William Morris Biography

Business Leader (c. 1873–1932)
William Morris was a theatrical agent and manager who founded what would become one of the biggest talent agencies in Hollywood.


William Morris booked acts for a theater chain, but when theaters were closed to his acts, due to opposing monopolies, Morris appealed to “trust-busting” president Theodore Roosevelt. Morris, with strong support from the trade paper Variety, finally won his case against theatrical monopolies. He later founded the William Morris Agency, one of the foremost theatrical agencies in the country.

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