Joe Morton

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Joe Morton
Joe Morton.jpg
Morton in July 2012
Born Joseph Thomas Morton, Jr.[1]
(1947-10-18) October 18, 1947 (age 69)
Harlem, New York City, New York, United States
Occupation Actor
Years active 1970–present

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.

Early life[edit]

Morton was born in Harlem, New York City, the son of Evelyn, a secretary, and Joseph Thomas Morton, Sr., a U.S. Army intelligence officer.[2][3][4] Because of his father's military service, he spent parts of his childhood in West Germany and Okinawa.[5] When Joe Morton was 10 years old, his father died.[6]

Morton graduated from Andrew Jackson High School[7]and later Hofstra University with a degree in drama.[8]


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 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 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.

In 2016, Morton portrayed the activist and comedian Dick Gregory in the play Turn Me Loose at the Westside Theatre in Manhattan.[9]



Year Title Role Notes
1977 Between the Lines Ahmed
1984 The Brother from Another Planet The Brother
1985 Trouble in Mind Solo
1986 Crossroads Scratch's assistant
1988 The Good Mother Frank Williams
1989 Tap Nicky
1991 Terminator 2: Judgment Day Dr. Miles Bennett Dyson
1991 City of Hope Wynn
1992 Forever Young Cameron
1992 Of Mice and Men Crooks
1994 Speed Lt. McMahon
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 Mutiny Thurgood Marshall
1999 The Astronaut's Wife Sherman Reese
2000 Bounce Jim Willer
2000 What Lies Beneath Dr. Drayton
2001 Ali Chauncey Eskridge
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 Back in the Day Rev. James Packer
2005 Stealth Dick Marshfield
2006 The Night Listener Ashe
2007 American Gangster Charlie Williams
2008 La Linea Hodges
2016 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Silas Stone


Year Title Role Notes
1970 Mission: Impossible Clerk Episode: "Hunted"
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
1983 Curse of the Pink Panther Charlie Episode: "Joseph Morton"
1985 Miami Vice Lt. Jack Davis "The Maze"
1989 Howard Beach: Making a Case for Murder Cedric Sandiford TV film (see Howard Beach, Queens § Hate crimes)
1990–1991 Equal Justice Mike James 24 episodes
1990 Challenger Dr. Ronald McNair Television film
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 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
1996 Touched by an Angel Jake Stone Episode: "Jacob's Ladder"
1997–2000 Prince Street Lieutenant Tom Warner 6 episodes
1998–1999 Mercy Point Dr. Grote Maxwell 8 episodes
1999–2008 American Experience Narrator 10 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"
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
2007 Numb3rs Reporter Episode: "Graphic"
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–present Scandal Rowan Pope 48 episodes
2015 Proof Dr. Charles Richmond 10 episodes
2015 Grace and Frankie Jason Episode: "The Credit Cards"
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

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
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


  1. ^ "Joe Morton: The Line (2008)". Yovideo. Retrieved 2012-04-24. 
  2. ^ Joe Morton profile,; accessed June 16, 2015.
  3. ^ Verel, Patrick (August 2012). "Joe Morton to Teach at Fordham". Fordham University. Retrieved March 25, 2016. 
  4. ^ Joe Morton Biography,; accessed June 16, 2015.
  5. ^ Morton profile,; accessed June 16, 2015.
  6. ^ "Patricia Sheridan's Breakfast With ... Joe Morton". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. August 17, 2015. Retrieved May 12, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Joe Morton | Biography and Filmography | 1947". 2015-02-06. Retrieved 2016-06-19. 
  8. ^ "Alum Joe Morton Wins Emmy for Scandal". Hofstra University. August 21, 2014. Retrieved March 25, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Off-Broadway Theatre Review: Turn Me Loose" by Tulis McCall, New York Theatre Guide, 31 May 2016

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