George Morfogen, a veteran stage actor best known for portraying the inmate Bob Rebadow on the HBO drama “Oz,” died Friday at his home in New York City, his family announced. He was 86.
Morfogen also appeared in eight of director Peter Bogdanovich’s films: “What’s Up Doc?” (1972), “Daisy Miller” (1974), “At Long Last Love” (1975), “Saint Jack” (1979), “They All Laughed” (1981), “Mask” (1985), “Illegally Yours” (1988) and “She’s Funny That Way” (2014).
Born in the Bronx in 1933 to Greek immigrants, Morfogen went on to Brown University and the Yale School of Drama.
He began his Broadway career as stage manager for “The Fun Couple” in 1962. He later appeared in “An Inspector Calls,” “Fortune’s Fool,” and “A Man for All Seasons.” He also spent 17 years as a resident actor with the Williamstown Theatre Festival.
Morfogen played the murderer Rebadow on all six seasons of HBO’s “Oz,” from 1997 to 2003. His character was the oldest inmate at the Oswald State Correctional Facility and was nearly executed in the electric chair until a blackout saved his life.
Morfogen is survived by his husband, Gene Laughorne, and nieces Leslie Brauman and Amanda Brauman King.
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