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.