biography

Born Irving Morrow in New York on January 13, 1907, actor Jeff Morrow became interested in the footlights while he was an art student at the Pratt Institute in New York City. Upon graduation Morrow worked as a commercial artist while studying drama. He proved successful as a stage actor, working on Broadway in a variety of plays from the early 1930s through the early 1950s. Morrow also did quite a bit of radio as well.

Vera Miles and Jeff Morrow

With Vera Miles in a 1960 issue of The Playgoer promoting the off-Broadway production of The Country Girl


But unlike most actors with his vast experience, Morrow waited until he was in his 40s before tackling a film assignment. His first film was the big-budget epic The Robe (1953; with Richard Burton and Victor Mature). He took on supporting roles in several more films before signing with Universal-International in 1954. At Universal, he starred in costume dramas such as Captain Lightfoot (1954; with Rock Hudson and Barbara Rush) and science fiction films, including This Island Earth (1955; with Rex Reason and Faith Domergue). Although he acted in a variety of genres, today Jeff Morrow is best known for his science fiction films which include The Creature Walks Among Us (1956; with Rex Reason and Gregg Palmer) and The Giant Claw (1957; with Mara Corday and Morris Ankrum).

the films of jeff morrow

Sign of the Pagan (1954)

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From the Universal-International drama Sign of the Pagan, directed by Douglas Sirk. LEFT: Morrow as General Paulinus. RIGHT: With Jeff Chandler

Tanganyika (1954)

Jeff Morrow

From Universal-International's adventure Tanganyika

Captain Lightfoot (1955) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

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From Douglas Sirk's romance Captain Lightfoot, released by Universal-International. LEFT and CENTER: Morrow as Captain Thunderbolt. RIGHT: With Rock Hudson

This Island Earth (1955) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

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From Universal's science fiction classic This Island Earth. LEFT: Rex Reason and Morrow fight a Mutant. CENTER and RIGHT: With Faith Domergue and Rex Reason in Metaluna

The Creature Walks Among Us (1956)

Jeff MorrowJames Rawley, Rex Reason, Maurice Manson, Jeff Morrow, and Gregg PalmerLeigh Snowden and Jeff MorrowRex Reason, Leigh Snowden, and Jeff Morrow

From Universal-International's The Creature Walks Among Us, the final film in the Creature of the Black Lagoon trilogy. LEFT: Morrow as Dr. William Barton. CENTER A: With James Rawley, Rex Reason, Maurice Manson, and Gregg Palmer. CENTER B: Morrow puts the moves on creature bait Leigh Snowden. RIGHT: With Rex Reason and Leigh Snowden

World in My Corner (1956)

Jeff Morrow

From the Audie Murphy boxing drama World in My Corner

The Giant Claw (1957) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

Mara Corday, Louis Merrill, Morris Ankrum, and Jeff Morrow

Columbia released the campy sci-fi flick The Giant Claw, one of my favorite 1950s science fiction efforts. Pictured with Jeff Morrow are Mara Corday, Louis Merrill, and Morris Ankrum

Kronos (1957) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

Jeff Morrow and Barbara Lawrence

With Barbara Lawrence in the 20th Century Fox science fiction thriller Kronos

Harbor Lights (1964)

Jeff Morrow

Lobby card from the 20th Century Fox quickie thriller Harbor Lights

later years

Morrow left Universal in 1956 and freelanced at Paramount, Allied Artists, and several other studios throughout the early 1960s. In addition, he starred in the syndicated television series Union Pacific during the 1958-1959 season. When his film career began to falter in the early 1960s, he turned to television, acting in Perry Mason and other popular programs while doing occasional films such as Legacy of Blood (1971; with Faith Domergue, Merry Anders, and John Carradine). He retired from acting in the mid 1970s, following the cancellation of the situation comedy Temperatures Rising, in which he was a regular. Sadly, Jeff Morrow passed away after a long illness on December 26, 1993, at the age of 86. He was survived by his wife of nearly 50 years, actress Anna Karen, and their daughter.

