Morris The Cat Was The Original Grumpy Cat

BuzzFeed’s love of Grumpy Cat is well documented, but find out why Morris was an even bigger sensation.

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Morris was discovered in 1968, after a staff member at Hinsdale Humane Society noticed the cat's charming personality and contacted Bob Martwick, a professional animal trainer who worked for the Leo Burnett advertising agency.

Martwick took Morris to a casting for a 9Lives cat food commercial. After impressing the art director he was cast as the mascot.

According to Martwick, “he [Morris] jumped on the table… and he walked right up to the art director, the big cheese, and bumped him in the head. And then Morris just sat back. The art director said, ‘This is the Clark Gable of cats.’”

Morris quickly became a media darling, he even had to have his own personal secretary to answer all of his fan mail.

He also went on star in the Robert Altman film "The Long Goodbye" with Elliott Gould, and in the movie "Shamus" with Burt Reynolds and Dyan Cannon.

Morris the Cat died in July of 1978, at the age of 19. Morris' obituary appeared in newspapers worldwide. Since then, three different cats have gone on to play "Morris," and in honor of the original all were rescued from shelters.

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