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Morey Amsterdam (1908–1996)


Born in Chicago, Morey Amsterdam started in vaudeville at the age of 14, as a straight man for his piano-playing brother. His father, a concert violinist who worked with the Chicago Opera and the San Francisco Symphony, wanted Morey to pursue a career in classical music but Morey had other plans. By the time he was 16, he was working at a Chicago ... See full bio »

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 1996 Caroline in the City (TV Series)
Vic Stansky
- Caroline and the Watch (1996) ... Vic Stansky
 1995 Cybill (TV Series)
Man in Nursing Home
- See Jeff Jump, Jump, Jeff, Jump! (1995) ... Man in Nursing Home (uncredited)
 1993 Sandman
Car Salesman
 1993 Herman's Head (TV Series)
Buddy
- When Hairy Met Hermy (1993) ... Buddy
 1990 1st & Ten: The Championship (TV Series)
Joe
- If I Didn't Play Football (1990) ... Joe
 1990 The Young and the Restless (TV Series)
Morey
- Episode #1.4348 (1990) ... Morey
 1988 Side by Side (TV Movie)
Moe
 1986 Crazy Like a Fox (TV Series)
 1985 Brothers (TV Series)
Mr. Bobo
- A Greasepaint Smile (1985) ... Mr. Bobo
 1985 Hail to the Chief (TV Series)
Manny
- Episode #1.5 (1985) ... Manny
 1983 Believe You Can... And You Can! (TV Movie)
J. Fauntenoy Chiffenrobe
 1983 Fantasy Island (TV Series)
 1978-1982 The Love Boat (TV Series)
Floyd Loomis / Moe Price
- The Groupies/The Audition/Doc's Nephew (1982) ... Floyd Loomis
 1980 The Littlest Hobo (TV Series)
Freddie Tewksbury
- Fast Freddie (1980) ... Freddie Tewksbury
 1979 Project U.F.O. (TV Series)
Ollie Hayes
 1979 Sooner or Later (TV Movie)
Eddie Nova, guitar teacher
 1979 Here It Is, Burlesque! (TV Movie)
Host and skits
 1978 Vega$ (TV Series)
Izzy
- Centerfold (1978) ... Izzy
 1977 Alice (TV Series)
Herman
- Alice by Moonlight (1977) ... Herman
 1977 Mixed Nuts (TV Short)
Moe
 1976 Rudolph's Shiny New Year (TV Movie)
One Million (O.M) (voice)
 1969-1973 Love, American Style (TV Series)
Bodkin (segment "Love and the See-Through Mind") / Mr. Adams (segment "Love and Mother")
- Love and the Athlete/Love and the Dummies/Love and Mother/Love and the Shower (1969) ... Mr. Adams (segment "Love and Mother") (uncredited)
 1972 Honeymoon Suite (TV Series)
Bellboy
 1971 Adam-12 (TV Series)
Jerry Mermaid
- Log 106: Post Time (1971) ... Jerry Mermaid
 1970 The Partridge Family (TV Series)
Ziggy Shnurr
 1968 The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit
Charlie Blake
 1968 That's Life (TV Series)
- Life in Suburbia (1968)
 1966 Daktari (TV Series)
Sammy Spotts
- The Chimp Who Cried Wolf (1966) ... Sammy Spotts
 1966 Don't Worry, We'll Think of a Title
Charlie Yuckapuck
 1964 The Famous Adventures of Mr. Magoo (TV Series) (voice)
 1962 Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol (TV Movie)
Brady / James (voice)
 1962 Gay Purr-ee
Narrator (voice)
 1961 Pete and Gladys (TV Series)
Fred
- Gladys Rents the House (1961) ... Fred
 1960 Murder, Inc.
Walter Sage
 1959 The Further Adventures of Ellery Queen (TV Series)
J.C. Smith
- Dance Into Death (1959) ... J.C. Smith
 1958 Have Gun - Will Travel (TV Series)
Lucien Bellingham
- The Moor's Revenge (1958) ... Lucien Bellingham
 1958 The Phil Silvers Show (TV Series)
Harry Harris
- Bilko's Giveaway (1958) ... Harry Harris
 1958 Dragnet (TV Series)
- The Big Ruthie (1958)
 1958 Machine-Gun Kelly
Michael Fandango
 1958 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
Mr. Braxton
- I Shot a Prowler (1958) ... Mr. Braxton
 1958 Gunsmoke (TV Series)
Cicero Grimes
- Joe Phy (1958) ... Cicero Grimes
 1958 The Adventures of Jim Bowie (TV Series)
Pinky
- Choctaw Honor (1958) ... Pinky
 1957 Matinee Theatre (TV Series)
- A Cloud for Jeni (1957)
 1957 How to Marry a Millionaire (TV Series)
Jack Connors
- The Three Pretenders (1957) ... Jack Connors
 1957 The O. Henry Playhouse (TV Series)
Phineas C. Gooch
- Hypothesis of Failure (1957) ... Phineas C. Gooch
- Wit's End (1957)
 1957 December Bride (TV Series)
Herbert
- Mountain Climbing (1957) ... Herbert
 1957 The Gale Storm Show: Oh! Susanna (TV Series)
Mr. Agnew
- Checkmate (1957) ... Mr. Agnew
 1952 Columbia Animal Cavalcade 1: Chimp-Antics (Short)
Commentator
 1949 The Morey Amsterdam Show (TV Series)
The club emcee
- Episode #2.1 (1949) ... The club emcee
- Episode #1.13 (1949) ... The club emcee
 1930 Tom Sawyer
Unknown role (uncredited)
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(1940s) Appeared as a regular panelist on the radio program, "Stop Me if You've Heard This One" during the late 1940s. Contestants won cash prizes if one of the panelists (Amsterdam, Cal Tinney, Lew Lehr, George Givot or, later in the run, Benny Rubin, couldn't finish a joke that the master of ceremonies started. See more »

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Personal Quote:

[on how exclusive his Beverly Hills neighborhood was] Even the police have an unlisted number. See more »

Trivia:

He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Radio at 6850 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California. See more »

Nickname:

The Human Joke Machine

Star Sign:

Sagittarius

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