Kathryn Susan Morris
January 28, 1969
|Other names||Kathy Morris|
Of Clan Buchanan, Morris's first role was a minor one in the 1991 tele-movie Long Road Home. Several other small parts followed, including a bit part as a psychiatric patient in the Oscar-winning As Good as It Gets. Her breakthrough role came as Lt. Annalisa "Stinger" Lindstrom in the television series Pensacola: Wings of Gold in 1997 for two seasons. Morris continued to work in films (notably ones directed by Rod Lurie) and had a brief stint on the Xena series in 1999 as Najara.
After seeing her in the film, The Contender (which DreamWorks distributed), Steven Spielberg cast her in two successive films. Her scenes as a rock star in A.I.: Artificial Intelligence, which required Morris to take intensive singing and guitar lessons were cut by the director, which was particularly agonizing for her. In Minority Report, she portrayed the tormented wife of Tom Cruise's character.
In 2003, Morris won the lead role of detective Lilly Rush in the CBS dramatic series Cold Case. She also appeared in the 2004 films Mindhunters and Paycheck, opposite Ben Affleck, and more recently as the journalist wife of Josh Hartnett in Lurie's drama Resurrecting the Champ (2007). Morris appeared in the film Cougars, Inc. which was distributed in 2011. In 2012, Morris landed the starring role in The Sweeter Side of Life, a romantic comedy, as Desiree Harper. The 90-minute film premiered on the Hallmark Channel on January 19, 2013.
Morris was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. She grew up in Windsor Locks, Connecticut with her parents, Stanley, a Bible scholar, and Joyce, an insurance agent, and five siblings before moving away. From age 6 to 17, Morris and her family traveled the southern 'Bible Belt' as a gospel group called 'The Morris Code'. The group was mainly made up of Kathryn's father and three (out of five) of her siblings.
She attended two colleges in the Philadelphia area, Northeastern Christian College and Temple University. After studying theatre in high school, she was involved in a hit-and-run collision while on her way to her first acting gig, a Japanese music video based on the musical Grease. She still made it to the gig and that's when she knew she was going to be an actress.
|1991||Cool as Ice||Jen|
|1997||As Good as It Gets||Psychiatric Patient|
|1998||The Prophecy II||Anxious Mother||Direct-to-Video|
|2000||The Contender||Paige Willomina|
|2001||A.I. Artificial Intelligence||Teenage Honey|
|2001||The Last Castle||DOD Investigator (scenes deleted)|
|2002||Role of a Lifetime||Chelsea Cellini|
|2002||Minority Report||Lara Anderton|
|2002||Hostage||Linda Delacroix||Segment for the BMW short film series The Hire|
|2007||Resurrecting the Champ||Joyce Kernan|
|2008||Assassination of a High School President||Nurse Platt|
|2011||Moneyball||Billy Beane's Wife||Scenes Cut|
|2012||Sunday's Mother||Gillian||Short film|
|2013||The Coin||Rachael||Short film|
|2015||The Perfect Guy||Karen|
|2015||Bone Tomahawk||Lorna Hunt|
|2017||You Get Me|
|2019||The Dirt (film)||Deanna Richards|
|1991||Long Road Home||Billy Jo Robertson||TV movie|
|1994||Rise and Walk: The Dennis Byrd Story||Angela||TV movie|
|1994||Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All||Zundro (Sandra)||TV movie|
|1994||Sweet Justice||Remy||Episode: "Pilot"|
|1994||A Friend to Die For||Monica Whitley||TV movie|
|1995||W.E.I.R.D. World||Lucy||TV movie|
|1995||Family Values||Borgyork Grumm||TV movie|
|1996||Murder, She Wrote||Doreen the Waitress||Episode: "What You Don't Know Can Kill You"|
|1996||L.A. Firefighters||Helen Regan||3 episodes|
|1996||Silk Stalkings||Judith Millay||Episode: "Compulsion"|
|1996||Ink||Woman||Episode: "Above the Fold"|
|1997||Poltergeist: The Legacy||Laura Davis||Episode: "Silent Partner"|
|1997–1998||Pensacola: Wings of Gold||Stinger||Main role (season 1), 22 episodes|
|1998||Inferno||Ryan Ribbet||TV movie|
|1998||Xena: Warrior Princess||Najara||Episode: "Crusader"|
|1999||Xena: Warrior Princess||Najara||Episode: "The Convert"|
|1999||The Magnificent Seven||Charlotte Richmond||Episodes: "Wagon Train: Part 1", "Wagon Train: Part 2"|
|1999||Inherit the Wind||Rachel Brown||TV movie|
|1999||Providence||Molly||Episode: "The Third Thing"|
|2000||Hell Swarm||Allie||TV movie|
|2000||Murder, She Wrote: A Story to Die For||Patricia Williams||TV movie|
|2001||And Never Let Her Go||Anne Marie Fahey||TV movie|
|2001||The Mind of the Married Man||Sandy||4 episodes|
|2003–2010||Cold Case||Lilly Rush||Lead role, 156 episodes|
|2013||The Sweeter Side of Life||Desiree Harper||TV movie|
|2016||Colony||Charlotte Burgess||3 episodes|
|2018||Reverie||Monica Shaw||series regular; 10 episodes|
- "Pensacola: Wings of Gold". PENSACOLA: WINGS OF GOLD CAST. CBS Entertainment - TV.com. Retrieved January 21, 2013.
- Spielberg: Don't Hate Me, from the June 24, 2002 column by Marc S. Malkin in New York
- In Step With... Kathryn Morris, a May 2004 article from Parade magazine
- "Credits: The Sweeter Side of Life" (PDF). Hallmark Channel. 2012 Cupcake Productions LLC. January 20, 2013. Archived from the original (pdf) on October 29, 2013. Retrieved January 20, 2013.
- Sneider, Jeff (March 30, 2012). "Kathryn Morris gets 'Discarded'". Variety Magazine. Retrieved January 20, 2013.
- "Morris: Cold Case Is Red Hot". CBS News. October 28, 2004. Retrieved June 11, 2007.
- "Kathryn Morris - Cold Case". people.com. November 10, 2003. Retrieved June 28, 2014.
- Chen, Joyce (April 8, 2013). "Exclusive: Kathryn Morris Pregnant With Twins! Cold Case Star, Boyfriend Expecting". people.com. Retrieved June 28, 2014.
- Leon, Anya; Triggs, Charlotte (September 17, 2013). "Johnny Messner and Kathryn Morris Welcome Twins Jameson and Rocco". people.com. Retrieved June 28, 2014.