Byron Morrow

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

Byron Morrow
Byron Morrow in Perry Mason 1965.jpg
Byron Morrow in Perry Mason 1965
William Byron Morrow

(1911-09-08)September 8, 1911
DiedMay 11, 2006(2006-05-11) (aged 94)
Years active1955–1991

Early lifeEdit

Born in Chicago, Illinois, Morrow served in the Army in World War II,[1] 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 Morrow appeared in an episode of The Tab Hunter Show. In 1961 and 1962, he 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. In 1962 Morrow appeared as Judge Cornwall on the TV western The Virginian in the episode titled "The Accomplice."[citation needed]

He appeared in Bewitched in 1965 as councilman Kavanaugh season 1 episode 34. 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 1971 Morrow appeared as Harkin on "The Men From Shiloh" (rebranded name for the TV western The Virginian) in the episode titled "The Politician."

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

Morrow may be most-seen today in an uncredited appearance as Mr. Jameson, one of the poker players in the train scene of The Sting.

Byron Morrow also appeared in the first season of Barnaby Jones; episode titled, "A Little Glory, A Little Death"(04/29/1973).


Morrow died at the age of 94 on 11 May 2006 at the Motion Picture and Television Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills, California.[2]


Year Title Role Notes
1955 Luke and the Tenderfoot George 1 episode
1957 The Mysterians General film role, (American version)
1958-1960 Peter Gunn Frank Kinnard / Warden 2 episodes
1959 Operation Dames Benny film role
But Not for Me Leading Man in Play film role, Uncredited
The Best of Everything Executive film role, Uncredited
1960 This Rebel Breed Teacher film role, Uncredited
Wake Me When It's Over Maj. Horace Tillman film role, Uncredited
Let's Make Love Executive film role, Uncredited
Bat Masterson Banker - Henry Hanson 1 episode
Michael Shayne William Carson 1 episode
Sea Hunt Rebreather Season 3, Episode 24
1959-1961 Lock-Up Dr. Ralph Sterling / Detective at Desk 2 episodes
1961 The Tab Hunter Show Burdick 1 episode
Tallahassee 7000 Dan Nelson 1 episode
The Loretta Young Show Mr. Howard 1 episode
The Right Approach Doctor film role, Uncredited
Atlantis, the Lost Continent Governor of the Mountains film role, Uncredited
The Untouchables Various characters 4 episodes
1961-1964 Lassie Bruce Henderson / Professor Stoddard 2 episodes
1961-1970 Death Valley Days 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"
Don't Call Me Charlie! Colonel Evans Episode "Build a Better Mousetrap"
Panic in Year Zero! Evacuee from Newhall film role
1963 Police Nurse Capt. Pete Ingersoll film role
Black Zoo Coroner film role
Captain Newman, M.D. Air Surgeon General film role, Uncredited
1964 Wagon Train Mr. Haley 1 episode
The Strangler Dr.Morton film role
The Best Man Master of Ceremonies at Banquet film role, Uncredited
Where Love Has Gone Bill - Nightclub Doorman film role, Uncredited
1965-1967 I Dream of Jeannie General Alton / General Moore 2 episodes
Get Smart Various roles 3 episodes
1965-1968 Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. John Fenton / Congressman 2 episodes
1965 A Rage to Live Mr. Tate film role, Uncredited
1966 40 Guns to Apache Pass Colonel Reed film role
Cyborg 2087 Mr. Simmmons film role
1967 Banning Miles Gratton film role, Uncredited
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
1968 Maryjane Judge film role
Where Were You When the Lights Went Out? Stockholder film role, Uncredited
The Wrecking Crew Officer in Hospital Room film role, Uncredited
1969 Night Gallery George Packer 1 episode (pilot)
The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes Leonard - College Regent film role, Uncredited
1970 Colossus: The Forbin Project Secretary of State film role
1971 The Bill Cosby Show Announcer 1 Episode
Johnny Got His Gun Brigadier General film role
The Resurrection of Zachary Wheeler Gen. Towns film role
Bearcats! Colonel Barton Episode 10, "Tiger, Tiger"
1972 Here's Lucy Announcer 1 episode
1973 Barnaby Jones Lieutenant 1 episode
Brother on the Run Captain Franklin film role
The Stone Killer Station Commander film role
The Spook Who Sat by the Door General film role
The President's Plane is Missing Admiral Phillips ABC-TV movie
The Sting Mr. Jameson from Chicago film role, Uncredited
1975 Rollerball Game Ball Launch Official film role
A Woman for All Men Mack film role
1976 From Noon till Three Mental Patient film role, Uncredited
The Last Tycoon Studio Executive film role, Uncredited
1977 Family Jeffrey Maitland, Sr. 1 episode
Rockford Files Irving Patrick episode "Irving the Explainer" season 4
Sidewinder 1 Gentry Executive film role
1978 Born Again Archibald Cox film role
1979 The Paper Chase Bryant 1 episode
Fantasy Island Mr. Dow 1 episode
B.J. and the Bear Senator McMasters 1 episode
Winter Kills Secretary of State film role, Uncredited
1979-1983 Trapper John, M.D. Various roles 3 episodes
1980 How to Beat the High Co$t of Living Charlie Goldring film role
1983-1984 Matt Houston Adamson / Doctor 2 episodes
1986 It's Garry Shandling's Show The Doctor 1 episode
1991 Father Dowling Mysteries Judge Allsburg (final appearance)


  1. ^ Byron Morrow, 94; Character Actor Had a Distinguished Look. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 7, 2020.
  2. ^ "Byron Morrow, 94; Character Actor Had a Distinguished Look". Los Angeles Times. September 5, 2006. Archived from the original on April 16, 2019. Retrieved April 16, 2019.

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