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Frank Morgan

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It is a genuine rarity for any jazz musician to get his profession interrupted for any 30-yr period and have the ability to create a complete return. Frank Morgan demonstrated significant amounts of guarantee in his start, nonetheless it was quite a while before he could fulfill his potential. The child of guitarist Stanley Morgan (who used the Ink Places), he used clarinet and alto in early stages. Morgan moved along with his family members to LA in 1947 and received a talent competition, resulting in him record a single with Freddy Martin. Morgan done the bop picture of early-’50s LA, documenting with Teddy Charles (1953) and Kenny Clarke (1954), and leading his personal recording for GNP in 1955. But 30 years of darkness intruded. A heroin addict (pursuing in the footsteps of his idol Charlie Parker), Morgan was caught for ownership of medicines and is at and from jails for many years. He performed locally on an intermittent basis, nonetheless it had not been until 1985 when he previously a chance to business lead his second day. Morgan were able to completely kick medicines and after a short period, where he sounded extremely near Charlie Parker, he created his personal bop-based design. Frank Morgan offers documented a string of superb sets for Modern, Antilles, and Telarc, and is becoming an inspiring number in the jazz globe. His latest albums consist of Tribute to Charlie Parker(2003), Town Evenings: Live in the Jazz Regular (2004), Raising the typical (2005), and Evening in the life span: Live on the Jazz Place (2007).

Quick Facts


Full Name Frank Morgan
Date Of Birth June 1, 1890
Died September 18, 1949, Beverly Hills, California, United States
Profession Voice Actor
Education Cornell University
Nationality American
Spouse Alma Muller
Children George Morgan
Parents Josephine Wuppermann, George Wuppermann
Siblings Ralph Morgan, Carlyle Morgan
Music Songs There's No Place Like Home, The Nearness of You, Listen To The Dawn, Neil's Blues, Milt's Tune, The Champ, You Must Believe In Spring, Helen's Song, Lullaby, My Old Flame, This Love Of Mine, Chooch, Wholey Earth, The Merry Old Land Of Oz, Parker's Mood, While The Gettin's Good Blues, Crescendo Blues, It's Only a Paper Moon, We Three Blues, Bernie's Tune, Blue Monk, In the Sentimental Mood, Quiet Fire, Bessie's Blues, Well, You Needn't, Get Happy, I Didn't Know About You, You've Changed, Ten Cents A Dance, A Flower Is A Lovesome Thing, A Moment Alone, Mood Indigo
Albums Major Changes, Central Avenue Reunion, Listen to the Dawn, A Lovesome Thing, Mood Indigo, Love, Lost & Found, Double Image, A Night In The Life, Words of Life, Bop!, Twogether, Gene Norman Presents Frank Morgan, Frank Morgan, You Must Believe in Spring, The Wizard of Oz, In the Sentimental Mood, Explore, Express Yourself, Easily Stop Time, Jazz 'Round Midnight, Broken Colour, Days To Come, Leisure Time
Nominations Academy Award for Best Actor, Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Movies The Wizard of Oz, The Shop Around the Corner, Tortilla Flat, The Affairs of Cellini, The Human Comedy, The Great Ziegfeld, The Mortal Storm, The Good Fairy, Key to the City, Any Number Can Play, The Stratton Story, Courage of Lassie, Summer Holiday, Bombshell, Boom Town, Broadway Melody of 1940, The Kiss Before the Mirror, Naughty Marietta, Yolanda and the Thief, The Three Musketeers, When Ladies Meet, Dimples, Green Dolphin Street, A Stranger in Town, Lady Luck, Honky Tonk, Sweethearts, I Live My Life, The Crowd Roars, The Cat and the Fiddle, The Great Sinner, Reunion in Vienna, Trouble for Two, Saratoga, Casanova Brown, The Cockeyed Miracle, The Billion Dollar Scandal, The Half-Naked Truth, Rosalie, A Lost Lady, Hullabaloo, Dancing Pirate, The Nuisance, The White Cliffs of Dover, Broadway to Hollywood, Henry Goes Arizona, Keeping Company, The Emperor's Candlesticks, Broadway Serenade, Raffles, the Amateur Cracksman, The Ghost Comes Home


