Chester MorrisJohn Chester Brooks Morris (February 16, 1901 - September 11, 1970) was an American actor. Born in New York City, the son of actor William Morris, Morris is most famous for his role in the Boston Blackie detective series of the 1940s, but his film career began in 1917 in An Amateur Orphan.
Morris's career began to fade in the 1950s, and he only appeared in three films from 1948 until his final role in 1970's The Great White Hope. Soon after appearing in that film, he was found dead in New Hope, Pennsylvania of a drug overdose. He had been appearing in a stage production of The Caine Mutiny Court Martial at the Bucks County Playhouse at the time of his death.