Hollywood has lost another veteran actor Morgan Stevens in January 2022. After the news of his death farewell started pouring in on social media. Most of his fans remembered him from the TV show “Melrose Place”. This article covers information on his wife, his personal life, him in “Melrose Place”, and his family and siblings.
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Morgan Stevens Cause Of Death
According to TMZ, veteran actor Morgan Stevens was found dead in the kitchen, where he was pronounced dead. The authority suspected no foul play and they concluded that he had most likely died of natural cause.
A source close to Morgan revealed to TMZ, he hadn’t been seen or heard from in a few days. So, his neighbors called authorities to do a wellness check.
Morgan died on 26 January 2022 at the age of 70.
After the news of his death, people on Twitter started pouring farewells and said their goodbyes to the actor. One user wrote, “So sad to hear about Morgan Stevens passing. Truly loved his acting. Condolences to his family and ex-co-stars RIP. #Fame #Waltons #brilliantactor.”
Another tweeted, “SAD FAREWELL Morgan Stevens, the actor who did many TV appearances including recurring roles on Melrose Place and Fame, has died at the age of 70. RIP.”
Did Morgan Stevens Have A Wife At The Time Of His Death?
There is no information on Morgan Stevens’s marriage in real life. But, as an actor in a TV show named “Fame”, he played David Reardon, a married and divorced acting teacher. Since the producers and screenwriters didn’t have much time to develop a fixed idea as to what David should be like Morgan contributed a lot of his idea to the character.
Morgan saw David as an acting teacher who was teaching purely for financial reasons. Because David was divorced with a kid and has alimony and child support on top of his expenses, he needed money. Plus, David’s ex-wife planned to move to another state his character was afraid he would never get to see his kid.
Speaking with Fame Magazine in 1983, Morgan told his interviewer Kay Anderson, “It doesn’t parallel my background”. He added, “I’m not married, not divorced, have no kids. I want two of the three, though – to be married and have children.”
Up until the interview, Morgan wasn’t married even once. Morgan was explained to be a guy with a wicked sense of humor who was warm, emotional very sentimental, and romantic. He had chivalrous nature to the point that he opened doors for women and takes their elbow to usher them across a cluttered soundstage or up and down the steep steps to the makeup and dressing-room trailers.
Often on his neck, Morgan wore a medallion portraying St. Genesius, the patron saint of actors. He received it years ago from a girl he was in love with, as a good luck charm when he decided to go into acting.
Like his character David in “Fame”, Morgan also got married on a popular show from the 1970s “The Waltons”. One of his characters married ‘Erin Walton’ on the show where he appeared as Paul Matthews Northridge in 1981 and Sam Stadder in The Waiting. He also played Julie’s fiancé in two episodes of “One Day At A Time”.
Morgan Stevens Personal Life
In 1989, Morgan Stevens filed a police brutality lawsuit against two jailers of the Los Angeles Police Department. In the lawsuit, he stated that he was beaten by two cops, Thaddeus Stewart and Karl H. Josaphat, after a minor traffic accident. Morgan, 39, at the time, sought $10 million as a settlement. Under the agreement, which must be approved by the City Council, neither side would discuss the settlement amount which was later settled out of the court.
After six hours of negotiations mediated by a Santa Monica Superior Court judge, the actor told, “Let’s just say I’m glad this is behind me and I’m looking forward now to resuming my life and career”. Police reportedly arrested him in August 1989, on suspicion of driving under the influence after a minor auto accident on Pacific Coast Highway. The accident happened on his way home in Malibu from a doctor’s appointment. A blood-alcohol test later cleared him of driving under the influence.
The investigating officer mistakenly assumed Morgan was drunk because he had just taken a prescription pain reliever for a bad back, and that because of surgery on his vocal cords, he could not make himself understand. He contended that the beating took place after the authority held him for 1 1/2 hours at the West Los Angeles police station. Then they set him free after posting $500 bail.
The actor suffered a broken nose, a fractured cheek, a dislocated jaw, and nerve damage to the right side of his face as a result of the beatings, he said.
In an interview, Stevens said the injuries, coupled with bouts of depression as a result of the incident, “pretty much brought my career to a screeching halt.”
Was Morgan Stevens On Instagram And Facebook?
No, Morgan Stevens wasn’t on any social media platforms such as Instagram and Facebook.
Morgan Stevens Career
Morgan Stevens didn’t decide to become an actor until he was already at college studying advertising. Unhappy with his college major, he decided to join the Coast Guard to think things over for a while. While stationed near New York City, he went to see lots of shows on and off-Broadway which sparked his interest in acting.
He returned for his senior year at the University of Tennessee and switched his major. He secured his degrees in theatre arts.
Six months after graduating college, Morgan arrived in Hollywood and began looking for work under the name Morgan Stevens. He didn’t expect to find roles right away. He told that one reason he decided to come to the West Coast instead of going to New York is that “I figured I’d rather starve in the sun!”.
Surprisingly, in less than six months, he landed his first role. It wasn’t just a small part that most unknown actors land for the first time. Morgan secured a starring role in a pilot for the proposed revival of the “Peyton Place” series. Then, he appeared in a T.V. Western movie called Hunter’s Moon.
Some of his notable works were Bare Essence, The Love Boat, Magnum. P.I., Murder, She Wrote, A Year In The Life, Melrose Place, and Walker, Texas Ranger.
Morgan Stevens On Melrose Place
In the show “Melrose Place,” Morgan Stevens played the iconic role of Nick Diamond in 6 episodes in 1995, which most of his fans remember him from.
How Old Was Morgan Stevens At The Time Of His Death?
Born on 16 October 1951, in Knoxville, Tennessee, Morgan Stevens was 70 years old at the time of his death.
What Do We Know About Morgan Stevens Family?
Morgan Stevens was born Calvin Morgan Stevens. His family knew him as “Chuck”.
Morgan had lost his father when he was only 9 years old. His mother left behind him and his two siblings with their mother. Since the family struggled financially, his mother ended up selling her family home. But, he always knew how much his mother loved their home, so he bought it back for his mother in the Autumn of 1982.
Morgan’s family who survived him remains away from public eyes.