TV’s been “berry, berry good” to GARRETT MORRIS – and the former “Saturday Night Live” comic knows how lucky he is to be back on top and starring in the hit CBS sitcom “2 Broke Girls.”
An original cast member of “SNL,” the 76-year-old’s career – and life – was nearly cut short by a bullet on the streets of Los Angeles nearly two decades ago.
MORRIS made his mark on the legendary late-night sketch show playing characters such as the limited-English-speaking ballplayer Chico “Baseball been berry, berry good to me” Escuela during his 1975-1980 run.
While he never achieved the same level of stardom as some of his fellow “SNL” alumni, like Chevy Chase and Dan Aykroyd, the funnyman struck showbiz gold last year when he was cast as Earl the cashier, Kat Dennings’ and Beth Behrs’ lecherous father figure on “2 Broke Girls.”
“Life is about being strong and surviving,” Morris told The ENQUIRER in an exclusive interview. “It’s great to be back on a show, especially a hit. Considering the fact that I almost died, I have nothing but happiness in my soul down to my toes.”
Morris’ life nearly came to an end in 1994, when he was just 57.
Shot during an armed robbery, a bullet ripped through his left forearm, stomach and intestines before lodging near his spine.
Although he still suffers from mobility issues and walks with a cane, Morris’ love of performing has helped him pull through.
“It’s been a tough road back, but I’m still here,” he added. “I have my comedy and blues club in downtown Los Angeles, and I help support various organizations that advocate gun control.
“Every breath is a gift, and life is full of surprises. I’m busy counting my blessings.”