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#Fact
1 Was considered a heavy drinker but kept his imbibing in the dressing room and seldom let it interfere with his professionalism and jovial manner on the set.
2 His father was born in Venezuela and was of Spanish and German descent. His mother was born in the United States and was of English descent.
3 He did not live to see The Wizard of Oz (1939) become one of the most famous films ever made through its annual network telecasts.
4 Morgan was also nominated for Best Supporting Actor for Tortilla Flat (1942).
5 He was awarded 2 Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Motion Pictures at 1708 Vine Street and for Radio at 6700 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
6 Margaret Hamilton, who played the Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz (1939) said that whenever she saw the scene in the film where Frank Morgan as the Wizard is giving Dorothy's friends gifts from his "black bag" (a diploma for the Scarecrow, a ticking heart for the Tin Man, and a medal for the Cowardly Lion), she got teary eyed, because "Frank Morgan was just like that in real life - very generous".
7 Of his ten brothers and sisters, he was closest to brother Carlos Domaso Siegert Wuppermann (aka Carlyle Morgan) (1887-1919) whose death while serving in the United States Army's Corps of Intelligence Police in Germany was initially deemed a suicide. It was later learned he was murdered by a fellow soldier. Carlyle was a writer, poet, playwright and actor. Frank appeared in his deceased brother's play "The Triumph of X" in 1921 on Broadway.
8 Wife Alma Muller (1895-1970) was the daughter of a New York real estate magnate and a woman suffragette. They eloped in 1914.
9 Was a lifelong member of the Lambs Club, the theater's oldest professional club.
10 Was a deeply conservative Republican.
11 Was involved in a serious car accident in New Mexico in December, 1939. Frank and his son George Morgan were not hurt, his wife Alma re-injured an already bad knee that often left her incapacitated, but their chauffeur/house servant was killed.
12 Morgan owned a 550-acre ranch in Hemet Valley, California, and raised cattle. He also owned yachts, one of them winning a race from Los Angeles to Honolulu in 1947.
13 Was cast in the role of Buffalo Bill Cody in the MGM film Annie Get Your Gun (1950) but died in his sleep of a heart attack after shooting only the opening scene. He was replaced by MGM contract player Louis Calhern.
14 Honorary pallbearers at his funeral included Clark Gable and Pat O'Brien. Irish tenor Dennis Day sang.
15 Brother-in-law of Grace Arnold.
16 Was a member of the famous "Irish mafia"--even though he wasn't Irish--which also included fellow Hollywood actors James Cagney, Spencer Tracy, Frank McHugh and Pat O'Brien.
17 W.C. Fields was originally considered for Morgan's role in The Wizard of Oz (1939). However, Fields haggled endlessly over salary, and the role was given to Morgan.
18 Son, George Morgan (1916 - 2003).
19 A boy soprano in church, some of his early pre-acting jobs included selling toothbrushes, soliciting advertisements, and bronco busting
20 Hobby -- boat enthusiast who participated in yacht races.
21 Youngest of eleven children (six boys and five girls) of the co-founder of the Angostura-Wuppermann Corporation which marketed bitters used in drinks and cocktails.
22 Uncle of actress Claudia Morgan.
23 Member of the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity.
24 Interred at Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York, USA, in section #168, plot #14447.
25 Character actor best remembered as Professor Marvel/The Wizard in The Wizard of Oz (1939).
26 Born, with his elder brother, the actor Ralph Morgan, into a well-to-do family that formerly distributed in the United States the universally-known condiment "Angostura Aromatic Bitters.".


