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Old July 29 2014, 01:56 AM   #1
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Barry Morse as Jean-Luc Picard

So, I'm watching the pilot episode of Space:1999, something I haven't seen in decades and I've noticed that Barry Morse bears a striking resemblance to Patrick Stewart (If you shaved off his hair.) But...what's really strange is his acting, his speech, the way he phrases words, is very much like Stewart-as-Picard. At the very least, they could pass as brothers.

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Old July 29 2014, 02:15 AM   #2
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Re: Barry Morse as Jean-Luc Picard

When I see the name Barry Morse, I immediately picture Sam Jaffe from Ben Casey. It must be the hairline.

If you're too young to remember Ben Casey, well, look it up. It was regular viewing at my house.
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Old July 29 2014, 02:18 AM   #3
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Re: Barry Morse as Jean-Luc Picard

I've found that a number of English actors have very similiar speech rhythms and deliveries. Try comparing Michael York and Patrick Stewart sometime. I figure maybe they learn a certain style of line delivery in the RSC or the Royal Academy or something (or both, since Stewart was in the former and Morse in the latter). I didn't actually notice a Morse-Stewart similarity in my own recent S'99 rewatch (that's a hard show to abbreviate), but I wouldn't be surprised.

And yeah, Morse might've been an interesting choice to play Robert Picard in "Family." I never thought Jeremy Kemp bore that much resemblance to Stewart, but maybe Morse could've worked. (Although the unattainable ideal would've been Sean Connery.)
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Old July 29 2014, 02:33 AM   #4
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Re: Barry Morse as Jean-Luc Picard

^^Watching Downton Abbey I've noticed that the Mary and Edith characters have almost identical delivery. Almost as if they're perpetually bored.

It's probably training.
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Old July 29 2014, 02:36 AM   #5
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Re: Barry Morse as Jean-Luc Picard

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I didn't actually notice a Morse-Stewart similarity in my own recent S'99 rewatch (that's a hard show to abbreviate), but I wouldn't be surprised.
Actually, it was the way he spoke that first reminded me of Stewart/Picard and then I noticed the physical similarities.

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And yeah, Morse might've been an interesting choice to play Robert Picard in "Family." I never thought Jeremy Kemp bore that much resemblance to Stewart, but maybe Morse could've worked. (Although the unattainable ideal would've been Sean Connery.)
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Old July 29 2014, 03:21 AM   #6
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I didn't actually notice a Morse-Stewart similarity in my own recent S'99 rewatch (that's a hard show to abbreviate), but I wouldn't be surprised.
Actually, it was the way he spoke that first reminded me of Stewart/Picard and then I noticed the physical similarities.
Speech is what I'm talking about. I have a good ear for sound patterns such as speech rhythms. So if I had noticed a similarity, it would've most likely been a vocal one.
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Old July 29 2014, 03:45 AM   #7
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Re: Barry Morse as Jean-Luc Picard

What about Robert Morse as Jean Luc Picard?
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Old July 29 2014, 03:52 AM   #8
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I'd've loved to have seen Morse as Jean-Luc's brother.
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Old July 29 2014, 04:02 AM   #9
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Re: Barry Morse as Jean-Luc Picard

This is thread-related only by virtue of Barry Morse, but a couple of years ago, I finally got around to seeing Barry Morse and Carrol O'Connor together in, what was it, The Twilight Zone, or The Outer Limits? (I forget which...that's the downside to binge-watching a show...)

Anyhow, though the story drove me batty with its time-repeating loops, Morse and O'Connor were extremely good together. I like seeing actors together who otherwise you'd never think to associate with the other.

Oh, and I think Grace Lee Whitney was in it, too.
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Old July 29 2014, 04:15 AM   #10
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^That was The Outer Limits: "Controlled Experiment," written and directed by Leslie Stevens. And yes, Whitney was in it.
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Old July 29 2014, 04:18 AM   #11
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Re: Barry Morse as Jean-Luc Picard

urbandefault wrote: View Post
If you're too young to remember Ben Casey, well, look it up. It was regular viewing at my house.
All I remember is the opening: "Man... woman... birth... death... infinity." And other shows of the time (Dobie Gillis for one I think) would spoof it by having Casey with very, very hairy arms.
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What about Robert Morse as Jean Luc Picard?
Picard singing and dancing his way into our hearts every week. With E. J. Peaker as Beverly Crusher.
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I finally got around to seeing Barry Morse and Carrol O'Connor together in, what was it, The Twilight Zone, or The Outer Limits?
Outer Limits: Controlled Experiment.
Oh, and I think Grace Lee Whitney was in it, too.
Yes, she's the girl, and the guy she shoots is Robert Fortier, whom Scotty drank under the table in "By Any Other Name".

Edit: Ninja'd by Christopher while trying to paste 3 posts together.
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Old July 29 2014, 07:19 AM   #12
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Re: Barry Morse as Jean-Luc Picard

He is also about 15 years older than Patrick Stewart.
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Old August 3 2014, 09:12 AM   #13
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He is also about 15 years older than Patrick Stewart.
Not to mention, dead.

Barry, that is. 1918-2008.
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Old August 3 2014, 08:56 PM   #14
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Sad that. Barry could play Picard, but I don't think Pat would have done as well playing Victor.
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Old August 3 2014, 11:13 PM   #15
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Re: Barry Morse as Jean-Luc Picard

Timothy Dalton as Rassilon reminded me quite a lot of Patrick, only (again) with hair.
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