Joe Morton

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Not to be confused with Joe Morton (correspondent).
Joe Morton
Joe Morton.jpg
Morton in July 2012
Born Joseph Thomas Morton,[1] Jr.
(1947-10-18) October 18, 1947 (age 67)
The Bronx, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1970–present
Spouse(s) Nora Chavooshian
(1984–2004) 3 children

Joseph Thomas "Joe" Morton, Jr. (born October 18, 1947) is an American stage, television, and film actor. He has worked with film director John Sayles in The Brother from Another Planet (1984), City of Hope (1991) and Lone Star (1996). Other films he appeared in include Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), Of Mice and Men (1992), Speed (1994), Apt Pupil (1998), What Lies Beneath (2000), Ali (2001), Paycheck (2003), Stealth (2005) and American Gangster (2007). In 2014, Morton won an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for his role in Scandal.

Early life[edit]

Morton was born in Harlem, New York City, New York. He is the son of Evelyn, a secretary, and Joseph Thomas Morton, Sr., a U.S. army intelligence officer.[2][3] Because of his father's profession, he spent parts of his childhood in West Germany and Okinawa.[4] Morton graduated from Hofstra University.


Morton made his Broadway debut in Hair, appeared in Salvation, and was nominated for a Tony Award for Raisin. He has appeared in over 70 movies, including John Sayles' The Brother from Another Planet (as The Brother), Terminator 2: Judgment Day (as Dr. Miles Bennett Dyson) and Blues Brothers 2000 (as 'Cabel "Cab" Chamberlain', based upon the late Cab Calloway).

On daytime, Morton has had roles on Search for Tomorrow (Dr. James Foster, 1973–74), Another World (Dr. Abel Marsh and Leo Mars, 1983–84), and All My Children (Dr. Zeke McMillan, 2002). In 2002, he appeared on the London stage in the play 'Art'.

Morton has made many notable TV guest appearances, including his appearances as Dr. Steven Hamilton in the first two seasons of Smallville. He has starred in the Sanford and Son spin-off Grady (1975–76), Under One Roof (1995) and E-Ring (2005). He portrayed the jack-of-all-trades scientist Henry Deacon as a regular on Syfy Channel's Eureka (2006-12). Morton is currently playing the role of Rowan Pope on the hit drama Scandal, a role for which he has received a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series.

Personal life[edit]

In October 1984, Morton married Nora Chavooshian, the production designer for The Brother from Another Planet. They have three children, daughters Hopi and Seta, and son Ara. They have a grandson named Moses.[citation needed]


Year Title Role Notes
1970 Mission: Impossible Clerk Hunted
1973–74 Search for Tomorrow James Foster
1975 Sanford and Son Hal Marshall The Family Man
1975–76 Grady Hal Marshall 10 episodes
1976 M*A*S*H Captain Saunders "Der Tag"
1976 What's Happening!! Department Store Manager "The Birthday Present"
1977 Between the Lines Ahmed
1978 Watch Your Mouth Raymond Geeter TV show
1983 Curse of the Pink Panther Charlie "Joseph Morton"
1984 The Brother from Another Planet The Brother
1985 Miami Vice Lt. Jack Davis "The Maze"
1985 Trouble in Mind Solo
1986 Crossroads Scratch's assistant
1988 The Good Mother Frank Williams
1989 Tap Nicky
1990 Challenger Dr. Ronald McNair TV movie
1990–91 Equal Justice Mike James 26 episodes
1991 Terminator 2: Judgment Day Dr. Miles Bennett Dyson
1991 City of Hope Wynn
1992 A Different World Byron Douglas III 7 episodes
1992 Forever Young Cameron
1992 Of Mice and Men Crooks
1992 Nacht des Terrors - Mord in New York City Cedric Sandiford
1993 TriBeCa Carlton Thomas 7 episodes
1994 Speed Lt. McMahon
1994 The Inkwell Kenny Tate
1994 Homicide: Life on the Street Sam Thorn "A Model Citizen" and "Happy to be here"
1994 New York Undercover Dean/Dinah "Blondes Have More Fun"
1995 Under One Roof Ron Langston 6 episodes
1995 The Walking Dead Sergeant Barkley
1996 Executive Decision Sergeant Matheny
1996 Touched by an Angel Jake Stone and Martin "Jacob's Ladder" and "The Impossible Dream"
1996 Lone Star Del
1997–2000 Prince Street Lieutenant Tom Warner 6 episodes
1997 The Pest Mr. Kent
1997 Speed 2: Cruise Control Lieutenant Herb McMahon uncredited
1997 Trouble on the Corner Detective Bill
1997 Miss Evers' Boys Dr. Sam Brodus
1998 Mercy Point Dr. Grote Maxwell 8 episodes
1998 Blues Brothers 2000 Cabel Chamberlain
1998 Final Act IFC TV Short Film
1998 Apt Pupil Dan Richler
1999 Mutiny Thurgood Marshall
1999 The Astronaut's Wife Sherman Reese
2000 Ali: An American Hero Malcolm X
2000 Bounce Jim Willer
2000 What Lies Beneath Dr. Drayton
2000 The X-Files Martin Wells Redrum
2001 Ali Chauncey Eskridge
2002 The Practice Fire Proof
2002–03 Smallville Dr. Steven Hamilton 4 episodes
2003 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Ray Bevins "Grief"
2003 Thoughtcrimes John Harper
2003 Paycheck Agent Dodge
2003 Jasper, Texas Walter Diggles
2004 Breaking Dawn Professor Simon
2005 Lenny the Wonder Dog Dr. Island
2005 JAG Elroy Johnson Unknown Soldier
2005 House Gary H. Wright "Role Model"
2005 CSI: NY Dwight Hillborne "Supply and Demand" and "On the Job"
1992–2005 Law & Order various episodes/roles
2005 Stealth Dick Marshfield
2005 E-Ring Steve Algazi 9 episodes
2006 The Night Listener Ashe
2006–12 Eureka Henry Deacon 76 episodes
2007 American Gangster Charlie Williams
2007 Numb3rs Reporter "Graphic"
2008 La Linea Hodges
2009 Warehouse 13 Reverend John Hill Regrets
2009 The Good Wife Daniel Golden 11 episodes
2010 White Collar Kyle Bancroft
2012 Coma Dr. Nelson
2013 Scandal "Command" / Mysterious Man / Rowan Pope Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series (2014)
2014 Proof


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