Byron Morrow

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Byron Morrow
Born William Byron Morrow
(1911-09-08)September 8, 1911
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Died May 11, 2006(2006-05-11) (aged 94)
Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1955-1991

Byron Morrow (September 8, 1911 – May 11, 2006) was an American television and film actor.


Born in Chicago, Illinois, Morrow served his country in World War II, performing in theater productions during his tour of duty. He began appearing in film and television in the late 1950s and amassed some 200 appearances in a career spanning the next 35 years. Morrow's television work ran from Peter Gunn in the late 1950s to Father Dowling Mysteries in 1991. With white hair and patrician looks, Morrow strongly resembled General William Westmoreland, who commanded U.S. troops in the Vietnam War during the 1960s. Morrow mostly played authority figures, often in uniform.

He made seven appearances as a judge in CBS's Perry Mason and played real-life Admiral Chester Nimitz in the pilot episode of NBC's Baa Baa Black Sheep, starring Robert Conrad.

In 1961 and 1962, Morrow was cast as Captain Keith Gregory in the episodes "No Fat Cops" and "The Deadlier Sex" of the ABC crime drama The New Breed, starring Leslie Nielsen.

He appeared in two episodes of the original series of NBC's Star Trek - in Amok Time as Admiral Komack, and in For the World is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky as Admiral Westervliet (per the episode's closing credits; the name is omitted from dialogue). This was the first appearance of an admiral in the original series.

In 1973, he had the role of Admiral Phillips in the ABC-TV movie The President's Plane is Missing.


Morrow died at the age of 94 in 2006 in Woodland Hills, California.

Selected filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1955 Luke and the Tenderfoot George 1 episode
1958-1960 Peter Gunn (TV series) Frank Kinnard /
2 episodes
1960 Michael Shayne (TV series) William Carson 1 episode
1959-1961 Lock-Up (TV series) Dr. Ralph Sterling /
Detective at Desk
2 episodes
1961 Tallahassee 7000 Dan Nelson 1 episode
The Loretta Young Show Mr. Howard 1 episode
The Untouchables Various characters 4 episodes
1961-1964 Lassie (TV series) Bruce Henderson /
Professor Stoddard
2 episodes
1961-1970 Death Valley Days (TV series) Various roles, including Brigham Young in "An Organ for Brother Brigham" (April 28, 1966) 5 episodes
1962 The Andy Griffith Show The Commissioner Episode "Andy on Trial"
1964 Wagon Train Mr. Haley 1 episode
The Strangler Dr.Morton film role
1965-1967 I Dream of Jeannie General Alton /
General Moore
2 episodes
Get Smart Various roles 3 episodes
1967 40 Guns to Apache Pass Colonel Reed Feature film role
1965-1968 Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. John Fenton /
2 episodes
1967-1968 Star Trek Admiral Westervliet /
Admiral Komack
2 episodes
1968-1972 Mannix Various roles 6 episodes
1968-1974 Ironside Delany/ Mr. Gregory 2 episodes
1971 The Bill Cosby Show Announcer 1 episode
1972 Here's Lucy Announcer 1 episode
1973 The President's Plane is Missing Admiral Phillips ABC-TV movie
1977 Family Jeffrey Maitland, Sr. 1 episode
1977 Rockford Files Irving Patrick episode "Irving the Explaner" season 4
1979 B.J. and the Bear Senator McMasters 1 episode
Fantasy Island Mr. Dow 1 episode
The Paper Chase (TV series) Bryant 1 episode
1979-1983 Trapper John, M.D. Various roles 3 episodes
1983-1984 Matt Houston Adamson /
2 episodes
1986 It's Garry Shandling's Show The Doctor 1 episode
1991 Father Dowling Mysteries Judge Allsburg final acting role


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