Rob Morrow

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Rob Morrow
Morrow in 2019
Robert Alan Morrow

(1962-09-21) September 21, 1962 (age 61)
Occupation(s)Actor, director
Years active1980–present
Debbon Ayer
(m. 1998)

Robert Alan Morrow (born September 21, 1962)[1] is an American actor and director. He is known for his portrayal of Dr. Joel Fleischman on Northern Exposure, a role that garnered him three Golden Globe and two Emmy nominations for Best Actor in a Dramatic Series, and later for his role as FBI agent Don Eppes on Numb3rs.

Early life[edit]

Morrow was born in New Rochelle, New York, the son of Diane Francis (née Markowitz), a dental hygienist, and Murray Morrow, an industrial lighting manufacturer.[2] He is Jewish, and had a Reform Bar Mitzvah.[3] Morrow grew up in Hartsdale, New York. [4] His parents divorced when he was nine years old.[5] He attended Cardigan Mountain School and Edgemont High School[6][7] and dropped out at the beginning of his senior year to begin his acting career.[8]


Morrow's film career began when he appeared as an extra at age 18 on Saturday Night Live.[9] He co-starred alongside Johnny Depp in Private Resort (1985).[10] He later appeared in the Dentyne gum commercials where he would slyly utter the "Time to walk the dog" catch phrase.

Morrow played the lead role in the television show Northern Exposure from 1990 to 1995.[11][12] Morrow's character, Joel Fleischman, is "a New York City physician who is surprised to be assigned to the isolated and icy town of Cicely, Alaska".[13] For his work on Northern Exposure, Morrow was nominated for three Golden Globe Awards[14][15][16][17] and two Emmy Awards.[14][18][19] He left the CBS comedy-drama in 1995 to act in movies.[20][21]

Morrow starred in the critically acclaimed film Quiz Show (1994) as Dick Goodwin, a congressional investigator intent on uncovering the corruption behind the 1950s game show scandal.[22] Morrow played the younger brother of Albert Brooks' character in Mother (1996).[23] In 2000, he directed and starred in Maze, about an artist with Tourette syndrome.[24]

Morrow in 1991

In 2002, Morrow played Kevin Hunter on the Showtime television series Street Time.[25] He also appeared in the television film Custody.[26] In 2007, he played Jack Nicholson's doctor, Dr. Hollins, in The Bucket List.[27] From 2005 to 2010, he starred with David Krumholtz and Judd Hirsch as FBI agent Don Eppes in Numb3rs on CBS.[28][29][30] On March 8, 2010, it was announced that Morrow had signed on to star in Jerry Bruckheimer's new series, The Whole Truth, on ABC.[31] The series aired on September 13, 2010, but was pulled from the ABC schedule in December. Morrow filmed 13 episodes.[32] Morrow starred as Henry Rearden in Atlas Shrugged: Part III, which was released September 12, 2014.[33] In 2017, Morrow starred in the recurring role of reporter Abe Leonard in the first season of the ABC political drama Designated Survivor.[34] He also starred in The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story as Barry Scheck.[35] As of November 2018, news was released that a revival of Northern Exposure was in the works at CBS and that Morrow would return as Joel Fleischman.[36]

Cynthia Geary, Rob Morrow and Janine Turner at the 45th Primetime Emmy Awards Governor's Ball, September 1993

Morrow has a recurring role on the Showtime drama Billions as judge Adam DeGiulio.[37][38]

Morrow is a teacher at the Ruskin Group Theatre in Santa Monica. During the summer of 2019, he starred as Willy Loman in the theater's production of Death of a Salesman.[39]

Personal life[edit]

On his 36th birthday in 1998, Morrow married actress Debbon Ayer.[40] They have one daughter, Tu Morrow, born in 2001.[41] They live in Santa Monica, California.[42] Morrow previously lived in Seattle at the time of filming Northern Exposure.[12]

Acting credits[edit]