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TELEVISION
Golden Age Theater, Vol. 8 [DVD] DVD
Includes four episodes of "Crossroads" featuring appearances by Jeff Morrow, Richard Denning, Richard Carlson, and Vincent Price. 101 min. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English. Plays All Regions.
Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.: The Fourth Season [DVD](1967) DVD
All 30 episodes from season four--including "A Visit from Aunt Bee," "To Watch a Thief," "Gomer Goes Home," "Sergeant Iago," and "Friendly Freddy, The Gentleman's Tailor"--are collected in a five-disc set. 12 1/2 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
Perry Mason: 50th Anniversary Edition [DVD] DVD
Twelve of the series's best episodes--including "The Case of the Wary Wildcatter," "The Case of the Treacherous Toupee," "The Case of the Counterfeit Crank," "The Case of the Shoplifter's Shoe," and "The Case of the Final Fade-Out"--have been collected in this four-disc set. Also included is "Perry Mason Returns" (1985), the TV movie that finds the legal eagle (Raymond Burr), now a judge, stepping down from the bench to defend former secretary Della Street (Barbara Hale) when she's accused of murder. 12 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; featurette; interviews; photo gallery; TV spots; screen tests; more.
The Twilight Zone: The Definitive Edition: Season 1 [Blu-ray](1959)
All 36 episodes from the series's debut season-including "Where Is Everybody?," "One for the Angels," "Time Enough at Last," "The Hitch-Hiker," "The Fever," and "The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street"-are featured in a five-disc set. 15 1/2 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; audio commentary; unaired pilot; interviews; promos; more. **36 episodes on 5 discs. 15 1/2 hrs.**
The Twilight Zone: The Definitive Edition: Season 1 [DVD](1959) DVD
All 36 episodes from the series's debut season-including "Where Is Everybody?," "One for the Angels," "Time Enough at Last," "The Hitch-Hiker," "The Fever," and "The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street"-are featured in a six-disc set. 15 1/2 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; audio commentary; unaired pilot; blooper; interviews; promos; more. **36 episodes on 6 discs. 15 1/2 hrs.**

FILM
The Robe [Blu-ray](1953)
Lavish costume drama set during the Crucifixion of Jesus and the birth of Christianity in the Roman Empire. Richard Burton is the centurion whose loyalty to mad emperor Caligula is tested when his lover joins the new faith. Jean Simmons, Jay Robinson, Victor Mature, Michael Rennie co-star. 134 min. Widescreen; Soundtracks: English DTS HD 5.1 Master Audio, Dolby Digital 4.0, French Dolby Digital mono, Portuguese Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Thai, Cantonese, Mandarin; art gallery; audio commentary; featurettes; interviews; newsreel footage; photo gallery; theatrical trailers; TV spots.
The Robe (Special Edition) [DVD](1953) DVD
Lavish costume drama set during the Crucifixion of Jesus and the birth of Christianity in the Roman Empire. Richard Burton is the centurion whose loyalty to mad emperor Caligula is tested when his lover joins the new faith. Jean Simmons, Jay Robinson, Victor Mature, Michael Rennie co-star. 135 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital 4.0, French Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English, French, Spanish; audio commentary; featurettes; photo gallery.
Captain Lightfoot - Exclusive! [DVD](1955) DVD
In early-19th-century Ireland, patriotic young highwayman Michael Martin (Rock Hudson) becomes second-in-command to famed rebel leader Captain Thunderbolt (Jeff Morrow). Dubbed Lightfoot, Martin finds himself spearheading the revolt against English forces when the captain is wounded, putting him at odds with Thunderbolt's feisty daughter (Barbara Rush). Kathleen Ryan, Finlay Currie also star in Douglas Sirk's mix of romance and swashbuckling action. 92 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; photo gallery; poster gallery; more.
Douglas Sirk Filmmaker Collection - Exclusive! [DVD] DVD
Four-disc set includes "Thunder on the Hill," "Taza, Son of Cochise," "Captain Lightfoot," and "The Tarnished Angels."
This Island Earth [DVD](1955) DVD
Classic science-fiction drama of two Earth scientists who are abducted by white-haired, big-foreheaded aliens and taken to their war-ravaged homeworld of Metaluna in hopes of saving it. Jeff Morrow, Faith Domergue, Rex Reason, Russell Johnson, and the bug-eyed Metalunan Mutants star. 86 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English (SDH); theatrical trailer.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie [DVD](1996) DVD
Blast off on the Satellite of Love with Mike Nelson, Tom Servo and Crow in the big-screen version of the hilarious TV series, as they wisecrack their way through Dr. Forrester's latest bad movie experiment, the 1955 sci-fi epic "This Island Earth." There's high-domed aliens, giant mutant insects, the Professor from "Gilligan's Island," and more pop references than you can shake a stick at. 75 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital stereo; Subtitles: English (SDH).
The First Texan [DVD](1956) DVD
Joel McCrea delivers an unforgettable performance as famed Texas statesman, politician, and hero Sam Houston. After moving to the Lone Star State from Tennessee, he becomes an icon when he fights to prevent Mexican General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna from thwarting the Texas independence movement. With Felicia Farr, Jeff Morrow, Wallace Ford. 82 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
Kronos [DVD](1957) DVD
Well-made low-budget sci-fi tale about a flying saucer that crashes into the Pacific Ocean near California. A gigantic robot emerges from the surf and begins a deadly march inland, absorbing all energy from everything around it, from autos to H-Bombs. Jeff Morrow, Barbara Lawrence, John Emery star. 78 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
Sam Katzman: Icons Of Horror Collection [DVD] DVD
This collection of four chill-packed classics from prolific producer Sam Katzman begins with "Creature with the Atom Brain" (1955), as a down-and-out mobster enlists the aid of a wicked German scientist to create an army of murderous zombies to serve as his personal squad of assassins. Michael Granger, Angela Stevens star. Next, an amnesiac man (Steven Ritch) goes from a guinea pig to "The Werewolf" (1956), suffering the after-effects of an experimental serum coursing through his veins. With Joyce Holden and Don Megowan. Eager treasure hunters have their work cut out for them when a sunken ship off the African coast is found to be loaded with a fortune in diamonds...as well as the "Zombies of Mora Tau" (1957)! Gregg Palmer, Allison Hayes, Morris Ankrum star. AKA: "The Dead That Walk." Then, look, up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a puppet! It's "The Giant Claw" (1957)! Can Jeff Morrow and Playboy Playmate Mara Corday stop the ferocious, big-beaked alien fowl before it destroys the world? Ankrum, Louis Merrill also star. 4 3/4 hrs. total on two discs. Standard/Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English; bonus shorts "Terror Faces Magoo" (1959), "Midnight Blunders" (1936); theatrical trailers.
The Story Of Ruth [DVD](1960) DVD
While not strictly based on the Biblical book, this affecting Hollywood religious drama movingly follows the title character's renouncement of her people's idolatry and her conversion to Judaism. Stuart Whitman, Tom Tryon, Peggy Wood, and Elana Eden as Ruth star. 131 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital 4.0, Spanish Dolby Digital mono, French Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English, Spanish.
Octaman [DVD](1971) DVD
This revamping of "The Creature from the Black Lagoon" (directed and co-written by "Creature" scripter Harry Essex) features an eight-limbed, aquatic man-beast terrorizing explorers Kerwin Mathews and Pier Angeli in Mexico. Jeff Morrow co-stars; with early makeup work by Rick Baker.
Legacy Of Blood [DVD](1971) DVD
The children of a deceased millionaire are summoned to his estate, where they must stay the night in order in gain their inheritance. It soon becomes obvious that someone wants more than their fair share, as the heirs are murdered one by one. John Carradine, Faith Domergue, John Russell star. AKA: "Blood Legacy." Standard; Soundtrack: English. Plays All Regions.
Legacy Of Blood (1971)/The Devil's Wedding Night [DVD](1973) DVD
First, four greedy heirs must live for a week in the family home in order to gain their late father's fortune, but find instead a "Legacy of Blood" when they begin to get picked off one by one. Gory great stars Rodolfo Acosta, Merry Anders, Norman Bartold, and John Carradine. AKA: "Blood Legacy." Next, Mark Damon stars in the erotically charged Italian horror opus "The Devil's Wedding Night," playing twin archeologists in search of the legendary ring of the Nibelungen in Transylvania. One of the siblings becomes a bloodsucker after coming under the spell of a beautiful female vampire, and the secrets to her bloody rituals are soon revealed. Sara Bey (Rosalba Neri) also stars. 3 hrs. total on two discs. Standard; Soundtrack: English.

