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Morris Ankrum (1897–1964)

A graduate of the University of Southern California School of Law, Morris Ankrum was an attorney and an economics professor before switching careers and joining the theater. He was a veteran stage actor by the time he entered the film industry in the 1930s, where he spent much time in westerns, playing everything from Indian chiefs to crooked town... See full bio »

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In a Lonely Place
In a Lonely Place Lloyd Barnes
Earth vs. the Flying Saucers
Earth vs. the Flying Saucers Brig. Gen. John Hanley
Invaders from Mars
Invaders from Mars Col. Fielding
Vera Cruz
Vera Cruz Gen. Ramírez


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 1965 Guns of Diablo
Ray Macklin
 1963 X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes
Mr. Bowhead (uncredited)
 1962 Tower of London
The Archbishop (uncredited)
 1961 Most Dangerous Man Alive
Capt. Davis
 1958 Half Human
Dr. Carl Jordan
 1958 Frontier Gun
Andrew Barton
 1958 Tarawa Beachhead
Chief of Staff, Pearl Harbor (uncredited)
 1958 Twilight for the Gods
Sea Captain
 1958 Badman's Country
Mayor Coleman
 1958 Curse of the Faceless Man
Narrator (voice, uncredited)
 1958 The Saga of Hemp Brown
Bo Slauter
 1958 How to Make a Monster
Police Capt. Hancock
 1958 Young and Wild
Police Capt. Egan
 1958 Giant from the Unknown
Dr. Frederick Cleveland
 1957 Omar Khayyam
Imam Nowaffak
 1957 Beginning of the End
Gen. John Hanson
 1957 The Giant Claw
Lt. Gen. Edward Considine
 1957 Kronos
Dr. Albert Stern
 1957 Hell's Crossroads
 1957 Zombies of Mora Tau
Dr. Jonathan Eggert
 1957 Drango
Henry Calder
 1956 Naked Gun
Sheriff Jim Jackson (as Morrie Ankrum)
 1956 The Desperados Are in Town
Mr. Rutherford
 1956 Death of a Scoundrel
Capt. LaFarge - Homicide Squad
 1956 Quincannon, Frontier Scout
Col. Harry Conover
 1956 When Gangland Strikes
Leo Fantzler
 1956 Fury at Gunsight Pass
Doc Phillips
 1955 No Man's Woman
Capt. Hostedder
 1955 Tennessee's Partner
Judge Parker
 1955 Duel on the Mississippi
Magistrate (uncredited)
 1955 The Last Command
Military Governor Juan Bradburn (uncredited)
 1955 The Eternal Sea
Vice-Adm. Arthur Dewey Struble
 1955 The Silver Star
Charlie Childress
 1955 Crashout
Head Guard
 1955 Jupiter's Darling (uncredited)
 1955 Many Rivers to Cross
Mr. Emmett - Surly Innkeeper & J.P. (uncredited)
 1954 Vera Cruz
Gen. Ramírez
 1954 The Steel Cage
Prison Board Member Garvey (segment "The Hostages")
 1954 Cattle Queen of Montana
J.I. 'Pop' Jones
 1954 Two Guns and a Badge
Sheriff Jackson
 1954 The Outlaw Stallion
 1954 Apache
 1954 Drums Across the River
Chief Ouray
 1954 Southwest Passage
Dr. Elias P. Stanton
 1954 Taza, Son of Cochise
Grey Eagle
 1954 Three Young Texans
Jeff Blair
 1953 Flight Nurse
Interrogating Officer (uncredited)
 1953 The Moonlighter
Alexander Prince
 1953 Mexican Manhunt
Tip Morgan
 1953 Sky Commando
Gen. W.R. Combs
 1953 Devil's Canyon
 1953 Arena
Bucky Hillberry
 1953 Invaders from Mars
Col. Fielding
 1953 Fort Vengeance
Chief Crowfoot
 1953 The Man Behind the Gun
Bram Creegan
 1952 Hiawatha
 1952 Because of You
Dr. Travis
 1952 The Raiders
Alcalde Thomas Ainsworth
 1952 Three for Bedroom C
Well-Wisher at Station (uncredited)
 1952 Red Planet Mars
Secretary of Defense Sparks
 1952 Mutiny
Capt. Radford
 1952 Fort Osage
Arthur Pickett
 1951 My Favorite Spy
Gen. Frazer
 1951 Flight to Mars
 1951 Tomorrow Is Another Day
Hugh Wagner
 1951 Fighting Coast Guard
Navy Captain
 1951 Along the Great Divide
Ed Roden
 1951 The Lion Hunters
Tom Forbes
