Aubrey Morris
Aubrey Morris as Mr Deltoid in A Clockwork OrangeWarner Bros.

British actor Aubrey Morris died in Los Angeles on 15 July at the age of 89. Morris was best known for his role as social worker Mr Deltoid in the film A Clockwork Orange.

Morris's agent, Larry Corsa, said that Morris died at the Barlow Respiratory Hospital, where he had been receiving treatment for some weeks.

"Aubrey Morris made the world a better place through the generous use of his extraordinary talent to amuse," said Corsa.

Morris's career lasted more than half a century. His stock in trade was supporting characters and as well as A Clockwork Orange he played memorable roles in cult film The Wicker Man as well as the Woody Allen film Love and Death.

But he will be most remembered for his role at probation officer Mr Deltoid in Stanley Kubrick's classic. In his exchanges with Alex, the film's central character, Morris managed to be sinister and comic by turns.

Morris also enjoyed a successful TV career in the UK and the US. It included roles in The Avengers and Murder, She Wrote.

Morris came from Portsmouth, Hampshire and was one of nine children. He studied at London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and made his stage debut in 1944 in Regent's Park in a production of The Winter's Tale. He spent two years at the Old Vic in the 1950s before heading over to Broadway for further stage roles.

His final screen role came in the 2008 film Necessary Evil and despite his advanced years his last television role came only earlier this year in a sitcom, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.