In the late '50s Morris starred in a TV pilot for a proposed western series called "They Went Thataway". It didn't sell.
6' 2" (1.88 m)
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Every time they showed a picture aboard the Essex, I was scared to death it would be one of mine. That's something I could never have lived down." On his wartime experiences: "As to what a fellow thinks when he's scared, I guess it's the same with anyone. You get fleeting glimpses in your mind of your home, your wife, the baby you want to see. You see so clearly all the mistakes you made. You ...
Former Warner Bros. producer Mark Hellinger
, who had started his own independent production unit at Universal-International, wanted Morris to star in his first picture, The Killers
(1946). Warners wouldn't loan him out, so Hellinger cast the unknown Burt Lancaster
in his first movie. It made him a star.