Jeffrey Dean Morgan

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Jeffrey Dean Morgan
Jeffrey Dean Morgan 2009.jpg
Morgan at the premiere of Watchmen in 2009.
Born(1966-04-22) April 22, 1966 (age 48)
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Years active1991–present
Partner(s)Sherrie Rose (Alleged by Rose 1 child)
Mary-Louise Parker (2006-2008)
Hilarie Burton (2009-present; 1 child)
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Jeffrey Dean Morgan
Jeffrey Dean Morgan 2009.jpg
Morgan at the premiere of Watchmen in 2009.
Born(1966-04-22) April 22, 1966 (age 48)
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Years active1991–present
Partner(s)Sherrie Rose (Alleged by Rose 1 child)
Mary-Louise Parker (2006-2008)
Hilarie Burton (2009-present; 1 child)

Jeffrey Dean Morgan (born April 22, 1966) is an American actor. He is best known for portraying Denny Duquette in the 2005 medical drama Grey's Anatomy, John Winchester on Supernatural, The Comedian in the 2009 superhero film Watchmen, and Ike Evans in Magic City.

Early life[edit]

Morgan was born in Seattle, Washington, the son of Sandy Thomas and Richard Dean Morgan.[1] He attended Ben Franklin Elementary School, Rose Hill Junior High, and Lake Washington High School in Kirkland, Washington. He was a basketball player in high school and college.


Starting with the 1991 film Uncaged, Morgan has appeared in 15 feature films. The bulk of Morgan's work has been in television. He was the star of the 1996–1997 television series The Burning Zone; his character, Dr. Edward Marcase, appeared in 10 out of 19 episodes that season. Since 2000, he has amassed a number of credits in television series such as ER, JAG, Walker, Texas Ranger, Angel, Supernatural, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Sliders, The O.C., and Monk. In 2005 and 2006, Morgan simultaneously appeared in three separate television series: on the CW series Supernatural as John Winchester, in a recurring role on ABC's Grey's Anatomy as heart transplant patient Denny Duquette, and as Judah Botwin in two episodes of the Showtime series Weeds.

Morgan at the Twilight premiere, November 2008

Morgan was cast in a new project by Grey's Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes. The series, tentatively titled "Correspondents", was to have started production in summer 2007. ABC picked up a spin-off of Grey's Anatomy, called Private Practice, that was also created by Rhimes, and that project has rendered the future of "Correspondents" uncertain. Morgan is also among the cast of a movie that is based on a novel by the Irish novelist Cecelia Ahern, P.S. I Love You. He took a crash course on how to play the guitar for his part in the film, and was excited to find out that the producers had gotten Nancy Wilson of Heart to train him, since, by his own admission, he "had a huge crush" on her since childhood. The film was released on December 21, 2007. Another 2007 film starring Morgan is The Accidental Husband, which finished filming in New York City in March 2007 and was not released on DVD until 2009.

Morgan portrayed The Comedian, a cigar-chomping antihero, in Watchmen, based on Alan Moore's graphic novel.[2] The same year, he appeared in Taking Woodstock, and played Clay in a comic book movie adaptation of The Losers. In 2008, he starred in the thriller The Resident and the drama film Days of Wrath. He signed on to play detective John Calisto in the serial killer thriller The Unblinking Eye,[3] and appeared in the Texas crime thriller Texas Killing Fields as a homicide detective.[4] He stars in the television drama series Magic City, which centers on mob life in 1950s Miami.[5] He appeared in the horror thriller The Possession in 2012, as well as the war film Red Dawn. In January 2014, it was announced that Morgan had been cast in the lead role in Jonás Cuarón's Desierto.[6] In November, 2014, it was announced that Morgan had been cast as Joe DiMaggio opposite Kelli Garner’s Marilyn Monroe in “Marilyn”, a Lifetime four-hour miniseries based on J. Randy Taraborrelli's book, The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe, being filmed in Toronto, Ontario, December 2014-February 2015. [7]

Personal life[edit]

Morgan was briefly engaged to his former Weeds costar, Mary-Louise Parker, in 2008.[8] The engagement ended in April 2008.[9] In 2009, Morgan discovered that he had an alleged son with former girlfriend actress Sherrie Rose. The boy, named Dean Morgan, was four years old when Morgan learned about him.[10] Morgan has been in a relationship with actress Hilarie Burton since 2009. The couple had a son, Augustus, in March 2010.[11][12]



