Jeffrey Dean Morgan

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Jeffrey Dean Morgan
Jeffrey Dean Morgan 2009.jpg
Morgan at the premiere of Watchmen in 2009.
Born (1966-04-22) April 22, 1966 (age 47)
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1991–present
Partner(s) Mary-Louise Parker (2006–2008)
Hilarie Burton (2009–present)
Children 2

Jeffrey Dean Morgan (born April 22, 1966) is an American actor best known to television and movie audiences as Denny Duquette in the 2005 medical drama Grey's Anatomy, patriarch John Winchester on Supernatural, as The Comedian in the 2009 superhero film Watchmen, and as Ike Evans in Magic City.

Early life[edit]

Morgan was born in Seattle, Washington, the son of Sandy Thomas and Richard Dean Morgan.[1] He attended Ben Franklin Elementary School, Rose Hill Junior High and Lake Washington High School in the nearby smaller city of Kirkland, Washington. Morgan was a basketball player in high school and university.


Starting with the 1991 movie Uncaged, Morgan has appeared in 15 feature films. The bulk of Morgan's work has been in television. He was the star of the 1996–1997 television series The Burning Zone; his character, Dr. Edward Marcase, appeared in 10 out of 19 episodes that season. Since 2000, he has amassed a number of credits in television series such as ER, JAG, Walker, Texas Ranger, Angel, Supernatural, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Sliders, The O.C., and Monk.

In 2005 and 2006, Morgan simultaneously appeared in three separate television series: On the CW series Supernatural as John Winchester, the mysterious father of Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles); in a recurring role on ABC's Grey's Anatomy as heart transplant patient Denny Duquette, who carried on a relationship with intern Izzie Stevens (Katherine Heigl). He also appeared in two episodes as Judah Botwin on the Showtime series Weeds. Morgan's three roles are notable in that all three of the characters are now deceased, two of whom died onscreen.

Morgan at the Twilight premiere, November 2008

Morgan was cast in a new project by Grey's Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes. The series, tentatively titled "Correspondents", was to have started production in summer 2007. ABC picked up a spin-off of Grey's Anatomy, called Private Practice, that was also created by Rhimes, and that project has rendered the future of "Correspondents" uncertain. Morgan is also among the cast of a movie that is based on a novel by the Irish novelist Cecelia Ahern, PS, I Love You, which starred two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank and featured Gerard Butler and James Marsters. Morgan had to take a crash course on how to play the guitar for his part in the film, and was excited to find out the producers had gotten Nancy Wilson of Heart to train him, since, by his own admission, he "had a huge crush" on her since childhood. The movie was released on December 21, 2007. Another 2007 film starring Morgan is The Accidental Husband, which finished filming in New York City in March 2007 and was not released on DVD until 2009. Morgan portrayed The Comedian, a cigar-chomping antihero, in Watchmen, based on Alan Moore's graphic novel.[2] The same year, he appeared in Taking Woodstock, directed by Ang Lee. He also played 'Clay' in a comic book movie adaptation of The Losers, co-starring Zoe Saldana, Idris Elba and Chris Evans.

In 2008, he starred in the thriller The Resident, working again with Hilary Swank, and the drama film Days of Wrath. Shanghai, starring John Cusack and Chow Yun-fat, is a drama set in 1941, in the months before the Attack on Pearl Harbor, about an Expatriate in Shanghai. He signed on with director Michael J. Bassett to play detective John Calisto in the serial killer thriller The Unblinking Eye[3] and appeared in the Texas crime thriller Texas Killing Fields as a homicide detective.[4] He stars in the television drama series Magic City, which centers on mob life in 1950s Miami.[5] He appeared in Sam Raimi's horror thriller The Possession, which co-starred Kyra Sedgwick as his wife, in August 2012, as well as the war film Red Dawn, in November 2012. In Red Dawn, a young-adult action film in which North Korean soldiers invade the U.S., Morgan played a sergeant major. In January 2014, Morgan in announced to be cast in Jonas Cuaron's Desierto alongside with his father Alfonso Cuaron[6]

Personal life[edit]

Morgan was briefly engaged to his former Weeds costar, Mary-Louise Parker, in 2008[7] but the engagement ended in April of that year.[8] In 2009 Morgan discovered that he had a son with former girlfriend actress Sherrie Rose. The boy, named Dean Morgan, was four years old at the time Morgan learned of him.[9] Morgan has been in a relationship with actress Hilarie Burton since 2009. The couple welcomed a son, Augustus "Gus", in March 2010.[10][11]



