Morgan Woodward

  • Born: September 16, 1925
  • Died: February 22, 2019
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Morgan Woodward

Played the sunglass wearing field boss in "Cool Hand Luke"

Morgan Woodward was the character actor who played the menacing field boss, "The Man with No Eyes" in the classic movie "Cool Hand Luke," which starred Paul Newman.For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.


Condolence & Memory Journal

My friend for many years. God bless you.

Posted by April - friend   July 27, 2019

A kinder soul I never knew. So missed. Just isn't the same without him. I was loyal for more years than we could remember.

Posted by Linda Heinemann - Petersburg, VA - friend   July 04, 2019

Sometime during the year 1969 (I was 18 or 19), I received an interesting phone call at my home. It was Morgan Woodward. By this time, I had seen COOL HAND LUKE ten times in the theater. I even wrote to Warner Brothers to see if I could obtain a script. I didn't expect any results. What a pleasant surprise when I actually received one. I called to ask if I should return it. No. It was mine to keep.

To get weird for a moment, I became slightly obsessed, not only purchasing a pair of mirror glasses but a weed cutter (yo-yo) as well. And, I actually ended up using it. During this time, I would write to actors requesting photographs. Morgan told me he didn't have one, but decided to call me instead. I recorded the conversation on my reel-to-reel tape recorder. Remember those? Before vcrs were on the market, I would tape movies, tv shows, etc. and listen to them.

During our conversation I related that I was interested in scriptwriting and had attempted a GUNSMOKE script. He encouraged me advising, "Well, you better start right now. Send it in and see what they say. But don't become an actor".

I mentioned after seeing CHL, I was disappointed that his face wasn't shown after the glasses were shaken off. I remember how the audience roared when the ambulance crushed them into the mud. Morgan confessed that he was to be revealed as a frightened man, but he didn't have the face for it. He was very gracious.

And, that's how I'll remember Morgan Woodward--as very talented, humble and personable--unlike some of his onscreen characters.

Posted by Victor Corpora - Gardena, CA - student   June 22, 2019

He was my favorite TV actor. A one of a kind. I loved his great voice and the way he pronounced his words. His great chiseled looks. What a great great actor. My favorite was his Gunsmoke appearance's. His autographed picture hangs on our wall along with James Dean.

Posted by Garrett Floyd - Kokomo, IN   May 27, 2019

enjoyed his acting. was the classic bad guy.. RIP and thank you for such great entertainment.

Posted by Fran Fairfield - Yarmouth, ME   May 17, 2019

RIP Mr. Woodward
Thank You for your Screen Work.
Always enjoyed your performances!

Posted by Stephen Giorgis - North Bend, OR   April 25, 2019

Thank you for sharing your talents with us. You will live on for many, many years through your fine work.
On an episode of Gunsmoke today, you said you were going to live to be 100.. You came damn close... RIP

Posted by John Emerick - Pana, IL   April 18, 2019

Before retiring, I made a photo book for Morgan containing all the movies and TV shows he had appeared in during his career. I was especially proud of this book which I sent to him about three years ago. I never knew whether he received it or not, but hope he did and that he enjoyed it. My thoughts are with the Morgan Woodward family.

Posted by Victoria Stover - Lake Havasu City, AZ - significant_other   April 01, 2019

One of the last True Western Icons to go rest high on that mountain. You will live forever in reruns of the classics. You shaped my childhood and many others more than you will ever know. So long friend!

Posted by Kevin Clark - Bentonville, AR - friend   March 19, 2019

I would like to express my deepest condolences to the family for the loss of your loved one, who will be remembered for his contribution to the film industry. May you find comfort and help in God during this time of sorrow.

Posted by - DE   March 11, 2019

Mr. Morgan was an outstanding actor in all his roles he performed. He was terrific as "Punk" in Dallas. May his family know he will be forever remembered as a true gentleman. JM

Posted by A friend   March 04, 2019

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Morgan Woodward was a great actor, man, and great friend! I got to go to the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum when Morgan was inducted a few years ago, we got to visit awhile and had a great time. We would chat on the phone from time to time if he was feeling up to visiting.. He will be greatly missed! RIP my friend!

Posted by David Hayes - Chandler, OK - friend   March 02, 2019

Candle

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Posted by Alishia - SC   March 01, 2019

Mr. Woodard was a fine actor. RIP sir.

Posted by Sue Morrison - Richardson, TX   February 28, 2019

The best ever. He will be missed always.
Rest in peace sir.

Posted by Stephen Makres - VESTAL, NY   February 28, 2019

His character in the Gunsmoke episode "Sodbusters" is as good as there is; interesting as that episode also has Harrison Ford before he made the big time.