1995Dillinger and CaponeJack Bennett
1995Undercover HeatRamone
1996In the Blink of an EyeJessieTelevision film
1997Legal DeceitTodd Hunter
1999Road KillBobby
2003Something MoreDanielShort film
2004Dead & BreakfastThe Sheriff
2004Six: The Mark UnleashedTom NewmanDirect-to-DVD
2005Chasing GhostsDet. Cole Davies
2007Fred ClausMan Getting Parking TicketCameo
2007P.S. I Love YouWilliam Gallagher
2008Accidental Husband, TheThe Accidental HusbandPatrick Sullivan
2008Days of WrathBryan Gordon
2009WatchmenEdward Blake / The Comedian
2009Taking WoodstockDan
2010Losers, TheThe LosersClay
2010Jonah HexJeb TurnbullUncredited
2011Resident, TheThe ResidentMax
2011Peace, Love & MisunderstandingJude
2011Texas Killing FieldsBrian Heigh
2011Courier, TheThe CourierThe Courier
2012Possession, TheThe PossessionClyde Brenek
2012Red DawnSgt. Maj. Andrew Tanner USMC
2014The SalvationDelarue
2015Bus 657VaughnFilming
2015MarilynJoe DiMaggioFilming (miniseries)
20151 Chisper, 1 Chisper


1995"Extreme (TV series)"
1995"JAGWeapons OfficerEpisode: "Shadow"
1996SlidersSidEpisode: "El Sid"
1996–1997Burning Zone, TheThe Burning ZoneDr. Edward Marcase
2000Walker, Texas RangerJake HorbartEpisode: "Child of Hope"
2001ERFirefighter LarkinEpisode: "The Crossing"
2002Practice, TheThe PracticeDaniel GlennEpisode: The Test"
2002JAGCIA Technician Wally2 episodes
2002AngelSam RyanEpisode: "Provider"
2002Division, TheThe DivisionFather William NataliEpisode: "Forgive Me, Father"
2003CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationUndercover Agent #1Episode: "All for Our Country"
2003Star Trek: EnterpriseXindi-ReptilianEpisode: "Carpenter Street"
2004Handler, TheThe HandlerMike2 episodes
2004Tru CallingGeoffrey PineEpisode: "Two Pair"
2004MonkSteven LeightEpisode: "Mr. Monk Takes Manhattan"
2005O.C., TheThe O.C.Joe ZukowskiEpisode: "The Accomplice"
2005WeedsJudah Botwin2 episodes
2005–2007SupernaturalJohn Winchester
2006–2009Grey's AnatomyDenny Duquette
2012–2013Magic CityIke Evans
2015Texas Rising"Deaf" Smith


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  2. ^ "Watchmen Cast Confirmed!". Superhero Hype!. Retrieved March 11, 2010. 
  3. ^ Roxborough, Scott (February 11, 2010). "Jeffrey Dean Morgan joins 'Unblinking Eye'". Retrieved March 11, 2010. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Jeffrey Dean Morgan Joins Sam Worthington in The Fields". February 17, 2010. Retrieved March 11, 2010. 
  5. ^ Starz Series Magic City Full Cast Announced The Hollywood Reporter. June 9, 2011
  6. ^ "Jeffrey Dean Morgan to Star in Jonas Cuaron's 'Desierto' (Exclusive)". 10 January 2013. Retrieved 11 January 2013. 
  7. ^ "Jeffrey Dean Morgan Set as 'Marilyn's' Joe DiMaggio for Lifetime (Exclusive)". 25 November 2014. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  8. ^ Rush, George (February 14, 2008). "Mary-Louise Parker and Jeffrey Dean Morgan Engaged". The New York Daily News. 
  9. ^ "Mary-Louise Parker, Fiancé Break Off Engagement". April 8, 2008. Retrieved March 11, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Secret Son for Jeffrey Dean Morgan". March 27, 2008. Retrieved $1 $2.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  11. ^ "Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Hilarie Burton Welcome Baby". Us Weekly. May 6, 2010. Retrieved May 6, 2010. 
  12. ^ Marc Malkin (November 15, 2011). "Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Hilarie Burton Talk Baby Son Gus, Parenthood: "It's Been Spectacular"". E!Online. Retrieved May 5, 2012. 

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