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Read Morgan
Read Lawrence Morgan

(1931-01-30) January 30, 1931 (age 91)
Alma materUniversity of Kentucky
Northwestern University
OccupationFilm and television actor
Years active1949–1994
Elizabeth Oleyar
(m. 1963)

Read Lawrence Morgan (born January 30, 1931)[1] is an American film and television actor.[2] He is known for playing the role of Sergeant Hapgood Tasker in the American western television series The Deputy.[3]

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Life and career

Morgan was born in Chicago, Illinois.[1] He attended at the University of Kentucky,[4] where he played basketball.[1] After attending for two years there, Morgan pursued an acting career. He also was involved in bodybuilding getting himself some "tough character" roles.[1] Morgan also attended Northwestern University and served in the United States Air Force for two years, pushing aside his acting career plans.[3]

Morgan began his acting career in the crime drama television series The Big Story, in 1949. Later, he joined the cast of the western television series The Deputy,[3] playing army officer Sergeant Hapgood Tasker, who had blindness in one eye, wearing a eye patch.[1] Morgan also appeared in the Broadway play Li'l Abner.[3]

Morgan then appeared in numerous television programs, as his credits include, Gunsmoke,[5] Wagon Train,[3] The United States Steel Hour,[1] M Squad,[3] How the West Was Won,[5] Laramie,[3] The Outsider,[5] The Twilight Zone,[6] State Trooper[3] and Paradise.[1] He also appeared and co-starred in films, such as Back to the Future, Just Between Friends, The Beach Girls and the Monster, Dillinger, Lightning, the White Stallion and The New Centurions. Morgan retired in 1994, as his last credit was from the film Maverick, where he played the role of a "Card Dealer".[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Aaker, Everett (May 25, 2017). Television Western Players, 1960-1975: A Biographical Dictionary. McFarland. p. 310. ISBN 9781476662503 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ a b Wallace, Tom (October 11, 2016). So You Think You're a Kentucky Wildcats Basketball Fan?: Stars, Stats, Records, and Memories for True Diehards. Sports Publishing. p. 155. ISBN 9781613219737 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Sullivan, Elizabeth (January 15, 1961). "Healthy Giant". The Boston Globe. Boston, Massachusetts. p. 175. Retrieved October 31, 2021 – via closed access
  4. ^ Freese, Gene (April 6, 2016). Richard Jaeckel, Hollywood's Man of Character. McFarland. p. 75. ISBN 9781476662107 – via Google Books.
  5. ^ a b c Kotar, S. L.; Gessler, J. E. (December 2009). Riverboat: The Evolution of a Television Series, 1959-1961. BearManor Media. p. 51. ISBN 9781593935054 – via Google Books.
  6. ^ Parisi, Nicholas (October 24, 2018). Rod Serling: His Life, Work, and Imagination. University Press of Mississippi. p. 211. ISBN 9781496819451 – via Google Books.

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