Joseph Thomas Morton Jr.
October 18, 1947
|Alma mater||Hofstra University|
Joseph Thomas 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 has 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), American Gangster (2007), Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), Justice League (2017), and Zack Snyder's Justice League (2021).
In 2014, Morton won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for his role as Eli 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, 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. When Morton was 10 years old, his father died.
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). He also played Police Lieutenant Herb "Mac" McMahon, in Speed. 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 starred in the Sanford and Son spin-off Grady (1975–76), M*A*S*H* (battalion aid surgeon Capt. Nick Saunders, 1976), 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 played the role of Eli Pope on the hit drama Scandal, a role for which he received the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series.
In 2016, Morton portrayed the activist and comedian Dick Gregory in the play Turn Me Loose at the Westside Theatre in Manhattan. Morton portrayed Dr. Silas Stone, father of Victor Stone/Cyborg, in a cameo role in the 2016 film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, part of the DC Extended Universe. He reprised the character in the film Justice League (2017) and more extensively in its director's cut.
From 2018 to 2020, Morton has co-starred as Reverend Arthur Finer in the CBS series God Friended Me. Morton directed three episodes of God Friended Me, and has directing credits for four other TV series.
|1977||Between the Lines||Ahmed|
|1979||...And Justice for All||Prison Doctor|
|1982||The Clairvoyant||Detective Rich|
|1983||Curse of the Pink Panther||Charlie|
|1984||The Brother from Another Planet||The Brother|
|1985||Trouble in Mind||Solo|
|1988||The Good Mother||Frank Williams|
|Zelly and Me||Earl|
|1990||The Lost Platoon||World War II Soldier|
|1991||Terminator 2: Judgment Day||Dr. Miles Bennett Dyson|
|City of Hope||Wynn|
|Of Mice and Men||Crooks|
|1994||Speed||Lieutenant Herb "Mac" McMahon|
|The Inkwell||Kenny Tate|
|1995||The Walking Dead||Sergeant Barkley|
|1996||Executive Decision||Sergeant Campbell "Cappy" Matheny|
|Lone Star||Delmore Payne|
|1997||The Pest||Mr. Kent|
|Speed 2: Cruise Control||Captain Herb "Mac" McMahon||Uncredited cameo|
|Trouble on the Corner||Detective Bill|
|Miss Evers' Boys||Dr. Sam Brodus|
|1998||Blues Brothers 2000||Cabel Chamberlain|
|Final Act||N/A||Short film|
|Apt Pupil||Dan Richler|
|The Astronaut's Wife||Sherman Reese|
|What Lies Beneath||Dr. Drayton|
|Jasper, Texas||Walter Diggles|
|2004||Breaking Dawn||Professor Simon|
|Sunday on the Rocks||Director|
|2005||Lenny the Wonder Dog||Dr. Island|
|Back in the Day||Rev. James Packer|
|2006||The Night Listener||Ashe|
|2007||American Gangster||Charlie Williams|
|Wherever You Are||Dr. Livingston|
|2010||The Mulberry Tree||Samuel R. Freeman|
|2016||Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice||Silas Stone||Cameo|
|2019||Godzilla: King of the Monsters||Houston Brooks|
|2021||Zack Snyder's Justice League||Silas Stone|
|1970||Mission: Impossible||Clerk||Episode: "Hunted"|
|1970||Bracken's World||Yule Buford||Episode: "Love It or Leave It, Change It or Lose It"|
|1973–1974||Search for Tomorrow||James Foster||Unknown episodes|
|1975||Sanford and Son||Hal Marshall||Episode: "The Family Man"|
|1975–1976||Grady||Hal Marshall||10 episodes|
|1976||M*A*S*H||Captain Saunders||Episode: "Der Tag"|
|1976||What's Happening!!||Department Store Manager||Episode: "The Birthday Present"|
|1978||Watch Your Mouth||Raymond Geeter||26 episodes|
|1978||Lawman Without a Gun||Louis||Television film|
|1979||Guiding Light||Dan Stennis||Episode: "8295"|
|1980||Death Penalty||William Terry||Television film|
|1981||We're Fighting Back||Elgin Jones||Television film|
|1983||Another World||Dr. Abel Marsh||Episode: "4720"|
|1983||American Playhouse||Carl Hatch||Episode: "The Files on Jill Hatch: Part 1"|
|1985||Miami Vice||Lt. Jack Davis||Episode: "The Maze"|
|1986||Who's the Boss?||Limo Driver||Episode: "Mona's Limo"|
|1987–1989||The Equalizer||Carter Brock / Slate||4 episodes|
|1988||Hostile Witness||Tandy||Television film|
|1988||Alone in the Neon Jungle||Ken Fraker||Television film|
|1989||Howard Beach: Making The Case for Murder||Cedric Sandiford||Television film (see Howard Beach, Queens § Hate crimes)|
|1989||A Man Called Hawk||Rev. Marvin Lewis||Episode: "Choice of Chance"|
|1990–1991||Equal Justice||Mike James||26 episodes|
|1990||Challenger||Dr. Ronald McNair||Television film|
|1992||Law & Order||Roland Books||Episode: "Conspiracy"|
|1992||A Different World||Byron Douglas III||7 episodes|
|1992||Legacy of Lies||Samuel Flowers||Television film|
