Morey Amsterdam

amsterdam1December 14, 1908 – October 27, 1996

Nicknamed “The Human Joke Machine,” Morey Amsterdam was considered by many to be a…human joke machine. His ability to make a spontaneous joke about anything in rapid-fire succession led to many appearances on early TV variety shows and series. But, his biggest success was playing the role of comedy writer Buddy Sorrell on The Dick Van Dyke Show. The role suited Amsterdam perfectly and allowed him to spitfire his natural flowing comedy within the perfect context of writing for the show’s fictitious The Alan Brady Show. After The Dick Van Dyke Show ended its run, Amsterdam continued making appearances on TV shows and in films.  He died of a heart attack at the age of 87. Not sure whether he was able to come up with a joke about it or not.


Forest Lawn Memorial Park – Hollywood Hills, CA

Specific Location

Courts of Remembrance; On the northern interior wall of the northeastern-most section, there are two “squares” of darker marble crypts, Morey’s crypt is one space to the left of the left “square,” 3 rows up, one space to the left and one row above Isabel Sanford.



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