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Morey Amsterdam

Actor + Comedian
Born Dec 14, 1908

Morey Amsterdam was an American television actor and comedian, best known for the role of Buddy Sorrell on The Dick Van Dyke Show in the early 1960s.

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1908 Birth Born on December 14, 1908.


1922 13 Years Old He began working in Vaudeville in 1922 as the straight man for his older brother's jokes. … Read More
1924 15 Years Old By 1924, he was working in a speakeasy operated by Al Capone. … Read More


1937 28 Years Old During the 1930s, Amsterdam was a regular on The Al Pearce Show radio program, and by 1937 was the master of ceremonies on The Night Club of the Air.


1945 36 Years Old Amsterdam also had a notable career as a songwriter, with his first popular success being "Why Oh Why Did I Ever Leave Wyoming." Amsterdam's most famous achievement as a songwriter was as the credited lyricist on the 1945 Andrews Sisters hit "Rum and Coca-Cola". … Read More
1947 38 Years Old By 1947, he was performing on three daily radio shows.
Beginning in 1948, he appeared on the radio show Stop Me If You've Heard This One.


1950 41 Years Old In 1950, he briefly hosted the comedy-variety show, Broadway Open House, television's first late-night entertainment show, on NBC. … Read More
1952 43 Years Old In February 1952 he made his dramatic television debut on an episode of the DuMont Television Network series Not for Publication.
1957 48 Years Old In 1957, he appeared as Jack Connors in the third episode entitled "The Three Pretenders" of the syndicated television sitcom, How to Marry a Millionaire, with Barbara Eden and Merry Anders.
1958 49 Years Old In 1958, he appeared as saloon manager Lucien Bellingham in the 15th episode of the second season of the Western Have Gun, Will Travel entitled "The Moor's Revenge". … Read More


1966 57 Years Old …  Amsterdam and Rose Marie also co-starred in the 1966 film, Don't Worry, We'll Think of a Title, a comedy co-written and co-produced by Amsterdam. The film features Richard Deacon, their co-star on The Dick Van Dyke Show, with a cameo by the show's co-producer Danny Thomas. In 1958 Morey appeared in the low-budget film Machine-Gun Kelly with Charles Bronson and did a notable dramatic turn in the 1960 noir classic Murder, Inc. as Catskill nightclub owner Walter Sage, the first victim (according to the film) of the newly minted Murder, Incorporated.


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Amsterdam and Rose Marie later appeared as panelists on The Hollywood Squares and guest-starred together in a February 1996 episode of the NBC sitcom Caroline in the City (his final television appearance).
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