Robert Michael Morris, 'The Comeback' Actor, Dies at 77

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Robert Michael Morris on 'The Comeback'

Once a college and high school theater teacher, he also had memorable guest spots on shows such as 'Will & Grace,' 'Arrested Development' and 'How I Met Your Mother.'

Robert Michael Morris, who played hairdresser Mickey Deane on HBO's The Comeback, died Tuesday in Downey, Calif., according to his rep Sarabeth Schedeen. He was 77.

The cause of death was not immediately known. 

Morris was best known for his work on the critically acclaimed but short-lived show, which starred Lisa Kudrow. The actress paid tribute to her former co-star on Twitter: "We lost Robert Michael Morris today. He left us with many wonderful gifts, most importantly, an example of what a truly good soul looks like."

Schedeen, in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, called Morris "a quality human being" and said that the actor had written an autobiography that she hopes "we get to share with the world" in the future.

Morris also had memorable guest spots on popular shows such as Will & Grace, Arrested Development, How I Met Your Mother, Community Service, The Class and Brothers & Sisters. On Fox's Running Wilde, Morris also played Will Arnett's nanny, Mr. Lunt.

Born in Kentucky on May 6, 1940, Morris held a Bachelor of Arts in English and art from the University of Dayton, as well as an MFA in playwriting from the Catholic University of America. He wrote 110 plays before his death.

Morris taught both high school and college theater before landing his role on The Comeback. One of his former college students, Michael Patrick King, implored Morris to audition for the role of Mickey, which King and Kudrow reportedly wrote with Morris in mind.