Garrett Morris is an African-American comedian, singer, and actor. He was the product of a gang rape on his 16-year-old mother. Growing up in a place like Louisana, Morris became a perfect example of what it means to beat the odds and become what you want in life. Throughout his history on the big screen, there hasn’t been any controversy about him and his career. He has been transparent even when he was shot and his offender was tried and sent to jail, his fans in prisons beat up his offender mercilessly to show how much the people love him. This and more details will be expanded in this article from his bio to his net worth and family life to help you know him better.
Garrett Morris Bio – Age, Nationality
Garrett Morris was born February 1, 1937, in New Orleans, Louisiana to his young mother who was 16 at the time. He is African-American and has American nationality. After he was born, he was left to stay with his grandparents. He was sent to the Julliard School of Music because his grandfather saw he was good at singing. In 1958, Morris graduated from Julliard University and after his graduation, he delved into full-time singing. He worked with the Black Arts Repertory Theatre/School in Harlem and there, he sang with Albert Ayler, Amiri Baraka, Sun Ra, and Sonia Sanchez. He also performed with Broadway Musicals and Belafonte Folk Singers.
Morris discovered he had a knack for acting and began playing small roles. His first role as an actor was in General Hospital in 1963. In 1970, he again starred in Where’s Poppa?. In 1971, Anderson Tapes, in 1973, he portrayed Wheels in a TV series known as Roll Out. In 1975, Morris was cast in the popular NBC series; Saturday Night Live where he mostly portrayed Dominican baseball player, Chico Escuela but he left the show in 1980. In 1983, he portrayed Jimmy Jefferson in The Jeffersons which lasted for five episodes. The next year, he appeared in The Census Taker, and in 1985, he featured in The Stuff and Murder She Wrote. He got another role in the Hunter Series from 1986 to 1989 where he starred as Sporty James. He portrayed the character of Wiz in the TV series, ROC from 1991 to 1992.
In 1992, he portrayed Stan Winters in Martin. The series lasted for three years. Morris was dropped out of the show when he was shot by a guy who wanted to rob him in 1994. His intestine was ruptured and he was in critical condition. However, after making his full recovery, he moved on from the disappointment of being dropped from the Martin TV series and got a role in Cleghorne as Sidney Carlson in 1995. Between 1996 and 2001, Morris took part in the Jamie Foxx show. In 1998, he was featured on the TV series, Space Ghost Coast to Coast. In 2006, he played headmaster of the New York School of Hard of Hearing in the Family Guy. He had previously played the same role in Saturday Night Live.
Net Worth And Salary
Garrett Morris is one actor who found his way into the hearts of many of his viewers, with his heartwarming personality, acting style, and comedies. With the amount of achievement Morris has made on the big screen, one would be curious to know how much he earns. Morris’s net worth is estimated to be about $500,000 but his annual salary is unknown. His net worth is not from acting alone. He owns a comedy club, known as the Downtown Comedy Club in Los Angeles. In February 2007, the Mayor of the city made his club the official club of Los Angeles as a way of honoring him for his contribution to the black community. He has also featured in ads for companies like Nintendo Ds, Miller Lite, and Orbit Gum. Morris does not have plans to retire from show business anytime soon. He is still very much enjoying what he does.
Affairs, Wife, And Family Life
Garrett Morris did not marry in his youth. He married for the first time in his life in 1996 when he was in his 60’s to Freda Morris, who is the author of several books including best sellers. Although there have been rumors about his divorce, he has not said anything to the public about his wife or kids, so we assume he is enjoying his old age with his family.
Other Quick Facts About Garrett Morris – Zodiac Sign, Height
Name: Garrett Morris
Profession: Actor, Comedian, Singer
Birthdate: February 1, 1937
Zodiac sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana
Spouse: Freda Morris
Height: 5ft 8in (173 cm)
Eye color: Dark brown
Hair color: Grey
Net worth: $500,000