David Morse (actor)
David Morse in 2008
|Born||David Bowditch Morse
October 11, 1953
|Occupation||Actor, singer, television director and writer|
|Spouse(s)||Susan Wheeler Duff (1982–present)|
David Bowditch Morse (born October 11, 1953) is an American stage, television, and film actor. He first came to national attention as Dr. Jack Morrison in the medical drama St. Elsewhere from 1982 to 1988. Morse continued his movie career with roles in Dancer in the Dark, The Indian Runner, The Negotiator, Contact, The Green Mile, Disturbia, The Long Kiss Goodnight, The Crossing Guard, The Rock, Extreme Measures, 12 Monkeys, 16 Blocks, and Hounddog.
In 2006, Morse had a recurring role as Detective Michael Tritter on the medical drama House for which he received an Emmy Award nomination. Morse portrayed George Washington in the 2008 HBO Miniseries John Adams, which garnered him a second Emmy nomination. Morse has received acclaim for his portrayal of Uncle Peck on the Off-Broadway play How I Learned to Drive for which he earned a Drama Desk and Obie Award. He also had success on Broadway, portraying James "Sharky" Harkin in The Seafarer. As of 2011, Morse is a regular on the HBO series, Treme, where he plays an honest police officer in a corrupt New Orleans police department.
Morse was born in Beverly, Massachusetts and raised in nearby Hamilton, Massachusetts, the son of Jacquelyn, a school teacher, and Charles Morse, a sales manager. He has three younger siblings. His middle name, Bowditch, comes from mathematician Nathaniel Bowditch.
Morse studied acting at the William Esper Studio. He began his acting career in the theatre as a player for the Boston Repertory Theatre in the early 1970s. He spent some time in New York's theatre community in the early 1980s before moving into television and film. During that time, Morse was listed as one of the twelve most "Promising New Actors of 1980" in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 32. Morse's big break came in 1982 when he was cast in the television medical drama St. Elsewhere. Morse played Dr. Jack "Boomer" Morrison, a young physician who is forced to deal with the death of his wife and the struggles of a single parent professional.
Morse appeared in a number of supporting roles following the finale of "St. Elsewhere" in 1988. The actor is quoted as saying "I [...] made the decision [that] I didn't care if there was any money in the role or not. I had to find roles that were different from what I had been doing". His turn in "Desperate Hours" as antagonist showed a darker Morse. Morse later starred in The Indian Runner and The Crossing Guard, written and directed by then novice auteur and writer Sean Penn. So far, Morse has appeared in three adaptations of Stephen King stories: The Langoliers, Hearts in Atlantis, and The Green Mile. Additionally Morse was a guest star on Homicide: Life on the Street, playing the racist cousin of Detective Tim Bayliss (Kyle Secor).
In 2002, Morse starred as Mike Olshansky, an ex-Philadelphia police officer turned cab driver, in the television movie Hack. The movie was so well received that a television series was created (also with the title Hack), which ran from 2002 to 2004. For his role in the 2002 crime-drama film Shuang Tong, Morse was nominated as "Best Supporting Actor" in the Golden Horse Awards, the first nomination ever for an English-speaking actor. His most recent big-screen appearance was as questionable neighbor Mr. Turner in the 2007 release Disturbia. In a review of this film, film critic and commentator John Podhoretz wrote that Morse is a "largely unsung character actor who enlivens and deepens every movie fortunate enough to have him in the cast".
In 2006, Morse received a phone call from David Shore, whom he had previously worked with on Hack, who asked him if he would be interested in having a guest role on House. When Morse watched the show, he could not understand why people watched the show, because, in his words, "This House guy is a total jerk". But when he told some of his friends, their excited reactions convinced Morse to take the part. Morse portrayed Michael Tritter, a detective with a vendetta against Gregory House. Morse earned his first Emmy Award nomination for his work on the series.
In 2008, Morse portrayed George Washington in the HBO mini-series John Adams, for which his nose was made bigger. Morse commented: "The first thing that comes to mind is my nose; it was my big idea to do that nose. We didn't have a lot of time, because they asked me to do this about three weeks before they started shooting, and I just kept looking at these portraits and thinking 'This man's face is so commanding', and I did not feel that my face was very commanding in the way his was. So I convinced them that we should try the nose, and we tried it on, and everybody went, 'Wow, that's Washington'." Morse's portrayal earned him his second Emmy Award nomination. He is currently "reprising" the role of George Washington, in voice only, as part of the The Hall of Presidents show in the Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort.
In 2010, Morse guest starred in two episodes of the HBO drama series, Treme, as Lt. Terry Colson of the New Orleans Police Department. Morse was promoted to series regular starting with season two of the show, which began in April 2011.
Morse played an ex-CIA agent in the film World War Z (2013).
In addition to his film and television career, Morse has continued to appear on stage. For his performance in the 1997 Off-Broadway production of Paula Vogel's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama How I Learned to Drive, he received an Obie Award, a Drama League Award, a Drama Desk Award, and a Lucille Lortel Award. That same year Morse played Father Barry in the play adaptation of On the Waterfront along with James Gandolfini and Penelope Ann Miller. The play only ran for a week, with just eight performances. From 2007 to 2008, Morse appeared on Broadway in Conor McPherson's The Seafarer.
