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 48)
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1991–present
Partner(s) Sherrie Rose (Rose alleges her child is Morgan's)
Mary-Louise Parker (2006-2008)
Hilarie Burton (2009-present; 1 child)
Children 1

Jeffrey Dean Morgan (born April 22, 1966) is an American actor. He is best known for portraying Denny Duquette in the 2005 medical drama Grey's Anatomy, John Winchester on Supernatural, The Comedian in the 2009 superhero film Watchmen, and 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 Kirkland, Washington. He was a basketball player in high school and college.


Starting with the 1991 film 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, in a recurring role on ABC's Grey's Anatomy as heart transplant patient Denny Duquette, and as Judah Botwin in two episodes of the Showtime series Weeds.

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, P.S. I Love You. He took a crash course on how to play the guitar for his part in the film, and was excited to find out that 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 film 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, and played Clay in a comic book movie adaptation of The Losers. In 2008, he starred in the thriller The Resident and the drama film Days of Wrath. He signed on 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 the horror thriller The Possession in 2012, as well as the war film Red Dawn. In January 2014, it was announced that Morgan had been cast in the lead role in Jonás Cuarón's Desierto.[6] In November, 2014, it was announced that Morgan had been cast as Joe DiMaggio opposite Kelli Garner’s Marilyn Monroe in “Marilyn”, a Lifetime four-hour miniseries based on J. Randy Taraborrelli's book, The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe, being filmed in Toronto, Ontario, December 2014-February 2015. [7]

Personal life[edit]

Morgan was briefly engaged to his former Weeds costar, Mary-Louise Parker, in 2008.[8] The engagement ended in April 2008.[9] In 2009, a former girlfriend actress Sherrie Rose alleged Morgan was her son's father but it's never been proven most think she was trying to take advantage of Morgan's rising fame. The boy, named Dean Morgan, was four years old when Morgan supposedly learned about him according to tabloids.[10] Morgan has been in a relationship with actress Hilarie Burton since 2009. The couple had a son, Augustus, in March 2010.[11][12]



Year Title Role Notes
1991 Uncaged Sharkey
1995 Dillinger and Capone Jack Bennett
1995 Undercover Heat Ramone
1996 In the Blink of an Eye Jessie Television film
1997 Legal Deceit Todd Hunter
1999 Road Kill Bobby
2003 Something More Daniel Short film
2004 Dead & Breakfast The Sheriff
2004 Six: The Mark Unleashed Tom Newman Direct-to-DVD
2005 Chasing Ghosts Det. Cole Davies
2006 Jam Dale
2007 Live! Rick
2007 Fred Claus Man Getting Parking Ticket Cameo
2007 Kabluey Brad
2007 P.S. I Love You William Gallagher
2008 Accidental Husband, TheThe Accidental Husband Patrick Sullivan
2008 Days of Wrath Bryan Gordon
2009 Watchmen Edward Blake / The Comedian
2009 Taking Woodstock Dan
2010 Shanghai Connor
2010 Losers, TheThe Losers Clay
2010 Jonah Hex Jeb Turnbull Uncredited
2011 Resident, TheThe Resident Max
2011 Peace, Love & Misunderstanding Jude
2011 Texas Killing Fields Brian Heigh
2011 Courier, TheThe Courier The Courier
2012 Possession, TheThe Possession Clyde Brenek
2012 Red Dawn Sgt. Maj. Andrew Tanner USMC
2014 The Salvation Delarue
2014 They Came Together Frank Cameo
2015 Solace
2015 Bus 657 Vaughn Filming
2015 Marilyn Joe DiMaggio Filming (miniseries)
2015 1 Chisper, 1 Chisper


Year Title Role Notes
1995 Extreme
1995 JAG Weapons Officer Episode: "Shadow"
1996 Sliders Sid Episode: "El Sid"
1996–1997 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"
2002 JAG CIA Technician Wally 2 episodes
2002 Angel Sam Ryan Episode: "Provider"
2002 Division, TheThe Division Father William Natali Episode: "Forgive Me, Father"
2003 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Undercover Agent #1 Episode: "All for Our Country"
2003 Star Trek: Enterprise Xindi-Reptilian Episode: "Carpenter Street"
2004 Handler, TheThe Handler Mike 2 episodes
2004 Tru Calling Geoffrey Pine Episode: "Two Pair"
2004 Monk Steven Leight Episode: "Mr. Monk Takes Manhattan"
2005 O.C., TheThe O.C. Joe Zukowski Episode: "The Accomplice"
2005 Weeds Judah Botwin 2 episodes
2005–2007 Supernatural John Winchester
2006–2009 Grey's Anatomy Denny Duquette
2012–2013 Magic City Ike Evans
2014 Shameless Charlie
2015 Texas Rising "Deaf" Smith


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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. ^ "Jeffrey Dean Morgan Set as 'Marilyn's' Joe DiMaggio for Lifetime (Exclusive)". 25 November 2014. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  8. ^ Rush, George (February 14, 2008). "Mary-Louise Parker and Jeffrey Dean Morgan Engaged". The New York Daily News. 
  9. ^ "Mary-Louise Parker, Fiancé Break Off Engagement". April 8, 2008. Retrieved March 11, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Secret Son for Jeffrey Dean Morgan". March 27, 2008. Retrieved September 29, 20013.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  11. ^ "Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Hilarie Burton Welcome Baby". Us Weekly. May 6, 2010. Retrieved May 6, 2010. 
  12. ^ 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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