Amy Morton

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Amy Morton
Rondi Reed and Amy Morton in play by Tracy Letts.jpg
Steppenwolf Theatre ensemble members Rondi Reed (left) and Morton in the original Chicago cast of August: Osage County
Born 1958-1959[1]
Oak Park, Illinois
Occupation Actress
Years active 1983–present

Amy Morton is an American actress best known for her work in theatre. Morton was nominated two times for a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for her performances in August: Osage County and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. On screen, she is known for her performances in films Rookie of the Year (1993), Up In The Air (2009), The Dilemma (2011) and Bluebird (2013). In 2014, Morton began starring as Sergeant Trudy Platt in the NBC drama series, Chicago P.D..

Life and career[edit]

Morton was born in Oak Park, Illinois. A member of Steppenwolf Theater's core group of actors since 1997, Morton has spent most of her career working in the Chicago theater scene.[2] She has appeared in many stage productions, include Clybourne Park, American Buffalo, Dublin Carol, The Pillowman, Love-Lies-Bleeding and Awake and Sing.[2]

Morton made her Broadway debut starring opposite Gary Sinise as Nurse Ratched in the Tony Award winning 2001 revival of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.[3] She originated the role of Barbara in both the original Chicago production and the original Broadway production of Tracy Letts' August: Osage County. For her portrayal she was nominated for both a Tony Award and a Drama Desk Award.[3] Morton reprised the role in the Fall 2008 London production at the National Theatre.[4] Morton received her second Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play nomination for her leading performance in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (2012-13).[5][3]

Morton has appeared in in a number of films. She made her feature film debut in a supporting role in 1992 comedy, Straight Talk starring Dolly Parton. In 1993 she had main role as mother of the lead character in Rookie of the Year. The film had a box office success, grossing more that $56 millions worldwide.[6] Her next screen role was in the 1999 crime thriller 8mm directed by Joel Schumacher. Ten years later, Morton landed her breakthrough role as George Clooney's character sister in the critically acclaimed drama film Up In The Air directed by Jason Reitman.[7] In 2011 she appeared in the comedy-drama film The Dilemma, and in 2013 had the leading role in the critically acclaimed independent film, Bluebird.[8]

On television, Morton guest starred on Crime Story, The Equalizer, ER, Private Practice, and Homeland. From 2011 to 2012 she had the recurring role of Catherine Walsh, the Republican candidate for governor, in the Starz political drama, Boss. From 2013 to 2014 she had another recurring role as Erin Reagan's new boss, Amanda Harris, on the CBS drama, Blue Bloods. In 2014, Morton was cast in the recurring role as Sergeant Trudy Platt in the NBC dramas Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D..[9] Morton has been upped from recurring guest star to series regular as of the second season on Chicago P.D..[10]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1983 Through Naked Eyes Karen Television film
1992 Straight Talk Ann
1993 Kiss of a Killer Reba Television film
1993 Falling Down Mom at Back Yard
1993 Rookie of the Year Mary Rowengartner
1999 8mm Janet Mathews
2009 The Greatest Lydia
2009 Up In The Air Kara Bingham Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble
Nominated – Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Acting Ensemble
Nominated – Denver Film Critics Society Award for Best Acting Ensemble
Nominated – Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble
2011 The Dilemma Diane Popovich
2013 Bluebird Lesley Karlovy Vary International Film Festival Award for Best Actress

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1986–1987 Crime Story Brenda Mahoney 3 episodes
1988–1989 The Equalizer Linda Wilhite / Gina Rox Episodes: "Eighteen with a Bullet" and "Endgame"
2009 ER Mrs. Walters Episode: "Shifting Equilibrium"
2011 Private Practice Leni Episode: "Who We Are"
2011–2012 Boss Catherine Walsh Recurring role, 9 episodes
2013 Homeland Erin Kimball Episode: "Tin Man Is Down"
2013–2014 Blue Bloods Amanda Harris Recurring role, 5 episodes
2014 Girls Sissy Episode: "Flo"
2014–present Chicago Fire Sergeant Trudy Platt Recurring role
2014–present Chicago P.D. Sergeant Trudy Platt Recurring role (season 1), Series regular (season 2-present)

Awards[edit]

Tony Awards

Drama Desk Awards

Joseph Jefferson Awards (Chicago, IL)

  • Nominated - 1984 - Actress in a Principal Role in a Play - Life and Limb (Wisdom Bridge Theatre)
  • Winner - 1986 - Actress in a Supporting Role in a Play - You Can't Take It With You (Steppenwolf Theatre Company)
  • Nominated - 1986 - Actress in a Principal Role in a Play - Puntila and his Hired Man (Remains Theatre)
  • Nominated - 1987 - Actress in a Principal Role in a Play - Higher Standard of Living (Remains Theatre)
  • Nominated - 1988 - Actress in a Supporting Role in a Play - Big Time (Remains Theatre)
  • Nominated - 2002 - Director of a Play - Glengarry Glen Ross (Steppenwolf Theatre Company)
  • Nominated - 2002 - Actress in a Principal Role in a Play - The Royal Family (Steppenwolf Theatre Company)
  • Nominated - 2003 - Actress in a Principal Role in a Play - Homebody/Kabul (Steppenwolf Theatre Company)
  • Nominated - 2007 - Actress in a Principal Role in a Play - August: Osage County (Steppenwolf Theatre Company)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Phillips, Michael (December 11, 2009). "Talking Pictures: Amy Morton, "Up in the Air"". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved April 13, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Amy Morton". Steppenwolf Theatre Company. Retrieved 17 October 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "Amy Morton - IBDB: The official source for Broadway Information". Retrieved 17 October 2014. 
  4. ^ "Broadway.com". Retrieved 17 October 2014. 
  5. ^ "Cicely Tyson, Best Actress In A Play: 'The Trip to Bountiful' Actor Wins Tony". The Huffington Post. 10 June 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2014. 
  6. ^ "Rookie of the Year (1993) - Box Office Mojo". Retrieved 17 October 2014. 
  7. ^ "Talking Pictures: Amy Morton,". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 17 October 2014. 
  8. ^ "Bluebird". Retrieved 17 October 2014. 
  9. ^ "Steppenwolf Theatre vet Amy Morton joins police force on ‘Chicago PD’". Voices. Retrieved 17 October 2014. 
  10. ^ "Chicago P.D.'s Amy Morton Addresses Fans' Love-Hate for Sgt. Platt". TV Guide. Retrieved 17 October 2014. 

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