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Frank Morgan

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Iconic actor who portrayed the mystical wizard in the 1939 traditional film, The Wizard of Oz. In the film, he also performed Teacher Marvel, the coachman, the safeguard of Oz. He gained his first performing role age group 26, with a little part in 1916’s The Think. He was nominated for just two Academy Honours in his profession, including a Greatest Acting professional nomination for his part in 1934 film, The Affairs of Cellini. He previously a child, George, along with his wife of 45 years, Alma Muller. He previously a supporting part alongside Wayne Stewart in the 1940 passionate comedy, The CHECK AROUND the Corner.

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Full Name Frank Morgan
Date Of Birth June 1, 1890
Died September 18, 1949, Beverly Hills, California, United States
Place Of Birth New York City, NY
Profession Movie Actor
Education Cornell University
Nationality American
Spouse Alma Muller
Children George Morgan
Parents Josephine Wuppermann, George Wuppermann
Siblings Ralph Morgan, Carlyle Morgan
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
Star Sign Gemini

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#Fact
1Was 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.
2His 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.
3He did not live to see The Wizard of Oz (1939) become one of the most famous films ever made through its annual network telecasts.
4Morgan was also nominated for Best Supporting Actor for Tortilla Flat (1942).
5He 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.
6Margaret 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".
7Of 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.
8Wife Alma Muller (1895-1970) was the daughter of a New York real estate magnate and a woman suffragette. They eloped in 1914.
9Was a lifelong member of the Lambs Club, the theater's oldest professional club.
10Was a deeply conservative Republican.
11Was 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.
12Morgan 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.
13Was 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.
14Honorary pallbearers at his funeral included Clark Gable and Pat O'Brien. Irish tenor Dennis Day sang.
15Brother-in-law of Grace Arnold.
16Was 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.
17W.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.
18Son, George Morgan (1916 - 2003).
19A boy soprano in church, some of his early pre-acting jobs included selling toothbrushes, soliciting advertisements, and bronco busting
20Hobby -- boat enthusiast who participated in yacht races.
21Youngest 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.
22Uncle of actress Claudia Morgan.
23Member of the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity.
24Interred at Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York, USA, in section #168, plot #14447.
25Character actor best remembered as Professor Marvel/The Wizard in The Wizard of Oz (1939).
26Born, 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 Comedy1943Willie Grogan
White Cargo1942The Doctor
Tortilla Flat1942The Pirate
The Vanishing Virginian1942Robert Yancey
Honky Tonk1941Judge Cotton
Washington Melodrama1941Calvin Claymore
The Wild Man of Borneo1941J. Daniel Thompson
Keeping Company1940Harry C. Thomas
Hullabaloo1940Frankie Merriweather
Boom Town1940Luther Aldrich
The Mortal Storm1940Professor Viktor Roth
The Ghost Comes Home1940Vern Adams
Broadway Melody of 19401940Bob Casey
The Shop Around the Corner1940Hugo Matuschek
Balalaika1939Ivan Danchenoff
Henry Goes Arizona1939Henry Conroy
The Wizard of Oz1939Professor Marvel The Wizard of Oz The Gatekeeper ...
Broadway Serenade1939Cornelius Collier, Jr.
Sweethearts1938Felix Lehman
The Crowd Roars1938Brian McCoy
Port of Seven Seas1938Panisse
Paradise for Three1938Rudolph Tobler
Rosalie1937King
Beg, Borrow or Steal1937Ingraham Steward
Sunday Night at the Trocadero1937ShortFrank Morgan
Saratoga1937Jesse Kiffmeyer
The Emperor's Candlesticks1937Colonel Baron Suroff
The Last of Mrs. Cheyney1937Lord Kelton
Dimples1936Prof. Eustace Appleby
Piccadilly Jim1936James Crocker - Sr. / Count Olav Osric
Dancing Pirate1936Mayor Don Emilio Perena
Trouble for Two1936Colonel Geraldine
The Great Ziegfeld1936Jack Billings
The Perfect Gentleman1935Major Horatio Chatteris
I Live My Life1935G.P. Bentley
Escapade1935Karl
Naughty Marietta1935Governor d'Annard
Enchanted April1935Mellersh Wilkins
The Good Fairy1935Konrad
The Mighty Barnum1934Joe (uncredited)
By Your Leave1934Henry Smith
There's Always Tomorrow1934Joseph White
A Lost Lady1934Forrester
The Affairs of Cellini1934Alessandro - Duke of Florence
Sisters Under the Skin1934John Hunter Yates
Success at Any Price1934Merritt
The Cat and the Fiddle1934Daudet
Bombshell1933Pops Burns
Broadway to Hollywood1933Ted Hackett
Best of Enemies1933William Hartman
When Ladies Meet1933Rogers
The Nuisance1933Dr. Buchanan Prescott
The Kiss Before the Mirror1933Paul Held
Reunion in Vienna1933Dr. Anton Krug
Hallelujah I'm a Bum1933Mayor John Hastings
Luxury Liner1933Alex Stevenson
Billion Dollar Scandal1933John Dudley Masterson
The Half Naked Truth1932Farrell
Secrets of the French Police1932François St. Cyr
Fast and Loose1930Bronson Lenox
Laughter1930C. Mortimer Gibson
Queen High1930Mr. Nettleton
Dangerous Nan McGrew1930Muldoon
Belle of the Night1930Short
Love's Greatest Mistake1927William Ogden
Scarlet Saint1925Baron Badeau
The Man Who Found Himself1925Lon Morris
The Crowded Hour1925Bert Caswell
Born Rich1924Eugene Magnin
Manhandled1924Arno Riccardi
The Golden Shower1919Lester
The Gray Towers Mystery1919Billy Durland
At the Mercy of Men1918Count Nicho
The Knife1918Dr. Robert Manning
Raffles, the Amateur Cracksman1917Bunny Manders
Who's Your Neighbor?1917Dudley Carlton
Baby Mine1917Alfred
The Light in Darkness1917Ramsey Latham
A Child of the Wild1917Frank Trent
A Modern Cinderella1917Tom
The Girl Philippa1916Halkett (as Francis Morgan)
The Daring of Diana1916John Briscoe (as Francis Morgan)
The Suspect1916Sir Richard (as Frank Wupperman)
Key to the City1950Fire Chief Duggan
Any Number Can Play1949Jim Kurstyn
The Great Sinner1949Aristide Pitard
The Stratton Story1949Barney Wile
The Three Musketeers1948King Louis XIII
Summer Holiday1948Uncle Sid
Green Dolphin Street1947Dr. Edmond Ozanne
The Great Morgan1946Frank Morgan
Lady Luck1946William Audrey
The Cockeyed Miracle1946Sam Griggs
Courage of Lassie1946Harry MacBain
Yolanda and the Thief1945Victor Budlow Trout
Casanova Brown1944Mr. Ferris
Kismet1944Narrator (voice, uncredited)
The White Cliffs of Dover1944Hiram Porter Dunn
Thousands Cheer1943Dr. Frank Morgan
A Stranger in Town1943John Josephus Grant

