Morris Ankrum

Morris Ankrum

Highest Rated: 100% Good News (1947)

Lowest Rated: 17% The Sea of Grass (1947)

Birthday: Aug 27, 1896

Birthplace: Danville, Illinois, USA

American actor Morris Ankrum graduated from the University of Southern California with a law degree, then went on to an associate professorship in economics at the University of California at Berkeley. Here he founded a collegiate little theatre, eventually turning his hobby into a vocation as a teacher and director at the Pasadena Playhouse. (He was much admired by his students, including such future luminaries as Robert Preston and Raymond Burr.) Having already changed his name from Nussbaum to Ankrum for professional reasons, Ankrum was compelled to undergo another name change when he signed a Paramount Pictures contract in the 1930s; in his first films, he was billing as Stephen Morris. Reverting to Morris Ankrum in 1939, the sharp-featured, heavily eyebrowed actor flourished in strong character roles, usually of a villainous nature, throughout the 1940s. By the 1950s, Ankrum had more or less settled into "authority" roles in science-fiction films and TV programs. Among his best known credits in this genre were Rocketship X-M (1950), Red Planet Mars (1952), Flight to Mars (1952), Invaders From Mars (1953) (do we detect a subtle pattern here?), Earth Vs. the Flying Saucers (1956) and From the Earth to the Moon (1958). The fact that Morris Ankrum played innumerable Army generals was fondly invoked in director Joe Dante's 1993 comedy Matinee: the military officer played by Kevin McCarthy in the film-within-a-film Mant is named General Ankrum.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (Colorized) Actor 2007
88% 'X'---The Man With the X-Ray Eyes Foundation Head 1963
No Score Yet The Most Dangerous Man Alive Capt. Davis 1961
No Score Yet Giant from the Unknown Prof. Cleveland 1958
38% From the Earth to the Moon U.S. Grant 1958
No Score Yet How to Make a Monster Capt. Hancock 1958
63% Kronos Dr. Albert R. Stern 1958
No Score Yet Power of the Resurrection Actor 1958
No Score Yet Half Human Dr. Carl Jordan 1958
No Score Yet Jack the Ripper Actor 1958
33% The Brain from Planet Arous Actor 1957
No Score Yet Drango Henry Calder 1957
No Score Yet Beginning of the End Gen. Hanson 1957
No Score Yet The Giant Claw Lt. Gen. Edward Lewis 1957
No Score Yet Zombies of Mora Tau Jonathan Eggert 1957
No Score Yet Omar Khayyam Imam Mowaffak 1957
No Score Yet Death of a Scoundrel Captain Lafarge 1956
No Score Yet Quincannon, Frontier Scout Col. Conover 1956
No Score Yet Walk the Proud Land Gen. Wade 1956
71% Earth vs. the Flying Saucers Gen. Hanley 1956
No Score Yet When Gangland Strikes Actor 1956
No Score Yet Tennessee's Partner The Judge 1955
27% Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy Actor 1955
No Score Yet Chief Crazy Horse Red Cloud/Conquering Bear 1955
No Score Yet Crashout Head Guard 1955
No Score Yet Jupiter's Darling Actor 1955
No Score Yet No Man's Woman Capt. Hostedder 1955
83% Vera Cruz Gen. Aguilar 1954
No Score Yet Silver Lode Zachary Evans 1954
78% Apache Dawson 1954
No Score Yet Drums Across the River Ouray 1954
No Score Yet Southwest Passage Doc Stanton 1954
No Score Yet Taza, Son of Cochise Grey Eagle 1954
No Score Yet The Outlaw Stallion Sheriff Fred Flummer 1954
No Score Yet Cattle Queen of Montana J.I. 'Pop' Jones 1954
No Score Yet The Moonlighter Prince 1953
No Score Yet Arena Actor 1953
82% Invaders from Mars Col. Fielding 1953
No Score Yet Fort Vengeance Crowfoot 1953
No Score Yet The Man Behind the Gun Bram Creegan 1953
No Score Yet Devil's Canyon Sheriff 1953
No Score Yet Red Planet Mars Secretary Sparks 1952
