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The Versatile Richard Morrison

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on January 18, 2017 at 7:50 PM

If ever a Five-0 guest star played a wide variety of characters, it would have to be Richard Morrison. At one end of the spectrum, he played the respected, well informed professor of ecology, Professor Hale, in “The Last Eden” (Season 3) and the tough, self-centered, yet respected real estate developer, Lai Han, in “Is This Any Way to Run a Paradise?” (Season 4). He also played the intellectually slow Runny Grose, aide to mobster Piro Manoa, in “Death is a Company Policy" (Season 5) and the slow, yet disreputable, apartment maintenance man, Eddie Larkin, in “Diary of a Gun” (Season 7). We didn’t see enough of him to get a fix on his personality as Warden Challis in “Odd Man In” (Season 4), but he was credible, even if he didn’t seem tough enough to be a prison warden.

Richard Morrison is not a name we conjure up when we think of actors. He wasn’t tall, dark, and handsome, by a long shot. Often, he played bespectacled characters. “Often,” however, seems to be a misnomer, for he appeared in no more than a dozen works between 1963 and 1998. His primary profession was that of social worker. And, yes, he seems that he would be credible in that role, too.


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Reply H5O 1.0 FOREVER
8:29 AM on January 19, 2017 
It has been said, whether accurately or not, that the unemployment rate among actors is 95 percent. By those odds, most people who enjoy acting maintain sustainable careers in other areas, then participate in their hometown's Little Theater. For them to obtain five parts in an internationally renown television program, like "Hawaii Five-0," shows just how talented and overlooked they really are. As said, he seems equally well suited to his role as a social worker. I imagine his likeable facial expressions and quirky ways endeared him to many troubled youth through the years.

By those same (5 percent) odds, we can see that it takes a Capricorn Goat to stick it out for thirty years without opting for a nice, quiet job teaching art in a small town community college and displaying his own art in the town square. But even that lifestyle has its price.
Reply Honu59
6:44 AM on January 19, 2017 
Interesting information about Richard Morrison, H5O. I didn't know that he was a social worker. I guess there are those who act on the side and still work a primary profession, like Harry Endo did with his banking career.