Veteran Hollywood actress Cindy Morgan passes away

 January 8, 2024

Fans of Hollywood star Cindy Morgan were left saddened this past weekend to learn that the actress had passed away.

While Palm Beach County Sheriff's office confirmed that Morgan was dead, NBC News noted that the cause of her death is not yet known. 

A career that stretched back more than four decades

The network recalled how Morgan rose to fame in 1980 with the classic comedy "Caddyshack," which also starred Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, Ted Knight, and Bill Murray.

"'Caddyshack' was my first film and I’ll say that the end product was so completely different, it was originally about the caddies," Morgan was quoted as saying in a 2012 interview.

"So at first, I had nothing to lose to audition," the actress continued, adding, "It was fun. All I did was focus on making the person sweat. Look ’em in the eye, do that thing many women know how to do."

From there, Morgan worked on the small screen by making brief appearances in a number of television shows, such as "The Love Boat," "Vega$," and "Chips."

Morgan appeared in 1982 film that was a "breakthrough" for special effects

Her next big screen break came in 1982 when she was cast to play a computer programmer named Lora Baines in the 1982 science fiction film "Tron."

What's more, Morgan also portrayed the character's computer-generated alter ego Yori alongside actors Bruce Boxleitner, David Warner, and Barnard Hughes.

According to Computer Graphics World, "TRON was a breakthrough movie on at least two levels: It opened the door to digital visual effects, and it predicted the future of video games."

NBC News pointed out that Morgan revisited the film again over two decades after its release when she lent her voice to the 2003 video game "Tron 2.0."

Morgan turned up on other television programs throughout the 1980s and 1990s, including "Matlock," "Mancuso, FBI," "Hunter," and "The Larry Sanders Show."

Actress remembered for being "talented" and a "warm presence" on screen

Tributes to Morgan quickly appeared online, including from Chicago Sun-Times film reviewer and former television host Richard Roeper.

In a post on the social media platform previously known as Twitter, he praised the late actress for being "a lovely and talented and warm presence."

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