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Wayne Morris  (February 17, 1914 – September 14, 1959), born Bert DeWayne Morris in Los Angeles, was an American film and television actor, as well as a decorated World War II fighter ace. He appeared in many notable films, including Paths of Glory (1957), The Bushwackers (1952) and the title role of Kid Galahad in 1937. While filming Flight Angels (1940), Morris became interested in flying and became a pilot. With war in the wind, he joined the Naval Reserve and became a Navy flier in 1942, leaving his film career behind for the duration of the war. Flying the F6F Hellcat off the aircraft carrier USS Essex, Morris shot down seven Japanese planes and contributed to the sinking of five ships. He was awarded four Distinguished Flying Crosses and two Air Medals. Morris was considered by the Navy as physically 'too big' to fly fighters. After being turned down several times as a fighter pilot, he went to his brother in law, Cdr. David McCampbell, imploring him for the chance to fly fighters. Cdr. McCampbell said "Give me a letter." He flew with the VF-15, the famed "McCampbell Heroes." He married Patricia O'Rourke, an Olympic swimmer, and sister to B-movie actress Peggy Stewart. Following the war, Morris returned to films, but his nearly four-year absence had cost him his burgeoning stardom. He continued to act in movies, but the pictures, for the most part, sank in quality. Losing his boyish looks but not demeanor, Morris spent most of the fifties in low-budget westerns. He made an unusual career move in 1957, making his Broadway debut as a washed-up boxing champ in William Saroyan's The Cave Dwellers. He also appeared as a weakling in Stanley Kubrick's Paths of Glory (1957). Morris suffered a massive heart attack while visiting aboard the aircraft carrier USS Bon Homme Richard in San Francisco Bay and was pronounced dead after being transported to Oakland Naval Hospital in Oakland, California. He was 45. He was buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

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​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Wayne Morris  (February 17, 1914 – September 14, 1959), born Bert DeWayne Morris in Los Angeles, was an American film and television actor, as well as a decorated World War II fighter ace. He appeared in many notable films, including Paths of Glory (1957), The Bushwackers (1952) and the title role of Kid Galahad in 1937. While filming Flight Angels (1940), Morris became interested in flying and became a pilot. With war in the wind, he joined the Naval Reserve and became a Navy flier in 1942, leaving his film career behind for the duration of the war. Flying the F6F Hellcat off the aircraft carrier USS Essex, Morris shot down seven Japanese planes and contributed to the sinking of five ships. He was awarded four Distinguished Flying Crosses and two Air Medals. Morris was considered by the Navy as physically 'too big' to fly fighters. After being turned down several times as a fighter pilot, he went to his brother in law, Cdr. David McCampbell, imploring him for the chance to fly fighters. Cdr. McCampbell said "Give me a letter." He flew with the VF-15, the famed "McCampbell Heroes." He married Patricia O'Rourke, an Olympic swimmer, and sister to B-movie actress Peggy Stewart. Following the war, Morris returned to films, but his nearly four-year absence had cost him his burgeoning stardom. He continued to act in movies, but the pictures, for the most part, sank in quality. Losing his boyish looks but not demeanor, Morris spent most of the fifties in low-budget westerns. He made an unusual career move in 1957, making his Broadway debut as a washed-up boxing champ in William Saroyan's The Cave Dwellers. He also appeared as a weakling in Stanley Kubrick's Paths of Glory (1957). Morris suffered a massive heart attack while visiting aboard the aircraft carrier USS Bon Homme Richard in San Francisco Bay and was pronounced dead after being transported to Oakland Naval Hospital in Oakland, California. He was 45. He was buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

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Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 75

Birthday 1914-02-17

Day of Death 1959-09-14

Place of Birth Los Angeles, California, USA

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Also Known As

  • Bert DeWayne Morris

Acting TV ShowsMovies

1963 Hollywood Without Make-Up
1961 Buffalo Gun as Roche
1959 Adventures in Paradise (1 episode)
1959 Bourbon Street Beat (1 episode)
1958 Bat Masterson (1 episode)
1958 Bronco (1 episode)
1958 Wanted: Dead or Alive (1 episode)
1957 Plunder Road as Commando Munson
1957 Maverick (1 episode)
1957 Paths of Glory as Lt. Roget/Singing man
1957 The Crooked Sky
1957 Official Detective (1 episode)
1956 The Gelignite Gang as Jimmy Baxter
1955 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1 episode)
1955 Gunsmoke (1 episode)
1955 The Master Plan as Major Thomas Brent
1955 The Green Buddha as Gary Holden
1955 The Lonesome Trail as Dandy Dayton
1955 Lord of the Jungle as Jeff Wood
1954 Port of Hell as Stanley Povich
1954 Two Guns and a Badge as Deputy Jim Blake
1954 The Desperado as Sam Garrett
1954 Riding Shotgun as Deputy Sheriff Tub Murphy
1953 Texas Bad Man as Walt
1953 The Fighting Lawman as Deputy Marshal Jim Burke
1953 The Marksman as Deputy Marshal Mike Martin
1953 Star of Texas as Texas Ranger Ed Ryan / Robert Larkin
1952 Arctic Flight as Mike Wien
1952 Desert Pursuit as Ford Smith
1952 The Bushwhackers as Marshal John Harding
1951 The Big Gusher as Kenny Blake
1950 Sierra Passage as Johnny Yorke
1950 Stage to Tucson as Barney Broderick
1950 The Tougher They Come as Bill Shaw
1950 Johnny One-Eye as Dane Cory
1949 The House Across the Street as Dave Joslin
1949 Task Force as McKinney
1949 The Younger Brothers as Cole Younger
1949 A Kiss in the Dark as Bruce Arnold
1949 Breakdowns of 1949 as Himself
1949 John Loves Mary as Lt. Victor O'Leary
1948 The Time of Your Life as Tom
1948 The Big Punch as Chris Thorgenson
1948 The Voice of the Turtle as Comm. Ned Burling
1947 Deep Valley as Jeff Barker
1947 So You Want to Be in Pictures as Himself (uncredited)
1947 Blow-Ups of 1947 as Himself
1941 The Smiling Ghost as Alexander "Lucky" Downing
1941 Three Sons o' Guns as Charley Patterson
1941 Bad Men of Missouri as Bob Younger
1941 I Wanted Wings as Tom Cassidy
1940 The Quarterback as Jimmy Jones and Billy Jones
1940 Ladies Must Live as Corey Lake
1940 Gambling On The High Seas as Jim Carter
1940 Flight Angels as Artie Dixon
1940 An Angel from Texas as Mac McClure
1940 Double Alibi as Stephen Wayne
1940 Brother Rat and a Baby as Billy Randolph
1939 The Return of Doctor X as Walter Wichita Garrett
1939 The Kid from Kokomo as Homer Baston
1938 Brother Rat as Billy Randolph
1938 Valley of the Giants as Bill Cardigan
1938 Men Are Such Fools as James 'Jimmy' Hall
1938 Out Where the Stars Begin as Wayne Morris
1938 Love, Honor and Behave as Ted Painter
1938 The Kid Comes Back as Rush Conway
1937 Submarine D-1 as "Sock" McGillis
1937 Kid Galahad as Ward 'Kid Galahad' Guisenberry
1937 Land Beyond the Law as Dave Seymour
1937 Under Southern Stars as Dallas
1937 Once a Doctor as Sailor on 'Nirvana'
1937 Smart Blonde as Railroad Information Clerk (uncredited)
1936 King of Hockey as Bill "Jumbo" Mullins
1936 Here Comes Carter as Bill
1936 Screen Snapshots (Series 16, No. 1)

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