| Frederic Morris|
| Joy (2nd wife)|
| November 19, 1931 (age 84) (1931-11-19) Mount Sinai Hospital, Chicago, Illinois|
Sumner School, Chicago
Key Clark Branch school (Chicago)
Austin High School (Chicago, Illinois), 1949
Wright Junior College (Chicago)
Northwestern University School of Speech
Los Angeles, California, United States
Love Hollywood Style, Wavelength, Eye for an Eye
No Acting - Please, Acting from the Ultimate, Freeing the Actor: An Actor's D, Acting - Imaging - and the U, My Hollywood Stories
Joan Hotchkis, Ipek Bilgin, Lee Strasberg, Stella Adler, Sema Ozturk
United States Army
Eric Morris (actor) Wikipedia
Eric Morris is an American acting teacher and actor who founded his own theory of acting based on the works of Lee Strasberg and Martin Landau. Morris lives with his wife in Los Angeles and teaches actors the Eric Morris System of Acting.
His parents were Scottish Immigrants; his father emigrated from Scotland to the United States in 1912. Eric lived with his family in various apartments in a neighborhood inhabited chiefly by Jewish immigrants from Russia or Poland until, in seventh grade, when his father bought a house. He spent some years as a Boy Scout, attaining the rank of Star Scout. He was a soda jerk at Walgreens, and at age fourteen spent some Saturdays doing stand-up comedy at a mafia nightclub. After a false start and a detour in therapy, Morris returned to Wright Junior College in 1950 and took up drama. He enrolled at Northwestern University School of Speech in 1952, as a junior theater major. Alvina Krause taught him acting, though he reports she did not like him; he got a "C" in the class. In 1978 he bought a house at Lake Arrowhead, fulfilling a wish he had made as a ten-year-old in 1941.
Having published over six books in his theory, Morris claims that his System is derived partly from Lee Strasberg's Method Acting. However, Strasberg's Method focuses too much on craft, according to Morris, and not enough on the actor's instrument. Facing struggle in finding truth, he contemplated his theory while heading the Directors Unit at the Actor's Studio in Los Angeles. Morris' method recognizes the fact that actors have emotional blocks, tension, insecurities and other preventions to achieving a fundamental state of being, and works to clear these blocks, rendering the actor truly organic. In this sense, Morris stresses that acting is essentially living and being. There are seven major obligations to material, according to Eric: 1) Time and Place, 2) Relationship, 3) Emotional Obligation, 4) Character Obligation, 5) Historic Obligation, 6) Thematic Obligation, 7) Subtextual Obligation. After recognizing these 7 obligations, there are the choices the actor utilizes to render these emotions, and finally the approach to which the actors use these choices.
The Eric Morris System has received praise from such actors as Jack Nicholson and Johnny Depp.
Morris has been acting since 1949. He is an original member of the Screen Actors Guild since 1954. He has worked in over 100 equity plays on stages across the US, including such stages as the Globe Theater and Chicago Rep. Morris has also worked in several television shows, including Lawman, Days of Our Lives, Hogan's Heroes, The New Phil Silvers Show and Fame. Furthermore, Morris has worked in over 25 major motion pictures, including Pork Chop Hill, Battle Beyond the Stars and Mirage.Eric, Morris (1988). Acting from the ultimate consciousness. New York, NY: Putnam. ISBN 0399513280. LCCN 87022338.
Eric, Morris (1985). Irreverent acting. New York, NY: Perigee Books. ISBN 0399511393. LCCN 85003378.
Eric, Morris (September 1, 2011). Freeing the Actor: An Actor's Desk Reference (PDF). Los Angeles: Ermor Enterprises. ISBN 978-0-9629709-6-2. Retrieved 2013-12-03.
Eric, Morris (1988). Acting, Imaging, and the Unconscious. Los Angeles: Ermor Enterprises. ISBN 0-9629709-4-8. Retrieved 2013-12-03.