Morey Amsterdam

Morey Amsterdam

Highest Rated: 79% It Came From Outer Space (1953)

Lowest Rated: 43% Beach Party (1963)

Birthday: Dec 14, 1908

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA

This short, fast-talking comic of TV and nightclubs gained his biggest fame as comedy writer Buddy Sorrell on "The Dick Van Dyke Show" (CBS, 1961-66). Known as The Human Joke Machine, Amsterdam began his career as a cellist, then entered vaudeville with his brother. While performing, he penned jokes for such stars as Fanny Brice and Will Rogers, and co-wrote such songs as "Rum and Coca-Cola" and "Why Oh Why Did I Ever Leave Wyoming?." He was also a screenwriter for MGM and for various radio shows. By the late 1940s, Amsterdam was writing gags for himself, appearing on three daily series in 1947 alone (he once did 75 shows in one week). He also wrote political gags for Presidents Roosevelt, Johnson and Reagan.

Highest rated movies

It Came From Outer Space
Rudolph's Shiny New Year
Beach Party

Photos

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Side by Side Moe (Character) - 1988
50% 51% Rudolph's Shiny New Year Unknown (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Honeymoon Suite Bellboy (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet 70% The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit Charlie Blake (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet 42% Don't Worry, We'll Think of a Title Charlie Yuckapuck (Character),
Screenwriter,
Producer
- 1966
No Score Yet 41% Muscle Beach Party Cappy (Character) - 1964
43% 42% Beach Party Cappy (Character) - 1963
No Score Yet 77% Gay Purr-ee Narrator - 1962
No Score Yet 67% Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol Brady/James (Voice) - 1962
No Score Yet 45% Machine Gun Kelly Michael Fandango (Character) - 1958
79% 54% It Came From Outer Space Corporal getting out of first staff car at crash site (unconfirmed) (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet 0% The Ghost and the Guest Screenwriter - 1943
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hollywood Hobbies Screenwriter - 1939

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Caroline in the City Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cybill Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet 1st & Ten Joe (Guest Star) 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fame Unknown (Guest Star) 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fantasy Island Unknown (Guest Star) 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Littlest Hobo Unknown (Guest Star) 1980
No Score Yet 65% Alice Unknown (Guest Star) 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1968 1974
No Score Yet 50% The Partridge Family Ziggy Shnurr (Guest Star) 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet Daktari Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
No Score Yet 100% The Dick Van Dyke Show Maurice "Buddy" Sorrell (Character) 1961-1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet I've Got a Secret Guest 1961 1963-1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Have Gun -- Will Travel Unknown (Guest Star) 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Marshal Dillon Unknown (Guest Star) 1958
No Score Yet 100% Gunsmoke Cicero Grimes (Guest Star) 1958