James C. Morton (August 25, 1884 – October 24, 1942) was an American character actor. He appeared in 187 films between 1922 and 1943.

Career[edit | edit source]

Born in Helena, Montana wirh real name James Carmody Lankton. e arrived in Hollywood in 1929 after years of vaudeville and Broadway experience, notably in the title role of L. Frank Baum's musical "The Tik-Tok Man of Oz" (1913), by L. Frank Baum, Louis F. Gottschalk, Victor Schertzinger, and Oliver Morosco and as Zingo in a revival of Kalman's operetta "Countess Maritza" (1928). Morton is best known to modern audiences as the hapless soul whose toupée was often removed at the most inopportune times. Perhaps the best known example of this embarrassment is in the Three Stooges film Disorder in the Court, in which Larry Fine's violin bow yanks Morton's hair piece off. The Stooges then misinterpret the toupée as a wild tarantula, leading Moe Howard to shoot at it.

Morton appeared in many Hal Roach productions, playing supporting roles with Our Gang and Laurel and Hardy, and also played a small role in Charlie Chaplin's Modern Times.

In 1940 Morton returned to the stage and toured the US in the popular "Laurel and Hardy Revue".

Death[edit | edit source]

Morton died in 1942 of a heart attack in Reseda, California, aged 58

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