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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.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 141

Birthday 1896-08-28

Day of Death 1964-09-02

Place of Birth Danville, Illinois, USA

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Also Known As

  • Morris Nussbaum
  • Morris Winslow Ankrum
  • Morrie Ankrum
  • Morri Ankrum
  • Stephen Morris

Acting TV ShowsMovies

1965 Guns of Diablo as Ray Macklin
1963 X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes as Mr. Bowhead (uncredited)
1962 Tower of London as The Archbishop
1961 Most Dangerous Man Alive as Capt. Davis
1958 Half Human: The Story of the Abominable Snowman as Dr. Carl Jordan
1958 From the Earth to the Moon as President Ulysses S. Grant
1958 Frontier Gun as Andrew Barton
1958 The Rifleman(2 episodes)
1958 The Saga of Hemp Brown as Bo Slauter
1958 Curse of the Faceless Man as Narrator
1958 Badman's Country as Mayor Coleman
1958 How to Make a Monster as Police Capt. Hancock
1958 Giant from the Unknown as Dr. Frederick Cleveland
1958 Sea Hunt(1 episode)
1958 The Power of the Resurrection as Annas
1957 Omar Khayyam as Sharain's Father
1957 Beginning of the End as Gen. John Hanson
1957 The Giant Claw as Lt. Gen. Edward Considine
1957 Kronos as Dr. Albert Stern
1957 Hell's Crossroads as Wheeler
1957 Zombies of Mora Tau as Dr. Jonathan Eggert
1957 Drango as Henry Calder
1956 Naked Gun as Sheriff Jim Jackson (as Morrie Ankrum)
1956 The Desperados Are in Town as Mr. Rutherford
1956 Earth vs. the Flying Saucers as Brig. Gen. John Hanley
1956 Quincannon, Frontier Scout as Col. Harry Conover
1956 When Gangland Strikes as Leo Fantzler
1956 Fury at Gunsight Pass as Doc Phillips
1955 No Man's Woman as Capt. Hostedder
1955 Tennessee's Partner as Judge Parker
1955 Gunsmoke(1 episode)
1955 The Eternal Sea as Vice-Adm. Arthur Dewey Struble
1955 The Silver Star as Charlie Childress
1955 Crashout as Head Guard
1955 The Little Lamb: A Christmas Story as Azar the Shepherd
1954 Vera Cruz as Gen. Ramírez
1954 Three Young Texans as Jeff Blair
1954 The Steel Cage as Prison Board Member Garvey, segment "The Hostages"
1954 Cattle Queen of Montana as J.I. 'Pop' Jones
1954 Two Guns and a Badge as Sheriff Jackson
1954 Silver Lode as Zachary Evans
1954 Apache as Dawson
1954 The Outlaw Stallion as Sheriff
1954 Drums Across the River as Chief Ouray
1954 Southwest Passage as Dr. Stanton
1954 Taza, Son of Cochise as Grey Eagle
1953 Flight Nurse as Interrogation Officer
1953 The Moonlighter as Alexander Prince
1953 Mexican Manhunt as Tip Morgan
1953 Sky Commando as Gen. W.R. Combs
1953 Devil's Canyon as Ed, the Sheriff
1953 Arena as Bucky Hillberry
1953 Invaders from Mars as Col. Fielding
1953 I Beheld His Glory as Peter
1953 Fort Vengeance as Chief Crowfoot
1953 The Man Behind The Gun as Bram Creegan
1952 Hiawatha as Iagoo
1952 A Star Shall Rise as King Herod
1952 The Raiders as Alcalde Thomas Ainsworth
1952 Cowboy G-Men(39 episodes)
1952 Son of Ali Baba as Ali Baba
1952 Mutiny as Capt. Radford
1952 Fort Osage as Arthur Pickett
1952 Because of You as Dr. Travis
1951 My Favorite Spy as Gen. Frazer
