Morgan Spector

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Morgan Spector
Born
Morgan Michael Spector[1]

October 4, 1980 (1980-10-04) (age 40)
NationalityAmerican
OccupationActor
Spouse(s)
(m. 2015)
Children1

Morgan Michael Spector (born October 4, 1980) is an American actor. Spector has appeared in the TV series Allegiance (2015), The Mist (2017), Homeland (2018) and Pearson (2019), as well as the films The Drop (2014), Christine (2016) and A Vigilante (2018). In 2020, he appeared in two HBO projects, The Plot Against America and The Gilded Age.

Early life[edit]

Spector was born in Santa Rosa, in Northern California, and grew up in nearby Guerneville. [2] His father was an attorney and his mother worked in public education as a teacher and then as an administrator.[2] He acted for the first time in community theater at the age of 8; and later acted in high school and college productions.[3] After graduating from Reed College, in Portland, Oregon, he enrolled in the acting school of the American Conservatory Theater, in San Francisco, and then pursued work in regional theater, including a tour in The Lion King.[3] He moved to New York City in 2006.[3] Spector is Jewish on his father's side. His paternal grandmother was an actress in the New York Yiddish Theatre District.[4][5][2][6]

Career[edit]

In 2010 Spector made his Broadway debut as Rodolpho in Gregory Mosher's revival of Arthur Miller's play A View from the Bridge – a role he was unexpectedly called upon to play (having originally been cast in a bit part, as a longshoreman) when the actor scheduled for the role was injured during previews.[3] In 2012 he played the role of Boris, in The New Group's Off-Broadway production of The Russian Transport, by Erika Sheffer.[3]

In 2014 he co-starred with Rebecca Hall in a Broadway revival of Sophie Treadwell's Machinal. Later, after he and Hall married, they again appeared together on stage in New York, in Clare Lizzimore's play Animal, in June 2017.[7] The pair have also appeared together on screen in 2016's critically acclaimed drama, Christine and again in the 2017 film, Permission.[3] In 2018 he starred alongside Olivia Wilde in the critically acclaimed drama, A Vigilante.[8] In 2019, Spector starred alongside Gina Torres in the legal drama, Pearson on USA Network, a spin-off of Suits.[9]

In 2020 he stars in two HBO projects. He stars alongside Winona Ryder in a miniseries adaptation of Philip Roth's The Plot Against America.[10] He will also star alongside Cynthia Nixon and Christine Baranski in The Gilded Age, developed by Julian Fellowes.[11]

Personal life[edit]

In September 2015 Spector married actress Rebecca Hall, whom he had first met the year before, during their work together in the Broadway play Machinal.[3]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2004 Raspberry Heaven Kurt Callaway
2010 The Last Airbender Lead Fire Nation Soldier
2011 Musical Chairs Kenny
2013 All Is Bright Vladimir
2013 Burning Blue William Stephensen
2014 Grand Street Nino
2014 The Drop Andre
2016 Christine Dr. Parsons
2016 Chuck Stallone
2017 Split Derek
2017 Man with Van Kier
2017 Permission Reece
2018 A Vigilante Sadie's Husband
TBA With/In Post-production; Also director

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2009-10 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Player #1/Tech 2 episodes
2010 How to Make It in America Scott 2 episodes
2011–13 Person of Interest Peter Yogorov Recurring role, 5 episodes
2013 Do No Harm Roman Spektor Episode: "Morning, Sunshine"
2013 Orange Is the New Black Patrick Episode: "Lesbian Request Denied"
2013 Boardwalk Empire Frank Capone 4 episodes
2013 Zero Hour Golem 3 episodes
2014 Unforgettable Dean Episode: "Cashing Out"
2015–16 Friday Night Tykes Voiceover 20 episodes
2015 Allegiance Victor Dobrynin Main role
2016 Friday Night Tykes: Steel Country Voiceover 12 episodes
2017 The Mist Kevin Copeland Main role
2018 Homeland Dante Allen Main role (season 7)
2018 Suits Mayor Bobby Novak Episode: "Good-Bye"
2019 Pearson Mayor Bobby Novak Main role
2020 The Plot Against America Herman Levin Main role
TBA The Gilded Age George Russell Upcoming series

Theatre[edit]

Year Title Role Venue
2010 A View from the Bridge Rodolpho Cort Theatre, Broadway
2012 Russian Transport Boris Acorn Theatre, Off-Broadway
2012 Harvey Lyman Sanderson M.D. Studio 54, Broadway
2014 Machinal A Lover American Airlines Theatre, Broadway
2016 Ironbound Performer Rattlestick Theater, Off-Broadway
2016 Incognito Performer New York City Center, Off-Broadway
2017 Animal Tom Atlantic Stage 2, Off-Broadway

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Morgan Michael Spector, Born 10/04/1980 in California". CaliforniaBirthIndex.org. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  2. ^ a b c PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Machinal Star Morgan Spector Playbill. 21 January 2014
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Soloski, Alexis (February 9, 2012). "Angel or Devil, an Actor Finds Peace With It All". New York Times. nytimes.com. Retrieved 2017-06-25.
  4. ^ Get Ready For A Very Jewish Philip Roth TV Show The Forward. 16 April 2019
  5. ^ The Jewish Stars of Summer TV Jewish Journal. 28 May 2019
  6. ^ https://jewishjournal.com/arts/television/311967/history-in-the-plot-against-america/
  7. ^ Soloski, Alexis (May 25, 2017). Rebecca Hall and Morgan Spector: Together, Onstage and Off. New York Times. nytimes.com. Retrieved 2017-07-20.
  8. ^ SXSW Film Review: ‘A Vigilante’ Variety. 17 March 2018
  9. ^ Pearson: Come for Gina Torres, Then Decide Whether to Stay Paste. 17 July 2019
  10. ^ The Plot Against America Trailer Warns That the Fascism Call Is Coming From Inside the House Vulture. 30 January 2020
  11. ^ The Gilded Age’: Christine Baranski, Cynthia Nixon, Amanda Peet & Morgan Spector To Star In HBO Period Drama Deadline. 26 September 2019

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