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Morris Ankrum

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Morris Ankrum (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.

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Aug 27, 1896 In Danville, Illinois, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Hopalong Cassidy Returns 1936-10-16
Latest Project:
Movie Guns of Diablo 1965-01-29
Known For
Poster of Fort Osage
Poster of The Redhead and The Cowboy
Poster of The Bandit Trail
Poster of This Woman Is Mine
Movie Guns of Diablo Ray Macklin 1965-01-29
Movie X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes Mr. Bowhead (uncredited) 1963-07-13
Movie Tower of London The Archbishop 1962-10-24
Movie Most Dangerous Man Alive Capt. Davis 1961-07-04
Movie Badman's Country Mayor Coleman 1958-08-02
Movie How to Make a Monster Police Capt. Hancock 1958-07-01
Movie Curse of the Faceless Man Narrator (unconfirmed) 1958-08-14
Movie The Power of the Resurrection Annas 1958-01-01
Movie Giant from the Unknown Dr. Frederick Cleveland 1958-03-01
Series The Rifleman Unknown 1958-09-30
Movie From the Earth to the Moon President Ulysses S. Grant 1958-11-26
Movie Half Human: The Story of the Abominable Snowman Dr. Carl Jordan 1958-12-01
Movie The Saga of Hemp Brown Bo Slauter 1958-09-04
Movie Tarawa Beachhead 1958-11-02
Movie Frontier Gun Andrew Barton 1958-10-31
Movie Zombies of Mora Tau Dr. Jonathan Eggert 1957-03-01
Movie Hell's Crossroads Wheeler 1957-03-08
Movie Drango Henry Calder 1957-01-01
Movie Omar Khayyam Sharain's Father 1957-08-23
Movie Kronos Dr. Albert Stern 1957-03-31
Movie Beginning of the End Gen. John Hanson 1957-06-28
Movie The Giant Claw Lt. Gen. Edward Considine 1957-06-01
Movie When Gangland Strikes Leo Fantzler 1956-03-15
Movie Fury at Gunsight Pass Doc Phillips 1956-02-15
Movie Quincannon, Frontier Scout Col. Harry Conover 1956-05-01
Movie Walk the Proud Land Gen. Wade 1956-08-31
Movie Earth vs. the Flying Saucers Brig. Gen. John Hanley 1956-07-04
Movie Naked Gun Sheriff Jim Jackson (as Morrie Ankrum) 1956-11-01
Movie The Desperados Are in Town Mr. Rutherford 1956-10-31
Movie The Little Lamb: A Christmas Story Azar the Shepherd 1955-01-01
Movie The Silver Star Charlie Childress 1955-04-07
Movie Chief Crazy Horse Red Cloud 1955-03-31
Series Gunsmoke Unknown 1955-09-10
Movie The Eternal Sea Vice-Adm. Arthur Dewey Struble 1955-04-19
Movie Tennessee's Partner Judge Parker 1955-09-21
Movie Drums Across the River Chief Ouray 1954-06-01
Movie Southwest Passage Dr. Stanton 1954-04-01
Movie Taza, Son of Cochise Grey Eagle 1954-02-18
Movie The Outlaw Stallion Sheriff 1954-07-03
Movie Silver Lode Zachary Evans 1954-07-23
Movie Vera Cruz Gen. Ramírez 1954-12-25
Movie Three Young Texans Jeff Blair 1954-11-25
Movie The Steel Cage Prison Board Member Garvey, segment "The Hostages" 1954-12-01
Movie Cattle Queen of Montana J.I. 'Pop' Jones 1954-11-18
Movie Two Guns and a Badge Sheriff Jackson 1954-09-11
Movie I Beheld His Glory Peter 1953-03-31
Movie Invaders from Mars Col. Fielding 1953-04-22
Movie Fort Vengeance Chief Crowfoot 1953-03-28
Movie Arena Bucky Hillberry 1953-06-24
Movie The Man Behind The Gun Bram Creegan 1953-01-31
Movie Devil's Canyon Ed, the Sheriff 1953-08-13
Movie Sky Commando Gen. W.R. Combs 1953-08-21
Movie The Moonlighter Alexander Prince 1953-09-19
Movie Flight Nurse Interrogation Officer 1953-11-15
Movie Mexican Manhunt Tip Morgan 1953-09-13
Movie Mutiny Capt. Radford 1952-03-05
Movie Fort Osage Arthur Pickett 1952-02-10
Movie Because of You Dr. Travis 1952-01-01
Movie Red Planet Mars Secretary of Defense Sparks 1952-05-15
Series Cowboy G-Men 1952-09-13
Movie Son of Ali Baba Ali Baba 1952-08-15
Movie A Star Shall Rise King Herod 1952-12-25
Movie Hiawatha Iagoo 1952-12-28