Year Title Role Notes
1985 Private Resort Ben
1989 Tattingers Marco Bellini
1994 Quiz Show Dick Goodwin
1996 Last Dance Rick Hayes
1996 Mother Jeff Henderson
1998 Into My Heart Ben
2000 Other Voices Jeff
2000 Maze Lyle Maze
2000 Labor Pains Ryan Keene
2001 Sam the Man Daniel Lenz
2002 The Guru Josh Goldstein
2002 The Emperor's Club James Ellerby
2002 Night's Noontime Dr. William Minor Short film
2005 Going Shopping Miles
2007 The Bucket List Dr. Hollins
2011 The Good Doctor Dr. Waylans
2011 Interception Matthew Short film
2013 Begin Again CEO
2014 Atlas Shrugged: Part III Henry Rearden
2015 Lost Soul Himself Documentary
2015 Little Loopers Big Earl Boyd
2015 Night of the Wild Dave
2019 The Kill Team William Briggman


Year Title Role Notes
1980 Saturday Night Live Juror Episode: "Rodney Dangerfield/The J. Geils Band"
1985 Fame Joey Laurenzano Episode: "The Ol' Ball Game"
1987 Spenser: For Hire Danny Episode: "Murder and Acquisitions"
1987 Everything's Relative Eddie Dayton Episode: "The Mom Who Came to Dinner"
1989 Monsters Vito Episode: "La Strega"
1990–95 Northern Exposure Dr. Joel Fleischman 102 episodes
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama (1992–94)
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (1992–93)
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
1992 Saturday Night Live Host Episode: "Rob Morrow/Nirvana"
1992 The Ben Stiller Show Himself Episode: "With Rob Morrow"
1998 The Day Lincoln Was Shot John Wilkes Booth TV movie
1998 Only Love Matthew Heller TV movie
2000 The Thin Blue Lie Jonathan Neumann TV movie
2001 Hudson's Law Unknown TV movie
2001 Jenifer Dr. Richard Feldman TV movie
2002–03 Street Time Kevin Hunter 33 episodes
2005–10 Numb3rs Don Eppes 118 episodes
2007 Custody David Gordon TV movie
2009 The Grean Team Robbie Blackman TV movie
2010–11 Entourage Jim Lefkowitz 4 episodes
2010 The Whole Truth Jimmy Brogan 13 episodes
2012 CSI: NY Leonard Brooks 2 episodes
2012, 2014 Phineas and Ferb Flea Market Salesman / Bernie (voices) 2 episodes
2014 Debbie Macomber's Mr. Miracle Harry Mills TV movie
2015 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Skip Peterson Episode: "Devastating Story"
2015 Texas Rising Colonel James Fannin 4 episodes
2015 Inside Amy Schumer John Episode: "Wingwoman"
2015 Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll J.P. Episode: "Because We're Legion"
2016–17 The Fosters Will 4 episodes
2016 The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story Barry Scheck 6 episodes
2016–20, 2022–23 Billions Judge Adam DeGiulio 12 episodes
2017 Hell's Kitchen Himself Episode: "Leaving It on the Line"
2017 Designated Survivor Abe Leonard 5 episodes
2017 Milo Murphy's Law Mr. Brulee (voice) Episode: "Family Vacation"
2017 Flint Professor Edwards Movie
2018 Chicago P.D. Evan Gilchrist Episode: "Bad Boys"
2019 Hawaii Five-0 Wes Cullen 2 episodes
2021 Curb Your Enthusiasm Hal Berman Episode: "IRASSHAIMASE!"
2022 Super Pumped Eddy Cue 2 episodes
2022 Shining Vale Thom 2 episodes

Directing credits[edit]

Year Title Notes
1993 The Silent Alarm Short film
2000 Maze Also producer and writer
2002 Oz Episode: "Laws of Gravity"
2003 Street Time 3 episodes
2004 Joan of Arcadia 3 episodes
2006–10 Numbers 3 episodes
2012–13 Necessary Roughness 2 episodes
2015–17 The Fosters 6 episodes
2016 NCIS: New Orleans Episode: "Man on Fire"
2019 Games People Play 2 episodes


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