Raphael Kuhner Wuppermann (July 6, 1883 – June 11, 1956), known professionally as Ralph Morgan, was a Hollywood stage and film character actor, and the older brother of Frank Morgan.
His first role on the stage came in The Bachelor in 1909 and played John Marvin in the 1918 hit play, Lightnin' . Morgan made his debut in silent films in 1915, appearing in several productions made on the East Coast. In the early talkie era, he played such leading roles in such productions as Strange Interlude in 1932 and Rasputin and the Empress also in 1932. He later settled into secondary, sometimes uncredited, character parts. One of his memorable roles was in the 1942 serial Gang Busters, in which he played a brilliant surgeon turned master criminal. Morgan later worked in both radio and television, frequently in religious dramas filmed for Family Theater.Among his off-camera activities, he, alongside Grant Mitchell, Berton Churchill, Charles Miller, Alden Gay, and Kenneth Thomson, formed the Screen Actors Guild to resolve and stop most of the injustice that actors faced within the industry (among which, were prolonged work hours enforced by the studios and the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences' membership policy, which was exclusively by invitation).He was also a founder, charter member, and the first president of SAG in 1933, and he was elected to two additional one-year terms in 1938 and 1939, serving until 1940.
Ralph Morgan was married to Georgiana Louise Iverson, who as a stage actress was known as Grace Arnold, although he called her "Daisy" and was the father of Claudia Morgan (born Claudia Louise Wuppermann; 1911–1974), an actress best known for creating the role of Vera Claythorne on Broadway in the original production of Ten Little Indians, and for her portrayal of Nora Charles on the radio series The Thin Man.Morgan died on June 11, 1956, of a lung ailment. He was buried at Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York.
Morgan was born in New York City, the eighth of eleven children of Josephine Wright (née Hancox) and George Diogracia Wuppermann. His mother was a Mayflower descendant. His father, George Wuppermann, was of Spanish and German lineage. Born in Venezuela and raised in Germany, he later immigrated to the United States. He had made a fortune by distributing Angostura bitters, allowing him to send all of his children to universities. Morgan attended Trinity School, Riverview Military Academy and graduated from Columbia University with a law degree. However, after almost two years' practicing, he abandoned the world of jurisprudence for the vocation of journeyman actor, having already appeared in Columbia's annual Varsity Show. In 1905, billed as Raphael Kuhner Wupperman, he appeared in The Khan of Kathan, that year's variety show.Morgan became so successful in stock and on Broadway that his younger brother, Frank, was encouraged to give acting a try, using the same surname as Ralph for his stage name. His career would eventually overshadow that of Ralph.
Movies & TV shows
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Heart of the Rockies
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Sleep, My Love
A woman wakes up in the middle of the night on board a train, but she can't remember how she got there. Danger and suspense ensue.
Sword of the Avenger
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Dr. Morgan (Onslow Stevens) and Dr. Cavigny (Ralph Morgan) star as a brace of scientists who return from the West Indies with a potent, phosphorescent serum that allegedly changes human beings into ca...
Mr. District Attorney
An assistant district attorney gets mixed-up with a woman who is working for the group that he is investigating.
The Last Round-up
A rancher tries to convince an Indian tribe to relocate so their land can be used to provide water for Kansas City.
Song of the Thin Man
Society sleuths Nick and Nora Charles investigate a murder in a jazz club.
This Love of Ours
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Black Market Babies
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Hollywood and Vine
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The Monster and the Ape
A famous scientist invents a humanoid robot (the titular "monster"), so a greedy rival scientist plans to steal it for use in his criminal plans. His henchmen often kidnap a trained gorilla (the titu...
Enemy of Women
Playwright Joseph Goebbels (Paul Andor) turns Nazi propagandist and loses his girlfriend (Claudia Drake) to another man (Donald Woods).
The Great Alaskan Mystery
The obsessive scientist Dr. Miller is working on a matter-transmitter invention called the Paratron; a conspiratorial team of spies and no-goods pursue him to Alaska, trying to steal the device.
