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Morey Amsterdam
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Birth Date:December 14, 1908
Astrology Sign:Sagittarius
Chinese Sign:Monkey - Yin
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Died Date:October 28, 1996

Occupation:TV Actor

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Morey Amsterdam

Biography:Morey Amsterdam (December 14, 1908 - October 27, 1996) was a veteran television actor and comedian, renowned for his large, ready supply of jokes.

Born in Chicago, Illinois to a Jewish family, he began working in Vaudeville in 1922 as the straight man for his brother's jokes. He was also a cellist, a skill which he used throughout his career. By 1924, he was working in a speakeasy operated by Al Capone. After being caught in a gun fight, Amsterdam moved to California and sought work writing jokes. His enormous repertoire and ability to come up with a joke on any subject earned him the nickname "The Human Joke Machine."

During the 1930s, Amsterdam hosted a radio show and also wrote songs, including "Why Oh Why Did I Ever Leave Wyoming" and "Rum and Coca-Cola" (a popular hit that he copyrighted, although the song was based on a Trinidadian calypso). 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 and began hosting his own television show, The Morey Amsterdam Show. The latter was replaced in 1950 by a variety and talk show called Broadway Open House, television's first late-night entertainment show, on the DuMont Television Network. Among his guests was a song and dance man named Art Carney.

Amsterdam's most famous role may have been as comedy writer Buddy Sorrell on The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961-1966), a role suggested for him by his friend Rose Marie, who also appeared on the show. Amsterdam wrote lyrics for the show's theme song that were never performed on the air but were performed by Dick Van Dyke in concert.

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, shortly before Amsterdam's death.

Amsterdam also was an occasional panelist on The Match Game during the early 1970s.

Amsterdam died of a heart attack in Los Angeles at the age of 87 and was interred in LA's Forest Lawn - Hollywood Hills Cemetery.

Chinese Horoscope for Morey Amsterdam
Includes characteristics and Vices
Morey Amsterdam's Chinese Horoscope
Chinese Year: February 02, 1908 - January 21, 1909
Birthday: December 14, 1908

The Monkey is a Yin,
and is the Ninth sign of the Chinese horoscope.


Personality and Character Cards:
Personality and character cards are identical!

Morey Amsterdam's Personality Tarot Card Strength - Personality Card

Birthday: December 14, 1908

A time for self-awareness involving courage, strength, and determination.

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Morey Amsterdam's Growth Tarot Card The Hierophant

Birthday: December 14, 2022

Guidance on religious matters and the need to find spiritual meaning in life.




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