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Mad Men: R.I.P. Bert Cooper


Bert Cooper (Robert Morse) goes out in style on Mad Men.

Bert Cooper (Robert Morse) goes out in style on Mad Men.

To paraphrase Elizabeth Barrett Browning —  Robert Morse, how do I love the? Let me count the ways.

On this week’s episode of Mad Men, titled Waterloo, we said good bye to the character Bertram Cooper, played with stunning finesse by Robert Morse.  It’s not surprising that as the series winds down, the writers/producers are starting to give final closure to characters, so Bert’s passing was sadly foreseeable.

Still, he went out with real glory. Thank you Matthew Weiner for that!

Watching Robert Morse these past seasons on Mad Men was very entertaining. He brought an eccentric pithiness to the part of the aging ad agency giant, walking around without shoes, with avant-garde art in his office.  While he was supportive of his team, even when they went rogue, he was also socially conservative, asking that a Black secretary be moved to a less conspicuous place in the office.

It was fun to see him to do a shoeless soft-shoe fantasy routine to let Don Draper know that the Best Things in Life are Free.

Bert reminds Don Draper that the best things in life are free.

Bert reminds Don Draper that the best things in life are free.

Proving the apple indeed does not fall far from the tree, my son Kevin loved Robert Morse’s character too. He called him “The Colonel” due to his resemblance to Colonel Sanders. I had him watch a tape of the film, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, so he could see how Robert Morse was nothing like the Colonel. He may have been a little cocky, but he was no chicken.

Robert Morse rocks the office with The Brotherhood of Man, in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.

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