"Welcome to The McCain Ranch"
Morris Ankrum appeared twice in The Rifleman ―
Shivaree as Aaron Pelser,
the Wagonmaster ― The Actress as Jacob Black,
the dying man who asked Lucas fetch his wife for him before he died.
A graduate of the
University of Southern California School of Law, Morris Ankrum was an
attorney and an economics professor before switching careers and joining the
With a law degree in hand, Morris Ankrum became a real menace to
such sagebrush heroes as Hopalong Cassidy. He appeared in over 150 (known)
feature films. A large portion of his career involved westerns, in some of
which he was cast as an Indian. His screen career heavily favored horror,
sci-fi and action pictures, including Zombies of Mora Tau — Earth vs. the
Flying Saucers — Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy — Invaders from Mars.
Off screen, Ankrum was a respected stage director who had a 33-year
association with the Pasadena Playhouse as both an actor and director. His
other stage credits included producer-director at New York's Federal
Theatre. On television, he often played a judge on Perry Mason and
appeared in the series Mackenzie's Raiders.
Morris Ankrum was born in Danville, Illinois, on August 27, 1896
Birth Name: Stephen Morris Nussbaum
He died September 2, 1964 in Pasadena, California of trichinosis
Have you ever been watching TV or a movie and wondered who is that guy?
around The McCain Ranch