Joe Morton

Joe Morton

Highest Rated: 97% Of Mice and Men (1992)

Lowest Rated: 0% The Walking Dead (1995)

Birthday: Oct 18, 1947

Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

American actor Joe Morton crafted an award-winning career that brought him acclaim on stage, television, and film. A native of Harlem in New York City, he began his professional acting career with a role in the Broadway production of "Hair." Shortly after, he landed his first roles on television with guest spots on "Mission: Impossible" (CBS, 1966-73) and "Bracken's World" (NBC, 1969-70). As his stage career continued, he added to his resume with a role on the daytime soap opera "Search for Tomorrow" (CBS, 1951-86), and appearances on "M*A*S*H" (CBS, 1972-83) and "What's Happening!!" (ABC, 1976-79). An earlier guest role on "Sanford and Son" (NBC, 1972-77), led to his being cast as one of the leads in the short-lived spinoff series "Grady" (NBC, 1975-76). He followed with a starring role in another short-lived TV effort, "Watch Your Mouth" (PBS, 1978). His big break in features came with the title role in John Sayles' "The Brother From Another Planet" (1984). The inner city sci-fi tale quickly gained a cult following, and gave Morton his calling card. He continued stringing together TV appearances, including a recurring role on "The Equalizer" (CBS, 1985-89), before another foray into sci-fi again raised his profile. Playing opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger, he appeared as Miles Dyson, the unwitting developer of the evil Skynet, in "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" (1991). Returning to television, he was part of the ensemble cast of the drama "Equal Justice" (ABC, 1990-91), had a recurring role on "A Different World" (NBC, 1987-93), was a series regular on Robert De Niro's anthology show "Tribeca" (Fox, 1993), and starred opposite James Earl Jones on "Under One Roof" (CBS, 1995). In films, he played the police captain in "Speed" (1994) and starred in "The Inkwell" (1994). Morton had the opportunity to show off his musical side when he joined Dan Aykroyd and John Goodman for "Blues Brothers 2000" (1998). He continued pursuing television, starring in the short-lived series "Mercy Point" (UPN, 1998-99) and "Prince Street" (NBC, 1997). After another string of guest appearances on shows like "JAG" (CBS, 1995-2005) and "Law & Order" (NBC, 1990-2010), he found sustained success as scientist Henry Deacon on "Eureka" (SyFy, 2006-2012). After contributing to a story arc on "The Good Wife" (CBS, 2009-16), Morton began an award-winning turn on Shonda Rhimes' political drama "Scandal" (ABC, 2012-18). Playing the duplicitous father of Kerry Washington's Olivia Pope, he earned the Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series in 2014. He also appeared as a series regular in the drama "Proof" (TNT, 2015). Morton later joined the DC superhero universe, playing the scientist father of Cyborg first in Zack Snyder's "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice" (2016) and more extensively in "Justice League" (2017). Returning to television, he joined the cast of the spiritual drama "God Friended Me," playing the pastor father of Brandon Michael Hall's lead character.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
43% 83% Godzilla: King of the Monsters Dr. Houston Brooks (Character) $110.5M 2019
40% 71% Justice League Silas Stone (Character) $227M 2017
87% 83% All the Way Roy Wilkins (Character) - 2016
No Score Yet 51% Cleveland Abduction Agent Solano (Character) - 2015
88% 82% Home Donald Hall (Character) - 2013
No Score Yet 80% The Mulberry Tree Samuel R. Freeman (Character) - 2010
No Score Yet 19% The Line Hodges (Character) - 2008
63% 100% Lifelines Dr. Livingston (Character) - 2008
80% 87% American Gangster Charlie Williams (Character) $130.1M 2007
16% 54% Badland Max (Character) - 2007
40% 35% The Night Listener Ashe (Character) $7.8M 2006
12% 40% Stealth Cmdr. Clint "Hud" Huddle (Character) $31.7M 2005
No Score Yet 32% Lenny the Wonder Dog Dr. Island (Character) - 2004
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sunday on the Rocks Director - 2004
No Score Yet 37% Breaking Dawn Prof. Simon (Character) - 2004
No Score Yet 58% Back in the Day Reverend Packer (Character) - 2004
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mitchellville Executive Producer - 2004
No Score Yet 75% Thoughtcrimes Jon Harper (Character) - 2003
No Score Yet No Score Yet War Birds: Diary of an Unknown Aviator Narrator - 2003
No Score Yet 71% Jasper, Texas Unknown (Character) - 2003
27% 45% Paycheck Agent Dodge (Character) $53.8M 2003
