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Read Morgan

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Birth dateJanuary 30, 1931(age 85)
Place of birthChicago, Illinois, USA
ResidenceLos Angeles, California
Alma materUniversity of Kentucky

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Read Morgan (born January 30, 1931) is a former American actor whose longest-running role was as a United States Army cavalry officer in the 1960-1961 season of The Deputy, a western television series on NBC created by Norman Lear. Morgan appeared in thirty episodes as the one-eyed Sergeant Hapgood Tasker, recognized by his black eyepatch and referred to in the series as "Sarge". Henry Fonda held the starring role on The Deputy as Marshal Simon Fry, with much of the script revolving about native Texan Allen Case as his chief deputy, Clay McCord, a storekeeper who tried when possible to avoid using a gun. The program was set in fictitious Silver City in the Arizona Territory. Morgan debuted on The Deputy as Sergeant Tasker in the episode, "Meet Sergeant Tasker" (October 1, 1960), followed by "The Jason Harris Story" with Jeff Morrow in the title role as a marshal. Morgan's last episodes included "Tension Point", "Brother in Arms", "The Return of Widow Brown", "Enemy of the Town", "The Deathly Quiet", "Brand of Honesty", and "Lorinda Belle", the series finale.

Morgan guest starred in different roles twelve times between 1959 and 1974 on the longest-running television western, CBS's Gunsmoke with James Arness. However, Morgan did not perform exclusively on westerns but was cast in roles in dramas, detective series, and even some comedies.

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