Moments With Mercy - Interview With Greg Morton!

Hi, friends!
I'm so excited to be back from vacation and sharing this interview with you all.  As I've mentioned in interviews/posts before, classic tv is a personal favorite of mine. From musicals from the '30s to suspense/mystery tv series from the '80s, I love them all!

My sister stumbled across Greg Morton's FB page and told me about it, so I reached out him and was so thrilled when he agreed to an interview!
Bruce Boxleitner and Kate Jackson.
For those of you who don't know, Greg played Jamie King on the hit tv show Scarecrow and Mrs. King.  My sisters and I watch this series a lot (we're currently rewatching the series from start to finish) and it was such an honor to conduct an interview with an actor from this beloved series.  So without further ado, here's my interview.

Mercy: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself.
Greg: Well, I got started in the entertainment industry by doing stage musicals before moving on to television commercials, and finally, landing the part of Jamie King on the CBS television hit Scarecrow and Mrs. King in 1983.  I was ten years old at the time.  After leaving acting in my teens, I started writing poetry.  As an adult, I began to write and publish novels.  I’ve written five books across several genres, and am getting ready to release my sixth about my time on television.
Greg Morton, Kate Jackson and Paul Stout. (Beverly Garland in the background)

Mercy: How did you get started acting and what was it like working as a child actor?
Greg: I got started acting as a natural progression to already being an entertainer.  Everyone in California wants to be an actor, ha ha.  I was no different.  Being a child actor was fun.  I was pretty much a child always lost in playing pretend anyway, so being actor just meant I got paid to do it.

Mercy: Can you tell us a little bit about your radio show and your work as an author?
Greg: The radio show was just a dream I’d had since I was a teenager.  I always wanted to be a talking voice on the radio.  So, a few years ago my wife and I started a podcast.  We had so much fun with it, and people seemed to enjoy it, but it’s a lot of work.  The show itself seems effortless, but the behind the scenes preparation can be very time consuming.  Ultimately, we couldn’t dedicate the time it needed to be what we wanted it to be.  I’m hopeful we can bring it back one day.
Greg and Sandra Morton.

 Writing was another dream I’d had, but it’s more than that.  Poetry played an important role in providing an outlet to express myself when I was a teenager.  As I got older, I wanted to write more narrative stories, and always wondered what it would be like to write a novel.  Let me tell you, writing a novel is hard work, too.  Ha ha ha.  I’d been living with these characters in my head for years and finally just decided to sit down and start putting them down on paper.  My first novel is titled The Fury of the Bear, and tells the story of Virgil “Bear” Ryan and his team of mountain rescuers that get pulled into the international world of espionage when they get hired to salvage a plane crash in the Andes mountains.  If I’m being honest, it’s an imperfect book, but people love the characters.  For me, that’s mission accomplished.  That book has a sequel titled To Catch a Fox, which is a much tighter book.  People really seem to love it.  I’m currently working on the third in the series.  I’ve also written a non-fiction motivational book titled Lifting a Foot Forward.  It chronicles a little of my life as an actor and writer, and how it all relates to my being helicopter rescued from the top of a mountain in 2008.  The book is subtitled My Lesson in Balance, and I share what I’ve learned about living a balanced life.  One of my goals with the blog on my website is to provide a strong, positive and motivational message.  Lifting a Foot Forward is a huge part of that.  I’ve also written a book for families titled A House in a Field of Reeds.  It’s a collection of four short fantasy/adventure stories, with each story representing a season of the year.   The idea was for families to read it to each other, but I’ve gotten feedback from a lot of adults who just enjoyed curling up on the couch and enjoying it by themselves in peace and quiet.  Ha ha.  Which is how my wife read it.

Mercy: What is your most fun memory working on SMK?
Greg: My favorite memory of working on SMK is definitely the love and respect we shared as a cast and crew.  Since most of my scenes were done at the house, in the living room or kitchen, it was really like being home all the time.  With family.
Greg Morton, Bruce Boxleitner, Paul Stout and Kate Jackson

Mercy: How many locations did you get to travel to while working on Scarecrow and Mrs. King?
Greg: Working on SMK, the kids didn’t do a whole lot of traveling.  I know Kate Jackson and Bruce Boxleitner traveled to Washington D.C. to do some filming, but we never got that opportunity.  When we did film on location, it was mostly in Burbank or the surrounding areas in Los Angeles, that posed as east coast locations.  We did get to film in Munich, Germany in 1984 though.  That was the trip of a lifetime!

Mercy: Do you still keep in touch with Paul Stout?
Greg: Paul Stout and I went our separate ways after the show was over in 1987.  We reconnected in 2013 for a while, but then have lost track of each other since.  Paul has a beautiful life, and I know he enjoys having the opportunity to write new chapters of his own story following life as a child actor.
Greg Morton and Paul Stout.

Mercy: What is something most people don't know about you?
Greg: What is something most people don’t know about me?  I’m allergic to nickel.

Mercy: What advice would you give an aspiring author?
Greg: The advice I’d give to an aspiring author is to write every day, journal or take notes of your ideas (because you’ll forget them later if you don’t), read a lot of books yourself, and don’t be afraid to accept criticism of your work.  Try and give your book to someone who isn’t just going to love what you’ve written because they love you.  Give your book to an editor who is going to dissect it without emotion.  Oh, and edit.  Always edit.  Most likely new authors are writing too much.  I did, and still do at times. Write what you want to write, then go back and take a bunch of stuff out.

Mercy: Can you a a little bit with us about your autobiography that you're currently working on?
Greg: Thanks for the question, but I try and steer clear of calling my new book an autobiography (even though it probably is, ha ha ha).  The new book is titled How Tall Are You? and is my gift to the fans of Scarecrow and Mrs. King.  The book takes readers on my journey from how I got my start on stage, to the screen, and offering up my perspective of what it was like to be a child actor in the ‘80s.  My editor is finishing up reading it now, and as soon as I get those notes we’ll be able to publish.  There are definitely stories in the book that SMK fans have never heard, so it’ll be fun to share those.
Greg Morton, Paul Stout and Kate Jackson.

Greg, thank you so much for doing this!  It was such a pleasure to do this interview and I found out many things I previously did not know. Readers, I hope you enjoyed!
If you'd like, you can reach out to Greg on Facebook and Instagram or if you'd prefer, you can visit his website here (He's got some super neat Scarecrow and Mrs King memorabilia on here as well as his books so make sure you check it out!)
Thanks for reading
~Mercy

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  1. Thanks so much for publishing this! We'll be posting it on the Scarecrow and Mrs. King fan page for all the SMKers to enjoy.

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