'Caddyshack' star Cindy Morgan dead at 69

 January 7, 2024

Cindy Morgan, renowned for her roles in "Caddyshack" and "Tron," has passed away at the age of 69, confirmed by a representative from the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.

The actress succumbed to natural causes a few days before the confirmation.

Her career

Morgan marked her feature film debut in the iconic 1980 sports comedy "Caddyshack," sharing the screen with comedy legends Chevy Chase, Bill Murray, Rodney Dangerfield, Ted Knight, and Michael O'Keefe.

In the film, she portrayed Lacey Underhall, the attractive niece of Judge Elihu Smails, the country club owner, becoming a central figure in the characters' desires.

In a 2009 Biography Channel TV special, "Caddyshack: The Inside Story," Morgan discussed her portrayal of Lacey, describing her as a woman who embraced life, enjoyed her sensuality, and knew how to have fun.

She fondly recalled her memorable quote from the film and shared a humorous anecdote about landing the role during auditions.

After "Caddyshack"

Following her success in "Caddyshack," Morgan starred in the groundbreaking 1982 film "Tron," where she played dual roles as computer scientist Dr. Lora Baines and the computer program Yori, a character that became a love interest for Tron (Bruce Boxleitner).

"Tron" was notable for its extensive use of computer-generated imagery (CGI), earning two Academy Award nominations and gaining a cult following.

Morgan's versatile career extended beyond these iconic films. She appeared in TV series such as "The Love Boat," "CHiPs," "The Larry Sanders Show," "Harry and the Hendersons," "Hawaiian Heat," "She's the Sheriff," "Amazing Stories," "The Highwayman," "Manusco, FBI," and "Under Suspicion," among others.

Her final film role was a voice part in the independent crime thriller "Voice of Trinity," and she also worked as an associate producer on TV movies.

Beyond film

In her later years, Cindy Morgan extended her contributions to the entertainment industry by participating in various short films and lending her voice to video games.

Her final film role took place in 2011 in "Empty Sky," and her last television appearance occurred in a 1994 episode of "Under Suspicion."

Beyond her acting career, Morgan exhibited a deep commitment to philanthropy, particularly in supporting veterans of the U.S. Military who served in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. She dedicated efforts to alleviate the financial hardships that these veterans might be facing.

Additionally, Morgan actively raised funds for the Illinois Family Relief Fund, an organization that provides assistance to the families of National Guard members, reservists, and those on active duty. Her charitable endeavors reflected a sincere dedication to making a positive impact beyond the entertainment realm.

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