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Human Comedy 1943 Willie Grogan
White Cargo 1942 The Doctor
Tortilla Flat 1942 The Pirate
The Vanishing Virginian 1942 Robert Yancey
Honky Tonk 1941 Judge Cotton
Washington Melodrama 1941 Calvin Claymore
The Wild Man of Borneo 1941 J. Daniel Thompson
Keeping Company 1940 Harry C. Thomas
Hullabaloo 1940 Frankie Merriweather
Boom Town 1940 Luther Aldrich
The Mortal Storm 1940 Professor Viktor Roth
The Ghost Comes Home 1940 Vern Adams
Broadway Melody of 1940 1940 Bob Casey
The Shop Around the Corner 1940 Hugo Matuschek
Balalaika 1939 Ivan Danchenoff
Henry Goes Arizona 1939 Henry Conroy
The Wizard of Oz 1939 Professor Marvel The Wizard of Oz The Gatekeeper ...
Broadway Serenade 1939 Cornelius Collier, Jr.
Sweethearts 1938 Felix Lehman
The Crowd Roars 1938 Brian McCoy
Port of Seven Seas 1938 Panisse
Paradise for Three 1938 Rudolph Tobler
Rosalie 1937 King
Beg, Borrow or Steal 1937 Ingraham Steward
Sunday Night at the Trocadero 1937 Short Frank Morgan
Saratoga 1937 Jesse Kiffmeyer
The Emperor's Candlesticks 1937 Colonel Baron Suroff
The Last of Mrs. Cheyney 1937 Lord Kelton
Dimples 1936 Prof. Eustace Appleby
Piccadilly Jim 1936 James Crocker - Sr. / Count Olav Osric
Dancing Pirate 1936 Mayor Don Emilio Perena
Trouble for Two 1936 Colonel Geraldine
The Great Ziegfeld 1936 Jack Billings
The Perfect Gentleman 1935 Major Horatio Chatteris
I Live My Life 1935 G.P. Bentley
Escapade 1935 Karl
Naughty Marietta 1935 Governor d'Annard
Enchanted April 1935 Mellersh Wilkins
The Good Fairy 1935 Konrad
The Mighty Barnum 1934 Joe (uncredited)
By Your Leave 1934 Henry Smith
There's Always Tomorrow 1934 Joseph White
A Lost Lady 1934 Forrester
The Affairs of Cellini 1934 Alessandro - Duke of Florence
Sisters Under the Skin 1934 John Hunter Yates
Success at Any Price 1934 Merritt
The Cat and the Fiddle 1934 Daudet
Bombshell 1933 Pops Burns
Broadway to Hollywood 1933 Ted Hackett
Best of Enemies 1933 William Hartman
When Ladies Meet 1933 Rogers
The Nuisance 1933 Dr. Buchanan Prescott
The Kiss Before the Mirror 1933 Paul Held
Reunion in Vienna 1933 Dr. Anton Krug
Hallelujah I'm a Bum 1933 Mayor John Hastings
Luxury Liner 1933 Alex Stevenson
Billion Dollar Scandal 1933 John Dudley Masterson
The Half Naked Truth 1932 Farrell
Secrets of the French Police 1932 François St. Cyr
Fast and Loose 1930 Bronson Lenox
Laughter 1930 C. Mortimer Gibson
Queen High 1930 Mr. Nettleton
Dangerous Nan McGrew 1930 Muldoon
Belle of the Night 1930 Short
Love's Greatest Mistake 1927 William Ogden
Scarlet Saint 1925 Baron Badeau
The Man Who Found Himself 1925 Lon Morris
The Crowded Hour 1925 Bert Caswell
Born Rich 1924 Eugene Magnin
Manhandled 1924 Arno Riccardi
The Golden Shower 1919 Lester
The Gray Towers Mystery 1919 Billy Durland
At the Mercy of Men 1918 Count Nicho
The Knife 1918 Dr. Robert Manning
Raffles, the Amateur Cracksman 1917 Bunny Manders
Who's Your Neighbor? 1917 Dudley Carlton
Baby Mine 1917 Alfred
The Light in Darkness 1917 Ramsey Latham
A Child of the Wild 1917 Frank Trent
A Modern Cinderella 1917 Tom
The Girl Philippa 1916 Halkett (as Francis Morgan)
The Daring of Diana 1916 John Briscoe (as Francis Morgan)
The Suspect 1916 Sir Richard (as Frank Wupperman)
Key to the City 1950 Fire Chief Duggan
Any Number Can Play 1949 Jim Kurstyn
The Great Sinner 1949 Aristide Pitard
The Stratton Story 1949 Barney Wile
The Three Musketeers 1948 King Louis XIII
Summer Holiday 1948 Uncle Sid
Green Dolphin Street 1947 Dr. Edmond Ozanne
The Great Morgan 1946 Frank Morgan
Lady Luck 1946 William Audrey
The Cockeyed Miracle 1946 Sam Griggs
Courage of Lassie 1946 Harry MacBain
Yolanda and the Thief 1945 Victor Budlow Trout
Casanova Brown 1944 Mr. Ferris
Kismet 1944 Narrator (voice, uncredited)
The White Cliffs of Dover 1944 Hiram Porter Dunn
Thousands Cheer 1943 Dr. Frank Morgan
A Stranger in Town 1943 John Josephus Grant

