Robert Morley Overview:

Actor, Robert Morley, was born Robert Adolph Wilton Morley on May 26, 1908 in Semley, Wiltshire. Morley died at the age of 84 on Jun 3, 1992 in Wargrave, Berkshire and was laid to rest in ashes interred at St Marys Churchyard Cemetery in Wargrave, Reading, Berkshire, England.

HONORS and AWARDS:

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Although Morley was nominated for two Oscars, he never won a competitive Academy Award.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1938Best Supporting ActorMarie Antoinette (1938)King Louis XVINominated
1977Best Music - ScoringThe Slipper and the Rose--The Story of CinderellaN/ANominated
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Robert Morley Quotes:

Hastings: Where have you been? What have you been doing?
Hercule Poirot: Arranging a little extra insurance my friend.
Hastings: Oh really? Personally I always feel perfectly safe with British railways. Mind you its very different in France, isn't it?
Hercule Poirot: I wouldn't know. I am not French, I am Belgian.
Hastings: Well it's the same thing, you both eat horsemeat.


Andrew Underschaft: Poverty and slavery have stood up for centuries to your sermons and leading articles. They won't stand up to my machine guns. Don't preach at them. Don't reason with them. Kill them!


Narrator: So he tried and failed and tried again, and then, when he had almost lost hope, he found that he could change direction and bend wherever he chose. So he did, and made... an angle. And then again, and made another, and then another, and then another, and then another, and then another. "Hot stuff!", he shouted. Much impressed by his prowess, he set up half the night creating a wild display of bends, sides and angles. "Freedom is not a license for chaos," he observed the next morning. "Oh, what a head!" And right there and then he decided not to squander his talents on cheap exhibitionism.


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Robert Morley Facts
Was among those offered the cameo part of Cryus West (eventually played by Wilfrid Hyde-White) in The Cat and the Canary (1978).

His son, Sheridan Morley, was a distinguished London Theatre critic and writer.

Stepbrother-in-law of Sally Pearson, Robert Hardy and John Merivale.

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