|1993||TriBeCa||Carlton Thomas||7 episodes; directed episode: "The Loft"|
|1994||Homicide: Life on the Street||Sam Thorn||2 episodes|
|1994||New York Undercover||Dean/Dinah||Episode: "Blondes Have More Fun"|
|1995||Under One Roof||Ron Langston||6 episodes|
|1995||New York News||Mitch Cotter||13 episodes|
|1995||In the Shadow of Evil||Lt. Royce||Television film|
|1996||Touched by an Angel||Jake Stone||Episode: "Jacob's Ladder"|
|1996||Jack Reed: Death and Vengeance||Gordon Thomas||Television film|
|1997–2000||Prince Street||Lieutenant Tom Warner||6 episodes|
|1998||Dellaventura||Councilman Caulder||Episode: "David & Goliath"|
|1998–1999||Mercy Point||Dr. Grote Maxwell||8 episodes|
|1999||Y2K||Martin Lowell||Television film|
|1999–2020||American Experience||Narrator||13 episodes|
|2000–2005||Law & Order||Leon Chiles||4 episodes|
|2000||The X-Files||Martin Wells||Episode: "Redrum"|
|2000||Ali: An American Hero||Malcolm X||Television film|
|2001–2002||Smallville||Dr. Steven Hamilton||4 episodes|
|2002||Touched by an Angel||Martin||Episode: "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"|
|2004||Whoopi||Martin James||Episode: "Sins of the Sister"|
|2005–2006||E-Ring||Steve Algazi||9 episodes|
|2005||JAG||Elroy Johnson||Episode: "Unknown Soldier"|
|2005||House||Gary H. Wright||Episode: "Role Model"|
|2005||CSI: NY||Dwight Hillborne||2 episodes|
|2006–2012||Eureka||Henry Deacon||76 episodes; also directed three 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||Episode: "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|
|2013–2018||Scandal||Eli Rowan Pope||78 episodes|
|2015||Proof||Dr. Charles Richmond||10 episodes|
|2015–2016||Grace and Frankie||Jason||3 episodes|
|2015||Cleveland Abduction||Agent Solano||Television film|
|2016||Dinner in America with Brett Gelman||Himself||TV special|
|2016||All the Way||Roy Wilkins||Television film|
|2018–2020||God Friended Me||Rev. Arthur Finer||Actor: 42 episodes|
Director: 3 episodes
|2019–2020||The Politician||Marcus||4 episodes|
|2021||Our Kind of People||Teddy Franklin||Main role|
|2003||Ghost Hunter||Professor Richmond|
|2004||Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas||Radio Commercial|
Awards and nominations
|1974||Tony Award||Best Actor in a Musical||Raisin||Nominated|
|Theatre World Award||Honoree|
|1991||Fangoria Chainsaw Awards||Best Supporting Actor||Terminator 2: Judgment Day||Nominated|
|2008||Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture||American Gangster||Nominated|
|2014||Critics' Choice Television Awards||Best Guest Performer in a Drama Series||Scandal||Nominated|
|NAACP Image Awards||Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series||Won|
|Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series||Won|
|2015||NAACP Image Awards||Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series||Won|
|2016||NAACP Image Awards||Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series||Won|
|2017||NAACP Image Awards||Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series||Nominated|
|2018||Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards||Lead Performance in a Play||Turn Me Loose||Won|
|2020||Audie Award||Literary Fiction and Classics||The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates||Won|
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- Verel, Patrick (August 2012). "Joe Morton to Teach at Fordham". Fordham University (Press release). Archived from the original on January 17, 2016. Retrieved March 25, 2016.
- "Joe Morton Biography". Yahoo Movies. Archived from the original on 22 May 2011. Retrieved June 16, 2015.
- Maykuth, Andrew. "The avenging actor". maykuth.com. Retrieved June 16, 2015.
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- "Joe Morton | Biography and Filmography | 1947". Hollywood.com. 26 February 2015. Archived from the original on 28 March 2016. Retrieved 19 June 2016.
- Greenberg, Ginny (August 21, 2014). "Alum Joe Morton Wins Emmy for Scandal". Hofstra University. Retrieved March 25, 2016.
- "Joe Morton - IMDb". IMDb.com. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
- McCall, Tulis (31 May 2016). Carboni, Monique (ed.). "Off-Broadway Theatre Review: Turn Me Loose". New York Theatre Guide. Archived from the original on 1 July 2016. Retrieved 18 February 2019.
- Meslow, Scott. "Justice League's Biggest Sin: Wasting Its Great Actors". GQ. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
- Gay, Verne. "Joe Morton talks 'God Friended Me,' 'Scandal' and dropping out of Hofstra". NewsDay.com. Newsday. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
- Carras, Christi (19 March 2018). "'Hamilton,' 'Rotterdam' Tie for Top Award From L.A. Drama Critics". Variety. Retrieved 22 March 2018.
- Maher, John (March 3, 2020). "A Buoyant 2020 Audie Awards Celebrates 'The Only Plane in the Sky,' Stephen King". Publishers Weekly.
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