A veteran stage, television and film actor, Bill Morey joined The John Larroquette Show as a regular cast member in the second season, having guest-starred in the first season in the recurring role of Oscar, the bus station's resident bum. Raised in Chicago, Morey began his acting career in 1951, starring in his own television variety show on the local NBC station in Detroit, where he'd moved in after completing a stint in the Army. He later returned to Chicago and spent ten years acting at the Pheasant Run Playhouse, where he starred with some of Hollywood's biggest names. It was there that director Michael Ritchie cast him in his first feature film role, that of an Irish gangster, in Prime Cut (starring Lee Marvin and Gene Hackman). Upon moving to Los Angeles in 1974, Morey landed his first national television role when Bill Bixby (with whom he'd starred on stage) cast him in an episode of Mannix. He later guest-starred in such series as Happy Days, Mork and Mindy, Designing Women, Remington Steele, St. Elsewhere, Moonlighting, Equal Justice, Beverly Hills, 90210, Slap Maxwell and L.A. Law. He had recurring roles on Dallas, Civil Wars, Golden Palace and the daytime drama Days of Our Lives. In addition, he starred in the series Tucker's Witch and in the acclaimed miniseries The Thorn Birds. Morey's feature film credits include Dad, Brainstorm, Some Kind of Hero, True Confessions, The Onion Field and Death Race 2000. He is also the recipient of the Atlanta Drama Critics Circle Award for The Vinegar Tree and Chicago's Joseph Jefferson Award for Jannas. An active runner, Morey has competed professionally in track and field events.
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|Birthday||December 19, 1919|
|Birthplace||Framingham, Massachusetts, USA|
|Date of death||December 10, 2003 (age 83)|