W.C. Fields was originally considered for Morgan's role in The Wizard of Oz (1939). However, Fields haggled endlessly over salary, and the role was given to Morgan.
Margaret Hamilton, who played the Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz (1939) said that whenever she saw the scene in the film where Frank Morgan as the Wizard is giving Dorothy's friends gifts from his "black bag" (a diploma for the Scarecrow, a ticking heart for the Tin Man, and a medal for the Cowardly Lion), she got teary eyed, because "Frank Morgan was just like that in real life - very generous".
A boy soprano in church, some of his early pre-acting jobs included selling toothbrushes, soliciting advertisements, and bronco busting
Born, with his elder brother, the actor Ralph Morgan, into a well-to-do family that formerly distributed in the US the universally-known condiment "Angostura Aromatic Bitters."
Brother-in-law of Grace Arnold.
Character actor best remembered as Prof. Marvel/The Wizard in The Wizard of Oz (1939).
He did not live to see "The Wizard of Oz" become one of the most famous films ever made through its annual network telecasts.
He owned a 550-acre ranch in Hemet Valley, California, and raised cattle. He also owned yachts and one of his won a race from Los Angeles and Honolulu in 1947.
He was awarded 2 Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Motion Pictures at 1708 Vine Street and for Radio at 6700 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
Hobby -- boat enthusiast who participated in yacht races.
Honorary pallbearers at his funeral included Clark Gable and Pat O'Brien. Irish tenor Dennis Day sang.
Interred at Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York, USA, in section #168, plot #14447.
Member of the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity.
Morgan was also nominated for Best Supporting Actor for Tortilla Flat (1942).
Of his ten brothers and sisters, he was closest to brother Carlos Domaso Siegert Wuppermann (aka Carlyle Morgan) (1887-1919) whose death while serving in the U.S. Army's Corps of Intelligence Police in Germany was initially deemed a suicide. It was later learned he was murdered by a fellow soldier. Carlyle was a writer, poet, playwright and actor. Frank appeared in his deceased brother's play "The Triumph of X" in 1921 on Broadway.
Son, George Morgan (1916 - 2003).
Uncle of actress Claudia Morgan.
Was a life-long member of the Lambs Club, the theater's oldest professional club.
Was a member of the famous "Irish mafia"--even though he wasn't Irish--which also included fellow Hollywood actors James Cagney, Spencer Tracy, Frank McHugh and Pat O'Brien.
Was a strict and very conservative Republican.