Greg Morris

Actor, Wine steward, Postal worker
After completing high school, actor Greg Morris joined the army and remained in the service from 1952 to 1955. He eventually studied drama at Ohio State University and the University of Iowa before moving to Seattle to ... Read more »
Born: 09/27/1933 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Filmography

Actor (26)

Four Minutes 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

After Alice 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Rescuers: Stories of Courage: Two Families 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Ken Follett's The Third Twin 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Jackie Collins' "Lucky/Chances" 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The Firing Squad 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1975 - 1976, 1984 - 1985 (Tv Show)

Actor

What's Happening! 1975 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Vega$ 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Valentine's Second Chance 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Countdown at Kusini 1976 (Movie)

Red Salter (Actor)

Saturday Night Live 1975 - 1976 (Tv Show)

Actor

Swing Out, Sweet Land 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Mitzi and a Hundred Guys 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

S.T.A.B. 1975 (Movie)

Richard Hill (Actor)

Mission: Impossible 1966 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Mission Impossible Vs. the Mob 1968 (Movie)

Master Mechanic (Actor)

The Lively Set 1964 (Movie)

Policeman (Actor)

The New Interns 1963 (Movie)

Clark (Actor)

Crisis in Mid-Air (TV Show)

Actor

Flight to Holocaust (TV Show)

Actor

Killer By Night (TV Show)

Actor

Roots: The Next Generations (TV Show)

Actor

The Doomsday Flight (TV Show)

Actor

The Jesse Owens Story (TV Show)

Actor

Vega$ (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

After completing high school, actor Greg Morris joined the army and remained in the service from 1952 to 1955. He eventually studied drama at Ohio State University and the University of Iowa before moving to Seattle to pursue acting. He appeared in mostly minor roles on the stage, but this garnered some Hollywood interest, and he made guest an appearance in a 1963 episode of the comedy series "The Dick Van Dyke Show" and the classic sci-fi anthology "The Twilight Zone." Morris' big break came in 1966 when he was offered a leading role in the spy series "Mission: Impossible," as electronics expert Barney Collier. Even after the show's conclusion in 1973, Morris continued to appear on several other shows including the sitcoms "Sanford and Son" and "The Jeffersons." Despite numerous guest roles, Morris did not gain a regular television role again until the premiere of the 1978 cop show "Vegas." In 1988, Morris appeared as Barney for the 1980s television remake of "Mission: Impossible," alongside his son, Phil Morris (portraying his father's character's successor). When the 1996 film version of "Mission: Impossible" was released, Morris openly criticized it. At age 62, he died in his Las Vegas home, after a near-decade-long battle with cancer.

Relationships

Lee Morris

Wife
married for 38 years divorced in 1995 survived him

Iona Morris

Daughter
born c. 1956 appeared on soap opera "As the World Turns" survived him

Linda Morris

Daughter
survived him

Phil Morris

Son
born in 1958 survived him

EDUCATION

Ohio State University

Columbus , Ohio

University of Iowa

Iowa City , Iowa

Milestones

1990

Diagnosed with lung cancer; a portion of his lung had to be removed

1989

Participated in brief rival of "Mission: Impossible" with his son, Phil Morris, playing his original role

1981

Survived a serious car accident

1966

Played the role of electronics expert, Barney Collier, on "Mission: Impossible"; noted as "seven of the most fun years of my career"

Worked as a wine steward

Moved to Hollywood in the early 1960s

Appeared on "The Dick Van Dyke Show"

Served in the Army for three years

Participated in theater in Seattle

Appeared as Lt David Nelson on the ABC TV series "Vega$"

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