 1950 Short Grass
Hal Fenton
 1950 Southside 1-1000
Eugene Deane
 1950 The Damned Don't Cry
Jim Whitehead
 1950 Borderline
Bill Whittaker
 1950 Chain Lightning
Ed Bostwick
 1949 Slattery's Hurricane
Dr. Holmes (uncredited)
 1949 The Fountainhead
Prosecutor (uncredited)
 1949 Colorado Territory
United States Marshal
 1949 We Were Strangers
Mr. Seymour
 1949 Bad Men of Tombstone
Mr. Jones
 1948 For the Love of Mary
Adm. Walton
 1948 Fighting Back
Robert J. Higby
 1948 Alias a Gentleman
O.K. (scenes deleted)
 1947 High Wall
Dr. Stanley Griffin
 1947 Good News
Dean Griswold
 1947 Desire Me
Hector Martin
 1947 Merton of the Movies
Goodfellow's Club Manager (uncredited)
 1947 Cynthia
Mr. Phillips, Principal
 1947 Song of the Thin Man
The Police Inspector (uncredited)
 1947 Little Mister Jim
Col. Starwell
 1947 Undercover Maisie
 1947 Lady in the Lake
Eugene Grayson
 1947 The Mighty McGurk
 1946 Undercurrent (uncredited)
 1946 Courage of Lassie
Farmer Crews
 1946 The Postman Always Rings Twice
Judge (uncredited)
 1946 The Green Years
Dr. Galbraith (uncredited)
 1946 The Harvey Girls
Rev. Claggett
 1945 The Thin Man Goes Home
 1945 Adventure
Mr. Ludlow - Farmer (uncredited)
 1945 The Hidden Eye
 1944 Gentle Annie
Deputy Gansby
 1944 Barbary Coast Gent
Alec Veeder
 1944 Marriage Is a Private Affair
Mr. Ed Scofield
 1944 Kismet
The Caliph's Messenger (uncredited)
 1944 Meet the People
Monte Rowland
 1944 Rationing
Mr. Morgan
 1944 The Heavenly Body
Dr. Green
 1944 See Here, Private Hargrove
Col. Forbes (uncredited)
 1943 Whistling in Brooklyn
Blake - Newspaper Editor (uncredited)
 1943 The Cross of Lorraine
Col. Demas (uncredited)
 1943 Swing Fever
Dan Conlon
 1943 I Dood It
 1943 Let's Face It
Man in Sun Shell Cafe (uncredited)
 1943 Best Foot Forward
Col. Harkrider
 1943 Dixie Dugan
 1943 Assignment in Brittany
Stenger (uncredited)
 1943 The Human Comedy
Mr. Beaufrere (uncredited)
 1942 Reunion in France
 1942 Time to Kill
Alexander Morny
 1942 The Omaha Trail
Henchman Job
 1942 The Loves of Edgar Allan Poe
Mr. Graham
 1942 Tales of Manhattan
Judge Tom Barnes (Robinson sequence)
 1942 Roxie Hart
Martin S. Harrison
 1942 Ride 'Em Cowboy
Ace Anderson
 1941 Road Agent
Big John Morgan
 1941 I Wake Up Screaming
Assistant District Attorney
 1941 The Bandit Trail
Red Haggerty
 1941 This Woman Is Mine
 1941 Wide Open Town
Jim Stuart
 1941 Pirates on Horseback
Ace Gibson
 1941 Border Vigilantes
Dan Forbes
 1941 In Old Colorado
Joe Weiler
 1941 The Roundup
 1941 Cheers for Miss Bishop
Professor at Minna's Hearing (uncredited)
 1941 Doomed Caravan
Stephen Westcott
 1940 Cherokee Strip
Hawk Barrett
 1940 Buck Benny Rides Again
Second Outlaw (as Morri Ankrum)
 1940 The Showdown
Baron Rendor
 1940 Knights of the Range
 1937 Rustlers' Valley
Glen Randall (as Stephen Morris)
 1937 North of the Rio Grande
Henry Stoneham (as Stephen Morris)
 1937 Hills of Old Wyoming
Andrews (as Stephen Morris)
 1937 Borderland
Loco (as Stephen Morris)
 1936 Trail Dust
Tex Anderson (as Stephen Morris)
 1936 Hopalong Cassidy Returns
Blackie (as Stephen Morris)
 1934 Stand Up and Cheer!
Washington Press Correspondent (uncredited)
 1933 Reunion in Vienna
Musician (uncredited)
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Stage Play: Prologue to Glory. Drama. See more »

Alternate Names:

Morrie Ankrum | Morri Ankrum | Stephen Morris


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Before becoming an actor, he was an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of California-Berkeley. See more »



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