|Born||Victor Harry Morrow
February 14, 1929
New York City, New York, USA
|Died||July 23, 1982
Indian Dunes, Ventura County, California
|Cause of death||Accidental decapitation|
|Resting place||Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery in Culver City, California|
|Other names||Victor Morrow|
|Spouse(s)||Barbara Turner (1957–1964; divorced; 2 children)
Gale A. Lester (1975–1979; divorced)
Victor Harry "Vic" Morrow (February 14, 1929 – July 23, 1982) was an American actor whose credits include a starring role in the 1960s television series Combat!, prominent roles in a handful of other television and cinema dramas, and numerous guest roles on television. He and two children died when a stunt helicopter crashed on them during the filming of Twilight Zone: The Movie.
Early life and family 
Morrow was born in the Bronx, (New York) to a middle class Jewish family, the son of Jean (née Kress) and Harry Morrow, an electrical engineer. When he was 17, Morrow dropped out of high school and joined the U.S. Navy. He married actress and screenwriter Barbara Turner, with whom he had two daughters: actress Jennifer Jason Leigh and Carrie Ann Morrow. Morrow's marriage to Barbara lasted seven years and ended in divorce in 1964. He did not remarry until 1975, over a decade later, when he courted Gale Lester (currently Gale Morrow Butler). They were married for five years and were separated just prior to Morrow's death.
Morrow had a falling out with his daughter Jennifer Jason Leigh following his divorce from her mother; Leigh changed her last name as a teenager to avoid being publicly associated with Morrow. They remained estranged at the time of his death.
Morrow's first movie role was in Blackboard Jungle (1955), after which he went into television. Later, he guest starred on John Payne's NBC western series, The Restless Gun. On April 16, 1959, he appeared in the premiere of NBC's 1920s crime drama The Lawless Years in the episode "The Nick Joseph Story". Morrow then appeared from 1960–1961 as Joe Cannon in three episodes of NBC's The Outlaws with Barton MacLane. On October 6, 1961, he appeared in an episode of the ABC drama series Target: The Corruptors! with Stephen McNally and Robert Harland.He appeared in several episodes of both 'The Untouchables' and 'Bonanza' (memorably cast in the early Bonanza episode; 'The Avenger' as a mysterious figure known only as 'Lassiter'- named after his origin town - who arrives in Virginia City, and helps save Ben & Adam Cartwright from an unjust hanging, while eventually gunning down one sought after man revealing himself as a hunter of a lynch mob who killed his father, having so far got about half the mob....he rides off into the night, an episode that resembles the later Clint Eastwood film 'High Plains Drifter'), Morrow later appeared in the third season Bonanza episode; 'The Tin Badge'
Morrow also appeared in 'Hawaii Five-O', 'The Streets of San Francisco', 'McCloud',and 'Sarge' among many other TV guest roles.
He was cast in the lead role in ABC's Combat!, a World War II drama, which aired from 1962–1967. He also worked as a television director. Together with Leonard Nimoy, he produced a 1966 version of Deathwatch, an English language film version of Genet's play Haute Surveillance, adapted by Morrow and Barbara Turner, directed by Morrow, and starring Nimoy. After Combat! ended, he worked in several films. Morrow appeared in two episodes of Australian-produced anthology series The Evil Touch (1973), one of which he also directed. He memorably played the wily local sheriff in director John Hough's road classic Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry, as well as the homicidal sheriff, alongside Martin Sheen, in the 1974 TV film The California Kid, and had a key role in the 1976 comedy The Bad News Bears. He also played Injun Joe in 1973 telefilm Tom Sawyer, which was filmed in Upper Canada Village. A musical version was released in theaters that same year.
Morrow wrote and directed a 1971 Spaghetti Western, produced by Dino DeLaurentiis, titled A Man Called Sledge starring James Garner. It was Morrow's first and only big screen outing behind the camera. "Sledge" was filmed in Europe with desert-like settings that were highly evocative of the U.S. southwest.
In the early morning hours of July 23, 1982, Morrow and two children, My-Ca Dinh Le (age 7), and Renee Shin-Yi Chen (age 6), died in an accident while filming on location for the Twilight Zone: The Movie in Ventura County, California, between Santa Clarita and Piru. Morrow was playing the role of Bill Connor, a racist who is taken back in time and placed in various situations where he would be a persecuted victim: as a Jewish Holocaust victim, a black man about to be lynched by the Ku Klux Klan, and a Vietnamese man about to be killed by U.S. soldiers. Morrow, Le, and Chen were filming a scene for the Vietnam sequence in which their characters attempt to escape from a pursuing U.S. Army helicopter out of a deserted Vietnamese village. The helicopter was hovering at about 25 feet above them when pyrotechnic explosions damaged it and caused it to crash on top of them, killing all three instantly.
Director John Landis and other defendants, including producer Steven Spielberg and pilot Dorsey Wingo, were ultimately acquitted of involuntary manslaughter and child endangerment. The parents of Le and Chen sued and settled out of court for an undisclosed amount. Morrow's children also sued and settled for an undisclosed amount.
