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David Morse

Highest Rated:   98% The Hurt Locker (2009)
Lowest Rated:   4% Shanghai (2015)
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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 enfor

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
60% Concussion
  • Mike Webster
2015
4% Shanghai
  • Richard Astor
2015
63% The Boy
  • John
2015
41% Horns
  • Dale Williams
2014
64% Winter In The Blood
  • Airplane Man
2014
13% McCanick
  • Producer
  • Eugene "Mack" McCanick
  • Executive Producer
2014
67% World War Z
  • Ex-CIA Agent
2013
34% The Odd Life of Timothy Green
  • James Green Sr.
2012
75% Collaborator
  • Gus Williams
2012
No Score Yet The Barnes Collection
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Yellow
  • Actor
2012
79% Mother and Child
  • Tom
2010
98% The Hurt Locker
  • Col. Reed
2009
20% Passengers
  • Arkin
2008
15% Hounddog
  • Daddy
2008
69% Disturbia
  • Mr. Turner
2007
52% Down in the Valley
  • Wade
2006
56% 16 Blocks
  • Frank Nugent
2006
No Score Yet The War That Made America
  • Actor
2006
64% Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story
  • Palmer
2005
45% Nearing Grace
  • Shep Nearing
2005
No Score Yet Diary of a City Priest
  • Actor
2003
60% Double Vision
  • Kevin Richter
2002
73% The Slaughter Rule
  • Gideon Ferguson
2002
49% Hearts in Atlantis
  • Bobby Garfield (adult)
2001
No Score Yet Diary of a City Priest
  • Rev. John McNamee
2001
40% Proof of Life
  • Peter
2000
68% Dancer in the Dark
  • Bill
2000
26% Bait
  • Edgar Clenteen
2000
80% The Green Mile
  • Brutus
1999
30% Crazy in Alabama
  • Dove
1999
No Score Yet A.W.O.L.
  • Actor
1999
75% The Negotiator
  • Cmdr. Beck
1998
62% 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
68% The Long Kiss Goodnight
  • Luke/Daedalus
1996
55% Extreme Measures
  • Frank Hare
1996
66% The Rock
  • Major Tom Baxter
1996
88% Twelve Monkeys (12 Monkeys)
  • Dr. Peters
1995
75% The Crossing Guard
  • John Booth
1995
No Score Yet Tecumseh: The Last Warrior
  • Galloway
1995
50% Stephen King's 'The Langoliers'
  • Capt. Brian Engle
1995
No Score Yet Magic Kid II
  • Actor
1994
33% The Getaway
  • Jim Deer Jackson
1994
24% 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
75% Max Dugan Returns
  • Shoe Store Cop
1983
No Score Yet Inside Moves
  • Jerry Maxwell
1982
No Score Yet Our Family Business
  • Actor
1981

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
78% Outsiders
2016
  • Big Foster
98% Treme
2010-2013
  • Lt. Terry Colson Lt. Colson
Treme
  • Lt. Terry Colson
No Score Yet House
2004-2012
  • Michael Tritter Det. Michael Tritter
No Score Yet American Experience
1988
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Voice
No Score Yet Medium
2005-2011
  • Mr. Lydecker
90% Lights Out
2011
  • Jerry
75% True Detective
2014-2015
  • Eliot Bezzerides

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