MOREY AMSTERDAM BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY:
Morey Amsterdam was born on December 14th, 1908 in Chicago, Illinois with the birth name Moritz Amsterdam, born to Max and Jennie Amsterdam. He was the youngest of three boys. At the age of fourteen he became involved in entertaining when he joined vaudeville. When he turned sixteen he found work at a Chicago Speakeasy with Al Capone but soon realized after a shooting incident, this job location was too dangerous and therefore, relocated to California.
He found work as a writer and a gag man for such stars as Jimmy Durante and Will Rogers. By the early 1930's he was also working in radio on such shows as, "The Al Pearce Show" and was becoming quite popular due to his sense of humor. One of his radio shows, "Stop Me if You've Heard This One" (1948) later became a television show.
Morey soon gained a huge amount of popularity for his role on, "The Dick Van Dyke Show" (1961) playing a comedy writer by the name of, Buddy Sorrell. Along with entertaining he was also showing his fans how talented he was as a song writer with such hits as, "Rum and Coca-Cola".
Amsterdam also appeared in a variety of other television shows such as, "The Morey Amsterdam Show" (1948-1949), "Broadway Open House" (1950), "The Hollywood Squares" (1965), "The Young and the Restless" (1990) and "Caroline in the City" (1995).
Morey also added to his resume a number of small film roles such as, "Beach Party" (1963), "Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood" (1976) and "Don't Worry, We'll Think of a Title" (1966), which he produced as well as starred in.
He married only once to Kay Amsterdam in 1941 and they had two children and remained together until he passed away on October 27th, 1996 in Los Angeles, California after suffering from a heart attack at the age of eighty seven. His remains are entombed at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills Cemetery in Los Angeles, California.
1996 Caroline in the City
1993 Herman's Head
1990 The Young and the Restless
1988 Side by Side
1986 Crazy Like a Fox
1985 Hail to the Chief
1983 Believe You Can... And You Can!
1983 Fantasy Island
1978-1982 The Love Boat
1980 The Littlest Hobo
1979 Project U.F.O.
1979 Sooner or Later
1979 Here It Is, Burlesque!
1977 Mixed Nuts
1976 Rudolph's Shiny New Year
1976 Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood
1969-1973 Love, American Style
1972 Honeymoon Suite
1970 Hans Christian Anderson
1970 The Partridge Family
1968 The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit
1961-1966 The Dick Van Dyke Show
1966 Don't Worry, We'll Think of a Title
1964 The Famous Adventures of Mr. Magoo
1964 Muscle Beach Party
1957-1963 The Danny Thomas Show
1963 Beach Party
1962 Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol
1962 Gay Purr-ee
1961 Pete and Gladys
1960 Murder, Inc.
1959 The Further Adventures of Ellery Queen
1958 Have Gun - Will Travel
1958 The Phil Silvers Show
1958 Machine-Gun Kelly
1958 Schlitz Playhouse
1958 The Adventures of Jim Bowie
1957 Matinee Theatre
1957 How to Marry a Millionaire
1957 The O. Henry Playhouse
1957 December Bride
1957 The Gale Storm Show
1952 Columbia Animal Cavalcade 1: Chimp-Antics
1949 The Morey Amsterdam Show
1930 Tom Sawyer