Garrett Morris

Actor, Singer, Musical arranger
As a founding member of "The Not Ready for Primetime Players" on the ground-breaking sketch comedy show "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ), Garrett Morris enjoyed mainstream notoriety even as he struggled with ... Read more »
Born: 02/01/1937 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Filmography

Actor (73)

2 Broke Girls 2011 - 2017 (TV Show)

Actor

Ant-Man 2015 (Movie)

Car Driver (Actor)

Super-Spy 2015 (Movie)

(Actor)

Frank 2014 (Movie)

Billy Hamilton (Actor)

Psych 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Shameless 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Longshots 2008 (Movie)

Reverend Pratt (Actor)

Dog Gone 2007 (Movie)

The Sheriff (Actor)

Halfway Home 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Salon 2007 (Movie)

(Actor)

Jamie Foxx Presents Laffapalooza 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The Medicine Show 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

TV Tales 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Test 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

According to Jim 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Boston Common 1977 - 1980, 1986 - 1993, 1995 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

City of Angels 1977 - 1980, 1986 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Graham's Diner 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

How High 2001 (Movie)

PCC Agent (Actor)

Jackpot 2001 (Movie)

Lester Irving (Actor)

Married... With Children 1977 - 1980, 1986 - 1993, 1995 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Martin 1977 - 1980, 1986 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1977 - 1980, 1984 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Roc 1977 - 1980, 1990 - 1991, 1995 - 1996, 1998 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Saturday Night Live 1975 - 1980, 1998 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 35th Annual Victor Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Jamie Foxx Show 1977 - 1980, 1990 - 1991, 1995 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Wayans Bros. 1977 - 1980, 1986 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

GvsE 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Happy Hour 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Twin Falls, Idaho 1999 (Movie)

Jesus (Actor)

Gilda Radner: The E! True Hollywood Story 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Palmer's Pick-Up 1998 (Movie)

Tom (Actor)

Cleghorne! 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Machine Gun Blues 1996 (Movie)

Fry Wisdom (Actor)

Minor Adjustments 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Santa With Muscles 1996 (Movie)

Clayton (Actor)

Baseball Relief: An All-Star Comedy Salute 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Daddy Dearest 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

ER 1994 (Tv Show)

Actor

Silent Fury 1994 (Movie)

(Actor)

Almost Blue 1993 (Movie)

Charles (Actor)

Coneheads 1993 (Movie)

Captain Orecruiser (Actor)

Motorama 1993 (Movie)

Andy (Actor)

Children of the Night 1991 (Movie)

Matty (Actor)

Hunter 1984 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Severed Ties 1991 (Movie)

Stripes (Actor)

Saturday Night Live 15th Anniversary 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Dance to Win 1989 (Movie)

Con (Actor)

Critical Condition 1987 (Movie)

Helicopter Junkie (Actor)

The Underachievers 1986 (Movie)

Dummont (Actor)

It's Your Move 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The Stuff 1985 (Movie)

"Chocolate Chip" Charlie (Actor)

At Your Service 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

The Census Taker 1983 (Movie)

Harvey McGraw (Actor)

The Invisible Woman 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

How to Beat the High Cost of Living 1980 (Movie)

Power and Light Man (Actor)

The Seven Wishes of Joanna Peabody 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Car Wash 1976 (Movie)

Slide (Actor)

Cooley High 1975 (Movie)

Mr Mason (Actor)

Change at 125th Street 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Roll Out! 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

The Anderson Tapes 1970 (Movie)

(Actor)

Black Scorpion (TV Show)

Actor

Earth Angel (TV Show)

Actor

Little Richard (TV Show)

Actor

Maid For Each Other (TV Show)

Actor

Things We Did Last Summer (TV Show)

Actor
Music (1)

V/H/S Viral 2014 (Movie)

(Bonestorm) (Music Supervisor)

Biography

As a founding member of "The Not Ready for Primetime Players" on the ground-breaking sketch comedy show "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ), Garrett Morris enjoyed mainstream notoriety even as he struggled with frustrations over his limited role on the program. After 10 years of training as a singer, musician and actor on the stages of New York, Morris came to "SNL" as an outsider, being the oldest and only African-American performer in the troupe. Although many of his contributions came in the form of broad stereotypes, he did manage to craft several memorable recurring characters, among them the President of the New York School for the Hard of Hearing, and ex-Mets baseball player, Chico Escuela. Overshadowed by the likes of John Belushi and Bill Murray, Morris left the show in 1980 along with the remaining original cast members. After a period of self-imposed exile, during which he overcame a serious drug addiction, Morris gradually returned with appearances on series such as "The Jeffersons" (CBS, 1975-1985) and in films like the horror satire "The Stuff" (1985). Later work found him regularly appearing on African-American-targeted sitcoms like "The Jamie Foxx Show" (The WB, 1996-2001). Despite his difficult and frequently unfulfilling tenure on "Saturday Night Live," Morris outlasted his detractors and was eventually abided a sort of fond reverence by later generations of performers and audiences who had grown up giddily quoting the childlike Escuela's famous catchphrase, "Base-a-boll been berry, berry good to me."

