Michael Morris

Active - 1940 - 1964  |   Born - Jan 1, 1918   |   Died - Jun 20, 2003   |   Genres - Comedy

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Biography by Jason Buchanan

A prolific writer/producer of radio and television, Emmy award winner Michael Morris made his mark in Hollywood with work on such enduring television classics as The Andy Griffith Show, Bewitched, and All in the Family. Born Misha Shtuchkoff to a pair of Russian actors, he immigrated with his family to the United States when he was five-years-old. Frequently acting alongside his father in both radio and film, Morris would move into a career as a radio writer in New York upon his return from World War II Army duties. In 1960, after penning such radio shows as Mr. and Mrs. North and Hollywood Story, Morris would move to Los Angeles and opt for a career in television. Quickly gaining notice for his sharp scripts for The Flying Nun and The Andy Griffith Show, Morris would also pen such features as the 1963 film For Love or Money and the following year's Wild and Wonderful. Later writing episodes of F-Troop, Morris would move into producing with the 1974 series Chico and the Man. Retiring from television in the 1980s, Morris became a playwright whose works often appeared on various Los Angeles stages. On June 20, 2003, Michael Morris died of Alzheimer's disease in Los Angeles. He was 85.

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