Jeffrey Dean Morgan

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Jeffrey Dean Morgan
Jeffrey Dean Morgan (cropped).jpg
Morgan at the premiere of Ant-Man in 2015.
Born (1966-04-22) April 22, 1966 (age 49)
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1991–present
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 best known for portraying Denny Duquette in the medical drama Grey's Anatomy for parts of three seasons (2006-2009), John Winchester on Supernatural, The Comedian in the 2009 superhero film Watchmen, and Ike Evans in Magic City. He will portray Negan in AMC's The Walking Dead.

Early life[edit]

Morgan was born in Seattle, Washington, the son of Sandy Thomas and Richard Dean Morgan.[citation needed] 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 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 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. 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.

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 got 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.

In 2008, Morgan starred in the thriller The Resident and the drama film Days of Wrath.

In 2009, Morgan portrayed The Comedian, a cigar-chomping antihero, in Watchmen, based on Alan Moore's graphic novel.[1] The same year, Morgan appeared in Taking Woodstock, and played Clay in a comic book movie adaptation of The Losers.

In 2010, it was announced Morgan had signed on to play detective John Calisto in the serial killer thriller The Unblinking Eye.[2]

In 2011, Morgan appeared in the Texas crime thriller Texas Killing Fields as a homicide detective.[3]

In 2012, 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.[4] The same year, Morgan appeared in the horror thriller The Possession, and 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.[5] In November, 2014, it was announced that Morgan had been cast as Joe DiMaggio opposite Kelli Garner as Marilyn Monroe in “Marilyn”, a Lifetime four-hour miniseries based on J. Randy Taraborrelli's book, The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe, which was filmed in Toronto, Ontario, December 2014-February 2015.[6]

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.

It was confirmed in November 2015 that Morgan would be portraying the character Negan on the AMC TV series The Walking Dead.[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 that Morgan was her son's father. The boy, named Dean Morgan, was four years old when Morgan supposedly learned about him according to tabloids.[10] Morgan began a relationship with actress Hilarie Burton in 2009. The couple's son Augustus was born 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 Direct-to-DVD
2006 Jam Dale Television film
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 Direct-to-DVD
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 Direct-to-VOD
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 Agent Joe Merriweather
2015 Heist Luke Vaughn Direct-to-VOD
2015 Desierto Sam
2016 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Thomas Wayne


Year Title Role Notes
1995 Extreme
1995 JAG Weapons Officer Episode: "Shadow"
1996 Sliders Sid Episode: "El Sid"
1996–97 Burning Zone, TheThe Burning Zone Dr. Edward Marcase Main cast
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
2005–07 Supernatural John Winchester Recurring role
2006–09 Grey's Anatomy Denny Duquette Recurring role
2012–13 Magic City Ike Evans Main cast
2014 Shameless Charlie
2015 The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe Joe DiMaggio Miniseries
2015 Texas Rising "Deaf" Smith 5 episodes
2015 Extant JD Richter Main cast
2015–present The Good Wife Jason Crouse Main cast (Season 7)[13]
2016 The Walking Dead Negan Guest (Season 6) Main (Season 7)


  1. ^ "Watchmen Cast Confirmed!". Superhero Hype!. Retrieved March 11, 2010. 
  2. ^ Roxborough, Scott (February 11, 2010). "Jeffrey Dean Morgan joins 'Unblinking Eye'". Retrieved March 11, 2010. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Jeffrey Dean Morgan Joins Sam Worthington in The Fields". February 17, 2010. Retrieved March 11, 2010. 
  4. ^ Starz Series Magic City Full Cast Announced The Hollywood Reporter. June 9, 2011
  5. ^ "Jeffrey Dean Morgan to Star in Jonas Cuaron's 'Desierto' (Exclusive)". 10 January 2013. Retrieved 11 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "Jeffrey Dean Morgan Set as 'Marilyn's' Joe DiMaggio for Lifetime (Exclusive)". 25 November 2014. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  7. ^ ‘Walking Dead’: Negan to Be Played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan | Variety
  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. 
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  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. ^ Cbs Press Express | Actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan Joins The Cast Of “The Good Wife” As A Series Regular For Season Seven

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