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Old 05-23-2005, 11:44 PM
Sampiro Sampiro is offline
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You've heard the last of Ernest T. Bass: Howard Morris dead at 86

Howard Morris is dead of natural causes. Eighty-six years (and five wives) is a pretty good run.

He was a truly gifted physical and vocal comedian. "She hadn't oughta have called me a creach-ter!" and "Ol' Man Haney's Ocean!" are two of his many lines that will make mel pause in channel surfing if it's that episode, and his appearance on the This is Your Life parody of Sid Caesar is one of the funniest bits of slapstick I've ever seen. And of course, who doesn't remember where they were when they heard this great song from the 60s:

Originally Posted by Ernest T.
Old Aunt Maria, jump in the fi-ah,
Fire too hot, jump in the pot,
Pot to black, jump in the crack,
Crack to high, jump in the sky,
Sky to blue, jump in canoe,
Canoe too shallow, jump in the tallow,
Tallow too soft, jump in the loft,
Loft to rotten, jump in the cotton,
Cotton so white she stay there all night.
RIP, Ernest T.- may angels guide you the white cotton of the angels.
Old 05-23-2005, 11:47 PM
LifeOnWry LifeOnWry is offline
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AWW! What a bummer.
Old 05-24-2005, 12:27 AM
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His wacky voice characterizations were heard in many cartoons:

He will be missed.
Old 05-25-2005, 06:54 PM
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I don't know what's sadder; Mr. Morris' passing or the fact that there are only 4 posts in this thread.
"My hovercraft is full of eels."
Old 05-25-2005, 08:47 PM
wolf_meister wolf_meister is offline
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Yeah, I was surprised at the lack of replies too.
Howie Morris literally goes back to the early days of television with Sid Ceasar, Imogene Coca, Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, etc. Plus he made a great number of guest appearances on numerous shows.
Old 05-25-2005, 09:54 PM
Sampiro Sampiro is offline
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I was surprised to learn that he only made five appearances on TAGS. He contributed so much it seems like he was on it more often. (He was still pretty spry and limber in the reunion movie. He was even funny in the blah Mel Brooks movie Life Sucks a few years ago.

Trivia: the disposition of his ashes in the movie Life Sucks was based on the disposition of Howard's father's ashes IRL. (Mel Brooks went with him to toss his dad's ashes in the Hudson while Sid Caesar was still running- he has some hysterical tales of his time with Howard on that show, including the "great place for a mugging" story.)

More Trivia: Though he'll be best remembered as a Tarheel hillbilly, Morris was born and raised in the Bronx and never left NYC until he was an adult (WW2).

Yet More Trivia: two years ago he appeared in a sold-out stage performance of Love Letters with Betty "Thelma Lou" Lynn.
Old 05-25-2005, 11:00 PM
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He made other appearances besides Ernest T. TV Land showed one of him as a TV repairman, and he's the radio singer Leonard Blush in that one episode.

Shame to see him go. He was a nice old codger.
Old 05-25-2005, 11:22 PM
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In the 50s, I apparently caught him in a road company version of Finnian's Rainbow with him as Og the leprechan (sp) I came across the program about 10 years ago when my mother died and it had Morris' name. I was very young but I remember the antics of Og, who I now know was Morris, eanthralled me.

Watching him on talk shows was fascinating too. He was always very cultured and controled as opposed to the frenetic characters he place with Sid Ceasar and on Griffith.
Old 05-26-2005, 05:41 PM
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"She called me a creatchur."

:: sigh ::


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