Jeffrey Dean Morgan

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Jeffrey Dean Morgan
Jeffrey Dean Morgan by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Morgan at the San Diego Comic-Con, promoting The Walking Dead in 2016.
Born (1966-04-22) April 22, 1966 (age 50)
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1991–present
Spouse(s) Anya Longwell (1992–2003)[1]
Partner(s) Mary-Louise Parker (2006–08)
Hilarie Burton (2009–present)
Children 1

Jeffrey Dean Morgan (born April 22, 1966) is an American actor. He is known for playing John Winchester on Supernatural, Denny Duquette in the medical drama Grey's Anatomy, The Comedian in the 2009 superhero film Watchmen and the villainous Negan on The Walking Dead.

Early life[edit]

Morgan was born in Seattle, Washington to Sandy Thomas and Richard Dean Morgan.[2] He attended Ben Franklin Elementary School, Rose Hill Junior High, and Lake Washington High School in Kirkland, Washington, where he played football and captained the basketball team. He went on to play basketball at Skagit Valley College before being sidelined by injury.


Starting with Uncaged (1991), Morgan has appeared in over 25 feature films. However, the bulk of his 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. In 2005 and 2006, Morgan simultaneously appeared in three television series: in 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. He has also guest-starred in a number of television series, including ER; JAG; Walker, Texas Ranger; Angel; CSI: Crime Scene Investigation; Sliders; The O.C.; and Monk.


In 2007, Morgan was cast in a proposed project by Grey's Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes. The series, tentatively titled "Correspondents", was to have started production in summer 2007. ABC instead picked up a spin-off of Grey's Anatomy, called Private Practice, that was also created by Rhimes. As a result, "Correspondents" was shelved. 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 starred in the thriller The Resident and the drama film Days of Wrath in 2008.

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In 2009, Morgan portrayed The Comedian, a cigar-chomping antihero, in Watchmen, based on Alan Moore's graphic novel.[3] The same year, Morgan appeared in Taking Woodstock, and played Clay in a comic book movie adaptation of The Losers.

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Morgan appeared in the Texas crime thriller Texas Killing Fields as a homicide detective in 2011.[4]

The following year, Morgan starred in the television drama series Magic City, which centered on mob life in 1950s Miami. The series premiered on April 6 and was cancelled after two seasons.[5] The same year, Morgan appeared in the horror thriller The Possession, and the war film Red Dawn.

It was announced in January 2014, 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 as Marilyn Monroe in The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe, a Lifetime four-hour miniseries based on J. Randy Taraborrelli's book which was filmed in Toronto, Ontario, December 2014-February 2015.[7]

Morgan at the premiere of Ant-Man in 2015.

In 2015, Morgan portrayed Deaf Smith in Texas Rising, a five-part mini-series which aired on the History Channel. Also in 2015, he became a regular cast member for season 2 of the CBS sci-fi drama Extant.

He appeared in a brief role in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), as Bruce Wayne's father, Thomas Wayne. He played the character of a freelance investigator Jason Crouse in the popular TV show The Good Wife. It was confirmed in November 2015 that Morgan would be portraying the character Negan on the AMC TV series The Walking Dead. He made his first appearance as Negan in the sixth-season finale and serves as the primary antagonist of the seventh season.[8]

Personal life[edit]

On May 30, 1992, Morgan was married to actress Anya Longwell in Las Vegas.[1] In 2007, he was briefly engaged to his former Weeds costar Mary-Louise Parker;[9] their engagement ended in April 2008.[10]

In 2009, Morgan began a relationship with actress Hilarie Burton. The couple's son was born in March 2010.[11][12] In a July, 2015 interview with The Philippine Daily Inquirer, Morgan said that despite media reports to the contrary, he and Burton were not yet married but that they intended to wed when he could get enough time off from work. [13]

Morgan and Burton made their home in the town of Rhinebeck in Dutchess County, New York on a working farm with cows, chickens and alpacas.[14] Since 2014, they have been co-owners (along with Morgan's friend, actor Paul Rudd) of Samuel's Sweet Shop, a Rhinebeck candy store they saved from being closed down after the previous owner, a friend of theirs, died suddenly.[15]

In a June 2015 appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, he was asked how many children he had and replied "I have one", referring to his son with Hilarie Burton.[16]



