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Place of Birth Danville, Illinois, USA
Birthday 1896-08-28
Death 1964-09-02
Also Known As Morris Nussbaum
Morris Winslow Ankrum
Morrie Ankrum
Morri Ankrum
Stephen Morris


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Morris Ankrum (born Morris Nussbaum, August 28, 1896 – September 2, 1964) was an American radio, television and film character actor. Before signing with Paramount Pictures in the 1930s, Nussbaum had already changed his last name to Ankrum. Upon signing with the studio, he chose to use the name "Stephen Morris" before changing it to Morris Ankrum in 1939. Ankrum's stern visage and sharply defined features helped cast him in supporting roles as stalwart authority figures, including scientists, military men (particularly army officers), judges and even psychiatrists in more than 150 films, mostly B movies. One standout role was in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's production of Tennessee Johnson (1942), a biographical film about Andrew Johnson, the 17th U.S. president. As Sen. Jefferson Davis, Ankrum movingly addresses the United States Senate upon his resignation to lead the Confederate States of America as that republic's first—and only—president. Ankrum's film career was extensive and spanned 30 years. His credits were largely concentrated in the western and science-fiction genres. Ankrum appeared in such westerns as Ride 'Em Cowboy in 1942, Vera Cruz opposite Gary Cooper and Burt Lancaster, Apache (1954), and Cattle Queen of Montana with Barbara Stanwyck and Ronald Reagan. In the sci-fi genre, he appeared in Rocketship X-M (1950), Flight to Mars (1951), as a Martian, Red Planet Mars (1952), playing the United States Secretary of Defense; the cult classic Invaders From Mars (1953), playing a United States Army officer; and as an Army general in Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956). In 1957 he played a psychiatrist in the cult sci-fi classic Kronos and had military-officer roles in Beginning of the End and The Giant Claw.


