Fast Facts

  • Raised by his grandfather, a Southern Baptist minister; started singing in the church choir at age 5.
  • Sang as a soloist with the Harry Belafonte Singers from 1958 to 1968.
  • Was drafted into the Army in 1961 and served an 18-month stint as an X-ray technician.
  • Was the first African-American cast member of Saturday Night Live, from 1975 to 1980.
  • Suffered a near-fatal gunshot wound when he was the victim of a botched robbery in 1994.
  • Received an Independent Spirit Award nomination as Best Supporting Male for the 2001 film Jackpot.


  • 1979, Emmy — Outstanding Comedy - Variety or Music Program: Nominee
  • 2002, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Supporting Male: Nominee


  • Freda Morris — Wife (separated)


  • Dillard University, New Orleans, LA; attended the Juilliard School, New York, NY; attended the Manhattan School of Music, New York, NY

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  • Birth Name: Garrett Gonzalez Morris
  • Birth Place: New Orleans, LA
  • Birthday: February 1, 1937, Aquarius
  • Profession: Actor, Singer, Writer
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