David Morse

David Morse

Highest Rated: 97% The Hurt Locker (2009)

Lowest Rated: 4% Shanghai (2015)

Birthday: Oct 11, 1953

Birthplace: Hamilton, Massachusetts, USA

A fixture of 1980s TV series and movies, prolific character actor David Morse became a reliable and much lauded supporting presence in feature films from the 1990s onward.Raised in Hamilton, MA, Morse began his professional career after high school, joining the Boston Repertory Theater in 1971. Over the next six years, Morse acted in over 30 productions, amply preparing him for a move to New York theater in 1977. Morse subsequently got his first big movie break when he was cast in the drama Inside Moves (1980). Though Morse proved that he could handle lighter films with Neil Simon's comedy Max Dugan Returns (1983), his detour into television in 1982 was initially more fruitful. As Dr. Jack "Boomer" Morrison, Morse spent six seasons on the esteemed hospital drama St. Elsewhere, co-starring with, among others, Denzel Washington. During his stint on St. Elsewhere, Morse also starred in a diverse collection of TV movies. He was a priest in love with Valerie Bertinelli's nun in Shattered Vows (1984), a prisoner attempting a breakout from Alcatraz in Six Against the Rock (1987), a detective in Down Payment on Murder (1987), and a mental hospital escapee in Winnie (1988). Continuing his presence on the small screen after St. Elsewhere, Morse appeared in several more TV movies, including starring as a deranged kidnapper in Cry in the Wild: The Taking of Peggy Ann (1991).Though he co-starred as a drifter in the indie film Personal Foul (1987) and appeared in Michael Cimino's noir remake The Desperate Hours (1990), Morse did not concentrate most of his energies on feature films until the 1990s. After starring as Viggo Mortensen's brother in Sean Penn's directorial debut, The Indian Runner (1991), Morse moved to more mainstream work with supporting roles in The Good Son (1993), the Alec Baldwin-Kim Basinger version of The Getaway (1994), and medical thriller Extreme Measures (1996). While he appeared in Terry Gilliam's thoughtful La Jetée (1962) remake 12 Monkeys (1995), faced off with Jack Nicholson in Penn's The Crossing Guard (1996), and starred as a janitor-turned-rich man in George B. (1997), Morse really captured audience attention in a concurrent string of high-profile projects. Returning to Alcatraz, Morse projected quiet menace as one of Ed Harris renegade Marines in the blockbuster hit The Rock (1996). Morse tapped his bad self again in the action romp The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996), then cemented his versatility with a small yet vital role as Jodie Foster's gentle father in Contact (1997). Notching his third major summer release in a row, Morse played a SWAT team commander up against Samuel L. Jackson's wrongly accused cop in The Negotiator (1998). Returning to serious blockbuster fare, Morse then co-starred with Tom Hanks as prison guards who witness miracles in The Green Mile (1999). After a foray into comedy with Bait (2000), Morse stole hostage drama Proof of Life (2000) from his glamorous tabloid-ready co-stars Meg Ryan and Russell Crowe with his intense performance as Ryan's kidnapped husband. Even as he became a popular Hollywood second lead, however, Morse wasn't afraid to veer away from the multiplex, winning an Obie Award for Paula Vogel's acclaimed play How I Learned to Drive and putting a believably human face on an utterly hateful character in Lars von Trier's bleak, award-winning musical Dancer in the Dark (2000). Continuing his protean career, Morse appeared in another gentle Stephen King adaptation Hearts of Atlantis (2001) and starred in Diary of a City Priest (2001) for PBS. Morse followed the ill fated Hearts of Atlantis with a lead role in the indie drama The Slaughter Rule (2002), which was well received on the film festival circuit. Morse subsequently returned to series television, and received top billing, in the CBS drama Hack (2002). Starring Morse as an ex-cop-turned-cab driver, Hack was pummeled by critics, but audiences took to Morse's well intentioned, marginalized law enforcer and Hack became a mo


