Ralph Morgan was a veteran leading man of the stage and screen.
He was educated for a career as an attorney, but a year and a half after graduating from New York University Law School turned to the theater and scored a quick success in a Broadway play "The Bachelor."
A short time later his younger brother, Frank, followed his lead. Two of 11 children, they were the first of their family to show a flair for acting.
He scored his greatest stage triumph, later repeated in the film version, in the Eugene O'Neill tragedy "Strange Interlude." After playing it for 85 weeks on Broadway in 1929-30, he repeated the role in the London production.
For the next 20 years, Morgan concentrated largely on performing in pictures, among them "The Magnificent Obsession," "Orient Express" and "Rasputin and the Empress," in which he acted with Ethel, John and Lionel Barrymore.