Morris Ankrum

Place of birth:
Danville, Illinois, USA:
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Morris Ankrum (born Morris Nussbaum, August 28, 1896 – September 2, 1964) was an American radio, television and film character actor. Before signing with Paramount Pictures in the 1930s, Nussbaum had already changed his last name to Ankrum. Upon signing with the studio, he chose to use the name "Stephen Morris" before changing it to Morris Ankrum in 1939. Ankrum's stern visage and sharply defined features helped cast him in supporting roles as stalwart authority figures, including scientists, military men (particularly army officers), judges and even psychiatrists in more than 150 films, mostly B movies. One standout role was in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's production of Tennessee Johnson (1942), a biographical film about Andrew Johnson, the 17th U.S. president. As Sen. Jefferson Davis, Ankrum movingly addresses the United States Senate upon his resignation to lead the Confederate States of America as that republic's first—and only—president. Ankrum's film career was extensive and spanned 30 years. His credits were largely concentrated in the western and science-fiction genres. Ankrum appeared in such westerns as Ride 'Em Cowboy in 1942, Vera Cruz opposite Gary Cooper and Burt Lancaster, Apache (1954), and Cattle Queen of Montana with Barbara Stanwyck and Ronald Reagan. In the sci-fi genre, he appeared in Rocketship X-M (1950), Flight to Mars (1951), as a Martian, Red Planet Mars (1952), playing the United States Secretary of Defense; the cult classic Invaders From Mars (1953), playing a United States Army officer; and as an Army general in Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956). In 1957 he played a psychiatrist in the cult sci-fi classic Kronos and had military-officer roles in Beginning of the End and The Giant Claw.