Posted by jerry heine - wayzata, MN   February 28, 2019

Out of his many parts, my favorite was Shotgun Gibbs on Legend of Wyatt Earp. Rest in Peace Morgan moo

Posted by DAVE Combs - Amelia, OH   February 28, 2019

Thank you for sharing your dear one.We were entertained by his acting skills.Our prayer for all who knew him,remember your fond memories. Our heartfelt condolences to the family.

Posted by Wright - IL   February 28, 2019

Morgan will be forever missed by his family, friends and fans. He was an excellent actor who entertained millions of people. Every role he performed was done to perfection. He was a true gentleman--RIP Mr. Morgan---Barbara M.

Posted by A friend   February 28, 2019

I never met Mr. Woodward, but his daughter and I were great friends in junior high and high school.
In those days, "Gunsmoke" came on Monday nights opposite "The Monkees." She told me once that he called her on a Tuesday and asked, "Did you see me on 'Gunsmoke' last night," to which she replied, "No, Dad. I was watching 'The Monkees.'" I have laughed about that many, many times during the intervening years. I am sorry for your loss, Woody Raisin. May you be comforted by precious memories.

Posted by Glenda Grape - Houston, TX - friend   February 28, 2019

Am going to miss you so much

Posted by Debbie Ray - BIRMINGHAM, AL - acquaintance   February 27, 2019

The world has lost a great gentleman. Morgan was an outstanding talent and will be missed by his many. many admirers. Every role he performed was memorable. May his family find comfort in these loving messages for him. AJ

Posted by A friend   February 27, 2019

Rest in Peace Boss Godfrey.

Posted by Patrick K - Pittsburgh, PA   February 27, 2019

I liked him as an actor; always thought he was believable.....He was a very GOOD bad guy.

Posted by Richard Pennington - Allen, TX   February 27, 2019

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Posted by Valenda Newell - Indianapolis, IN   February 27, 2019

He will always be that tall, lanky, and over-protective fellow that made westerns a comforting (and at times funny) genre to enjoy.

Posted by Glenn and Jo Anne Chrisco - Greensboro, NC   February 27, 2019

I remember him well with those Sun Glasses ! Was waiting for
Him to take them Off !! Great Movie !! Sue ( Heslinga ) Willard
Gr. Mich .

Posted by A friend   February 27, 2019

Loved him in general all the progames he played in and loved all the scenes in gunsmoke that is my very favorite show /series. So sorry for his passing.actors like him are very few.

Posted by Trish Ann - McCaysville, GA   February 27, 2019

Morgan was a unique gentleman. He lived a wonderful full life and was a true blessing to his family, friends and fans. He encouraged and entertained so many of us--just watching him perform could change a bad day into one that uplifted you. He was a true American: fought for our country, pursued his dream with gusto and courage and lived a fine upstanding life very worthy of imitation. For those of us who admired him and to those of you who had the wonderful privilege of loving him in person, keep in mind that he is not gone forever. Hold in your hearts that infectious genuine smiling face of dear Morgan and always remember the great experiences you shared. Soon the terrible grief with melt away and the lovely memories will sustain you until you are reunited with him in Paradise, never to be separated again. Sending my most heartfelt sympathies and prayers for you all.

Posted by Lillian Masternak - Grantham, PA   February 27, 2019

I extend my condolances to the Woodward family. May you find comfort in Gods promise for your loved one.

Posted by Vanessa - CA   February 27, 2019

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We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Mr Morgan. We all are looking forward to seeing him again in paradise. God want us to draw close to him and learn about the real life,John 17:3. God love you.

Posted by Sally - Painesville, OH   February 27, 2019

Dear family of Mr Morgan Woodward,
My name is Daryn and I am very sorry for your loss. I send my condolences to the family and may the God of comfort give you comfort

Posted by Daryn Worley - Cleveland, OH   February 27, 2019

My condolences to the family for the loss of your dear loved one. May you be strengthened with all power according to God's glorious might so that you may endure fully with patience and joy.

Posted by A friend   February 27, 2019

Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.

Posted by - OH   February 27, 2019

What an amazing actor..
May God comfort you and help you endure the difficult days ahead.

Posted by Rdr - IL   February 27, 2019

I've heard of the many stories of what a gentleman you were in real life. RIP.

Posted by - Anchorage, AK   February 27, 2019

What a great actor - with his handsome good looks and that deep voice I fell in love with him the first time I saw him on Dallas. My Uncle played bit parts with Morgan years ago and said he was a great person!!!! Morgan will be missed immensely. May he always walk in sunshine!!!! Goodbye dear friend!!!!

Posted by Katherine Leann Ladd - Ruidoso, NM - friend   February 26, 2019

So long Mr. Gibbs say hello to Roscoe and Wyatt, RIP old cowboy.

