Joe Morton

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Joe Morton
Joe Morton.jpg
Morton in July 2012
BornJoseph Thomas Morton,[1] Jr.
(1947-10-18) October 18, 1947 (age 67)
The Bronx, New York, U.S.
Years active1970–present
Spouse(s)Nora Chavooshian
3 children
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Not to be confused with Joe Morton (correspondent).
Joe Morton
Joe Morton.jpg
Morton in July 2012
BornJoseph Thomas Morton,[1] Jr.
(1947-10-18) October 18, 1947 (age 67)
The Bronx, New York, U.S.
Years active1970–present
Spouse(s)Nora Chavooshian
3 children

Joseph Thomas "Joe" Morton, Jr. (born October 18, 1947) is an American stage, television, and film actor. He has 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 an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for his role 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, New York. He is the son of Evelyn, a secretary, and Joseph Thomas Morton, Sr., a U.S. army intelligence officer.[2][3] Because of his father's profession, he spent parts of his childhood in West Germany and Okinawa.[4] Morton graduated from Hofstra University.


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 has starred in the Sanford and Son spin-off Grady (1975–76), 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 a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series.

Personal life[edit]

In October 1984, Morton married Nora Chavooshian, the production designer for The Brother from Another Planet. They have three children, daughters Hopi and Seta, and son Ara. They have a grandson named Moses.[citation needed]



1977Between the LinesAhmed
1984The Brother from Another PlanetThe Brother
1985Trouble in MindSolo
1986CrossroadsScratch's assistant
1988The Good MotherFrank Williams
1990ChallengerDr. Ronald McNairTelevision film
1991Terminator 2: Judgment DayDr. Miles Bennett DysonNominated—Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best Supporting Actor
1991City of HopeWynn
1992Forever YoungCameron
1992Of Mice and MenCrooks
1992Nacht des Terrors - Mord in New York CityCedric Sandiford
1994SpeedLt. McMahon
1994The InkwellKenny Tate
1995The Walking DeadSergeant Barkley
1996Executive DecisionSergeant Matheny
1996Lone StarDelmore Payne
1997The PestMr. Kent
1997Speed 2: Cruise ControlLieutenant Herb McMahonUncredited
1997Trouble on the CornerDetective Bill
1997Miss Evers' BoysDr. Sam Brodus
1998Blues Brothers 2000Cabel Chamberlain
1998Final ActN/AShort film
1998Apt PupilDan Richler
1999MutinyThurgood Marshall
1999The Astronaut's WifeSherman Reese
2000Ali: An American HeroMalcolm XTelevision film
2000BounceJim Willer
2000What Lies BeneathDr. Drayton
2001AliChauncey Eskridge
2003ThoughtcrimesJohn Harper
2003PaycheckAgent Dodge
2003Jasper, TexasWalter Diggles
2004Breaking DawnProfessor Simon
2005Lenny the Wonder DogDr. Island
2005StealthDick Marshfield
2006The Night ListenerAshe
2007American GangsterCharlie WilliamsNominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2008La LineaHodges
2014ProofDr. Oliver StantonTelevision film


1970Mission: ImpossibleClerk"Hunted"
1973–1974Search for TomorrowJames FosterUnknown episodes
1975Sanford and SonHal Marshall"The Family Man"
1975–1976GradyHal Marshall10 episodes
1976M*A*S*HCaptain Saunders"Der Tag"
1976What's Happening!!Department Store Manager"The Birthday Present"
1978Watch Your MouthRaymond Geeter26 episodes
1983Curse of the Pink PantherCharlieEpisode: "Joseph Morton"
1985Miami ViceLt. Jack Davis"The Maze"
1990–191Equal JusticeMike James24 episodes
1992Law & OrderRoland BooksEpisode: "Conspiracy"
1992A Different WorldByron Douglas III7 episodes
1993TriBeCaCarlton Thomas7 episodes
1994Homicide: Life on the StreetSam Thorn"A Model Citizen" and "Happy to be here"
1994New York UndercoverDean/Dinah"Blondes Have More Fun"
1995Under One RoofRon Langston6 episodes
1996Touched by an AngelJake Stone"Jacob's Ladder"
1997–2000Prince StreetLieutenant Tom Warner6 episodes
1998–1999Mercy PointDr. Grote Maxwell8 episodes
1999–2008The American ExperienceNarrator10 episodes
2000–2005Law & OrderLeon Chiles4 episodes
2000The X-FilesMartin Wells"Redrum"
2001–2002SmallvilleDr. Steven Hamilton4 episodes
2002Touched by an AngelMartin"The Impossible Dream"
2002All My ChildrenZeke McMillanEpisode: "#1.8387"
2002The PracticeU.S. AttorneyEpisode: "Fire Proof"
2003Law & Order: Special Victims UnitRay BevinsEpisode: "Grief"
2004The JuryJames Byron MiltonEpisode: "Last Rites"
2005–2006E-RingSteve Algazi9 episodes
2005JAGElroy Johnson"Unknown Soldier"
2005HouseGary H. Wright"Role Model"
2005CSI: NYDwight Hillborne"Supply and Demand" and "On the Job"
2006–2012EurekaHenry Deacon76 episodes
2008Boston LegalAttorney Steve DupreyEpisode: "Indecent Proposals"
2009–2011The Good WifeDaniel Golden11 episodes
2009Warehouse 13Reverend John Hill"Regrets"
2009Brothers & SistersPeter Madsen2 episodes
2009Great PerformancesEugene BullardEpisode: "Harlem in Montmarte: A Paris Jazz Story"
2010White CollarKyle BancroftEpisode: "Prisoner's Dilemma"
2012ComaDr. Nelson2 episodes
2013–presentScandalRowan Pope29 episodes
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
Nominated—Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Guest Performer in a Drama Series


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