Guns of Diablo (1965)
as Ray Macklin
X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes (1963)
as Mr. Bowhead (uncredited)
Tower of London (1962)
as The Archbishop
Most Dangerous Man Alive (1961)
as Capt. Davis
Half Human: The Story of the Abominable Snowman (1958)
as Dr. Carl Jordan
From the Earth to the Moon (1958)
as President Ulysses S. Grant
Frontier Gun (1958)
as Andrew Barton
The Saga of Hemp Brown (1958)
as Bo Slauter
Curse of the Faceless Man (1958)
as Narrator (unconfirmed)
Badman's Country (1958)
as Mayor Coleman
How to Make a Monster (1958)
as Police Capt. Hancock
Giant from the Unknown (1958)
as Dr. Frederick Cleveland
The Power of the Resurrection (1958)
as Annas
Omar Khayyam (1957)
as Sharain's Father
Beginning of the End (1957)
as Gen. John Hanson
The Giant Claw (1957)
as Lt. Gen. Edward Considine
Kronos (1957)
as Dr. Albert Stern
Hell's Crossroads (1957)
as Wheeler
Zombies of Mora Tau (1957)
as Dr. Jonathan Eggert
Drango (1957)
as Henry Calder
Naked Gun (1956)
as Sheriff Jim Jackson (as Morrie Ankrum)
The Desperados Are in Town (1956)
as Mr. Rutherford
Walk the Proud Land (1956)
as Gen. Wade
Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956)
as Brig. Gen. John Hanley
Quincannon, Frontier Scout (1956)
as Col. Harry Conover
When Gangland Strikes (1956)
as Leo Fantzler
Fury at Gunsight Pass (1956)
as Doc Phillips
No Man's Woman (1955)
as Capt. Hostedder
Tennessee's Partner (1955)
as Judge Parker
The Eternal Sea (1955)
as Vice-Adm. Arthur Dewey Struble
The Silver Star (1955)
as Charlie Childress
Chief Crazy Horse (1955)
as Red Cloud
Crashout (1955)
as Head Guard
The Little Lamb: A Christmas Story (1955)
as Azar the Shepherd
Vera Cruz (1954)
as Gen. Ramírez
The Steel Cage (1954)
as Prison Board Member Garvey, segment "The Hostages"
Three Young Texans (1954)
as Jeff Blair
Cattle Queen of Montana (1954)
as J.I. 'Pop' Jones
Two Guns and a Badge (1954)
as Sheriff Jackson
Silver Lode (1954)
as Zachary Evans
Apache (1954)
as Dawson
The Outlaw Stallion (1954)
as Sheriff
Drums Across the River (1954)
as Chief Ouray
Southwest Passage (1954)
as Dr. Stanton
Taza, Son of Cochise (1954)
as Grey Eagle
Flight Nurse (1953)
as Interrogation Officer
The Moonlighter (1953)
as Alexander Prince
Mexican Manhunt (1953)
as Tip Morgan
Sky Commando (1953)
as Gen. W.R. Combs
Devil's Canyon (1953)
as Ed, the Sheriff
Arena (1953)
as Bucky Hillberry
Invaders from Mars (1953)
as Col. Fielding
I Beheld His Glory (1953)
as Peter
Fort Vengeance (1953)
as Chief Crowfoot
The Man Behind The Gun (1953)
as Bram Creegan
Hiawatha (1952)
as Iagoo
A Star Shall Rise (1952)
as King Herod
The Raiders (1952)
as Alcalde Thomas Ainsworth
Son of Ali Baba (1952)
as Ali Baba
Mutiny (1952)
as Capt. Radford
Fort Osage (1952)
as Arthur Pickett
Because of You (1952)
as Dr. Travis
My Favorite Spy (1951)
as Gen. Frazer
Flight to Mars (1951)
as Ikron
Tomorrow Is Another Day (1951)
as Hugh Wagner
Along the Great Divide (1951)
as Ed Roden
Fighting Coast Guard (1951)
as Navy Captain
The Lion Hunters (1951)
as Tom Forbes
The Redhead and The Cowboy (1951)
as Sheriff
Short Grass (1950)
as Hal Fenton
Southside 1-1000 (1950)
as Eugene Deane
Rocketship X-M (1950)
as Dr. Ralph Fleming
In a Lonely Place (1950)
as Lloyd Barnes
The Damned Don't Cry (1950)
as Jim Whitehead
Borderline (1950)
as Bill Whittaker
Chain Lightning (1950)
as Ed Bostwick
The Fountainhead (1949)
as Prosecutor (uncredited)
Colorado Territory (1949)
as United States Marshal
We Were Strangers (1949)
as M. Seymour
Bad Men of Tombstone (1949)
as Mr. Jones
For the Love of Mary (1948)
as Adm. Walton
The Fabulous Fraud (1948)
as Blind Girl's Father
Fighting Back (1948)
as Robert J. Higby
Souvenirs of Death (1948)
as Gangster (uncredited)
High Wall (1947)
as Dr. Stanley Griffin
Good News (1947)
as Dean Griswold
Desire Me (1947)
as Hector Martin
Merton of the Movies (1947)
as Goodfellow's Club Manager (uncredited)
Cynthia (1947)
as Mr. Phillips, Principal
Song of the Thin Man (1947)
as Inspector (uncredited)
Little Mister Jim (1947)
as Col. W.I. Starwell
Undercover Maisie (1947)
as Parker
The Mighty McGurk (1947)
as Fowles
Lady in the Lake (1946)
as Eugene Grayson
Courage of Lassie (1946)
as Farmer Crews
The Cockeyed Miracle (1946)
as Dr. Wilson
The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)
as Judge (uncredited)
Adventure (1945)
as Mr. Ludlow - Farmer (uncredited)
Purity Squad (1945)
The Hidden Eye (1945)
as Ferris (henchman)
Phantoms, Inc. (1945)
as Narrator (voice)
The Thin Man Goes Home (1944)
as Willoughby Peavy
Dark Shadows (1944)
as Police Lt. Pat McKay
Gentle Annie (1944)
as Deputy Gansby
Return from Nowhere (1944)
as Doctor (uncredited)
Barbary Coast Gent (1944)
as Alec Veeder
Marriage Is a Private Affair (1944)
as Ed Scofield
Meet the People (1944)
as Monte Rowland
Main Street Today (1944)
as Mayor Charlie Maxwell (uncredited)
Rationing (1944)
as Morgan
The Heavenly Body (1944)
as Dr. Green
Swing Fever (1943)
as Dan Conlon
Best Foot Forward (1943)
as Col. Harkrider
Dixie Dugan (1943)
as Editor
Reunion in France (1942)
as Martin
Time to Kill (1942)
as Alexander Morny
The Omaha Trail (1942)
as Henchman Job
The Loves of Edgar Allan Poe (1942)
as Mr. Graham
Tales of Manhattan (1942)
as Judge
Ten Gentlemen from West Point (1942)
as Wood
Roxie Hart (1942)
as Martin S. Harrison
Ride 'Em Cowboy (1942)
as Ace Anderson
I Wake Up Screaming (1941)
as Assistant District Attorney
The Bandit Trail (1941)
as Red Haggerty
This Woman Is Mine (1941)
as Roussel
Wide Open Town (1941)
as Jim Stuart
Pirates on Horseback (1941)
as Ace Gibson
Border Vigilantes (1941)
as Dan Forbes
The Roundup (1941)
as 'Parenthesis'
In Old Colorado (1941)
as Joe Weiler
Doomed Caravan (1941)
as Stephen Westcott
Three Men From Texas (1940)
as Bruce Morgan
Cherokee Strip (1940)
as Hawk Barrett
Buck Benny Rides Again (1940)
as Second Outlaw
The Light of Western Stars (1940)
as Nat Hayworth
The Showdown (1940)
as Baron Rendor
Knights of the Range (1940)
as Gamecock
Rustlers' Valley (1937)
as Glen Randall
North of the Rio Grande (1937)
as Henry Stoneham
Hills of Old Wyoming (1937)
as Andrews
Borderland (1937)
as Loco
Trail Dust (1936)
as Tex Anderson
Hopalong Cassidy Returns (1936)
as Blackie Felton © 2020

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