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Chasing The Fugitive and Other Stories from an Actor’s Life

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About the Book

His resume of roles includes Macbeth, Cyrano de Bergerac, Ebenezer Scrooge and Oedipus Rex. His career has encompassed theatre and television in England, Canada and the United States. With a gift for developing offbeat characters, Barry Morse has had a prolific acting career, and the story of his life is a veritable history of 20th century theatre from the days before World War II through the early 21st century.
In this memoir Morse traces his life and career, including his years at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, his radio jobs with the BBC, his 60-year marriage to actress Sydney Sturgess and their years together in the Court Players, his roles on television shows (The Fugitive, Space: 1999), and his acquaintance with literary lights (George Bernard Shaw) and screen stars (Robert Mitchum and Peter Cushing). Photographs from the Morse family collection are included.

About the Author(s)

The late Barry Morse was an actor, director and writer who lived in the United Kingdom.
Author and playwright Anthony Wynn lives in Portland, Oregon.
Artist and writer Robert E. Wood lives in Alberta, Canada.

Bibliographic Details

Barry Morse with Anthony Wynn and Robert E. Wood
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 258
Bibliographic Info: 53 photos, index
Copyright Date: 2007
pISBN: 978-0-7864-2771-0
eISBN: 978-1-4766-2127-2
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Foreword by Martin Landau       1

Preface      3

1. “Make Much of Your Horses!”      7

2. “Troublesome and Truculent”      16

3. “Curiously Touching”      29

4. “A Sharp Twist”      42

5. “There’s No Shame in It”      51

6. “Flukes and Coincidences”      58

7. “It’s Just a Fad—Like the Yo-Yo”      67

8. “The Voice of the Turtle”      80

9. “Tell Me All Your Troubles”      97

10. “Just Mounties and Polar Bears”      103

11. “Pioneers and Bureaucrats”      110

12. “Those Were My Salad Days”      122

13. “Immigration Application Supplication Blues”      134

14. “Chasing the Fugitive”      139

15. “How the Other Half Lives”      148

16. “A Season to Remember”      157

17. “Just an Old Circus Horse”      164

18. “Casa Calmada”      174

19. “Drama Is About Chaps”      182

20. “Don’t Leave Home Without It”      197

21. “One for Everybody and Two for Mr. Mitchum!”      205

22. “The Golden Journey”      215

23. “Battling On Bravely”      220

24. “Better Than Myself ”      232

Index      243

Book Reviews & Awards

“fascinating…valuable”—VOYA.