Partial filmography 
|1955||Blackboard Jungle||Artie West|
|1956||The Millionaire||Joey Diamond||TV, 1 episode|
|Tribute to a Bad Man||Lars Peterson|
|Climax!||Ted||TV, 1 episode|
|1957||Men in War||Corporal James Zwickley|
|Alfred Hitchcock Presents||Benny Mungo||TV, 1 episode|
|Richard Diamond, Private Detective||Joe Rovi||"The Ed Church Case" (CBS-TV)|
|God's Little Acre||Shaw Walden|
|The Rifleman||Johnny Cotton||ABC-TV, 1 episode, "The Angry Gun"|
|1959||Naked City||David Greco||ABC-TV, 1 episode|
|The Rifleman||Brett Stocker||TV, 1 episode, "The Letter of the Law"|
|Johnny Ringo||Bill Stoner||CBS-TV, 1 episode, "Kid With a Gun"|
|1960||Bonanza||Lassiter||TV, 1 episode, "The Avenger" (3/1960, episode 26)|
|The Barbara Stanwyck Show||Leroy Benson||NBC-TV, 1 episode|
|The Brothers Brannagan||Locke||Syndicated TV, series premiere, "Tune in for Murder"|
|1961||Portrait of a Mobster||Dutch Schultz|
|The Tall Man||Skip Farrell||NBC-TV, 1 episode, "Time of Foreshadowing"|
|The Law and Mr. Jones||Dr. Bigelow||ABC-TV, 1 episode, "A Very Special Citizen"|
|1962||The New Breed||Belman||ABC-TV, 1 episode|
|1962–1967||Combat!||Sergeant Chip Saunders||ABC-TV, 152 episodes|
|1969||Target: Harry||Harry Black||Alternative titles: What's In it For Harry?, How to Make It|
|1970||The Immortal||Sheriff Dan W. Wheeler||TV, 1 episode|
|Dan August||Steve Harrison||ABC-TV, 1 episode|
|1971||Hawaii Five-O||Edward Heron||CBS-TV, 1 episode, "Two Doves and Mr. Heron"|
|Mannix||Eric Latimer||CBS-TV, 1 episode|
|Sarge||Lt. Ross Edmonds||TV, 1 episode|
|1972||McCloud||Richard||NBC-TV, 1 episode|
|Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law||Andy Capaso||ABC-TV, 1 episode|
|Mission: Impossible||Joseph Collins||CBS-TV, 1 episode|
|1973–1974||Police Story||Sergeant Joe LaFrieda||NBC-TV, 3 episodes|
|The Evil Touch||Purvis Greene||TV, 2 episodes|
|The Streets of San Francisco||Vic Tolliman||ABC-TV, 1 episode|
|1974||Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry||Cpt. Franklin|
|1974||The California Kid||Roy Childress|
|1975||The Night That Panicked America||Hank Muldoon||Television movie|
|1976||Captains and the Kings||Tom Hennessey||Miniseries|
|The Bad News Bears||Coach Roy Turner|
|Treasure of Matecumbe||Spangler||Disney movie|
|1978||Wild and Wooly||Warden Willis||Television movie|
|Message from Space (Ucyuu karano messeiji)||General Garuda||Japanese (Toei) movie|
|1978–1980||Charlie's Angels||Lt. Harry Stearns||ABC-TV, 2 episodes|
|1979||Greatest Heroes of the Bible||Arioch||TV, 1 episode|
|The Evictors||Jake Rudd|
|1980||Humanoids from the Deep||Hank Slattery||Alternative titles: Humanoids of the Deep, Monster|
|B.A.D. Cats||Capt. Eugene Nathan||TV, 9 episodes|
|Great White||Ron Hamer||Alternative titles: The Last Shark|
|1981||Magnum, P.I.||Police Sergeant Jordan||CBS-TV, 1 episode|
|1982||Fantasy Island||Douglas Picard||ABC-TV, 1 episode|
|1990: The Bronx Warriors||Hammer||Penultimate movie|
|1983||Twilight Zone: The Movie||Bill Connor||Died in an on-set accident during filming; death scene deleted from film|
Award nominations 
|Year||Result||Award||Category||Film or series|
|1963||Nominated||Emmy Awards||Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Series (Lead)||Combat!|
- "About Vic Morrow". Jodavidsmeyer. Retrieved 2009-07-27.
- Donnelley, Paul (2003). Fade to Black: A Book of Movie Obituaries. Omnibus. p. 504. ISBN 0-7119-9512-5.
- Wallace, David. "For Jennifer Jason Leigh, Fast Times Are Slowed by Personal Tragedy" People. October 18, 1982. Vol. 18, No. 16.
- "Twilight Zone Accident".
- "Vic Morrow". Find a Grave. Retrieved 2009-07-27.
- Noe, Denise. "The Twilight Zone Tragedy: Funerals and Blame" www.trutv.com
- Vic Morrow at the Internet Movie Database
- Article on Twilight Zone tragedy, written by friend and COMBAT! co-star Dick 'Little John' Peabody
- Sculptural Tribute to Actor Vic Morrow
- Vic Morrow at Find a Grave