A professor falls in love with an exotic native woman while on a South Seas trip. He doesn't know that she was raised by natives who believed that she was some kind of supernatural being.
The story concerns a condemned murderer named Clement (Jean Gabin), who is "liberated" when the Nazis bomb the French jail that holds him. During his escape, Clement comes across the body of a French ...
A newspaper columnist and host of his own national network radio program, interviewing more film personalities on his show than any other commentator, is searching for a story for a Sunday column carr...
The Monster Maker
Mad scientist injects his enemies with acromegaly virus, causing them to become hideously deformed.
The story of the assassination of Heydrich by Czech partisans and the reprisals inflicted by the Nazis on the Czechs.
The true story of the adventurous and remarkable life of the American novelist Jack London(1876-1916).
Stage Door Canteen
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The Traitor Within
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In this Alaskan adventure, a surgeon becomes a pilot after he messes up an operation. Unfortunately, he crashes during a storm and finds himself cared for by a lovely woman. He gets a chance to reclai...
A Close Call for Ellery Queen
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A Gentleman After Dark
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Kurt Ingston, a rich recluse, invites the doctors who left him a hopeless cripple to his desolate mansion in the swamps as one by one they meet horrible deaths.
Police detectives battle the League of Murdered Men, a gang of resurrected dead criminals.
Forty Little Mothers
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Soak the Old
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I'm Still Alive
Hollywood stuntman falls in love with a big name actress but still wants to pursue his risky career. The women gives him a choice-the stunts or her. He chooses the stunts and still manages to get her....
The Mad Doctor
A reporter sleuths the mystery behind an oft-married Viennese doctor whose wives met mysterious fates.
Man of Conquest
The story of Sam Houston, hero of the Texas revolution, statesman, and first president of the Republic of Texas.
The army's effort to capture Apache chief Geronimo, who is leading a band of warriors on a rampage of raiding and murder, is hampered by a feud between two officers--who are father and son.
The Lone Wolf Spy Hunt
Michael Lanyard was forced to steal defense secrets in Washington by the spies.
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Fast and Loose
A rare-book dealer (Robert Montgomery) and his wife (Rosalind Russell) tie murder to the theft of a Shakespeare manuscript.
Way Down South
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Shadows Over Shanghai
A pilot carrying a valuable amulet is shot down over China by a ruthless Russian agent, who also wants the amulet.
A young working class woman who wants to improve her life by marrying her boyfriend, only to find out that he is no better than what she left behind.
A young captain hoping to replace the U.S. Army's horses with mechanized vehicles faces court-martial after his commanding officer, who's opposed to modern changes, is killed.
Mother Carey's Chickens
Fay Bainter stars in this 1938 film, based on the novel by Kate Douglas Wiggin, about a financially-strapped mother and her children who relocate from the city to a small rural town. It was remade by ...
A spoiled boy sent to the country to grow-up. He has to deal with life, friends and crooks.
Wives Under Suspicion
A merciless district attorney prosecutes a case that mirrors his own life.
Out West with the Hardys
The judge goes to his friend's ranch in Arizona to help her in a legal dispute, and he takes his family with him.
Love Is a Headache
A press agent for a Broadway actress whose career is going downhill is trying to get her some publicity by having her adopt two orphans without her knowledge.
The Life of Emile Zola
Biopic of the famous French writer Emile Zola and his involvement in the Dreyfus Affair.
When Mountain City racketeer Charles Gillette is acquitted, he arrives at the Mountain City World newsroom and vows revenge on the Better Government Committee who put him behind bars. Members of the c...
The Outer Gate
Bob Terry is in love with Lois Borden the daughter of his employer, John Borden. When some bonds are missing from the office, Bob is accused and because of Borden's strong sense of obligation to his s...
