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  • BIRTH 28/08/1896
  • DEATH 02/09/1964
  • Country United States
  • SHOWS 3
  • MOVIES 45

Morris Ankrum

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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.

Morris Ankrum

Shows (3)

Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke
Merle
Four Star Playhouse
Four Star Playhouse
Mr. Mason / Mr. Raymond / Warden
M Squad
M Squad
Police Inspector Dean

Movies (45)

Vera Cruz
Vera Cruz
Gen. Ramírez
The Postman Always Rings Twice
The Postman Always Rings Twice
Judge (uncredited)
Apache
Apache
Dawson
Invaders from Mars
Invaders from Mars
Col. Fielding
Colorado Territory
Colorado Territory
United States Marshal
Beginning of the End
Beginning of the End
Gen. John Hanson
Lady in the Lake
Lady in the Lake
Eugene Grayson
The Harvey Girls
The Harvey Girls
Rev. Claggett
Taza, Son of Cochise
Taza, Son of Cochise
Grey Eagle
Flight Nurse
Flight Nurse
Interrogation Officer
The Thin Man Goes Home
The Thin Man Goes Home
Willoughby Peavy
Silver Lode
Silver Lode
Zachary Evans
Duel on the Mississippi
Duel on the Mississippi
Magistrate (uncredited)
Rocketship X-M
Rocketship X-M
Dr. Ralph Fleming
Borderland
Borderland
Loco
In a Lonely Place
In a Lonely Place
Lloyd Barnes
From the Earth to the Moon
From the Earth to the Moon
President Ulysses S. Grant
Tower of London
Tower of London
The Archbishop
Chief Crazy Horse
Chief Crazy Horse
Red Cloud
The Giant Claw
The Giant Claw
Lt. Gen. Edward Considine
The Little Lamb: A Christmas Story
The Little Lamb: A Christmas Story
Azar the Shepherd
Song of the Thin Man
Song of the Thin Man
Inspector (uncredited)
Flight To Mars
Flight To Mars
Ikron
Gentle Annie
Gentle Annie
Deputy Gansby
X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes
X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes
Mr. Bowhead (uncredited)
Tomorrow Is Another Day
Tomorrow Is Another Day
Hugh Wagner
Courage of Lassie
Courage of Lassie
Farmer Crews
Mexican Manhunt
Mexican Manhunt
Tip Morgan
Reunion in France
Reunion in France
Martin
Roxie Hart
Roxie Hart
Martin S. Harrison
Along the Great Divide
Along the Great Divide
Ed Roden
We Were Strangers
We Were Strangers
M. Seymour
Drums Across the River
Drums Across the River
Chief Ouray
I Wake Up Screaming
I Wake Up Screaming
Assistant District Attorney
The Raiders
The Raiders
Thomas Ainsworth
Young and Wild
Young and Wild
Police Capt. Egan
Tales of Manhattan
Tales of Manhattan
Judge
Son of Ali Baba
Son of Ali Baba
Ali Baba
Best Foot Forward
Best Foot Forward
Col. Harkrider
Earth vs. the Flying Saucers
Earth vs. the Flying Saucers
Brig. Gen. John Hanley
The Sea of Grass
The Sea of Grass
A.J. Crane
The Damned Don't Cry
The Damned Don't Cry
Jim Whitehead
Omar Khayyam
Omar Khayyam
Sharain's Father
Kronos
Kronos
Dr. Albert Stern
Ride 'Em Cowboy
Ride 'Em Cowboy
Ace Anderson