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Read Morgan
Morgan in The Deputy, 1961
Read Lawrence Morgan

(1931-01-30)January 30, 1931
DiedApril 20, 2022(2022-04-20) (aged 91)
Alma materUniversity of Kentucky
Northwestern University
Occupation(s)Film and television actor
Years active1949–1994
Elizabeth Oleyar
(m. 1963)

Read Lawrence Morgan (January 30, 1931 – April 20, 2022) was an American film and television actor.[2] He was 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 the University of Kentucky,[4] where he played basketball and football.[1] After two years there, Morgan left to study drama at Northwestern University, then served in the United States Air Force for two years.[3]

He 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 was blind in one eye and wore an eye patch.[1] Morgan also appeared in the Broadway play Li'l Abner.[3]

Morgan appeared in numerous television programs, his credits including 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 (episode "What You Need"),[6] State Trooper,[3] and Paradise.[1] He also appeared 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; his last credit was for the film Maverick.[2]

Morgan died on April 20, 2022, at the age of 91.[7]

Selected filmography


  1. ^ a b c d e f 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 icon
  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.
  7. ^ "In Memoriam, Summer 2022". SAG-AFTRA. p. 62. Retrieved August 11, 2022.

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