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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.   


Filmography

1996 Caroline in the City
1995 Cybill
1993 Herman's Head
1993 Sandman
1990 The Young and the Restless
1988 Side by Side
1987 Fame
1986 Crazy Like a Fox
1985 Brothers 
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! 
1978 Vega$ 
1977 Alice 
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 
1971 Adam-12
1970 Hans Christian Anderson
1970 The Partridge Family
1968 The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit 
1966 Daktari
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 Dragnet 
1958 Machine-Gun Kelly 
1958 Schlitz Playhouse 
1958 Gunsmoke
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





Matinee Classics - The Dick Van Dyke Show starring Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Rose Marie, Morey Amsterdam, Larry Mathews and Richard Deacon
Matinee Classics - Beach Party starring Robert Cummings, Dorothy Malone, Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, Vincent Price
Matinee Classics - Muscle Beach Party starring Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, Luciana Paluzzi, John Ashley, Don Rickles, Peter Turgeon, Jody McCrea, Dick Dale, Candy Johnson, Rock Stevens, Valora Noland, Delores Wells, Donna Loren, Morey Amsterdam, Little Stevie Wonder, Buddy Hackett, Dan Haggerty, Larry Scott, Gordon Case, Gene Shuey, Chester Yorton, Bob Seven, Steve Merjanian, Alberta Nelson, Amadee Chabot and Peter Lorre
Matinee Classics - Muscle Beach Party starring Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, Luciana Paluzzi, John Ashley, Don Rickles, Peter Turgeon, Jody McCrea, Dick Dale, Candy Johnson, Rock Stevens, Valora Noland, Delores Wells, Donna Loren, Morey Amsterdam, Little Stevie Wonder, Buddy Hackett, Dan Haggerty, Larry Scott, Gordon Case, Gene Shuey, Chester Yorton, Bob Seven, Steve Merjanian, Alberta Nelson, Amadee Chabot and Peter Lorre
Matinee Classics - Machine Gun Kelly starring Charles Bronson, Susan Cabot, Morey Amsterdam, Richard Devon, Jack Lambert, Frank DeKova, Connie Gilchrist, Wally Campo, Barboura Morris, Lori Martin, George Archambeault, Robert Griffin
Matinee Classics - Machine Gun Kelly starring Charles Bronson, Susan Cabot, Morey Amsterdam, Richard Devon, Jack Lambert, Frank DeKova, Connie Gilchrist, Wally Campo, Barboura Morris, Lori Martin, George Archambeault, Robert Griffin
Matinee Classics - Morey Amsterdam
Matinee Classics - The Dick Van Dyke Show starring Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Rose Marie, Morey Amsterdam, Larry Mathews and Richard Deacon


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