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Michael Morris Papers
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The Michael Morris Collection contains hundreds of scripts written for radio, TV and film projects by Morris. All but a few of the scripts are for produced and released projects written during his five decades in entertainment.
Michael Morris was born Misha Stuczko on January 7, 1918 in Kharkiv of the Russian Empire (now Ukraine). When he was five years old, his family moved to New York City and changed their surname to Stutchkoff. His father, Nahum Stutchkoff, was an actor, radio host and linguist, known for compiling the largest Yiddish dictionary known as “The Thesaurus of the Yiddish Language.” Morris got an early start in the entertainment industry by performing with his father. After serving in the United States Army during World War II, Morris returned to New York City where he began his career in writing. He started in radio writing for Hollywood Story and Mr. and Mrs. North in the late 1940s. In the 1950s he began writing for television, including with Gertrude Berg for the Goldbergs series. In 1960, he moved to Los Angeles and continued to write for many classic shows including The Andy Griffith Show, Bewitched, The Brady Bunch, The Flying Nun, and Chico and The Man. Although he wrote primarily for episodic TV, Morris co-wrote a few theatrical films, such as For Love or Money and Wild and Wonderful. Morris collaborated with Larry Markes on a number of TV and film projects and he was active in Hollywood until 1980 when he retired. Michael Morris died in Los Angeles at the age of 85 on June 20, 2003 and was survived by his wife Pearl and family.
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