Morris Ankrum Overview:

Character actor, Morris Ankrum, was born Morris Winslow Ankrum on Aug 28, 1897 in Danville, IL. Ankrum died at the age of 67 on Sep 2, 1964 in Pasadena, CA .

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Tall, small-eyed, grey-moustached, slightly stooping American actor who rarely looked happy on screen and played villains in low-budget westerns and townsfolk of one kind of another in bigger films. Originally an economics professor, he became interested in acting while teaching in California, beginning his screen career under the name Stephen Morris. Later he balanced accounts a little by playing judges and officers in 1950s films. Died from trichinosis. His son, David Ankrum, is also an actor.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Film Character Actors: an Illustrated Directory).

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Morris Ankrum Quotes:

Jefferson Davis: I must pronounce our solemn farewell. Under these circumstances, of course, my functions - and those of my colleagues - terminate here. We but tread in the path of our fathers when we proclaim our independence - and take the hazard, putting our trust in God, and in our own firm hearts - and strong arms - we will vindicate the right as best we may.
[looking slowly around the room]
Jefferson Davis: I see now around me some with whom I have served long; there have been points of collision. For whatever offense I have given, I ask forgiveness. Of whatever of offense there has been to me, I leave here. I carry with me no hostile remembrance. I go hence unencumbered of the remembrance of injury received, and having discharged the duty of making the only reparation in my power for any injury offered.
[pausing]
Jefferson Davis: Mr. President; Senators - having made the announcement which the occasion seemed to me to require - it remains only for my colleagues and myself to bid you a final - adieu.


Gen. John T. Short: Dr. Wainright, you're a scientist, you know what grasshoppers can do. I'm a soldier, I know what guns can do.


Red Cloud: Hear my words. Life melts from me. My eyes see into the mist. Someday a great warrior leader will arise among us. His medicine will be very storng against the whites. He will unite all the tribes of the Lakotas... and lead us to vicotry. But drive envy and jealousy from your hearts. For when this great warrior dies, it will be at the hand of a Lakota.


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Morris Ankrum Facts
For "Mant," the movie within the movie in Matinee (1993), Kevin McCarthy plays a character named "Gen. Ankrum." This was director Joe Dante's tribute to Ankrum and the roles he played in those fondly remembered sci-fi films of the 1950s.

He was a stalwart, dependable character actor whose career included supporting roles and bit parts (often uncredited) in over 150 (known) feature films. A large portion of his career involved westerns, in some of which he was cast as an Indian. He is best remembered today as one of the most familiar supporting players in low-budget science-fiction films of the 1950s (starting with Lippert's Rocketship X-M (1950)), where he was usually the military officer, police chief or doctor/scientist.

Father of actor David Ankrum.

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