Morton Downey Jr. (1933–2001)

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Talk-show host and songwriter ("Because We're Young", "Hearts Are Wild"), composer, author, actor and singer, educated at New York University (BS) and a two-year Law School student. He was a program director and announcer at WPOP in Hartford, Connecticut, and later made several records under his birth name. Joining ASCAP in 1960, his other ... See full bio »

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 1999 Palmer's Pick-Up
Dick Cash
 1997 Meet Wally Sparks
Morton Downey Jr.
 1996 Hollywood: The Movie (Video)
 1996 Diagnosis Murder (TV Series)
Carl Burke
- FMurder (1996) ... Carl Burke
 1993 Counterstrike (TV Series)
Monroe Park
- The Raw Truth (1993) ... Monroe Park
 1992 The Silencer
Michael Keating
 1992 Revenge of the Nerds III: The Next Generation (TV Movie)
University President Orrin Price
 1991 Legal Tender
Mal Connery
 1991 Driving Me Crazy
 1991 Monsters (TV Series)
Ray Bright
- A Face for Radio (1991) ... Ray Bright
 1990 Predator 2
Tony Pope
 1990 Thanksgiving Day (TV Movie)
 1990 Tales from the Crypt (TV Series)
Horton Rivers
- Television Terror (1990) ... Horton Rivers
 1989 True Blue (TV Series)
 1989 1st & Ten (TV Series)
TV Show Host
- The Book According to Zagreb (1989) ... TV Show Host
 1989 Teething with Anger (TV Movie)
Nasty Baby
 1989 WrestleMania V (TV Special)
Morton Downey Jr.
 1989 WWF Challenge (TV Series)
Morton Downey Jr.
- Episode dated 2 April 1989 (1989) ... Morton Downey Jr.
 1978 Born Again
Classroom Guard
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Other Works:

Recorded an album of country music at the height of popularity of his talk show. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 1 Print Biography | 2 Interviews | 1 Pictorial | See more »


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[on preparing for his 1980's talk-show] Fifteen minutes before the show, I turn on rock'n'roll music as loud as I can, and I dance behind the set, and get myself into a lather and get myself perspiring and out of breath. See more »


Grandson of Richard Bennett and Adrienne Morrison. See more »


Saying "Zip it!" to unruly guests on the show See more »


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