding his role in an episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents) I remember working on a show for Alfred Hitchcock in which the noted writer and dramatist Ray Bradbury developed the idea that at some time in the future most things had been taken over by machinery, by computers of various kinds, including the administration of justice. At the time of this teleplay computers were a relative novelty. In this future time a young man was charged with an offense against the state and marshaled into a huge building crammed with banks and banks of computers. These computers would absorb and assess the evidence, circumstances and facts in his case. All of them were operated by one master button-puncher – played by me.

  • Barry Morse: (who picked out the wardrobe for Lt. Gerard during the filming of The Fugitive) Rather than having clothes made by some expensive tailor, I asked the wardrobe department to take me to the sort of store where Gerard would buy his clothes, ready-made, off the peg.

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Trivia (31)

  • The Toronto Star said that Barry Morse, was "one of Canada and Britain's most versatile and compelling actors."

  • CBS Radio called Barry Morse, "A Theatre Man for all seasons."

  • In 1984 Barry Morse organized and oversaw a 96-hour Bible reading marathon at his church, St. James's Piccadilly in London. This "Biblethon" was designed to encourage parishioners to read the entire Bible from Genesis to Revelation.

  • Barry Morse was an adjunct professor of drama at Yale University in 1968.

  • During the filming of The Fugitive, Barry Morse tried his hand at directing. He directed episode 118 "The Shattered Silence."

  • Although Barry Morse and David Janssen became good friends during the shooting of The Fugitive, ABC discouraged them from being seen together in public during the series. The network considered it bad for the ratings of the show.

  • Barry Morse, born left-handed, learned to write with both hands. He used his ambidexterity in The Fugitive to portray the divided nature of Lt. Gerard.

  • Barry Morse developed the personality of "Lt. Philip Gerard" from Victor Hugo's Les Miserables character Javert (a police officer engrossed with the pursuit of the hero of the story).

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