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Morton Downey Jr. (1933–2001)


Talk-show host and songwriter ("Because We're Young", "Hearts Are Wild"), composer, author, actor and singer, educated at New York University (BS) and a two-year Law School student. He was a program director and announcer at WPOP in Hartford, Connecticut, and later made several records under his birth name. Joining ASCAP in 1960, his other ... See full bio »

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Known For

Predator 2
Predator 2 Tony Pope
(1990)
Discover Wall Street
Discover Wall Street Himself - Host
(1998)
Showdown
Showdown Himself - Host
(1990)

Filmography

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 1999 Palmer's Pick-Up
Dick Cash
 1997 Meet Wally Sparks
Morton Downey Jr.
 1996 Diagnosis Murder (TV Series)
Carl Burke
- FMurder (1996) ... Carl Burke
 1996 Hollywood: The Movie (Video)
Carlton
 1993 Counterstrike (TV Series)
Monroe Park
- The Raw Truth (1993) ... Monroe Park
 1992 The Silencer
Michael Keating
 1991 Legal Tender
Mal Connery
 1991 Monsters (TV Series)
Ray Bright
- A Face for Radio (1991) ... Ray Bright
 1990 Thanksgiving Day (TV Movie)
 1989 True Blue (TV Series)
 1989 1st & Ten: The Championship (TV Series)
TV Show Host
- The Book According to Zagreb (1989) ... TV Show Host
 1989 Teething with Anger (TV Movie)
Nasty Baby
 1978 Born Again
Classroom Guard
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Show Show Self (24 credits)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Recorded an album of country music at the height of popularity of his talk show. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 1 Print Biography | 2 Interviews | 1 Pictorial | See more »

Height:

5' 8½" (1.74 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[on fans of his talk-show] It isn't the rich people who come up and say, "Oh Mort, you're just great." It's the blacks and the ethnics and the blue collars, those guys with too much hair on their shoulder blades. They want some answers. See more »

Trivia:

He was diagnosed with lung cancer in 1996, and had part of his right lung removed. The remainder of the lung was removed in March 1998 with the discovery of a small tumor. See more »

Trademark:

Saying "Zip it!" to unruly guests on the show See more »

Nickname:

Mort the Mouth

Star Sign:

Sagittarius

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