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Summary Article: Morley, Robert Adolph Wilton
From Chambers Biographical Dictionary


English actor

Born in Semley, Wiltshire, he studied at RADA, then made his stage debut at Margate in Dr Syn (1928). He toured throughout Great Britain, establishing his own summer theatre in Cornwall, before a succession of London stage successes in Oscar Wilde (1936), The Great Romancer (1937) and Pygmalion (1937). His first film was the lavish Hollywood drama Marie Antoinette (1938) for which he received a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award nomination. He remained committed to the theatre, appearing in The Man Who Came To Dinner (1941), Edward, My Son (1947), which he co-wrote, and The Little Hut (1950). His films include The African Queen (1951), Beau Brummell (1954), Oscar Wilde (1960) and Someone is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe (1978). An entertaining wit and raconteur, he published numerous collections of droll observations including A Musing Morley (1974), Robert Morley's Book of Bricks (1978) and The Pleasures of Ages (1988).

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