Born in New Orleans, Louisiana on 1st February 1937 (the exact date is still disputed), Garrett Morris is an American comedian, actor, singer/music arranger and conductor and writer. He is known primarily for appearing as the original cast of the Saturday Night Live, a TV comedy sketch program from 1975 to 1980, and as Junior Uncle Junior King on the sitcom The Jamie Foxx Show from 1996 to 2001. The following is a short bio of Morris, who is currently 78 years of age.
In his childhood, once his grandfather heard him singing in the bathroom after which he was taken to the church to be a choir singer. He was trained at the Julliard School of Music, and in 1958 graduated from Dillard University. He also studied drama at HB Studio in Greenwich Village, New York City.
His musical career started by performing with The Belafonte Folk Singers, after which he also performed in a number of Broadway musicals like Hallelujah, Baby! and Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death among many others. He portrayed a small role of a police seargent in The Anderson Tapes in 1970, and in 1973 was one of the cast member in the CBS sitcom Roll Out that had a short broadcasting life. In 1975, he appeared in the film Cooley High as a high school teacher, and also rose to fame with his stint with Saturday Night Live, with his impressions of various real or fictional characters on the screen like the Dominican Baseballer Chico Escuela, Bob Marley, Muhammad Ali, James Brown, Tina Turner etc. He was the first African-American cast to appear on Saturday Night Live. He has starred as Earl on CBS' series 2 Broke Girls since 2011. He has appeared in many films as well.
Active since 1962, Morris is a member of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, the Screen Actors Guild and the Actors' Equity Association. He has been honored with various prestigious awards, like the Tanglewood Conductors Award (1956); Emmy Award nomination for outstanding comedy – variety or music program for Saturday Night Live (1979); Independent Spirit Award nomination – best supporting actor for Jackpot (2002).
Apart from entertainment business, he served in the military in the early 60's, as a X-ray technician in the U.S. Army. He was also a school teacher once, and taught at PS 71 in New York City. In 1994, he was shot in the chest and arm by robbers, who attempted robbery at his home.
On a lighter note, as stated in the IMDB website, Morris once acted in 5 horror movies in a row, one of which was a cult classic called The Stuff – according to Morris, this movie had the worst job he got in Hollywood, his role being an alien from another planet. Morris' net worth is estimated to be around $500 thousand. He earlier dated Venessa del Rio, and then later married Freda Morriss on 20th September 1996, but some sources say that he has divorced his wife, and is currently single. One of his interests includes jogging, sure a good way to stay with a healthy body and mind, isn't it?