1964Guns of Diablo as Ray Macklin
1963X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes as Mr. Bowhead (uncredited)
1962Tower of London as The Archbishop
1961Most Dangerous Man Alive as Capt. Davis
1958Half Human: The Story of the Abominable Snowman as Dr. Carl Jordan
1958From the Earth to the Moon as President Ulysses S. Grant
1958Tarawa Beachhead
1958Frontier Gun as Andrew Barton
1958The Saga of Hemp Brown as Bo Slauter
1958Curse of the Faceless Man as Narrator (unconfirmed)
1958Badman's Country as Mayor Coleman
1958How to Make a Monster as Police Capt. Hancock
1958Giant from the Unknown as Dr. Frederick Cleveland
1958The Power of the Resurrection as Annas
1957Omar Khayyam as Sharain's Father
1957Beginning of the End as Gen. John Hanson
1957The Giant Claw as Lt. Gen. Edward Considine
1957Kronos as Dr. Albert Stern
1957Hell's Crossroads as Wheeler
1957Zombies of Mora Tau as Dr. Jonathan Eggert
1957Drango as Henry Calder
1956Naked Gun as Sheriff Jim Jackson (as Morrie Ankrum)
1956The Desperados Are in Town as Mr. Rutherford
1956Walk the Proud Land as Gen. Wade
1956Earth vs. the Flying Saucers as Brig. Gen. John Hanley
1956Quincannon, Frontier Scout as Col. Harry Conover
1956When Gangland Strikes as Leo Fantzler
1956Fury at Gunsight Pass as Doc Phillips
1955No Man's Woman as Capt. Hostedder
1955Tennessee's Partner as Judge Parker
1955The Eternal Sea as Vice-Adm. Arthur Dewey Struble
1955The Silver Star as Charlie Childress
1955Chief Crazy Horse as Red Cloud
1955Crashout as Head Guard
1955The Little Lamb: A Christmas Story as Azar the Shepherd
1954Vera Cruz as Gen. Ramírez
1954The Steel Cage as Prison Board Member Garvey, segment "The Hostages"
1954Three Young Texans as Jeff Blair
1954Cattle Queen of Montana as J.I. 'Pop' Jones
1954Two Guns and a Badge as Sheriff Jackson
1954Silver Lode as Zachary Evans
1954Apachi-Asi Cengaver as Dawson
1954The Outlaw Stallion as Sheriff
1954Drums Across the River as Chief Ouray
1954Southwest Passage as Dr. Stanton
1954Taza, Son of Cochise as Grey Eagle
1953Flight Nurse as Interrogation Officer
1953The Moonlighter as Alexander Prince
1953Mexican Manhunt as Tip Morgan
1953Sky Commando as Gen. W.R. Combs
1953Devil's Canyon as Ed
1953Arena as Bucky Hillberry
1953Invaders from Mars as Col. Fielding
1953I Beheld His Glory as Peter
1953Fort Vengeance as Chief Crowfoot
1953The Man Behind The Gun as Bram Creegan
1952Hiawatha as Iagoo
1952A Star Shall Rise as King Herod
1952The Raiders as Alcalde Thomas Ainsworth
1952Son of Ali Baba as Ali Baba
1952Red Planet Mars as Secretary of Defense Sparks
1952İsyan as Capt. Radford
1952Fort Osage as Arthur Pickett
1952Because of You as Dr. Travis
1951My Favorite Spy as Gen. Frazer
1951Flight to Mars as Ikron
1951Tomorrow Is Another Day as Hugh Wagner
1951Along the Great Divide as Ed Roden
1951Fighting Coast Guard as Navy Captain
1951The Lion Hunters as Tom Forbes
1951The Redhead and The Cowboy as Sheriff
1950Short Grass as Hal Fenton
1950Southside 1-1000 as Eugene Deane
1950Rocketship X-M as Dr. Ralph Fleming
1950Issız Bir Yerde as Lloyd Barnes
1950The Damned Don't Cry as Jim Whitehead
1950Borderline as Bill Whittaker
1950Chain Lightning as Ed Bostwick
1949The Fountainhead as Prosecutor (uncredited)
1949Colorado Territory as United States Marshal
1949We Were Strangers as M. Seymour
1949Bad Men of Tombstone as Mr. Jones
1948Joan of Arc as Poton de Xaintrailles, Captain
1948For the Love of Mary as Adm. Walton
1948The Fabulous Fraud as Blind Girl's Father
1948Fighting Back as Robert J. Higby
1948Souvenirs of Death as Gangster (uncredited)
1947High Wall as Dr. Stanley Griffin
1947Good News as Dean Griswold
1947Desire Me as Hector Martin
1947Merton of the Movies as Goodfellow's Club Manager (uncredited)
1947Cynthia as Mr. Phillips, Principal
1947Song of the Thin Man as Inspector (uncredited)
1947The Sea of Grass as A.J. Crane
1947Little Mister Jim as Col. W.I. Starwell
1947The Mighty McGurk as Fowles
1946Lady in the Lake as Eugene Grayson
1946Courage of Lassie as Farmer Crews
1946The Cockeyed Miracle as Dr. Wilson
1946Postacı Kapıyı İki Kere Çalar as Judge (uncredited)
1946The Harvey Girls as Rev. Claggett
1945Adventure as Mr. Ludlow - Farmer (uncredited)
1945Purity Squad as Dr. Adams (uncredited)
1945The Hidden Eye as Ferris (henchman)
1945Phantoms, Inc. as Narrator (voice)
1944The Thin Man Goes Home as Willoughby Peavy
1944Dark Shadows as Police Lt. Pat McKay
1944Gentle Annie as Deputy Gansby
1944Return from Nowhere as Doctor (uncredited)
1944Barbary Coast Gent as Alec Veeder
1944Marriage Is a Private Affair as Ed Scofield
1944Meet the People as Monte Rowland
1944Main Street Today as Mayor Charlie Maxwell (uncredited)
1944Rationing as Morgan
1944The Heavenly Body as Dr. Green
1943Swing Fever as Dan Conlon
1943Best Foot Forward as Col. Harkrider
1943Dixie Dugan as Editor
1942Reunion in France as Martin
1942Time to Kill as Alexander Morny
1942Tennessee Johnson as Jefferson Davis
1942The Omaha Trail as Henchman Job
1942The Loves of Edgar Allan Poe as Mr. Graham
1942Tales of Manhattan as Judge
1942Tales of Manhattan as Judge Tom Barnes (Robinson sequence)
1942Ten Gentlemen from West Point as Wood
1942Roxie Hart as Martin S. Harrison
1942Ride 'Em Cowboy as Ace Anderson
1941Road Agent as Big John Morgan
1941I Wake Up Screaming as Assistant District Attorney
1941The Bandit Trail as Red Haggerty
1941This Woman Is Mine as Roussel
1941Wide Open Town as Jim Stuart
1941Pirates on Horseback as Ace Gibson
1941Border Vigilantes as Dan Forbes
1941The Roundup as 'Parenthesis'
1941In Old Colorado as Joe Weiler
1941Doomed Caravan as Stephen Westcott
1940Three Men From Texas as Bruce Morgan
1940Cherokee Strip as Hawk Barrett
1940Buck Benny Rides Again as Second Outlaw
1940The Light of Western Stars as Nat Hayworth
1940The Showdown as Baron Rendor
1940Knights of the Range as Gamecock
1937Rustlers' Valley as Glen Randall
1937North of the Rio Grande as Henry Stoneham
1937Hills of Old Wyoming as Andrews
1937Borderland as Loco
1936Trail Dust as Tex Anderson
1936Hopalong Cassidy Returns as Blackie Felton

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