Posted by Tom Royale - Attleboro, MA - friend   February 26, 2019

Our condolences and prayers to the family. May our Almighty Father comfort you all during this most difficult time. We enjoyed watching Mr. Woodward on the Westerns. We know that you all are so very proud of him and his accomplishments. He left a wonderful legacy!!!

JM, Brandon, Mississippi

Posted by A friend   February 26, 2019

A fine actor and a fine gentleman was Mr. Woodward. I met him at the Williamsburg Film Festival in 2004 and will never forget his kindness, his intelligence and his modesty,

Posted by Michael Rosenberg - Cortlandt Manor, NY - acquaintance   February 26, 2019

Extending heartfelt condolences to family and friends for their loss of Mr. Woodward. He was an outstanding actor and I enjoyed his many roles. May the God of all comfort, comfort and strengthen you during these trying times.

Posted by A friend   February 26, 2019

I had the pleasure of working with Morgan during various Hollywood Shows and always enjoyed his storytelling during dinners after the shows! RIP Morgan and my condolences to your family!

Posted by Jeff Adams - Calabasas, CA - friend   February 26, 2019

Morgan was an outstanding talent in all his roles he performed. I enjoyed watching him in many, many roles. He was great as "Punk" on Dallas. May his family find comfort in these loving messages for him. Jane M.

Posted by A friend   February 26, 2019

Who could ever forget Morgan's character in Cool Hand Luke. A good guy playing a bad one. R.I.P.

Posted by JOHN GRIMES - WATERTOWN, MA   February 26, 2019

I met Morgan at a collectors show in California. I had a great time talking with him about Star Trek and Dallas.
Great actor and he will be missed.

Posted by David Pancione - Wellington, FL   February 26, 2019

What a great actor. This guy could play any role and do a great job. My condolences to his family and friends.

Posted by - ME   February 26, 2019

I remember Morgan from playing Shotgun Gibbs on The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp with Hugh O'Brien. His character was endearing and speaks well for Morgan's acting ability. Bless you, kind soul. Bless you.

Posted by Robin Rothstein - Ocala, FL   February 26, 2019

My condolences to the family. The pain of losing a loved one in time will ease but never goes away, yet the love of family and friends and the wonderful promises of God's word can comfort you and help you to cope.

Posted by - Indianapolis, IN   February 26, 2019

What an amazing man! I met Morgan when I sang for his brother Woody's funeral in New Mexico (Woody and I would sit in church together). Enid his daughter escorted me to him, she told me he wanted to se me right away, and we sat for over an hour talking about his love for singing and opera. We kept in touch briefly over the years by phone, but I never forgot his encouraging words to me as an opera singer. His encouragement pushed me to further my career and education. Of course I remember him from Star Trek as that was my first exposure to his genius. What a generous, gentle and funny man. I will miss you. Godspeed. R.I.P. Love to Enid and Lynn, and the family. Peace!

Posted by Steve Gokool - Peoria, IL - friend   February 26, 2019

I met Mr. Woodward on a few occasions when I worked at the Arlington Hilton, located in Arlington, Tx. , which was Mr. Woodwards home town. I, in fact, grew up just a few blocks away from the house where Mr. Woodward lived. I always loved his movie roles and have been a huge fan of his. The ironic thing about this gentle man is that he generally played mean characters on screen, when in reality, he was one of the nicest people you will ever know. That speaks volumes of his acting talent. Im sure there are many that love him and will miss him, and even though I was only fortunate to know him briefly, I am proud to call him my friend. Rest In Peace, Mr. Woodward.

Posted by Ricky Viegas - Arlington, TX - friend   February 26, 2019

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Godspeed Morgan, and thank you for sharing a part of your life with us.

Rest Morgan, until you hear at dawn,
the low, clear reveille of God.

Thank you for your service to this nation.

Posted by Harry Simpson - Buckeye, AZ   February 26, 2019

As the days and weeks pass may you find comfort in the words Jesus spoke at John 6:44 and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.

Posted by Darlene    February 26, 2019

May your hearts be filled with wonderful memories as you celebrate a life of longevity and joyful times you had together. May God's loving kindness give you the strength you need to endure.- Psalms 29:11.

Posted by Lynn    February 26, 2019

Sorry, to read about Mr. Woodward's passing. Always enjoyed the many character roles that he played over the many years. My 2 favorites were as Shotgun Gibbs on the Life and Times of Wyatt Earp & as Boone Walton on The Waltons. May God welcome you home.

Posted by A friend   February 26, 2019

My condolences to Mr. Woodward's family. He was an excellent actor and by all of the interviews I watched, an excellent man. He will be remembered and missed.

Posted by Rich Irwin - Vallejo, CA   February 26, 2019

Regards and respect to the family of an ICON.
R.I.P sir

Posted by Norm Ballow - Nephi, UT   February 26, 2019

No matter the role he played he captured you and invited you into his characters life, even on Gunsmoke as many times as he was on that show.