No Score Yet Mutiny Radford 1952
No Score Yet Cowboy G-Men Actor 1952
No Score Yet Son of Ali Baba Ali Baba 1952
No Score Yet My Favorite Spy Gen. Fraser 1951
No Score Yet Flight to Mars Ikron 1951
No Score Yet Tomorrow Is Another Day Hugh Wagner 1951
No Score Yet Along the Great Divide Ed Roden 1951
No Score Yet Southside 1-1000 (Forgery) (Union 1-1000) Eugene Deane 1950
No Score Yet Rocketship X-M Dr. Fleming 1950
98% In a Lonely Place Lloyd Barnes 1950
No Score Yet The Damned Don't Cry Jim Whitehead 1950
No Score Yet Borderline Whittaker 1950
No Score Yet Chain Lightning Ed Bostwick 1950
No Score Yet Slattery's Hurricane Doctor 1949
83% The Fountainhead Prosecutor 1949
No Score Yet Colorado Territory US Marshal 1949
73% We Were Strangers Bank manager 1949
88% Joan of Arc Poton De Xantrailles 1948
No Score Yet For the Love of Mary Adm. Walton 1948
100% Good News Dean Griswold 1947
No Score Yet High Wall Dr. Stanley Griffin 1947
No Score Yet Desire Me Martin 1947
No Score Yet Cynthia Mr. Phillips, Principal 1947
17% The Sea of Grass Crane 1947
No Score Yet Undercover Maisie Parker 1947
80% Song of the Thin Man Inspector 1947
60% Lady in the Lake Eugene Grayson 1947
No Score Yet Little Mister Jim Col. Starwell 1947
No Score Yet The Cockeyed Miracle Dr. Wilson 1946
No Score Yet Courage of Lassie Farmer Crews 1946
92% The Postman Always Rings Twice Judge 1946
100% The Harvey Girls Rev. Claggett 1946
No Score Yet The Mighty McGurk Fowles 1946
No Score Yet Adventure Mr. Ludlow 1945
60% The Thin Man Goes Home Willoughby 1945
No Score Yet Gentle Annie Gansby 1945
No Score Yet Barbary Coast Gent Alec Veeder 1944
No Score Yet Marriage Is a Private Affair Ed Scofield 1944
No Score Yet The Heavenly Body Dr. Green 1944
100% Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo Capt. Halsey 1944
No Score Yet Meet the People Monte Rowland 1944
No Score Yet Swing Fever Dan Conlon 1943
No Score Yet Let's Face It Actor 1943
No Score Yet Best Foot Forward Col. Harkrider 1943
80% The Human Comedy Mr. Beaufrere 1943
No Score Yet I Dood It Actor 1943
No Score Yet Reunion in France Martin 1942
No Score Yet Time to Kill Alex Morny 1942
No Score Yet Tennessee Johnson Jefferson Davis 1942
No Score Yet Tales of Manhattan Judge Barnes 1942
No Score Yet The Omaha Trail Job 1942
No Score Yet Ten Gentlemen from West Point Wood 1942
No Score Yet Ride 'em Cowboy Ace Anderson 1942
82% Roxie Hart Martin S. Harrison 1942
No Score Yet The Loves of Edgar Allan Poe Mr. Graham 1942
83% I Wake Up Screaming Assistant District Attorney 1941
No Score Yet The Bandit Trail Red Haggerty 1941
No Score Yet Border Vigilantes Dan Forbes 1941
No Score Yet Pirates on Horseback Ace Gibson 1941
No Score Yet Wide Open Town Jim Stuart 1941
No Score Yet Doomed Caravan Stephen Westcott 1941
No Score Yet Buck Benny Rides Again Outlaw 1940
No Score Yet The Showdown Baron Rendor 1940
No Score Yet Light of Western Stars Nat Hayworth 1940
No Score Yet Knights of the Range Gamecock 1940
No Score Yet Three Men from Texas Bruce Morgan 1940
No Score Yet Rustler's Valley Randall Glenn 1937
No Score Yet North of the Rio Grande Henry Stoneham/Lone Wolf 1937
No Score Yet Hills of Old Wyoming Andrews 1937
No Score Yet Borderland Loco 1937
No Score Yet Trail Dust Tex 1936
No Score Yet Hopalong Cassidy Returns Blackie 1936
No Score Yet Stand Up and Cheer! Washington Press Correspondent 1934


No Score Yet Perry Mason
Judge Caldwell Trial Judge Judge Bates Judge Hoyt Judge Morrissey Judge Cameron Judge 1964
No Score Yet Bonanza
Mr. Mason 1962
No Score Yet Maverick
Joshua Haines Judge Mason Painter 1960
No Score Yet Rawhide
Jackson 1959


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