Mitch Albom is the author of Tuesdays With Morrie and one of the two main characters. He aspired to be a professional musician, but that never worked out. He ended up earning a Masters in Journalism and writing for The Detroit Free Press. He loses contact with Morrie, but regains it after seeing Morrie's episode of Nightline. He then learns some of the most useful information he can use in life.
Morrie Schwartz is a sociology professor at Brandeis. He teaches Mitch Albom, and they quickly bond. Years after they lose contact, Morrie is diagnosed with ALS. He appears on Nightline, and gains national attention. Albom regains contact with him, and they complete a final class together. Morrie teaches Albom all of the life lessons he learns. He then passes away from the terminal disease, but his impact is still felt today through Albom's Tuesdays With Morrie.
Ted Koppel is the host of Nightline and becomes good friends with Morrie. At first, Morrie is apprehensive about Koppel, but they become aquainted after their first show. They complete three Nightline episodes, and this helps Morire spread his message across the nation. Without Koppel, Morrie would not have been able to teach others his messages.
Charlotte is Morrie's wife. She is not included in the storyline much. Morrie talks about how much he respects and loes her when teaching Albom about marriage. She and Morrie have a deep relationship. Morrie credits some of his optimism to Charlotte and the rest of his family.
Janine is Albom's wife. She is mentioned early in the book, but the only time she plays an important role in the plot is when she comes with Albom to meet Morrie. She is a professional singer, and she makes Morrie cry with her beautiful voice. She helps support Albom when he questions himself.
Peter is Albom's brother. He moves to Spain when he grows old enough. Years later, he is diagnosed with cancer. He refuses to keep in touch with Albom and the rest of his family, insisting he needs to battle by himself. At the end of the book, after Morrie dies, Albom finally gets through to Peter and they keep in touch via fax. Peter helps Albom apply what he learns about family in his own life.
Jon and Rob
Jon and Rob are Morrie's two sons. They appear briefly when Morrie is opening letters from Nightline viewers. Both of them comfort Morrie and are in town when he dies.
Connie is Morrie's assistant. She stays at his house and helps keep him in best condition as possible. She demonstrates to the reader how much help Morrie needs to stay alive.