Byron Morrow was born September 8, 1911 and passed away on May 11, 2006.
Byron Morrow was a veteran character actor who has appeared twice in the Star Trek universe, both times as admirals in Star Trek: The Original Series. He was also the first actor on Star Trek to appear as a character in the admiralty. Morrow filmed his scene for “Amok Time” on Monday 12 June 1967. He filmed his scene as Westervliet on Friday 16 August 1968, at Stage 8 in Desilu’s Culver City studios.
Born in Chicago, Illinois, Morrow served his country in World War II, 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 includes guest appearances on The Twilight Zone, The Untouchables, Rawhide, The Andy Griffith Show, Wagon Train, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., The Invaders, Bewitched, Lost in Space, Get Smart, The Wild Wild West, I Dream of Jeannie, The Mod Squad, The Waltons, Barnaby Jones, Kolchak: The Night Stalker, Quincy, M.E., Fantasy Island, Scarecrow and Mrs. King, Highway to Heaven, and multiple episodes of Bonanza, Mannix, and The Rockford Files. Perhaps most notably, he was often seen in the role of a judge on Perry Mason, a series on which he appeared seven times between 1960 and 1966.
Morrow was also seen in a 1970 episode of Mission: Impossible. Morrow was also on a 1974 episode of The Magician. And in 1989, Morrow appeared on Beauty and the Beast.
Star Trek wasn’t the only franchise in which Morrow played two different admirals; he also played two different characters with that same rank in the two mini-series based on novels by Herman Wouk, The Winds of War (1983) and War and Remembrance (1988).
On film, Morrow made appearances in the English version of 1962’s King Kong vs. Godzilla, the 1963 dramedy Captain Newman, M.D., Gore Vidal’s The Best Man (1964), Disney’s The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (1969), the war drama Johnny Got His Gun (1971), and Elia Kazan’s 1976 drama The Last Tycoon, among others. Morrow went uncredited in nearly all of these films; however, one film he did receive credit for was the 1970 science fiction classic Colossus: The Forbin Project, directed by Joseph Sargent.
Morrow retired from acting in 1991, with his last work being an episode of Father Dowling Mysteries. He passed away in Woodland Hills, California fifteen years later. He was 94 years old.
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