Morton in July 2012
|Born||Joseph Thomas Morton, Jr.
October 18, 1947
New York City, New York, U.S.
Joseph Thomas "Joe" Morton, Jr. (born October 18, 1947) is an American stage, television, and film actor. He 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 the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for his role as Rowan Pope, Olivia Pope's father, in Scandal, and is known for playing the role of Henry Deacon on the popular TV series Eureka.
Morton was born in Harlem, New York, the son of Evelyn, a secretary, and Joseph Thomas Morton, Sr., a U.S. Army intelligence officer. Because of his father's military service, he spent parts of his childhood in West Germany and Okinawa. He graduated from Hofstra University.
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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 the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series.
|1977||Between the Lines||Ahmed|
|1984||The Brother from Another Planet||The Brother|
|1985||Trouble in Mind||Solo|
|1988||The Good Mother||Frank Williams|
|1990||Challenger||Dr. Ronald McNair||Television film|
|1991||Terminator 2: Judgment Day||Dr. Miles Bennett Dyson||Nominated—Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best Supporting Actor|
|1991||City of Hope||Wynn|
|1992||Of Mice and Men||Crooks|
|1992||Nacht des Terrors - Mord in New York City||Cedric Sandiford|
|1994||The Inkwell||Kenny Tate|
|1995||The Walking Dead||Sergeant Barkley|
|1996||Executive Decision||Sergeant Matheny|
|1996||Lone Star||Delmore Payne|
|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||Blues Brothers 2000||Cabel Chamberlain|
|1998||Final Act||N/A||Short film|
|1998||Apt Pupil||Dan Richler|
|1999||The Astronaut's Wife||Sherman Reese|
|2000||Ali: An American Hero||Malcolm X||Television film|
|2000||What Lies Beneath||Dr. Drayton|
|2003||Jasper, Texas||Walter Diggles|
|2004||Breaking Dawn||Professor Simon|
|2005||Building the Alaska Highway PBS||Narrator|
|2005||Lenny the Wonder Dog||Dr. Island|
|2006||The Night Listener||Ashe|
|2007||American Gangster||Charlie Williams||Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture|
|1973–1974||Search for Tomorrow||James Foster||Unknown episodes|
|1975||Sanford and Son||Hal Marshall||"The Family Man"|
|1975–1976||Grady||Hal Marshall||10 episodes|
|1976||M*A*S*H||Captain Saunders||"Der Tag"|
|1976||What's Happening!!||Department Store Manager||"The Birthday Present"|
|1978||Watch Your Mouth||Raymond Geeter||26 episodes|
|1983||Curse of the Pink Panther||Charlie||Episode: "Joseph Morton"|
|1985||Miami Vice||Lt. Jack Davis||"The Maze"|
|1990–1991||Equal Justice||Mike James||24 episodes|
|1992||Law & Order||Roland Books||Episode: "Conspiracy"|
|1992||A Different World||Byron Douglas III||7 episodes|
|1993||TriBeCa||Carlton Thomas||7 episodes|
|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||New York News||Mitch Cotter||13 episodes|
|1996||Touched by an Angel||Jake Stone||"Jacob's Ladder"|
|1997–2000||Prince Street||Lieutenant Tom Warner||6 episodes|
|1998–1999||Mercy Point||Dr. Grote Maxwell||8 episodes|
|1999–2008||The American Experience||Narrator||10 episodes|
|2000–2005||Law & Order||Leon Chiles||4 episodes|
|2000||The X-Files||Martin Wells||"Redrum"|
|2001–2002||Smallville||Dr. Steven Hamilton||4 episodes|
|2002||Touched by an Angel||Martin||"The Impossible Dream"|
|2002||All My Children||Zeke McMillan||Episode: "#1.8387"|
|2002||The Practice||U.S. Attorney||Episode: "Fire Proof"|
|2003||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Ray Bevins||Episode: "Grief"|
|2004||The Jury||James Byron Milton||Episode: "Last Rites"|
|2005–2006||E-Ring||Steve Algazi||9 episodes|
|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"|
|2006–2012||Eureka||Henry Deacon||76 episodes|
|2008||Boston Legal||Attorney Steve Duprey||Episode: "Indecent Proposals"|
|2009–2011||The Good Wife||Daniel Golden||11 episodes|
|2009||Warehouse 13||Reverend John Hill||"Regrets"|
|2009||Brothers & Sisters||Peter Madsen||2 episodes|
|2009||Great Performances||Eugene Bullard||Episode: "Harlem in Montmartre: A Paris Jazz Story"|
|2010||White Collar||Kyle Bancroft||Episode: "Prisoner's Dilemma"|
|2012||Coma||Dr. Nelson||2 episodes|
|2013–present||Scandal||Rowan Pope||29 episodes
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
Nominated—Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Guest Performer in a Drama Series
|2015–present||Proof||Dr. Charles Richmond||Lead role|
|2015||Grace and Frankie||Jason|
- "Joe Morton: THE LINE (2008)". Yovideo. Retrieved 2012-04-24.
- Joe Morton profile, filmreference.com; accessed June 16, 2015.
- Joe Morton Biography, movies.yahoo.com; accessed June 16, 2015.
- Morton profile, maykuth.com; accessed June 16, 2015.
- Pbs.org. pbs http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/films/alaska/. Retrieved 13 October 2015. Missing or empty
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Joe Morton.|
- Joe Morton at the Internet Movie Database
- Joe Morton at TVGuide.com
- Joe Morton sings "The Devil's Lonely Fire" from Badland.