Robert Michael Morris, who was best known for playing the much-loved Mickey Dean on HBO’s “The Comeback”, passed away on Tuesday (30th May). He was 77 years old.
According to Deadline, the actor’s cause of death “was not immediately known”.
Morris began his acting career as a member of the Catholic University Repertory Company before becoming a theatre teacher. After many years of teaching, he returned to New York and worked in commercials and off-Broadway.
In 2005, he starred in Michael Patrick King’s television series “The Comeback” alongside Lisa Kudrow. As Deadline pointed out, King, who happened to be one of Morris’ students, and Kudrow specifically wrote the role of Mickey Dean for Morris. The series was a success and Morris appeared in numerous other television shows including “Will & Grace”, “Arrested Development”, “How I Met Your Mother”, “2 Broke Girls”, and most recently, “The Middle”.
In a statement, King said, “Robert Michael Morris was an inspiration to write for and to be around. His creativity was only matched by the joy and gratefulness he felt for each day he got to live his life as an artist.”
Besides that, “Friends” actress Kudrow also took to Twitter to pay tribute to Morris. She wrote, “We lost Robert Michael Morris today. He left us with many wonderful gifts, most importantly, an example of what a truly good soul looks like.”
We lost Robert Michael Morris today.He left us with many wonderful gifts, most importantly, an example of what a truly good soul looks like.
— Lisa Kudrow (@LisaKudrow) May 30, 2017
Rest in peace, Robert Michael Morris.