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Prettier Than Ever: The Restoration of Oz 2005 Video documentary short performer: "The Merry Old Land of Oz" - uncredited
40 Days and 40 Nights 2002 performer: "Neil's Blues" / writer: "Neil's Blues"
All Tied Up 1993 Video performer: "HUH!"
Summer Holiday 1948 performer: "Never Again", "Our Home Town" - uncredited
The Human Comedy 1943 performer: "Rock of Ages" 1830, "The Church in the Wildwood" 1857 - uncredited
The Vanishing Virginian 1942 performer: "The British Grenadiers", "In the Evening by the Moonlight", "Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home?" 1902 - uncredited
Keeping Company 1940 "When You Wore a Tulip and I Wore a Big Red Rose" 1914, uncredited
Hullabaloo 1940 "We've Come a Long Way Together" 1940, uncredited / performer: "You Were Meant For Me" 1929, "My Mammy" 1921 uncredited, "When My Baby Smiles at Me" 1920 uncredited
Boom Town 1940 "Bridal Chorus Here Comes the Bride" 1850, uncredited
The Ghost Comes Home 1940 performer: "Moonlight Bay" 1912 - uncredited
The Wizard of Oz 1939 performer: "The Merry Old Land of Oz" 1939 - uncredited
Rosalie 1937 performer: "Why Should I Care?" 1937 - uncredited
Beg, Borrow or Steal 1937 "Bridal Chorus Here Comes the Bride" 1850
The Last of Mrs. Cheyney 1937 performer: "For He's a Jolly Good Fellow" - uncredited
The Perfect Gentleman 1935 performer: "Pack Up Your Troubles In Your Old Kit Bag and Smile, Smile, Smile!" 1915
I Live My Life 1935 performer: "Sailing, Sailing, Over the Bounding Main" - uncredited
Broadway to Hollywood 1933 performer: "We Are the Two Hacketts" 1933 - uncredited
Hallelujah I'm a Bum 1933 performer: "Laying the Corner Stone"

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Screen Snapshots: Hawaii in Hollywood 1948 Short Himself
Screen Snapshots Series 16, No. 8 1937 Documentary short Himself
Screen Snapshots Series 14, No. 9 1935 Documentary short Himself
A Trip Through the Paramount Studio 1927 Documentary short Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Toys of Anti-Christ 2011 TV Mini-Series documentary The Wizard of Oz
To Oz! The Making of a Classic 2009 Video documentary short Himself
Boffo! Tinseltown's Bombs and Blockbusters 2006 Documentary The Wizard of Oz (uncredited)
Because of the Wonderful Things It Does: The Legacy of Oz 2005 Video documentary short The Wizard of Oz
In the Good Old Summertime Intro 2004 Video documentary short Himself
Annie Get Your Gun Intro with Susan Lucci 2000 Video documentary short Buffalo Bill Cody
The Legend Floyd: The Dark Side of the Rainbow 2000 TV Movie Professor Marvel / The Wizard of Oz / The Gatekeeper / ...
Tough Guise: Violence, Media & the Crisis in Masculinity 1999 Video documentary Himself
Myrna Loy: So Nice to Come Home to 1991 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: 50 Years of Magic 1990 TV Movie documentary Himself / Wizard of Oz
That's Entertainment! 1974 Himself - at Banquet (uncredited)
The Judy Garland Show 1964 TV Series Himself
Hollywood Without Make-Up 1963 Documentary Himself
Mel-O-Toons 1960 TV Series Narrator
Ford Star Jubilee 1956 TV Series Professor Marvel The Gatekeeper The Carriage Driver ...
Screen Snapshots: Hollywood Memories 1951 Documentary short Himself
Some of the Best: Twenty-Five Years of Motion Picture Leadership 1949 Documentary short Himself (uncredited)
Twenty Years After 1944 Short
Some of the Best 1943 Documentary Governor d'Annard in Naughty Marietta (uncredited)
Hollywood: Style Center of the World 1940 Documentary short Himself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1960 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Motion Picture On 8 February 1960. At 1708 Vine Street.
1960 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Radio On 8 February 1960. At 6700 Hollywood Blvd.

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1943 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actor in a Supporting Role Tortilla Flat (1942)
1935 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actor in a Leading Role The Affairs of Cellini (1934)


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