Carnovsky, Morris

Carnovsky, Morris

(kärnŏv`skē), 1897–1992, American actor, b. St. Louis. After his New York City debut in The God of Vengeance (1922), he joined the Theatre Guild and later performed with The Group TheatreGroup Theatre,
organization formed in New York City in 1931 by Harold Clurman, Cheryl Crawford, and Lee Strasberg. Its founders, who had worked earlier with the Provincetown Players, wished to revive and redefine American theater by establishing a permanent company to present
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, of which he was a founding member. He worked as an actor and director for the Actors Laboratory Theatre in Hollywood (1945–50). Carnovsky concentrated on Shakespearean roles after his first appearance at Stratford, Conn., in 1956. His films include Cyrano de Bergerac (1951).
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Carnovsky, Morris

(1897–1992) stage and film actor; born in St. Louis, Mo. Primarily a stage performer, he was a founding member of The Group Theater. After 1956 he was mainly seen in Shakespearean roles.
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