Even by Hollywood standards,
the breadth of Morgan Paull's career is striking.
In a span of four decades,
he's starred in scores of movies, TV shows and plays; owned and
run a talent agency for actors and writers; appeared in numerous
commercials; been a leader in major industry organizations; and
had good enough pipes to convince Old Blue Eyes to re-record his
demo into another Sinatra chart-topper.
Morgan started early,
and started fast, jumping right from Culver Academy to the famed
Barter Theatre of Virginia. True to its reputation, Barter burnished
his skills and nourished his desires. As his talent ripened, it
became clear that Morgan was ready for the bigger challenges of
the Big Apple, challenges he met and mastered in countless productions
with New Dramatists and the Cherry Lane Theater. What had begun
as a dream had become destiny.
As surely as Barter groomed
Morgan for New York, New York prepared him for Hollywood. After
the obligatory struggle, he rocketed from obscurity to a coveted
role in the blockbuster "Patton." His film resume includes
both critical and commercial successes, including the acclaimed
"Norma Rae," the futuristic cult classic "Blade Runner,"
and "Cahill, U.S. Marshall," which paired him with childhood
hero John Wayne.
While making enduring
movies, he made enduring friendships - not only with some of screen's
biggest stars, but talented directors and powerful producers who
taught Morgan how to make things happen on the other side of the
camera, knowledge that would prepare him for the next leg of his
career - representation.
By now a savvy and connected
insider, Morgan was a natural as an agent and manager. A shrewd
investor in both human and financial capital, he was a tough and
able negotiator for the people and projects he took on. In a way,
he was born to the role, being a direct descendant of 18th century
naval hero John Paul Jones ("I have not yet begun to fight.").
The same indomitable
spirit has marked Morgan's advocacy of causes, as well as people.
He was an advisor to the Celebrities for President Nixon, influential
in senatorial and gubernatorial campaigns, and a passionate and
persuasive player in major industry issues to this day.
His industry service
and affiliations include Actors Equity Association, the American
Federation of Television and Radio Artists, the Screen Actors Guild
(board of directors), and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts &
Sciences (active-voting member).
both in and outside the industry are recognized in paper in a variety
of reference and bibliographical works, while more comprehensive
coverage of his acting career can be found in electronic form on
the Internet Movie Data Base and MorganPaull.com.
Morgan, the father of
two lovely and loving daughters and a recent grandfather, passed away
in Ashland Oregon July 17, 2012.