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Qantas Airways Remembers Actor/Director Howard Morris, the Voice of the Qantas Koala.



LOS ANGELES Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850.  -- Qantas Airways today pays tribute to Howard Morris Howard Morris (September 4, 1919 – May 21, 2005) was an American comic actor and director. Early career in television
Morris was born in Bronx, New York. He came to prominence in appearances on Sid Caesar's Your Show of Shows
, a renowned character actor who, beginning in 1967, provided the unforgettable voice of the Qantas Airways koala koala (kōä`lə), arboreal marsupial, or pouched mammal, Phascolarctos cinereus, native to Australia. Although it is sometimes called koala bear, or Australian bear, and is somewhat bearlike in appearance, it is not related to true  in the Australian air carrier's television commercials, which became the longest continuous campaign in U.S. history.

The Qantas koala commercials, which ran from 1967 - 1992, originally featured a furry and cute little koala sitting amidst the branches of a eucalyptus tree where the voice of Morris as the koala is heard muttering, "I hate Qantas!" for bringing in the large number of tourists who come to Australia and disturb his solitude. The campaign became so popular that the koala has since become one of the most identifiable symbols of the airline and the land down under.

"With his diverse comedy talents, Morris used his great wit and charisma to make the characters he played enjoyable and memorable," said Howard Goldberg, Qantas Airways vice president of sales and marketing, The Americas. "His long-standing contribution as the voice of the koala in the Qantas campaign has helped to make it one of the most recognizable icons of the Qantas brand and we will always remember him fondly," he added.

Throughout his 60-year career in show business, Morris remained a gifted performer, who perhaps was best known for his work with Sid Caesar Noun 1. Sid Caesar - United States comedian who pioneered comedy television shows (born 1922)
Sidney Caesar, Caesar
 and for his brief, memorable role as Ernest T. Bass Ernest T. Bass was a fictional character on the American TV sitcom The Andy Griffith Show. He was played by Howard Morris.

Ernest T. was an ignorant and obstreperous mountain man with a penchant for rock throwing, who was known to wreak havoc on the otherwise quiet
 on "The Andy Griffith Show." His television roles earned him acclaim as a character actor, which led to roles in numerous feature films, including "Boys' Night Out," "The Nutty Professor" and "History of the World: Part I." Morris' behind-the-camera interests resulted in his work as a director of feature films, television series and commercials, for which he won a Clio Award.

Morris is survived by his son David, daughters Gabrielle, Kim and Devra, and three grandchildren. A funeral service for Morris will be held today in Los Angeles.

About Qantas Airways

Qantas Airways is a global air carrier with more than 200 aircraft offering service to 135 destinations in 32 countries. Founded in 1920, Qantas Airways in 2004 celebrated 50 years of continuous flying between North America and Australia with more non-stop flights to Australia and New Zealand New Zealand (zē`lənd), island country (2005 est. pop. 4,035,000), 104,454 sq mi (270,534 sq km), in the S Pacific Ocean, over 1,000 mi (1,600 km) SE of Australia. The capital is Wellington; the largest city and leading port is Auckland.  than any other carrier and provides convenient connections from Los Angeles to Indonesia, India and South Africa via the Sydney hub. Recently named Airline of the Year 2004 by Air Transport World magazine, Qantas Airways has long been recognized for its continued focus on excellence in the air as well as on the ground. Recently, Qantas' Skybed received the prestigious Chicago Athenaeum ath·e·nae·um also ath·e·ne·um  
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1. An institution, such as a literary club or scientific academy, for the promotion of learning.

2. A place, such as a library, where printed materials are available for reading.
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