Lamorne Morris (born August 14, 1983) is an American actor, comedian and television personality. He is known for roles such as Winston Bishop in the Fox sitcom New Girl (2011-2018), Darrin Morris in the National Geographic docudrama Valley of the Boom (2019), about the 90s tech boom, and cartoonist Keef Knight in the Hulu comedy Woke (2020-2022). +more He has also had supporting roles in the films Barbershop: The Next Cut (2016), Game Night (2018), Jumanji: The Next Level (2019), and Yesterday (2019).

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Early life

Morris grew up in the South Side of Chicago. As a teenager he moved to the western suburb of Glen Ellyn, where he attended Glenbard South High School. +more His mother worked for the United States Postal Service. He also has a brother, Devon. Before he discovered acting, Morris was a class clown who would frequently be sent to detention.

Morris graduated from the College of DuPage in 2003 where he studied theatre and received the Chris Farley Memorial Acting Scholarship. He also attended the Second City Training Center, and was a member of Second City's Outreach And Diversity Ensemble. +more While studying at Second City, Morris worked as a server at Ed Debevic's, a retro-themed diner where the servers act rude to the diners.

Career

Morris appeared in commercials for State Farm Insurance, Taco Bell, Twix, Miller Lite, Las Vegas, 7 Up, Edge, Sears, Microsoft Windows, Chili's, McDonald's, Ford and Hornitos Tequila. In 2019, he became the spokesperson for Canadian based BMO and Chicago-based BMO Harris Bank.

Morris started out as an on-air personality for BET, hosting HotWyred, an interactive tech and gaming show as well as the daily music and entertainment news show BET Now in addition to other appearances. Morris also hosted the game show BrainRush on Cartoon Network as part of CN Real.

Morris's breakthrough came when he was cast as Winston Bishop in the comedy series New Girl on Fox (2011-2018). Morris did not appear until the second episode - originally, +more'>Damon Wayans Jr. was a member of the cast, in the role of Coach. However, Wayans' other comedy series, Happy Endings, had already been picked up for a second season on rival network ABC. The producers of New Girl initially planned to recast Wayans' role, but later decided not to recast and instead wrote his character out in the second episode. Morris cowrote the season 4 episode "Par 5" and directed the final season episode in which Winston reconnects with his dad, played by J. B. Smoove.

In November 2018 it was announced that Morris would be starring in a half-hour sitcom, Woke, based on cartoonist Keith Knight's autobiographical comic strip The K Chronicles on Hulu. It ran for two seasons, released in 2020 and 2022, and was canceled in June 2022.

Morris has also appeared in the films Barbershop: The Next Cut (2016), Game Night (2018), The Christmas Chronicles (2018), Jumanji: The Next Level (2019), Yesterday (2019), Bloodshot (2020) and Desperados (2020).

During the Covid-19 lockdown, Morris co-created and starred in the scripted action-comedy podcast Unwanted for QCODE. The 8-episode series revolves around a pair of slackers who attempt to capture an escaped murderer hiding in their town for a million-dollar reward.

In April 2021, it was announced that Morris would co-star in an Indie horror film titled Night Shift, alongside Phoebe Tonkin and Madison Hu. The film will be directed by Paul and Benjamin China

He began cohosting Welcome to Our Show, a New Girl rewatch podcast with co-stars Hannah Simone and Zooey Deschanel, distributed by IHeartRadio, in January 2022.

Personal life

Morris is an avid baseball and basketball fan, supporting the Chicago White Sox, and has said that every room in his house has something to do with bowling.

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
2002Urban Ground SquirrelsLittle DavidVoice
2009To Have & Have MoreMichael's Agent
2012Belizean James: No Gold AnythingBelizean JamesShort film
2014Sex EdBobby the Bouncer
2016Barbershop: The Next CutJerrod
2017Sandy WexlerBling
2018Game NightKevin Sterling
2018The Christmas ChroniclesMikey Jameson
2019YesterdayHead of Marketing
2019Jumanji: The Next LevelHeater Repair Man
2020BloodshotWilfred Wigans
2020DesperadosSean McGuire
2020Death of a TelemarketerKasey Miller
2021How It EndsLarry

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
2009BrainRushHost
2010The MiddleSalesmanEpisode: "Royal Wedding"
2011The AssistantsScott SmileyTelevision film
2011The GuildCravenEpisode: "Megagame-o-ramacon!"
2011-2018New GirlWinston BishopPrincipal cast, 7 seasons Nominated - Teen Choice Awards TV Breakout Star: Male
2013Drunk HistoryMartin Luther King Jr. +moreEpisode: "Atlanta"
2013Dear Secret SantaJackTelevision film
2014Kroll ShowTony BellEpisode: "Krolling Around with Nick Klown"
2015Lucas Bros. Moving Co. Karlton (voice)Episode: "Nutopia"
2017Star vs. the Forces of EvilGrandmaster (voice)Episode: "All Belts Are Off"
2017SMILFAdult LarryEpisode: "Run, Bridgette, Run or Forty-Eight Burnt Cupcakes & Graveyard Rum"
2018Hell's KitchenHimselfGuest diner; Episode: "All-Star Finale"
2019Valley of the BoomDarrin Morris
2019SquintersFrank
2020-2022WokeKeef KnightLead Role
2020The Eric Andre ShowN-Word ScissorhandsEpisode: "You Got Served"
2021Call Me KatDanielRecurring role
2021No ActivityOfficer CooperEpisode: "Not Another Waco!"
2022The Proud Family: Louder and ProuderHimself (voice)Episode: "When You Wish Upon a Roker"
2022Alice's Wonderland BakeryDandy (voice)
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African-American television personalities

Living people