Chester Morris

Chester Morris
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Morris in 1934
Born
John Chester Brooks Morris

(1901-02-16)February 16, 1901
DiedSeptember 11, 1970(1970-09-11) (aged 69)
Cause of deathBarbiturate overdose
OccupationActor
Years active1917–1970
Spouse(s)
  • Suzanne Kilbourne
    (married 1926–1940)
  • Lillian Kenton Barker
    (married 1940–1970)
Children3
Parent(s)William Morris
Etta Hawkins

John Chester Brooks Morris (February 16, 1901 – September 11, 1970) was an American stage, film, television, and radio actor. He had some prestigious film roles early in his career, and was nominated for an Academy Award. Chester Morris is best remembered today for portraying Boston Blackie, a criminal-turned-detective, in the modestly budgeted Boston Blackie film series of the 1940s.

Early years

Morris and Mae Marsh in The Beloved Traitor (1918)

Chester Morris was born John Chester Brooks Morris in New York City, one of four children of Broadway stage actor William Morris and stage comedian Etta Hawkins.[1] Morris dropped out of school and began his Broadway career at 15 years old opposite Lionel Barrymore in The Copperhead.[2] He made his film debut in the silent comedy-drama film An Amateur Orphan (1917).[3]

After appearing in several more Broadway productions in the early 1920s, Morris joined his parents, sister, and two brothers, Gordon and Adrian (who also became a film actor), on the vaudeville circuit.[4] The family's act consisted of a comedy sketch entitled "The Horrors of Home". Morris toured with his family for two years before returning to Broadway with roles in The Home Towners (1926) and Yellow (1927). While appearing in the 1927 play Crime, Morris was spotted by a talent agent and was signed to a film contract.[1]

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