Year Title Role Notes
1991 Uncaged Sharkey
1995 Dillinger and Capone Jack Bennett
Undercover Heat Ramone
1997 Legal Deceit Todd Hunter
1999 Road Kill Bobby
2003 Something More Daniel Short film
2004 Dead & Breakfast The Sheriff
Six: The Mark Unleashed Tom Newman Direct-to-DVD release
2005 Chasing Ghosts Detective Cole Davies
2006 Jam Dale
2007 Live! Rick
Fred Claus Man getting parking ticket Cameo
Kabluey Brad
PS, I Love You William Gallagher
2008 Accidental Husband, TheThe Accidental Husband Patrick Sullivan
Days of Wrath Bryan Gordon
2009 Watchmen Edward Blake/The Comedian
Taking Woodstock Dan
2010 Shanghai Connor
Losers, TheThe Losers Clay
Jonah Hex Jeb Turnbull Uncredited
2011 Resident, TheThe Resident Max
Peace, Love & Misunderstanding Jude
Texas Killing Fields Brian Heigh
Courier, TheThe Courier The Courier
2012 Possession, TheThe Possession Clyde Brenek
Red Dawn Sgt. Maj. Andrew Tanner USMC
2014 Solace Filming
2014 The Salvation Filming


Year Title Role Notes
1995, 2002 JAG Weapons Officer
CIA Technician Wally
CIA Technician Wally
Episode: "Shadow"
Episode: "Defending His Honor"
Episode: "Enemy Below"
1996 In the Blink of an Eye Jessie ABC television film
Sliders Sid Episode: "El Sid"
1996–97 Burning Zone, TheThe Burning Zone Dr. Edward Marcase
2000 Walker, Texas Ranger Jake Horbart Episode: "Child of Hope"
2001 ER Firefighter Larkin Episode: "The Crossing"
2002 Practice, TheThe Practice Daniel Glenn Episode: The Test"
Angel Sam Ryan Episode: "Provider"
Division, TheThe Division Father William Natali Episode: "Forgive Me, Father"
2003 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Undercover Agent #1 Episode: "All for Our Country"
Star Trek: Enterprise Xindi-Reptilian Episode: "Carpenter Street"
2004 Handler, TheThe Handler Mike Episodes: "Give Daddy Some Sugar, "The Big Fall"
Tru Calling Geoffrey Pine Episode: "Two Pair"
Monk Steven Leight Episode: "Mr. Monk Takes Manhattan"
2005 O.C., TheThe O.C. Joe Zukowski Episode: "The Accomplice"
Weeds Judah Botwin Episodes: "Free Goat", "Dead in the Nethers"
2005–07 Supernatural John Winchester Recurring role (Season 1-2)
2006–09 Grey's Anatomy Denny Duquette Recurring role
2012–2013 Magic City Ike Evans Lead role
2014 Shameless US Charlie Recurring role


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  2. ^ "Watchmen Cast Confirmed!". Superhero Hype!. Retrieved March 11, 2010. 
  3. ^ Roxborough, Scott (February 11, 2010). "Jeffrey Dean Morgan joins 'Unblinking Eye'". Retrieved March 11, 2010. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Jeffrey Dean Morgan Joins Sam Worthington in The Fields". February 17, 2010. Retrieved March 11, 2010. 
  5. ^ Starz Series Magic City Full Cast Announced The Hollywood Reporter. June 9, 2011
  6. ^ "Jeffrey Dean Morgan to Star in Jonas Cuaron's 'Desierto' (Exclusive)". 10 January 2013. Retrieved 11 January 2013. 
  7. ^ Rush, George (February 14, 2008). "Mary-Louise Parker and Jeffrey Dean Morgan Engaged". The New York Daily News. 
  8. ^ "Mary-Louise Parker, Fiancé Break Off Engagement". April 8, 2008. Retrieved March 11, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Secret Son for Jeffrey Dean Morgan". March 27, 2008. Retrieved September 29, 20013. 
  10. ^ "Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Hilarie Burton Welcome Baby". Us Weekly. May 6, 2010. Retrieved May 6, 2010. 
  11. ^ Marc Malkin (November 15, 2011). "Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Hilarie Burton Talk Baby Son Gus, Parenthood: "It's Been Spectacular"". E!Online. Retrieved May 5, 2012. 

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