In the 1840s, Ramsey MacKay, the driver for the struggling Wells Fargo mail and freight company, will secure an important contract if he delivers fresh oysters to Buffalo from New York City. When he r...
Muss 'em Up
Famous private detective Tip O'Neil is summoned by telegram to the estate of old friend Paul Harding, but finds the telegram was sent by Paul's attractive secretary, Amy Hutchins. Paul admits his dog ...
Bonnie Brewster (Claire Trevor) and "Packy" Campbell (Brian Donlevy), rival reporters on competing newspapers, team up to put an end to a smuggling gang that brings illegal aliens to the United States...
The Ex-Mrs. Bradford
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Murder mystery set in Yellowstone National Park.
Little Miss Nobody
A runaway orphan is befriended by a kind-hearted pet store owner with a criminal past.
This expansive drama is based on the novel by Hervey Allen and follows the adventures of the eponymous hero, Anthony Adverse. Anthony was abandoned at a convent by his despicable nobleman father, Don ...
Terry is the chief car tester for Emery Motors and Frank is an Engineer. Jane has just been hired to work in publicity. Frank and Terry both want Jane to be their girl. Terry has designed a new carbur...
Orphaned shoeshine boy Spanky is working on a Mississippi riverboat during the Civil War. There he befriends young runaway slave Buckwheat. After wronging a vicious gambler, Spanky and Buckwheat are f...
Betrayal and espionage abound as an experimental aircraft is readied for its maiden voyage.
A playboy tries to redeem himself after his careless behavior causes a great man's death.
Condemned to Live
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Star of Midnight
When a dancer disappears from a theater, Clay Dalzell is asked to investigate, leading him on a trail of murder and deception.
A recently-fired advertising executive starts his own company, Confidential Services, to help clients solve their unusual and problematic situations.
No Greater Glory
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Stand Up and Cheer!
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Hell in the Heavens
WWI flying drama with Warner Baxter.
Their Big Moment
Early '30s comedy-mystery involving magicians, fake psychics and murder.
Adaptation of a Graham Greene novel.
A Girl of the Limberlost
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Underworld king Lee Lother has been killed aboard a ocean liner, several people could have been the murderer. There is his mistress Anya Roysen, a married woman, who was jealous of his flirtations wit...
The Last Gentleman
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In this engaging adaptation of James Gould Cozzen's novel The Last Adam, film icon Will Rogers portrays Dr. George Bull, a compassionate, highly regarded small-town physician who often prescribes a he...
The Mad Game
Bootlegger Ed Carson is sent to prison. His old gang turns from liquor (now legal) to kidnapping. When they nab the son and daughter-in-law of the judge who sent Carson to prison, he is paroled to hel...
The Power and the Glory
A man's life is retold just after his funeral. Beginning as a track walker, Tom Garner rose through all sorts of railroad jobs to head the company. In the meantime he lost touch with his family. When ...
Trick for Trick
A magician is accused of killing his female assistant.
In the 1920s Pat Jackson destroys a Chinese post and is discharged from the Navy. Li Po Chang hires him to run a gunboat up the river. He drops Wildeth off at a mission for safety, but when his boat r...
The Kennel Murder Case
Philo Vance, accompanied by his prize-losing Scottish terrier, investigates the locked-room murder of a prominent and much-hated collector whose broken Chinese vase provides an important clue.
In the Depression, Pete and Sidney are good kids, working hard, giving money to their parents, and engaged for three years while they save to get married. Each has a selfish mother: Sydney's is cold, ...
When motorcycle cop Dick Fay gives a ticket to Phyllis Crawford, her father's graft-fed influence leads to his demotion to foot patrolman.
Young Asians in San Francisco find their love thwarted by clan warfare.
Rasputin and the Empress
The story of corrupt, power-hungry, manipulative Grigori Rasputin's influence on members of the Russian Imperial family and others, and what resulted.
After discovering that insanity runs in her husband's family, she has a love child with a handsome doctor and lets her husband believe that the child is his.
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