Wayne Morris (I) (1914–1959)

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American actor who had early success as a sunny juvenile, but whose career declined following World War II, in which he was a highly-decorated hero. A native of Los Angeles, Morris played football at Los Angeles Junior College, then worked as a forest ranger. Returning to school, he studied acting at Los Angeles Junior College and at the acclaimed... See full bio »

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Known For

Paths of Glory Lt. Roget
Kid Galahad Ward Guisenberry / Kid Galahad
The Smiling Ghost Lucky Downing
Men Are Such Fools Jimmy Hall


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 1961 Buffalo Gun
 1960 New Comedy Showcase (TV Series)
Sheriff Sam Cloggett
- They Went Thataway (1960) ... Sheriff Sam Cloggett
 1960 Adventures in Paradise (TV Series)
Sam Agnew
- The Archer's Ring (1960) ... Sam Agnew
 1959 Bourbon Street Beat (TV Series)
Arthur Viner
- Mrs. Viner Vanishes (1959) ... Arthur Viner
 1959 The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet (TV Series)
Captain Charlie Hathaway
- Sea Captain (1959) ... Captain Charlie Hathaway
 1959 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
- Out of Dust (1959)
 1959 Bronco (TV Series)
Clete Raynor
- Shadow of a Man (1959) ... Clete Raynor
 1959 Bat Masterson (TV Series)
Mace Pomeroy
- Battle of the Pass (1959) ... Mace Pomeroy
 1959 Wanted: Dead or Alive (TV Series)
Mayor Barney Pax
- Secret Ballot (1959) ... Mayor Barney Pax
 1959 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Bret Johnson
- A Personal Matter (1959) ... Bret Johnson
 1958 Lawman (TV Series)
Tod Horgan
- The Master (1958) ... Tod Horgan
 1958 Wagon Train (TV Series)
Will Hardisty
- The Tent City Story (1958) ... Will Hardisty
 1958 Maverick (TV Series)
Pete Stillman
- Prey of the Cat (1958) ... Pete Stillman
 1958 Encounter (TV Series)
 1958 Official Detective (TV Series)
- The Cover-Up (1958) ... Holmes
 1958 Gunsmoke (TV Series)
Nat Sieberts
- Dirt (1958) ... Nat Sieberts
 1957 Plunder Road
Commando Munson
 1957 Paths of Glory
Lt. Roget
 1957 Colt .45 (TV Series)
Jim Girard
- A Time to Die (1957) ... Jim Girard
 1957 The Crooked Sky
Mike Conlin
 1956 The Adventures of the Big Man (TV Series)
Bill Pierce
- The Smugglers (1956) ... Bill Pierce
- The Accomplice (1956) ... Bill Pierce
- The Frightened Angels (1956) ... Bill Pierce
- Edge of Darkness (1956) ... Bill Pierce
- The Door of Gold (1956) ... Bill Pierce
 1956 Science Fiction Theatre (TV Series)
Capt. Steve Conway
- Beam of Fire (1956) ... Capt. Steve Conway
 1956 The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series)
Lt. Ed Vincent
- The Clay Pigeon (1956) ... Lt. Ed Vincent
 1956 The Dynamiters
Jimmy Baxter
 1955 Cross Channel
Tex Parker
 1955 Damon Runyon Theater (TV Series)
Harry Bracken
- The Mink Doll (1955) ... Harry Bracken
 1955 The Lonesome Trail
Dandy Dayton
 1955 Justice (TV Series)
- Storm Warning (1955)
 1955 Lord of the Jungle
Jeff Wood
 1954 Port of Hell
Stanley Povich
 1954 The Green Carnation
Gary Holden
 1954 Two Guns and a Badge
Deputy Jim Blake
 1954 The Master Plan
Maj. Thomas Brent
 1954 The Desperado
Sam Garrett
 1954 Riding Shotgun
Deputy Sheriff Tub Murphy
 1953 Texas Bad Man
 1953 Fighting Lawman
