Al Morgan, an Emmy-winning TV producer, author, Tony-nominated playwright and theater critic, died of natural causes on March 3 in Brattleboro, Vt. He was 91.
Morgan penned 11 novels, including “The Great Man,” which he and Jose Ferrer adapted into a 1956 movie starring and directed by Ferrer.
Born in New York, he attended NYU. During WWII Morgan served first as an infantryman and later, after being wounded, as a combat correspondent. He received the Silver Star and Purple Heart.
After the war’s end Morgan was drama director for the Armed Forces Network in Paris.
Back in New York, he worked at all three major networks. At CBS he was writer-producer of “This Is New York” and a writer producer with the net’s documentary unit. At NBC Morgan wrote for “The Home Show” and, from 1961-68, was producer on “The Today Show,” for which he won a 1968 Emmy for achievement in daytime programming. At ABC, he was performer-interviewer on “The Late Night Show.”
In the early ’70s he was a producer at PBS’ Children’s Television Workshop.
Morgan was a theater and film critic for CBS Radio and reviewed books for the New York Herald Tribune and the Saturday Review of Literature. He also penned two Broadway plays, “Minor Miracle” and the musical “Oh Captain!,” the latter co-written with Ferrer.
In 1977 Morgan moved from Bronxville, N.Y., to Dummerston, Vt., where he continued writing novels and served eight years as member and chairman of the Vermont State Library Board.
Morgan was predeceased by his wife, actress Martha Falconer Jones, and survived by a son and two daughters; five grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.