1951 Flight to Mars as Ikron
1951 Tomorrow Is Another Day as Hugh Wagner
1951 Along the Great Divide as Ed Roden
1951 Fighting Coast Guard as Navy Captain
1951 The Lion Hunters as Tom Forbes
1951 The Redhead and The Cowboy as Sheriff
1950 Short Grass as Hal Fenton
1950 Southside 1-1000 as Eugene Deane
1950 Rocketship X-M as Dr. Ralph Fleming
1950 In a Lonely Place as Lloyd Barnes
1950 The Damned Don't Cry as Jim Whitehead
1950 Borderline as Bill Whittaker
1950 Chain Lightning as Ed Bostwick
1949 Colorado Territory as United States Marshal
1949 We Were Strangers as M. Seymour
1949 Bad Men of Tombstone as Mr. Jones
1948 For the Love of Mary as Adm. Walton
1948 The Fabulous Fraud as Blind Girl's Father
1948 Fighting Back as Robert J. Higby
1947 Good News as Dean Griswold
1947 High Wall as Dr. Stanley Griffin
1947 Desire Me as Hector Martin
1947 Merton of the Movies as Goodfellow's Club Manager (uncredited)
1947 Cynthia as Mr. Phillips, Principal
1947 Little Mister Jim as Col. W.I. Starwell
1947 Undercover Maisie as Parker
1947 Lady in the Lake as Eugene Grayson
1947 The Mighty McGurk as Fowles
1946 Undercurrent as (uncredited)
1946 Courage of Lassie as Farmer Crews
1946 The Cockeyed Miracle as Dr. Wilson
1946 The Postman Always Rings Twice as Judge (uncredited)
1945 Adventure as Mr. Ludlow - Farmer (uncredited)
1945 Purity Squad
1945 The Hidden Eye as Ferris (henchman)
1945 Phantoms, Inc. as Narrator (voice)
1945 The Thin Man Goes Home as Willoughby Peavy
1944 Dark Shadows as Police Lt. Pat McKay
1944 Gentle Annie as Deputy Gansby
1944 Return from Nowhere as Doctor (uncredited)
1944 Barbary Coast Gent as Alec Veeder
1944 Marriage Is a Private Affair as Ed Scofield
1944 Meet the People as Monte Rowland
1944 Rationing as Morgan
1944 The Heavenly Body as Dr. Green
1943 Swing Fever as Dan Conlon
1943 Best Foot Forward as Col. Harkrider
1943 Dixie Dugan as Editor
1942 Time to Kill as Alexander Morny
1942 The Omaha Trail as Henchman Job
1942 The Loves of Edgar Allan Poe as Mr. Graham
1942 Tales of Manhattan as Judge
1942 Ten Gentlemen From West Point as Wood
1942 Roxie Hart as Martin S. Harrison
1942 Ride 'Em Cowboy as Ace Anderson
1941 I Wake Up Screaming as Assistant District Attorney
1941 The Bandit Trail as Red Haggerty
1941 This Woman Is Mine as Roussel
1941 Wide Open Town as Jim Stuart
1941 Pirates on Horseback as Ace Gibson
1941 Border Vigilantes as Dan Forbes
1941 The Roundup as 'Parenthesis'
1941 In Old Colorado as Joe Weiler
1941 Doomed Caravan as Stephen Westcott
1940 Three Men From Texas as Bruce Morgan
1940 Cherokee Strip as Hawk Barrett
1940 Buck Benny Rides Again as Second Outlaw
1940 The Light of Western Stars as Nat Hayworth
1940 The Showdown as Baron Rendor
1940 Knights of the Range as Gamecock
1937 Rustlers' Valley as Glen Randall (as Stephen Morris)
1937 North of the Rio Grande as Henry Stoneham / Lone Wolf (as Stephen Morris)
1937 Hills of Old Wyoming as Andrews (as Stephen Morris)
1937 Borderland as Loco, aka The Fox (as Stephen Morris)
1936 Trail Dust as 'Tex' Anderson (as Stephen Morris)
1936 Hopalong Cassidy Returns as Blackie Felton (as Stephen Morris)

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