Year Title Role Notes
1991 Uncaged Sharkey
1995 Dillinger and Capone Jack Bennett
1995 Undercover Heat Ramone
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 Direct-to-DVD
2007 Live! Rick
2007 Fred Claus Man Getting Parking Ticket Cameo
2007 Kabluey Brad
2007 P.S. I Love You William Gallagher
2008 The Accidental Husband Patrick Sullivan Direct-to-DVD
2008 Days of Wrath Bryan Gordon
2009 Watchmen Edward Blake / The Comedian
2009 Taking Woodstock Dan
2010 Shanghai Connor
2010 The 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 The Courier The Courier Direct-to-VOD
2012 The Possession Clyde Brenek
2012 Red Dawn Sgt. Maj. Andrew Tanner USMC
2014 The Salvation Delarue
2014 They Came Together Frank Cameo
2015 Solace Agent Joe Merriweather
2015 Heist Luke Vaughn Direct-to-VOD
2015 Desierto Sam
2015 Guns for Hire Bruce
2016 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Thomas Wayne


Year Title Role Notes
1995 Extreme Jack Hawkins 2 episodes
1995 JAG Weapons Officer Episode: "Shadow"
1996 Sliders Sid Episode: "El Sid"
1996 In the Blink of an Eye[citation needed] Jessie Television film
1996–1997 The Burning Zone Dr. Edward Marcase 11 episodes
2000 Walker, Texas Ranger Jake Horbart Episode: "Child of Hope"
2001 ER Firefighter Larkin Episode: "The Crossing"
2002 The Practice Daniel Glenn Episode: The Test"
2002 JAG CIA Technician Wally 2 episodes
2002 Angel Sam Ryan Episode: "Provider"
2002 The 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 The Handler Mike 2 episodes
2004 Tru Calling Geoffrey Pine Episode: "Two Pair"
2004 Monk Steven Leight Episode: "Mr. Monk Takes Manhattan"
2005 The O.C. Joe Zukowski Episode: "The Accomplice"
2005 Weeds Judah Botwin 2 episodes
2005–2007 Supernatural John Winchester 12 episodes
2006 Jam Dale Television film
2006–2009 Grey's Anatomy Denny Duquette 23 episodes
2012–2013 Magic City Ike Evans 16 episodes
2014 Shameless Charlie Peters Episode: "Lazarus"
2015 The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe Joe DiMaggio 2 episodes
2015 Texas Rising "Deaf" Smith 5 episodes
2015 Extant JD Richter 13 episodes
2015–2016 The Good Wife Jason Crouse 19 episodes[17]
2016–present The Walking Dead Negan Special Guest Star (season 6)
Main Cast (season 7–present)
Won – Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Guest Performer in a Drama Series
Pending – Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best TV Supporting Actor (2017)[18]
Pending – iHorror Award for Best Actor - Horror Series[19]


  1. ^ a b "Nevada Marriage Index, 1956–2005," database, FamilySearch ( : accessed 18 February 2016), Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Anya Longwell, 30 May 1992; from "Nevada, Marriage Index, 1956–2005," database, Ancestry ( : 2007); citing Clark, Nevada, United States, County Book 618, p. C358929, archive film number 924712, Nevada State Health Division, Carson City, and Clark County Marriage Bureau, Las Vegas.
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  3. ^ "Watchmen Cast Confirmed!". Superhero Hype!. Retrieved March 11, 2010. 
  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. ^ ‘Walking Dead’: Negan to Be Played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan | Variety
  9. ^ Rush, George (February 14, 2008). "Mary-Louise Parker and Jeffrey Dean Morgan Engaged". The New York Daily News. 
  10. ^ "Mary-Louise Parker, Fiancé Break Off Engagement". April 8, 2008. Retrieved March 11, 2010. 
  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. 
  13. ^ Nepales, Ruben (July 23, 2015). "Scruffy, sexy, funny Jeffrey Dean Morgan". Philippine Daily Inquirer. 
  14. ^ Rorke, Robert (July 22, 2015). "Jeffrey Dean Morgan is on TV's Most Wanted List". New York Post. 
  15. ^ Kendall Fisher (October 24, 2016). "Friendly Reminder: Jeffrey Dean Morgan Co-owns a Candy Shop with Paul Rudd". E!Online. Retrieved November 5, 2016. 
  16. ^ "Jeffrey Dean Morgan takes his dogs for motorcycle rides". YouTube. June 25, 2015. Retrieved December 6, 2016. 
  17. ^ Cbs Press Express | Actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan Joins The Cast Of “The Good Wife” As A Series Regular For Season Seven
  18. ^ "Never mind Oscar, here's the 2017 FANGORIA Chainsaw Awards Nominees Ballot!". FANGORIA®. Retrieved 14 February 2017. 
  19. ^ "iHorror Awards". Retrieved 16 February 2017. 

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