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filmography

FILM
Fugitive Lovers (1975) with Virginia Mayo, John Russell, and Juanita Moore
Legacy of Blood (1971) with Faith Domergue, Merry Anders, John Carradine, John Russell, John Smith, Richard Davalos, and Buck Kartalian
Octaman (1971) with Kerwin Mathews, Pier Angeli, and Buck Kartalian
Normal Young Man (1969)
Harbor Lights (1964) with Kent Taylor
Five Bold Women (1960) with Merry Anders and Irish McCalla
The Story of Ruth (1960) with Stuart Whitman, Tom Tryon, Viveca Lindfors, Les Tremayne, John Gabriel, and Ziva Rodann
Copper Sky (1957) with Coleen Gray and Strother Martin
Hour of Decision (1957) with Hazel Court and Lionel Jeffries
The Giant Claw (1957) with Mara Corday, Morris Ankrum, and Frank Griffin
Kronos (1957) with Barbara Lawrence, George O'Hanlon, Morris Ankrum, and Richard Harrison
Pardners (1956) with Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Lori Nelson, Agnes Moorehead, Lon Chaney Jr., and Lee Van Cleef
The First Texan (1956) with Joel McCrea, Felicia Farr, Jody McCrea, and William Hopper
The Creature Walks Among Us (1956) with Rex Reason, Leigh Snowden, and Gregg Palmer
World in My Corner (1956) with Audie Murphy, Barbara Rush, and John McIntire
This Island Earth (1955) with Faith Domergue, Rex Reason, Russell Johnson, and Lance Fuller
Captain Lightfoot (1955) with Rock Hudson and Barbara Rush
Sign of the Pagan (1954) with Jeff Chandler, Jack Palance, Rita Gam, Allison Hayes, and George Dolenz
Tanganyika (1954) with Van Heflin, Ruth Roman, and Howard Duff
The Siege at Red River (1954) with Van Johnson, Joanne Dru, and Richard Boone
Flight to Tangier (1953) with Joan Fontaine, Jack Palance, and Corinne Calvet
The Robe (1953) with Richard Burton, Jean Simmons, Victor Mature, Michael Rennie, Richard Boone, and Betta St. John

