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Wayne Morris

Born: Feb 17, 1914

Death: Sep 14, 1959

Birthplace: Los Angeles

Profession: Actor

Nationality: United States

Wayne Morris

Date of Birth : Feb 17, 1914
Date of Death : Sep 14, 1959
Birth Place : Los Angeles

Wayne Morris, born Bert DeWayne Morris in Los Angeles, was an American film and television actor, as well as a decorated World War II fighter ace. He appeared in many notable films, including Paths of Glory, The Bushwackers and the title role of Kid Galahad in 1937. While filming Flight Angels, Morris became interested in flying and became a pilot. With war in the wind, he joined the Naval Reserve and became a Navy flier in 1942, leaving his film career behind for the duration of the war. Flying the F6F Hellcat off the aircraft carrier USS Essex, Morris shot down seven Japanese planes and contributed to the sinking of five ships. He was awarded four Distinguished Flying Crosses and two Air Medals. Morris was considered by the Navy as physically 'too big' to fly fighters. After being turned down several times as a fighter pilot, he went to his uncle-in-law, Cdr. David McCampbell, imploring him for the chance to fly fighters. Cdr. McCampbell said "Give me a letter." He flew with the VF-15, the famed "McCampbell Heroes." He married Patricia O'Rourke, an Olympic swimmer, and sister to B-movie actress Peggy Stewart.

Profession


  • Actor
  • Aviator

Also known as


  • Bert DeWayne Morris, Jr.
  • Bert DeWayne Morris

Spouse


  • Leonora Hornblow
  • Patricia O''Rourke
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