~Ralph Morgan~

Born: July 6, 1883 in New York City, New York, USA
Died: June 11, 1956 in New York City, New York, USA
~Biography~
The older brother of actor Frank Morgan, Ralph Morgan graduated from Columbia University with
a law degree, but chucked the stuffy world of jurisprudence for the more exciting (to him) vocation
of journeyman actor. So successful was Morgan in stock and on Broadway that his kid brother,
Frank, was encouraged to give the theater a try -- and as a result became even more famous than
Ralph. The elder Morgan made his film bow in 1931, playing leading roles in such productions as
Strange Interlude (1932) and Rasputin and the Empress (1933) before settling into secondary
character parts. It was Morgan's distinction to play more "surprise" killers in more murder
mysteries than virtually any other actor in Hollywood (to list the titles of these mysteries would give
away the surprise -- if any). Among the actor's off-camera interests were politics and labor relations;
he was one of the founders and charter members of the Screen Actors Guild. He was also the first
President of the SAG. Ralph Morgan was the father of Claudia Morgan, an actress best known for
her portrayal of Nora Charles on the "Thin Man" radio series.

Biography by Hal Erickson, Allmovie.com
~Filmography~
The Man Who Found Himself (1925) .... Edwin Macauley Jr
The Mite of Love (1919)
The Penny Philanthropist (1917) .... Tom Oliphant
Madame X (1916) .... Raymond Floriot
The Master of the House (1915) .... Undetermined Role
The Man Trail (1915) (uncredited)
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