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Overview (3)

Born in New York City, New York, USA
Died in New York City, New York, USA  (lung cancer)
Birth NameHenry Lerner Von Ost Jr.

Mini Bio (1)

Henry Morgan was born on March 31, 1915 in New York City, New York, USA as Henry Lerner Von Ost Jr. He was an actor and writer, known for Murder, Inc. (1960), The Berliner (1948) and So This Is New York (1948). He was married to Karen Sorenson and Isobel Gibbs. He died on May 19, 1994 in New York City.

Spouse (2)

Karen Sorenson (25 April 1978 - 19 May 1994) ( his death)
Isobel Gibbs (17 August 1946 - 1950) ( divorced)

Trivia (7)

Due to having the same name, he was often confused with the film/TV actor Harry Morgan, who in his earlier days had used the pseudonym "Henry Morgan." (But radio's Henry having used that moniker first, filmdom's Henry renamed himself Harry.)Ironically, the men were born only 10 days apart.
Star of ABC (later NBC) Radio's "The Henry Morgan Show" (1946-1950).
He was a contributor on the NBC Radio weekend program "Monitor" on its first broadcast on June 12, 1955. He whimsically reviewed television programs that had been broadcast during that day. He continued working on "Monitor" for several years thereafter. Later, in 1966, he became one of the hosts and continued in that capacity until 1970.
Was a cousin of playwright/lyricist Alan Jay Lerner.
Morgan was the son of Eva (Lerner) and Henry Von Ost. He was of Austrian- and Russian-Jewish descent.
Radio and TV personality possessed of excruciatingly sarcastic wit.
Morgan was a frequent guest panelist on three of the most popular prime-time game shows in the 60's......"I've Got a Secret", What's My Line" and "To Tell the Truth". He often matched wits with contemporary celebrities like Peggy Cass, Arlene Francis, Tom Poston and Kitty Carlisle.

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