Relationships

Thomas

Grandfather
Baptist minister; raised Morris

Gertrude

Grandmother
Raised Morris

Freda Morris

Wife
Married Sept. 20, 1996

EDUCATION

Tanglewood Workshop

Lennox , Massachusetts
attended on scholarship; received an award for conducting

Manhattan School of Music

New York , New York

The Juilliard School

New York , New York
studied music with Bernard U Taylor

Dillard University

New Orleans , Louisiana
Graduated

Milestones

2011

Co-starred with Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs on the CBS sitcom "2 Broke Girls"

2008

Cast opposite Ice Cube in the family comedy "The Longshots"

2007

Acted in the comedy feature "Who's Your Caddy?"

2005

Guest-starred on the Logo series "Noah's Arc"

2001

Reteamed with the Polish brothers for "Jackpot," playing the road manager of a country singer

1998

Landed a pivotal role in the independent "Twin Falls Idaho," written by and starring the Polish brothers

1996

Cast as Junior King, a regular on The WB sitcom "The Jamie Foxx Show"

1995

Cast as a regular on The WB sitcom "Cleghorne!" as the protagonist's overbearing postal worker-father Sidney

1995

Appeared as himself on the premiere of The WB sitcom "The Wayans Brothers"; returned two months later playing Uncle Leon

1995

Reprised the role of Stan Winters for a guest shot on Fox's "Martin"

1992

Appeared as a regular on the first two seasons of the Fox sitcom "Martin" as Martin Lawrence's boss and radio station owner Stan Winters

1990

Appeared as Wiz, a regular on the Fox sitcom "Roc"

1986

Joined the cast of the NBC cop drama "Hunter" in the supporting role of Sporty James

1984

Played the recurring role of Principal Dwight Ellis on the NBC youth sitcom "It's Your Move"

1982

Produced second play "Daddy Picou and Marie Le Veau"

1978

Made his first TV special appearance with the other "SNL" regulars in the TV-movie "Things We Did Last Summer" (NBC)

1976

Played a supporting role in the Schultz-directed comedy feature "Car Wash"

1975

Auditioned with Lorne Michaels to become a writer for "Saturday Night Live;" hired as a performer on the strength of his performance in "Cooley High"

1975

Played Mr. Mason in the well-received Michael Schultz-directed comedy "Cooley High"

1975

Gained fame as an ensemble member on the landmark late night comedy-variety series "Saturday Night live"

1974

Made first collaboration with director Michael Schultz with an appearance on "Change at 125th Street," a busted CBS sitcom pilot

1973

Made his TV series debut with a regular role on "Roll Out," a short-lived military sitcom on CBS

1972

Produced his first play "The Secret Place" at NYC's Playwrights Horizons

1969

Made his feature acting debut, "Where's Poppa?/Going Ape," directed by Carl Reiner

1967

Appeared in the City Center Light Opera Company production of "Finian's Rainbow"

1966

Played second barker in "Show Boat" at the Music Theater of Lincoln Center; later appeared in U.S. touring company

1964

Played Peter in "Porgy and Bess" with the City Center Light Opera Company

1961

Reprised the role of Leroy in "The Bible Salesman" at the Martinique Theater in NYC

1961

Drafted into the U.S. Army; served 18 months as an X-ray technician before securing a special leave (date approximate)

1960

Made his stage debut as Leroy in "The Bible Salesman" at the Broadway Congregational Church in NYC

1958

Entered a music competition with the National Association of Negro Musicians; while traveling with the group back to New Orleans, got off the bus in NYC; found housing at the Harlem YMCA; became involved in the Harlem YMCA Drama Club where Cicely Tyson, C

1941

Began singing at age five (date approximate)

Raised in New Orleans by his Baptist minister grandfather

Made his Broadway debut in "I'm Solomon"

Sang with the church choir

Became a soloist with Harry Belafonte; remained with the Harry Belafonte Singers for ten years

Bonus Trivia

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In February 1994, Morris suffered from a near-fatal gunshot wound during a botched robbery. The bullet was lodged near the actor's spine.

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