Posted by TM    February 26, 2019

May you have comfort and hope, Jeremiah 29:11,12, as you mourn the loss of your dear loved one, Morgan Woodward. My condolences to the family and friends. D. Hamilton

Posted by D Hamilton - CA   February 26, 2019

Mr. Woodward was a great character actor who
played many parts in the old tv westerns.
My favorite was Shotgun Gibbs alongside Hugh
O'Brian in Wyatt Earp. Hopefully he, his mule
Roscoe and Wyatt are together again.

Posted by Barb Knittle - Evansville, IN   February 26, 2019

Psalms 90:10 says-The days of our years are 70 or 80, if one is especially strong. I know the time you spent with Morgan are very precious. May the memories of the wonderful times you shared together bring a smile to your face and joy in your heart.

Posted by L J - NC   February 26, 2019

So Sorry to the family and friends,fans for the loss of Morgan Woodward.

Posted by Hale.O    February 26, 2019

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Morgan Woodward was one of my favorite character actors...He could do it all with such skill, and who could ever forget that great booming voice?! Mr. Woodward's film and TV performance legacy will continue to entertain viewers for future generations. My condolences to the family, friends, and fellow fans of this remarkable man at this sad and difficult time.

Posted by Les Breese - Monmouth Junction, NJ   February 26, 2019

great actor very sorry to hear he passed

Posted by dino audo - butler, PA - friend   February 26, 2019

Dear Woodward Family,

I enjoyed his work in the Omega Glory on Star Trek as Captain Ron Tracey, RIP!

Posted by Pete Lieggi - Lawrenceville, NJ   February 26, 2019

Thank you sir for all the many of your wonderful roles I have had the pleasure to see. Rest In Peace

Posted by Timothy Hooker - PATRICK SPRINGS, VA - acquaintance   February 26, 2019

My deepest sympathy on the loss of Morgan Woodward. I will always remember him as
Shotgun Gibbs and the fondness he had for his Mule, Roscoe, when he starred in
Wyatt Earp with Hugh 0'Brien. I loved his characters name.
May He rest in eternal peace and let perpetual light shine upon Him.

Posted by keith ulan - Saint John, IN - acquaintance   February 26, 2019

I have loved this man for years. One of my favorites from the old westerns. Good man, great actor. Morgan, tell the whole gang from Gunsmoke, I watch everyday. Happy trails. Never forgotten.

Posted by Kelley French - Elizabethtown, KY   February 26, 2019

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Posted by Ann Stokman - Greendale, WV   February 26, 2019

My favorite line was "Man here needs killin" From Wolf on Gunsmoke

Posted by Joe Lovingood - Efland, NC   February 26, 2019

The parts he played weren't big per say
But they caught our attention. Thanks again
Morgan.

Posted by Rusty Wireman - Rapid City, SD   February 26, 2019

Always enjoyed his work ! I was very young when I watched him play Shotgun Gibbs on Wyat Earp and liked him from then on! Indeed rest in peace mr. Woodward! Hope to see you someday in that high range in the clouds!!!! EDB

Posted by Earl Boring - HEATH, OH   February 25, 2019

Candle

I am so sorry to hear of his passing. He certainly had a career and life to envy though. I remember him fondly on so many tv shows and so many movies. He was one of the best "bad guys" on screen while being known as one of the sweetest and kindess men in real life. I was just rereading his bio. A pilot, a veteran, aspiring opera star and so much more in addition to being such a talented actor. My favorite role out of all he did I believe was as Punk Anderson on Dallas. I enjoyed watching him in everything though and I am so sad he is gone but know he is joining that ever increasing cast of stars from my childhood I grew up idolizing and liking that are now in Heaven. We dont have many left with us now. My deepest sympathy to Mr. Woodward's family and friends. He will be missed. Thank you for so many years of entertainment Mr. W. Godspeed and R.I.P.

Posted by Kathy Stevens - Huntington, WV   February 25, 2019

Posted by Earl Boring - HEATH, OH   February 25, 2019

The Best actor in all of the Gunsmoke characters. He played both good guy and Mean guy equally well. His voice was so unique, when he spoke, you knew right away it was Mr. Woodward. A very talented one of a kind.

Posted by Samuel Cooper - Anderson, IN - friend   February 25, 2019

I'm so sad to hear of the passing of Morgan Woodward. He was an amazing actor and lived a long fanstastic life. RIP

Posted by Kaden Kaelber - Radnor, OH - Friend   February 25, 2019

Best of the Bad Guys.Aways enjoyed your acting. See you down the Trail RIP> Hugh

Posted by hugh macleod - quincy, MA   February 25, 2019

A true classic movie and anyone who has seen Cool Hand Luke will never forget how well he played his part. RIP

Posted by Carol Campbell - Fredericksburg, VA   February 25, 2019


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