Wolfe Morris
Woolf Steinberg

(1925-01-05)5 January 1925
Died21 July 1996(1996-07-21) (aged 71)
Camden, London, England, United Kingdom[1]
Years active1955–1995
Parent(s)Morry Steinberg
Becky Steinberg
RelativesAubrey Morris (brother)

Wolfe Morris (born Woolf Steinberg,[2] 5 January 1925 – 21 July 1996) was an English actor,[3][4] who played character roles on stage, television and in feature films from the 1950s until the 1990s. He made his film debut in Ill Met by Moonlight.[3] His grandparents were from Kiev and escaped the Russian pogroms, arriving in London in about 1890.[5] The family moved to Portsmouth at the turn of the century. Morris was one of nine children born to Becky (née Levine) and Morry Steinberg. His younger brother, Aubrey Morris, was also an accomplished actor.[6] His daughter Shona Morris became a stage actress.[7]

Morris trained as an actor at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, graduating in 1943.[8] In his career, spanning five decades, he appeared in almost 90 different films and TV shows, as well as appearing in numerous stage plays as a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company. His best-known role on television was as Thomas Cromwell in The Six Wives of Henry VIII.[3] In preparation for it, he visited a number of English castles to study the characters' portraits.[9] In 1968, he played Gollum in the BBC Radio dramatisation of The Hobbit, and later starred as the mad waxworks owner in the Amicus horror anthology film The House That Dripped Blood (1970).[3][10] His other films included The Abominable Snowman (1957), The Camp on Blood Island (1958), I Only Arsked! (1958), Nine Hours to Rama (1963), The Best House in London (1969), The Mackintosh Man (1973), The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother (1975), The Message (1976), Cuba (1979), and The London Connection (1979).[3][11]

Partial filmography



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  3. ^ a b c d e Sandra Brennan (2015). "Wolfe Morris". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. Archived from the original on 4 August 2015.
  4. ^ Nason, Richard W. (18 September 1958). "The Camp on Blood Island (1958) Double Bill of Melodrama Is Offered". The New York Times.
  5. ^ "Obituary: Aubrey Morris, actor". The Scotsman.
  6. ^ Gaughan, Gavin (16 July 2015). "Aubrey Morris obituary". The Guardian.
  7. ^ "Wolfe Morris | Biography, Movie Highlights and Photos". AllMovie.
  8. ^ "Wolfe Morris – RADA". rada.ac.uk.
  9. ^ "Obituary: Wolfe Morris". The Independent. 10 September 1996.
  10. ^ "The Hobbit". 15 October 1968. p. 29 – via BBC Genome.
  11. ^ a b "Wolfe Morris". BFI. Archived from the original on 6 February 2016.