Movie The Raiders Alcalde Thomas Ainsworth 1952-10-31
Movie Fighting Coast Guard Navy Captain 1951-05-31
Movie The Redhead and The Cowboy Sheriff 1951-03-15
Movie Along the Great Divide Ed Roden 1951-06-02
Movie The Lion Hunters Tom Forbes 1951-03-25
Movie Tomorrow Is Another Day Hugh Wagner 1951-08-08
Movie My Favorite Spy Gen. Frazer 1951-12-25
Movie Flight to Mars Ikron 1951-11-11
Movie Borderline Bill Whittaker 1950-03-01
Movie Chain Lightning Ed Bostwick 1950-02-18
Movie The Damned Don't Cry Jim Whitehead 1950-04-07
Movie Rocketship X-M Dr. Ralph Fleming 1950-06-02
Movie Short Grass Hal Fenton 1950-12-24
Movie In a Lonely Place Lloyd Barnes 1950-05-17
Movie Southside 1-1000 Eugene Deane 1950-11-16
Movie Bad Men of Tombstone Mr. Jones 1949-01-21
Movie We Were Strangers M. Seymour 1949-04-27
Movie The Fountainhead Prosecutor (uncredited) 1949-06-25
Movie Colorado Territory United States Marshal 1949-06-11
Movie The Fabulous Fraud Blind Girl's Father 1948-08-28
Movie Fighting Back Robert J. Higby 1948-07-30
Movie For the Love of Mary Adm. Walton 1948-09-01
Movie Joan of Arc Poton de Xaintrailles, Captain 1948-12-22
Movie Little Mister Jim Col. W.I. Starwell 1947-04-01
Movie Undercover Maisie Parker 1947-03-01
Movie Song of the Thin Man Inspector (uncredited) 1947-08-28
Movie The Mighty McGurk Fowles 1947-01-02
Movie High Wall Dr. Stanley Griffin 1947-12-17
Movie Cynthia Mr. Phillips, Principal 1947-08-29
Movie Good News Dean Griswold 1947-12-04
Movie Desire Me Hector Martin 1947-10-31
Movie Merton of the Movies Goodfellow's Club Manager (uncredited) 1947-10-11
Movie The Postman Always Rings Twice Judge (uncredited) 1946-05-02
Movie Undercurrent (uncredited) 1946-11-11
Movie The Cockeyed Miracle Dr. Wilson 1946-10-26
Movie Phantoms, Inc. Narrator (voice) 1945-06-09
Movie The Hidden Eye Ferris (henchman) 1945-08-31
Movie Adventure Mr. Ludlow - Farmer (uncredited) 1945-12-28
Movie Purity Squad 1945-11-03
Movie Meet the People Monte Rowland 1944-06-01
Movie Rationing Morgan 1944-03-24
Movie Marriage Is a Private Affair Ed Scofield 1944-08-23
Movie The Heavenly Body Dr. Green 1944-03-23
Movie Dark Shadows Police Lt. Pat McKay 1944-12-16
Movie Barbary Coast Gent Alec Veeder 1944-09-01
Movie The Thin Man Goes Home Willoughby Peavy 1944-12-24
Movie Gentle Annie Deputy Gansby 1944-12-05
Movie Dixie Dugan Editor 1943-03-12
Movie Best Foot Forward Col. Harkrider 1943-10-08
Movie Swing Fever Dan Conlon 1943-11-01
Movie Ten Gentlemen from West Point Wood 1942-06-26
Movie Roxie Hart Martin S. Harrison 1942-02-20
Movie Ride 'Em Cowboy Ace Anderson 1942-02-13
Movie Tales of Manhattan Judge 1942-08-05
Movie The Omaha Trail Henchman Job 1942-09-01
Movie Time to Kill Alexander Morny 1942-12-24
Movie Reunion in France Martin 1942-12-25
Movie The Loves of Edgar Allan Poe Mr. Graham 1942-08-28
Movie Border Vigilantes Dan Forbes 1941-04-18
Movie Doomed Caravan Stephen Westcott 1941-01-10
Movie Pirates on Horseback Ace Gibson 1941-05-23
Movie The Roundup 'Parenthesis' 1941-04-03
Movie This Woman Is Mine Roussel 1941-08-22
Movie Wide Open Town Jim Stuart 1941-08-08
Movie I Wake Up Screaming Assistant District Attorney 1941-10-31
Movie The Bandit Trail Red Haggerty 1941-10-10
Movie Knights of the Range Gamecock 1940-02-23
Movie The Light of Western Stars Nat Hayworth 1940-04-17
Movie The Showdown Baron Rendor 1940-03-08
Movie Buck Benny Rides Again Second Outlaw 1940-05-31
Movie Cherokee Strip Hawk Barrett 1940-10-10
Movie Hills of Old Wyoming Andrews 1937-04-16
Movie Borderland Loco 1937-02-26
Movie North of the Rio Grande Henry Stoneham 1937-06-28
Movie Rustlers' Valley Glen Randall 1937-07-23
Movie Hopalong Cassidy Returns Blackie Felton 1936-10-16
Movie Trail Dust Tex Anderson 1936-12-11
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