Vic Morrow

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Vic Morrow

Born

2/14/1929, The Bronx, New York, USA

Died

7/23/1982

Birth Name

Victor Morrow

Gender

Male
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out of 10
User Rating
20 votes

Biography

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Vic Morrow was born in the Bronx, N.Y., on February 14, 1929. He, along with a bother and sister, were raised in a typical, middle class, Jewish family. Vic's father was an electrical engineer. At age 17, feeling "restless, rebellious, and stifled" (Dern 31), Vic Morrow quit high…more

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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • His first wife Barbara Turner arranged his funeral.

    • The accident that killed him and two small children led to massive reforms in U.S. child labor laws and safety regulations on movie sets in California.

    • He had a key role in the 1976 comedy The Bad News Bears.

    • After COMBAT! ended, he worked in made-for-TV movies.

    • He has been in 23 movies.

    • He made 201 television appearances, the last of which was on Fantasy Island in 1982 (shown posthumously).

    • After Blackboard Jungle he went into television and was cast in the TV series COMBAT!.

    • His final movie role was that of Bill Connor in 1983's The Twilight Zone: The Movie. While he was filming an alternate "redemptive" ending for his segment, a helicopter went out of control and crash-landed near Morrow. None of the crew members was hurt, but Vic and two other (child) actors were caught by a broken rotor-blade and killed instantly. Fellow Twilight Zone veteran Boris Sagal (he directed "the Silence") met a very similar fate, just months later, while shooting the movie World War 3 on location. Both Sagal and Morrow had, twenty years earlier, worked together on the pilot episode of Combat.

    • He dropped out of high school when he was 17 to join the Navy.

    • He enrolled in the Actors Workshop school in New York.

    • He is mentioned on Denis Leary's 1997 album Lock and Load.

    • He is interred in Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery in Culver City, California.

    • He appeared in two episodes of Australian-produced anthology series The Evil Touch, which he happened to have directed one of.

    • His first movie role was in Blackboard Jungle.(1955)

    • After the navy he went to Florida State University and studied Pre-law.

    • He is the father of actresses Jennifer Jason Leigh and Carrie Morrow

  • Quotes

    • (His half-joking aside to a PA, shortly before filming the fateful helicopter sequence for Twilight Zone: The Movie)
      Vic: ...I gotta be crazy to do this scene. I should've asked for a stunt double.

    • (on his movie The Blackboard Jungle)
      Vic: ...Sure, the reviews were great--But you'd have thought they'd picked me up out of an ashtray, or something, and made me a star. Hell, I'd already done Shakespeare and Chekhov and all those other cats.

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • One of several underrated actors on Combat - only this guy REALLY carried the show. Problems in his personal life, battles with alcohol & an untimely death tainted what could have (should have) been a wonderful career.moreless

    10
    An Excellent actor who never got his just rewards. Prior to (and often after) being cast as Sgt. Chip Saunders in 'Combat' - Marrow was type cast as a 'tough'. He would get a few guest appearances in the 70's and a couple of supportive roles (Bad News Bears), but never the recognition he deserved. It is the foundation of being an actor to make people BELIEVE you are the character, to FEEL what the character feels - and in the 5 1/2 yrs of combat you could feel yourself right there in the middle of WWII, flatfooting it across France with the 361st Infantry,'K' company. One of the very few good things about war is the comraderie of your squad - and you could truely believe in the King company family. This guy REALLY carried the show. Not only did he direct several episodes (inc. 'Hills Are For Heroes'- hands downs one of the best of the series), he also pushed the producers, writers & directors to make a better show.moreless
  • Underrated, talented actor that Hollywood seemed to have overlooked!

    10
    Really a talented guy who had the looks, talent, and the acting down pact. As Hollywood really overlooked this man and that he really was not done well by Hollywood by any and all means. Either he picked not so good roles, Hollywood did not give him the roles that he deserved, or that they wanted him to play the villain. Really a shame that he could had gone farther. A new fan of his. But sad how he died on the "Twilight Zone" set. While trying to revive his career. What could had been. As Landis and company should had been tried and went to jail. In a sense, Morrow and the two kids that got killed got the last laugh when the movie became a flop. RIP Vic, you were one of the good guys.moreless
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