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Overview (3)

Born in St. Joseph, Missouri, USA
Died in Los Angeles, California, USA  (cancer)
Birth NameMorris Berger

Mini Bio (2)

Laconic, "good ole boy" type Texan raised actor with appropriate drawl who has notched up several dozen film and TV appearances playing working class men from various backgrounds such as farmers, soldiers, bartenders etc. Best known as the country and western music fan, Bob....the owner of "Bob's Country Bunker" in the cult hit The Blues Brothers (1980), and also as the wise cracking Pvt. Cowboy in the very noisy Clint Eastwood WWII war film Kelly's Heroes (1970).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: firehouse44

As a boy, he moved with his family to Lubbock, Texas where he played football at Lubbock High. Upon graduation, he moved directly to Hollywood to become an actor. At first, he parked cars at Lawry's Restaurant and at Trader Vic's, where he met and somehow convinced Broderick Crawford to give him a small part on Highway Patrol. His first acting job turned out to be a disaster, when the young actor got so nervous that he forgot his lines and ran from the set. This small setback aside, Jeff Morris soon began to rack up a steady stream of character roles that would gain him notice. Along the way, he worked with many of Hollywood's greats, including Clint Eastwood, Jack Nicholson, and Meryl Streep.

Respected as a "fine actor" by all who knew him, Jeff Morris was also known as a hard-charging, no-nonsense fellow who would let you know exactly what he was thinking (especially when he had a couple of belts in him). As Nicholson said of Jeff shortly after his death, "Jeff was an old-fashioned, rough man."

- IMDb Mini Biography By: anonymous

Trade Mark (1)

New York Yankees baseball cap

Trivia (6)

Went to High School with Buddy Holly.
Was good friends with Jack Nicholson. They had a part together in the original draft of About Schmidt (2002), but it was taken out of the final release.
He is buried in Westwood Memorial Park. His tombstone reads "Fine Actor, Weather Permitting"
Jeff once told Elvis Presley (after they finished making Kid Galahad (1962) together) that he "really didn't like the kind of music Elvis did." Flabbergasted, Elvis walked off.
While in the hospital (near the end of his battle with cancer) a nurse brought in an actors headshot in the hopes that Jeff Morris could somehow help with the nurse's movie career. Enraged, Paul Winters (Jeff Morris' good friend), who was in the room visiting at the time, chased the nurse from the room and had to be shown out of the hospital by security.
In what would have probably been his last big screen appearance, Jeff Morris had a scene with his old friend Jack Nicholson in the film About Schmidt (2002) as a farmer that Schmidt meets at a gas station. The scene was ultimately cut, but it can still be seen in its entirety in the deleted scenes section on the DVD.

Personal Quotes (1)

It's not what you drive...it's what you do when you get there that matters

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