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Dennis Morgan

Dennis Morgan
in the trailer for the film
The Hard Way (1943)
Personal information
Birth nameEarl Stanley Morner
Birth dateDecember 20, 1908
Place of birthPrentice, Wisconsin U.S.
Date of deathSeptember 07, 1994(age 85)
Death placeFresno, California U.S.
Years active1936-1980
SpouseLillian Vedder (1933-1994, his death)

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Dennis Morgan (December 20, 1908 - September 7, 1994) was an American actor-singer. Born as Earl Stanley Morner, he used the acting pseudonym Richard Stanley before adopting his professional name.

In 1945, he played "Jefferson Jones" in Christmas in Connecticut opposite Barbara Stanwyck and Sydney Greenstreet. He starred in God Is My Co-Pilot, Kitty Foyle, Perfect Strangers and The Desert Song.

Morgan was a leading man with Warner Bros. in the 1940s, starring with best friend Jack Carson in many movies, several of which were "two guys" buddy pictures. His peak years were 1943 to 1949. He appeared in sporadic TV guest roles in the 1950s, including on Alfred Hitchcock Presents. He quietly retired with an occasional spot on TV after 1955.

In 1958 Morgan spearheaded the drive for a new park in La Crescenta, California. He dedicated Two Strike Park on July 4, 1959. The park was named for Morgan's declaration that "a kid with no place to play already has two strikes against him".

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