Deputy Marshal Jim Burke
 1953 The Marksman
Deputy Marshal Mike Martin
 1953 Star of Texas
Texas Ranger Ed Ryan / Robert Larkin
 1952 Arctic Flight
Mike Wien
 1952 Desert Pursuit
Ford Smith
 1952 The Bushwhackers
Marshal John Harding
 1951 Yellow Fin
Mike Donovan
 1951 The Big Gusher
Kenny Blake
 1950 Sierra Passage
Johnny Yorke
 1950 Stage to Tucson
Barney Broderick
 1950 The Tougher They Come
Bill Shaw
 1950 Johnny One-Eye
Dane Cory
 1949 The House Across the Street
Dave Joslin
 1949 Task Force
 1949 The Younger Brothers
Cole Younger
 1949 A Kiss in the Dark
Bruce Arnold
 1949 John Loves Mary
Lt. Victor O'Leary
 1948 The Big Punch
Chris Thorgenson
 1948 The Time of Your Life
Tom (Joe's stooge and friend)
 1947 The Voice of the Turtle
Comm. Ned Burling
 1947 Deep Valley
Jeff Barker
 1941 The Smiling Ghost
Lucky Downing
 1941 Three Sons o' Guns
Charley Patterson
 1941 Bad Men of Missouri
Bob Younger
 1941 I Wanted Wings
Tom Cassidy
 1940 The Quarterback
Jimmy Jones and Billy Jones
 1940 Ladies Must Live
Corey Lake
 1940 Gambling on the High Seas
Jim Carter
 1940 Flight Angels
Artie Dixon
 1940 An Angel from Texas
Mac McClure
 1940 Double Alibi
Stephen Wayne
 1940 Brother Rat and a Baby
Billy Randolph
 1939 The Return of Doctor X
Walter Garrett
 1939 The Kid from Kokomo
Homer Baston
 1938 Brother Rat
Billy Randolph
 1938 Valley of the Giants
Bill Cardigan
 1938 Men Are Such Fools
Jimmy Hall
 1938 Out Where the Stars Begin (Short)
Wayne Morris (uncredited)
 1938 Love, Honor and Behave
Ted Painter
 1938 The Kid Comes Back
Rush Conway
 1937 Submarine D-1
'Sock' McGillis
 1937 Kid Galahad
Ward Guisenberry / Kid Galahad
 1937 Land Beyond the Law
Dave Massey (Credits) / Dave Seymour
 1937 Under Southern Stars (Short)
 1937 Once a Doctor
Sailor on 'Nirvana' (uncredited)
 1937 Smart Blonde
Railroad Information Clerk (uncredited)
 1936 King of Hockey
Bill 'Jumbo' Mullins
 1936 Polo Joe
Spectator (uncredited)
 1936 Here Comes Carter
 1936 China Clipper
Navigator on Clipper
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Show Show Producer (3 credits)
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(February 24 to March 7, 1942) He acted in George Cochran Hazelton and J.H. Benrimo's play, "The Yellow Jacket," at the Pasadena Playhouse in Pasadena, California with Harpo Marx (Prop Man) in the cast. Gilmor Brown was artistic director. T.B. Henry was director. Bobker Ben Ali was also director. Betty Flint was wardrobe ... See more »

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Every time they showed a picture aboard the Essex, I was scared to death it would be one of mine. That's something I could never have lived down." On his wartime experiences: "As to what a fellow thinks when he's scared, I guess it's the same with anyone. You get fleeting glimpses in your mind of your home, your wife, the baby you want to see. You see so clearly all the mistakes you made. You ... See more »


Former Warner Bros. producer Mark Hellinger, who had started his own independent production unit at Universal-International, wanted Morris to star in his first picture, The Killers (1946). Warners wouldn't loan him out, so Hellinger cast the unknown Burt Lancaster in his first movie. It made him a star. See more »

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