Robert Alan Morse (born May 18, 1931) is an American actor and singer best known as the star of both the 1961 original Broadway production and 1967 movie version of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and as Bertram Cooper, from 2007 to 2014, in the AMC dramatic series Mad Men.
Morse was born on May 18, 1931 in Newton, Massachusetts, the second child of Charles Morse and Mary SIlver. He attended a number of different schools until finding his inspiration in Henry Lasker, a drama teacher at Newton High School. "He knew what I had burning in me and wanted to express." Upon graduation, he left home for New York City to fulfill his ambition of becoming an actor, joining his elder brother Richard who was already studying acting at the prestigious Neighborhood Playhouse. With almost lightning speed he wound up with a role in The Proud and the Profane, a 1956 film starring William Holden and Deborah Kerr (although eventually uncredited, he did manage to work for five to six weeks on the film at the lofty sum of $500 a week). Soon thereafter, he was cast as Barnaby Tucker in the original Broadway production of Thornton Wilder's "The Matchmaker," and his career was off and running...
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