TELEVISION SERIES
Temperatures Rising, 1972-1974 ABC TV series. Morrow portrayed Dr. Lloyd Axton during the second season
Union Pacific, 1958-1959 syndicated TV series. Morrow portrayed Bart McClelland

TELEVISION GUEST APPEARANCES
The Twilight Zone, episode A Day in Beaumont/The Last Defender of Camelot, originally aired April 11, 1986
Police Story, episode Sniper, originally aired February 11, 1975
Police Story, episode The Gamble, originally aired March 26, 1974
Search, episode The Mattson Papers, originally aired February 28, 1973
The Name of the Game, episode Love-In at Ground Zero, originally aired January 31, 1969
The Name of the Game, episode The Protector, originally aired November 15, 1968
Daniel Boone, episode Faith's Way, originally aired April 4, 1968
Judd for the Defense, episode Everybody Loved Harlan Except His Wife, originally aired December 29, 1967
Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., episode A Leader of Men, originally aired September 29, 1967
Daniel Boone, episode The Symbol, originally aired December 29, 1966
The Iron Horse, episode No Wedding Bells for Tony, originally aired November 7, 1966
Perry Mason, episode The Case of the Festive Felon, originally aired November 28, 1963
The Rifleman, episode End of the Hunt, originally aired February 18, 1963
The Virginian, episode The Man Who Wouldn't Die, originally aired January 30, 1963
Perry Mason, episode The Case of the Dodging Domino, originally aired November 1, 1962
Tales of Wells Fargo, episode Vignette of a Sinner, originally aired June 2, 1962
Perry Mason, episode The Case of the Ancient Romeo, originally aired May 5, 1962
Cheyenne, episode The Idol, originally aired January 29, 1962
Bonanza, episode The Honor of Cochise, originally aired October 8, 1961
The Deputy, episode The Jason Harris Story, originally aired October 8, 1960
The Chevy Mystery Show, episode Murder by the Book, originally aired September 4, 1960
Markham, episode Crash in the Desert, originally aired August 18, 1960
The Twilight Zone, episode Elegy, originally aired February 19, 1960
Wagon Train, episode The Clayton Tucker Story, originally aired February 10, 1960
Lux Playhouse, episode Frederick, originally aired March 20, 1959
Official Detective, episode The Policeman's Gun, originally aired January 30, 1958
Zane Grey Theater, episode Blood in the Dust, originally aired October 11, 1957
The Millionaire, episode The Matt Kirby Story, originally aired September 18, 1957
The 20th Century-Fox Hour, episode City in Flames, originally aired March 6, 1958
General Electric Theater, episode Lady of the House, originally aired January 20, 1957
Jane Wyman Presents The Fireside Theatre, episode Twenty Dollar Bride, originally aired January 8, 1957
General Electric Theater, episode The Charlatan, originally aired November 11, 1956
The Ford Television Theatre, episode Sudden Silence, originally aired October 10, 1956
Climax!, episode Fury at Dawn, originally aired July 19, 1956
Schlitz Playhouse of Stars, episode The Finger of God, originally aired March 30, 1956
Jane Wyman Presents The Fireside Theatre, episode An Echo Out of the Past, originally aired March 6, 1956
Jane Wyman Presents The Fireside Theatre, episode The Thread, originally aired February 21, 1956
My Friend Flicka, episode The Stranger, originally aired November 11, 1955
Frontier, episode In Nebraska, originally aired October 30, 1955
Studio One, episode Affairs of State, originally aired April 18, 1955
TV Reader's Digest, episode The End of Blackbeard the Pirate, originally aired March 7, 1955
Letter to Loretta, episode Tale of a Cayuse, originally aired February 27, 1955
Cavalcade of America, episode Decision for Justice, originally aired February 15, 1955
Letter to Loretta, episode Lady in Wet Paint, originally aired May 30, 1954
The United States Steel Hour, episode The Last Notch, originally aired March 30, 1954
Hallmark Hall of Fame, episode Crabapple Saint, originally aired August 24, 1952
Sure As Fate, episode The Vanishing Lady, originally aired October 17, 1950
The Philco Television Playhouse, episode The Life of Vincent Van Gogh, originally aired March 5, 1950

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