Harry Morton, a personal manager and booking agent who represented such comics as Phil Foster, Jan Murray, the Nicholas Brothers and Danny Kaye, died of pneumonia on June 22 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fl. He was 91.
Brooklyn native started his career in comedy as a Borscht Belt emcee and comic. In the late 1930’s, he became a personal manager and booking agent for his comic friends.
A musician on the side, Morton’s band, “Cappy Barra Boys” harmonica band was one of the acts in the early years of Gotham’s Radio City Music Hall.Given his growing list of contacts and stories with comedians, Morton released “Look Out for Harry Morton” on United Artists records in 1962, where he told some of his best stories.
In 1964 Morton moved his business to Beverly Hills, where he continued to work in comedy until his retirement to Florida in 1971.
He remained active in entertainment after his retirement, joining the Footlighters organization in Florida. He had been a member of the Screen Actors Guild as well as the Writers Guild of America during his career.
Morton is survived by two children and 10 grandchildren.