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 66)
The Bronx, New York, U.S.
Years active1970–present
Spouse(s)Nora Chavooshian
(1984–present) 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 66)
The Bronx, New York, U.S.
Years active1970–present
Spouse(s)Nora Chavooshian
(1984–present) 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).

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]


1970Mission: ImpossibleClerkHunted
1973–74Search for TomorrowJames Foster
1975Sanford and SonHal MarshallThe Family Man
1975–76GradyHal Marshall10 episodes
1976M*A*S*HCaptain Saunders"Der Tag"
1976What's Happening!!Department Store Manager"The Birthday Present"
1977Between the LinesAhmed
1978Watch Your MouthRaymond GeeterTV show
1983Curse of the Pink PantherCharlie"Joseph Morton"
1984The Brother from Another PlanetThe Brother
1985Miami ViceLt. Jack Davis"The Maze"
1985Trouble in MindSolo
1986CrossroadsScratch's assistant
1988The Good MotherFrank Williams
1990ChallengerDr. Ronald McNairTV movie
1990–91Equal JusticeMike James26 episodes
1991Terminator 2: Judgment DayDr. Miles Bennett Dyson
1991City of HopeWynn
1992A Different WorldByron Douglas III7 episodes
1992Forever YoungCameron
1992Of Mice and MenCrooks
1992Nacht des Terrors - Mord in New York CityCedric Sandiford
1993TriBeCaCarlton Thomas7 episodes
1994SpeedLt. McMahon
1994The InkwellKenny Tate
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
1995The Walking DeadSergeant Barkley
1996Executive DecisionSergeant Matheny
1996Touched by an AngelJake Stone and Martin"Jacob's Ladder" and "The Impossible Dream"
1996Lone StarDel
1997–2000Prince StreetLieutenant Tom Warner6 episodes
1997The PestMr. Kent
1997Speed 2: Cruise ControlLieutenant Herb McMahonuncredited
1997Trouble on the CornerDetective Bill
1997Miss Evers' BoysDr. Sam Brodus
1998Mercy PointDr. Grote Maxwell8 episodes
1998Blues Brothers 2000Cabel Chamberlain
1998Final ActIFC TV Short Film
1998Apt PupilDan Richler
1999MutinyThurgood Marshall
1999The Astronaut's WifeSherman Reese
2000BounceJim Willer
2000What Lies BeneathDr. Drayton
2000The X-FilesMartin WellsRedrum
2001AliChauncey Eskridge
2002The PracticeFire Proof
2002–03SmallvilleDr. Steven Hamilton4 episodes
2003Law & Order: Special Victims UnitRay Bevins"Grief"
2003ThoughtcrimesJohn Harper
2003PaycheckAgent Dodge
2004Breaking DawnProfessor Simon
2005Lenny the Wonder DogDr. Island
2005JAGElroy JohnsonUnknown Soldier
2005HouseGary H. Wright"Role Model"
2005CSI: NYDwight Hillborne"Supply and Demand" and "On the Job"
1992–2005Law & Ordervarious episodes/roles
2005StealthDick Marshfield
2005E-RingSteve Algazi9 episodes
2006The Night ListenerAshe
2006–12EurekaHenry Deacon76 episodes
2007American GangsterCharlie Williams
2008La LineaHodges
2009Warehouse 13Reverend John HillRegrets
2009The Good WifeDaniel Golden11 episodes
2010White CollarKyle Bancroft
2012ComaDr. Nelson
2013Scandal"Command" / Mysterious Man / Rowan PopePrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series (2014)


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