Morris Ankrum

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Morris Ankrum (August 28, 1896 – September 2, 1964) was an American radio, television and film character actor. Born Morris Nussbaum in Danville, Illinois, Ankrum originally began a career in academics. After graduating from USC with a law degree, he went on to an associate professorship in economics at the University of California, Berkeley. While at Berkeley he became involved in the drama department and eventually began teaching drama and directing at the Pasadena Playhouse. From 1923 to 1939, he acted in several Broadway stage productions, including The Big Blow and Within the Gates. 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 over 70 films, mostly B movies. His film career was extensive, spanning 30 years.
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