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Prettier Than Ever: The Restoration of Oz2005Video documentary short performer: "The Merry Old Land of Oz" - uncredited
40 Days and 40 Nights2002performer: "Neil's Blues" / writer: "Neil's Blues"
All Tied Up1993Video performer: "HUH!"
Summer Holiday1948performer: "Never Again", "Our Home Town" - uncredited
The Human Comedy1943performer: "Rock of Ages" 1830, "The Church in the Wildwood" 1857 - uncredited
The Vanishing Virginian1942performer: "The British Grenadiers", "In the Evening by the Moonlight", "Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home?" 1902 - uncredited
Keeping Company1940"When You Wore a Tulip and I Wore a Big Red Rose" 1914, uncredited
Hullabaloo1940"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 Town1940"Bridal Chorus Here Comes the Bride" 1850, uncredited
The Ghost Comes Home1940performer: "Moonlight Bay" 1912 - uncredited
The Wizard of Oz1939performer: "The Merry Old Land of Oz" 1939 - uncredited
Rosalie1937performer: "Why Should I Care?" 1937 - uncredited
Beg, Borrow or Steal1937"Bridal Chorus Here Comes the Bride" 1850
The Last of Mrs. Cheyney1937performer: "For He's a Jolly Good Fellow" - uncredited
The Perfect Gentleman1935performer: "Pack Up Your Troubles In Your Old Kit Bag and Smile, Smile, Smile!" 1915
I Live My Life1935performer: "Sailing, Sailing, Over the Bounding Main" - uncredited
Broadway to Hollywood1933performer: "We Are the Two Hacketts" 1933 - uncredited
Hallelujah I'm a Bum1933performer: "Laying the Corner Stone"

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Screen Snapshots: Hawaii in Hollywood1948ShortHimself
Screen Snapshots Series 16, No. 81937Documentary shortHimself
Screen Snapshots Series 14, No. 91935Documentary shortHimself
A Trip Through the Paramount Studio1927Documentary shortHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Toys of Anti-Christ2011TV Mini-Series documentaryThe Wizard of Oz
To Oz! The Making of a Classic2009Video documentary shortHimself
Boffo! Tinseltown's Bombs and Blockbusters2006DocumentaryThe Wizard of Oz (uncredited)
Because of the Wonderful Things It Does: The Legacy of Oz2005Video documentary shortThe Wizard of Oz
In the Good Old Summertime Intro2004Video documentary shortHimself
Annie Get Your Gun Intro with Susan Lucci2000Video documentary shortBuffalo Bill Cody
The Legend Floyd: The Dark Side of the Rainbow2000TV MovieProfessor Marvel / The Wizard of Oz / The Gatekeeper / ...
Tough Guise: Violence, Media & the Crisis in Masculinity1999Video documentaryHimself
Myrna Loy: So Nice to Come Home to1991TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: 50 Years of Magic1990TV Movie documentaryHimself / Wizard of Oz
That's Entertainment!1974Himself - at Banquet (uncredited)
The Judy Garland Show1964TV SeriesHimself
Hollywood Without Make-Up1963DocumentaryHimself
Mel-O-Toons1960TV SeriesNarrator
Ford Star Jubilee1956TV SeriesProfessor Marvel The Gatekeeper The Carriage Driver ...
Screen Snapshots: Hollywood Memories1951Documentary shortHimself
Some of the Best: Twenty-Five Years of Motion Picture Leadership1949Documentary shortHimself (uncredited)
Twenty Years After1944Short
Some of the Best1943DocumentaryGovernor d'Annard in Naughty Marietta (uncredited)
Hollywood: Style Center of the World1940Documentary shortHimself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn 8 February 1960. At 1708 Vine Street.
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameRadioOn 8 February 1960. At 6700 Hollywood Blvd.

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1943OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Supporting RoleTortilla Flat (1942)
1935OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Leading RoleThe Affairs of Cellini (1934)


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