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Wayne Morris

  • Original Name Bert DeWayne
  • Birth 17 Feb 1914 Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Death 14 Sep 1959 Oakland, Alameda County, California, USA
  • Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
  • Plot Section 8, Grave 5491
  • Memorial ID 6563

Actor. After a short stint as a forest ranger this blond haired boyish looking Californian returned to his native Los Angeles where he studied acting at the Pasadena Playhouse. It was there that he was discovered by a talent scout that led to him becoming one of America’s most famous cowboy actors. In 1937 he played the title role in the boxing movie “Kid Galahad” and had the second lead in his first western “Beyond the Law.” In 1940 he learned to fly in preparation for his role in “Flight Angels.” With the threat of World War II looming, his new interest in flying led him to seek military pilot training in the US Naval Reserves. In 1942 he was sent to the Pacific where he gained a reputation as a courageous and tenacious F6F Hellcat pilot. He flew on fifty-seven missions, shot down seven enemy planes and aided in the sinking of five ships. He was awarded four Distinguished Flying Crosses and two Air Medals. After the war he returned to Hollywood where he struggled to reach the level of stardom he once held. He settled into playing roles in mostly low budget Westerns. In 1957 he played the role of the cowardly Lieutenant Roget in “Paths of Glory.” Critics believed this role would give his career a big boost, but unfortunately he died of a heart attack shortly thereafter.

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  • Added: 6 Oct 1999
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6563
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Wayne Morris (17 Feb 1914–14 Sep 1959), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6563, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .