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Gwilym Morgan is one of the central characters of the 1939 novel, How Green Was My Valley and its 1941 film adaptation of the same name. He's the father of the Morgan family and the husband of Beth Morgan. He and his five oldest sons all work in the coal mines to support the family.

He was portrayed by Donald Crisp in the 1941 film adaptation.

Why He Rocks

  1. He's a hard-working and seriously deticated family man.
  2. Despite being pretty strict and controlling, he does geuinely mean well, and is pretty wise and thoughful.
  3. He stands as a unique contrast from stern father figures back in the day. Rather than forcing his kids to live up to his legacy and fill in his shadow, he encourages them to follow their own paths.
  4. Donald Crisp does a strong, touching performance as the patriarch figure.
  5. He's also very protective over his children's safety. When he hears about how Huw was beaten up by his sadist teacher and the school bully, he's hired a prize fighter and his partner Cyfartha to help him with defensive training to prevent this from repeating.
  6. His death scene towards the ending is a very sad and emotional moment.


  • Donald Crisp, the actor who portrayed Mr. Morgan, won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1941.