Morse has been married since 1982 to actress and author Susan Wheeler Duff Morse. Susan Morse published a memoir, The Habit, in 2011. They have three children: one daughter and twin sons. In 1994, Morse moved to Philadelphia with his family after the 1994 Northridge earthquake.
|1980||Inside Moves||Jerry Maxwell|
|1981||Our Family Business||Phil||TV movie|
|1982||Max Dugan Returns||Shoe Store Cop|
|1984||Shattered Vows||Father Tim||TV movie|
|1985||When Dreams Come True||Robert Wynton||TV movie|
|1987||Place at the Table||TV movie|
|Six Against the Rock||Marvin Hubbard||TV movie|
|Downpayment on Murder||Det. Jackson||TV movie|
|1989||Cross of Fire||Klell Henry||TV movie|
|1991||Cry in the Wild: The Taking of Peggy Ann||Bicycle Pete||TV movie|
|The Indian Runner||Joe Roberts|
|1992||Dead Ahead: The Exxon Valdez Disaster||Rick Steiner||TV movie|
|1993||Miracle on Interstate 880||Dr. Jim Betts||TV movie|
|The Good Son||Jack Evans|
|1994||The Getaway||Jim 'Deer' Jackson|
|Magic Kid II||Jack|
|1995||The Taming Power of the Small|
|The Langoliers||Captain Brian Engle||TV movie|
|Tecumseh: The Last Warrior||Galloway||TV movie|
|The Crossing Guard||John Booth||Nominated—Best Supporting Male at the Independent Spirit Awards|
|12 Monkeys||Dr. Peters|
|1996||The Rock||Major Tom Baxter|
|Extreme Measures||FBI Agent Frank Hare|
|The Long Kiss Goodnight||Luke/Daedalus|
|Murder Live!||Frank McGrath||TV movie|
|1998||The Legend of Pig Eye|
|The Negotiator||Adam Beck|
|1999||Crazy in Alabama||Dove Bullis|
|The Green Mile||Brutus 'Brutal' Howell||Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture|
|Dancer in the Dark||Bill Houston||Performed the song 'Smith & Wesson' in the film.|
|Proof of Life||Peter Bowman|
|2001||Diary of a City Priest||Father John McNamee|
|Hearts in Atlantis||Bobby Garfield (Adult)|
|2002||The Slaughter Rule||Gideon 'Gid' Ferguson|
|Double Vision||Kevin Richter||Nominated—Best Supporting Actor at the Golden Horse Film Festival|
|2005||Down in the Valley||Wade|
|Nearing Grace||Shep Nearing|
|Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story||Palmer|
|2006||A.W.O.L. (short)||Major Cliff Marquette|
|16 Blocks||Det. Frank Nugent|
|2009||The Hurt Locker||Colonel Reed||Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Ensemble Cast
WAFCA Award for Best Ensemble
|2010||Mother and Child||Tom|
|The Pond (short)||Adam 11|
|Winter in the Blood||Airplane Man|
|Collaborator||Gus Williams||Karlovy Vary International Film Festival Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Best Actor in a Leading Role at the Canadian Screen Awards
|2012||The Odd Life of Timothy Green||James "Big Jim" Green Sr.|
|2013||McCanick||Eugene 'Mack' McCanick||Producer|
|World War Z||Ex-CIA Agent|
|1981||Nurse||Kevin Mallory||Episode: 'Equal Opportunity'|
|1982–1988||St. Elsewhere||Dr. Jack Morrison||137 Episodes
Directed the Episodes:
'A Coupla White Dummies Sitting Around Talking'
|1987||Friday the 13th||Director/Writer||Episode: 'A Friend to the End'|
|1989||Brotherhood of the Rose||Chris/Remus||TV Movie|
|Midnight Caller||Chandler||Episode: 'Wait Until Midnight'|
|1992||The Hat Squad||Episode: 'Frankie Stein'|
|Tales from the Crypt||Tom McMurdo||Episode: 'Showdown'|
|Reasonable Doubts||Edward Durrell||Episode: 'Moment of Doubt'|
|1993||Big Wave Dave's||Dave Bell||6 Episodes:
'The Adventures of Ozzie and Marshall'
'Dave's Big Wave'
'Making Up Is Hard to Do'
'The Six Stages of Marshall'
|SeaQuest DSV||Lenny Sutter||Episode: 'SeaWest'|
|1995||Homicide: Life on the Street||Jim Bayliss||Episode: 'Colors'|
|The New Adventures of Madeline||Pepito||Voice|
|1998||Stories from My Childhood||Voices||2 Episodes:
'The Snow Queen'
'The Wild Swans'
Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided
|Abraham Lincoln||6 Part Miniseries: Voice|
|2002–2004||Hack||Mike Olshansky||40 Episodes:
Wrote the episode 'Gone'
|2006–2007||House||Det. Michael Tritter||6 Episodes:
'Fools for Love'
'Que Será Será'
'Son of Coma Guy'
'Merry Little Christmas'
'Words and Deeds'
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
|2008||John Adams||George Washington||Miniseries-4 Episodes:
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated— Monte-Carlo Television Festival for Outstanding Actor in a Mini Series
|2009||Medium||Douglas Lydecker||3 Episodes|
|Empire State||James Cochrane||1 Episode: 'Pilot'|
|2010–Present||Treme||NOPD Lieutenant Terry Colson||24 Episodes|
|2011||Lights Out||Jerry 'The Rainmaker' Raines||1 Episode|
|2012||Victory in Defeat
||Douglas MacArthur||Japanese TV Miniseries|
|Robot Chicken||Robin Hood/The Lorax||1 Episode
'Butchered in Burbank" Voices
|On the Waterfront||Father Barry||May 1, 1995 – May 7, 1995|
|The Seafarer||James "Sharky" Harkin||December 6, 2007 – March 30, 2008|
|Threads||Nub||October 25, 1981 – November 22, 1981||Circle Theatre|
|How I Learned to Drive||Uncle Peck||May 6, 1997 – April 19, 1998||Century Center for the Performing Arts||Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Actor
Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor
Obie Award for Best Performance
Nominated—Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actor
|The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin||Tom Durnin||May 31, 2013 – August 25, 2013||Laura Pels Theatre|
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