A beloved stage actor with two Tony Awards and a handful of Emmy nominations (plus a win), Morse’s career spanned over 60 years.
Appearing on Broadway since the mid-1950s, Morse originated the role of the enterprising J. Pierrepont Finch in 1961’s “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” winning a Tony Award for his performance. He reprised the role in the 1967 film adaptation.
Morse performed guest spots and voice acting on dozens of series, from “Fantasy Island” to “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson.” But his highest-profile TV role came with the celebrated series “Mad Men.” As the kooky but cunning, bow tie-clad advertising executive Bertram “Bert” Cooper, Morse was nominated for several Emmy Awards.
Still, performing on stage had a special significance to Morse, who last appeared on Broadway in a 2016 revival of “The Front Page.”