Highest Rated Movies



50% Trouble Gerry 2018
59% Concussion Mike Webster $23.3M 2015
4% Shanghai Richard Astor $45.2K 2015
67% The Boy John 2015
41% Horns Dale Williams $0.6M 2014
67% Winter In The Blood Airplane Man 2014
13% McCanick Producer Executive Producer Eugene "Mack" McCanick 2014
66% World War Z Ex-CIA Agent $202.4M 2013
35% The Odd Life of Timothy Green James Green Sr. $51.9M 2012
73% Collaborator Gus Williams 2012
No Score Yet The Barnes Collection Actor 2012
No Score Yet Yellow Actor 2012
47% Drive Angry Webster $10.8M 2011
78% Mother and Child Tom $1.2M 2010
97% The Hurt Locker Col. Reed $15.8M 2009
19% Passengers Arkin $0.3M 2008
15% Hounddog Daddy 2008
69% Disturbia Mr. Turner $80.1M 2007
52% Down in the Valley Wade $0.5M 2006
56% 16 Blocks Frank Nugent $37M 2006
No Score Yet The War That Made America Actor 2006
64% Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story Palmer $33.1M 2005
45% Nearing Grace Shep Nearing 2005
60% Double Vision Kevin Richter 2002
74% The Slaughter Rule Gideon Ferguson 2002
49% Hearts in Atlantis Bobby Garfield (adult) $23.7M 2001
No Score Yet Diary of a City Priest Rev. John McNamee 2001
39% Proof of Life Peter $31.2M 2000
69% Dancer in the Dark Bill $2.9M 2000
26% Bait Edgar Clenteen $15M 2000
78% The Green Mile Brutus 1999
30% Crazy in Alabama Dove 1999
No Score Yet A.W.O.L. Actor 1999
74% The Negotiator Cmdr. Beck 1998
65% Contact Ted Arroway 1997
No Score Yet Murder Live Actor 1997
No Score Yet Murder Live! Frank McGrath 1997
No Score Yet George B. George 1997
69% The Long Kiss Goodnight Luke/Daedalus 1996
56% Extreme Measures Frank Hare 1996
66% The Rock Major Tom Baxter 1996
90% Twelve Monkeys (12 Monkeys) Dr. Peters 1995
75% The Crossing Guard John Booth 1995
No Score Yet Tecumseh: The Last Warrior Galloway 1995
52% Stephen King's 'The Langoliers' Capt. Brian Engle 1995
No Score Yet Magic Kid II Actor 1994
33% The Getaway Jim Deer Jackson 1994
26% The Good Son Jack Evans 1993
No Score Yet Miracle On I-880 Actor 1993
No Score Yet Dead Ahead: The Exxon Valdez Disaster Rick Steiner 1992
74% The Indian Runner Joe Roberts 1991
No Score Yet L'Enlèvement de Peggy Ann Bradnick Bicycle Pete 1991
36% Desperate Hours Albert 1990
No Score Yet Cross of Fire Actor 1989
No Score Yet Six Against the Rock Marvin Hubbard 1987
No Score Yet Shattered Vows Father Tim 1984
No Score Yet Prototype Michael 1983
71% Max Dugan Returns Shoe Store Cop 1983
No Score Yet Inside Moves Jerry Maxwell 1982
No Score Yet Our Family Business Actor 1981


No Score Yet Blindspot
Hank Crawford Hank Crawford 2018
76% Outsiders
Big Foster 2017
78% True Detective
Eliot Bezzerides 2015
97% Treme
Lt. Terry Colson Lt. Colson 2013
90% Lights Out
Jerry 2011
No Score Yet Medium
Mr. Lydecker 2009
81% John Adams
George Washington 2008
90% House
Michael Tritter Det. Michael Tritter 2007
21% Hack
Mike Olshansky 2004
No Score Yet American Experience
Voice Abraham Lincoln 2001
91% Homicide: Life on the Street
Jim Bayliss 1995
50% Big Wave Dave's
Dave 1993
82% Tales from the Crypt
No Score Yet Friday the 13th: The Series
Director 1989
No Score Yet St. Elsewhere
Director Dr. Jack Morrison 1988
90% Escape at Dannemora
Gene Palmer
No Score Yet Treme
Lt. Terry Colson


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