Actor Jeff Morrow, a Broadway and Hollywood veteran whose roles ranged from the stately (the president in “Lincoln-Douglas Debates”) to the silly (Exeter the friendly alien in “This Island Earth”), died Sunday in Canoga Park. He was 86.
His acting roots were on Broadway and he appeared in 23 productions, including “Billy Budd,””Macbeth” and “Romeo and Juliet.”
Lured to Hollywood in the 1950s, Morrow played leading roles and supporting parts starting with “The Robe” (1953), which also featured Richard Burton and Jean Simmons.
He starred alongside Rock Hudson in “Captain Lightfoot” in 1955, and with Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis in “Pardners” in 1956. In 1960, he appeared with Stuart Whitman in “The Story of Ruth.”
Morrow continued to act in plays on the West Coast, including the 1956 Los Angeles production of “Lincoln-Douglas Debates.”
The actor is perhaps best known for his performances in several genre sci-fi films that have achieved cult status.
He played the alien in “This Island Earth” in 1955 and starred in the 1956 cult classic “The Creature Walks Among Us”– the third in the “Creature From the Black Lagoon” trilogy.
Morrow also had a busy television career, making guest appearances in series including “The Twilight Zone” and “Bonanza.” In 1958, he starred in “Union Pacific.”
He is survived by his wife and daughter. Funeral arrangements were pending.