Robert Morse

Morse in 2015, kathclick

Birth Name: Robert Alan Morse

Date of Birth: May 18, 1931

Place of Birth: Newton, Massachusetts, U.S.

Date of Death: April 20, 2022

Place of Death: Los Angeles, California, U.S.

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Robert Morse was an American actor and singer. He starred in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying on both stage and screen, as well as in many other acclaimed Broadway roles, and on the show Mad Men.

Robert was the son of May (Silver), a pianist, and Charles Morse, who worked at a record store, and managed a movie theatre chain. His father was born in Massachusetts, of German Jewish descent. His mother was born in New York, to Russian Jewish parents.

He was married to Elizabeth Cosby Roberts, until his death. He had three children, including actress Robin Morse, with his former wife Carole D’Andrea; and two children, including actress Allyn Morse, with Elizabeth.

Robert’s paternal great-great-uncle, his great-grandfather’s brother, was politician and clothier Leopold Morse, who served as a Democratic Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Massachusetts, from March 4, 1877 to March 3, 1885, and again, from March 4, 1887 to March 3, 1889. The Morse family were among New Hampshire’s earliest Jewish settlers.

Robert’s paternal grandfather was Jacob/Jake Charles Morse (the son of Charles Morse and Sarah Strauss/Straus). Jacob was born in New Hampshire, to German Jewish parents. Robert’s great-grandfather Charles was born in Wachenheim, Rhineland-Palatinate, the son of Jacob/Yakob Maas/Morse and Charlotte Mehlinger. Sarah was born in Baden, the daughter of Jacob Strauss and Betat.

Robert’s paternal grandmother was Josephine Gans (the daughter of Louis Gans and Esther/Hester/Esta Sturman). Josephine was born in New York, to a German Jewish father and an English Jewish mother.

Robert’s maternal grandfather was named Benjamin Joseph Silver. Benjamin’s father was evidently born in Austria.

Robert’s maternal grandmother was named Ida Heiman.

Sources: Genealogy of Robert Morse –

Marriage record of Robert’s parents –

Genealogy of Robert’s father –

Robert’s father on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Marriage records of Robert’s paternal grandparents, Jacob/Jake Charles Morse and Josephine Gans –

Robert’s mother on the 1920 U.S. Census –

1 Response

  1. passingtime85 says:

    His daughter Allyn Morse should get a notable mention, her acting career seems fairly promising. His other daughter Robin as well had a steady career for a while.

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