Birth Name: Garrett Morris
Birth Place: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Born Garrett Gonzalez Morris on Feb. 1, 1937 in New Orleans, LA, he was raised by his grandfather, a Baptist minster. Morris' first love was music and as a young boy he displayed his devotion in church, where he began singing at age five and soon became a fixture in the choir. In 1958, after traveling north for a musical competition, the aspiring performer decided to put down stakes in New York, where he joined the YMCA Drama Club. His first show business break came later that same year when Morris was hired as a soloist with the Harry Belafonte Singers, with whom he remained until 1968. He made the transition to acting in 1960 when he landed the role of titular character Leroy in the play "...
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