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Chester Morris Biography

Birth Name:
John Chester Brooks Morris
Birth Place:
New York, New York, United States
Profession
Actor

Fast Facts

  • At age 12, began practicing magic and was considered a top amateur magician
  • At age 15, dropped out of school to begin his Broadway career
  • Toured with his family for two years performing a comedy sketch entitled "The Horrors of Home" on the vaudeville circuit
  • Worked in silent films and sound films
  • The Boston haircut, popular in the 1940s, was made famous by Boston Blackie, a character played by him in 14 films
  • During World War II, toured with the USO performing magic tricks

Awards

  • 1929Oscar-Best Actor: nominated

Relationships

  • Suzanne Kilborn -- Ex-wife
  • William Morris -- Father
  • Etta Hawkins -- Mother
  • Kenton Morris -- Son
  • Lillian Kenton Barker -- Wife