7% 62% Dragonfly Hugh Campbell (Character) $30.1M 2002
68% 65% Ali Chauncy Eskridge (Character) $58.2M 2001
52% 32% Bounce Jim (Character) $36.8M 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ali: An American Hero Malcolm X (Character) - 2000
46% 58% What Lies Beneath Dr. Drayton (Character) $155.4M 2000
15% 33% The Astronaut's Wife Sherman Reese, NASA Representative (Character) $10.7M 1999
No Score Yet 27% Mutiny Thurgood Marshall (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Y2K Martin Cromwell (Character) - 1999
46% 37% Blues Brothers 2000 Commander Cabel Chamberlain/Cab Blues (Character) $14M 1998
53% 56% Apt Pupil Dan Richler (Character) $8.8M 1998
8% 68% The Pest Mr. Kent (Character) $3.5M 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Trouble on the Corner Detective Bill (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet 72% Miss Evers' Boys Dr. Sam Brodus (Character) - 1997
94% 83% Lone Star Colonel Delmore Payne (Character) $13.1M 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Jack Reed: Death and Vengeance Gordon Thomas (Character) - 1996
65% 53% Executive Decision Sergeant "Cappy" Matheny (Character) $55.7M 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet In the Shadow of Evil Lt. Royce (Character) - 1995
0% 62% The Walking Dead Sgt. Barkley (Character) $5.2M 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet No Ordinary Summer Kenny Tate (Character) - 1994
25% 83% The Inkwell Kenny Tate (Character) $8.9M 1994
94% 76% Speed Lt. Herb 'Mac' McMahon (Character) $121.2M 1994
97% 82% Of Mice and Men Crooks, Stable Buck (Character) $5M 1992
57% 53% Forever Young Cameron (Character) $55M 1992
93% 94% Terminator 2: Judgment Day Dr. Miles Bennett Dyson (Character) $552.8K 1991
94% 82% City of Hope Wynn (Character) $1.3M 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet Equal Justice Mike James (Character) - 1990
No Score Yet 46% Challenger Unknown (Character) - 1990
50% 69% Tap Nicky (Character) $8.6M 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Howard Beach: Making a Case for Murder Cederic Sandiford (Character) - 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Alone in the Neon Jungle Ken Fraker (Character) - 1988
50% 29% The Good Mother Frank Williams (Character) $4.6M 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Police Story: Burnout Sgt. Jeff Allen (Character) - 1988
No Score Yet 60% Zelly and Me Earl (Character) $8.7K 1988
No Score Yet 27% Stranded Sheriff McMahon (Character) - 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Terrorist on Trial: The United States vs. Salim Ajami Tandy (Character) - 1987
73% 82% Crossroads Scratch's Assistant (Character) $5.2M 1986
82% 65% Trouble in Mind Solo (Character) - 1985
89% 75% The Brother From Another Planet The Brother (Character) - 1984
No Score Yet 21% The Clairvoyant Detective Rich (Character) - 1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet We're Fighting Back Elgin Jones (Character) - 1981
83% 80% ...And Justice for All Prison Doctor (Character) - 1979
93% 57% Between the Lines Ahmed (Character) - 1977

TV

Credit
59% 87% God Friended Me Reverend Arthur Finer (Character),
Director
2018-2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Daily Show With Trevor Noah Guest 2019 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Access Hollywood Live Guest 2017-2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Live with Kelly and Ryan Guest 2018
93% 74% Scandal Mysterious Man/Rowan (Character),
Rowan/Eli Pope (Guest Star),
Director
2013-2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show Guest 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Steve Guest 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tavis Smiley Guest 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet NOVA Narrator 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Theater Talk Guest 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today Guest 2015-2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Live! With Kelly and Michael Guest 2016
88% 89% Grace and Frankie Jason (Guest Star) 2015-2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rachael Ray Guest 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Real Guest 2016
53% 82% Proof Dr. Charles Russell (Character) 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wendy Williams Show Guest 2015
100% 30% The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore Guest 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet The View Guest 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Big Morning Buzz Live Guest 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Queen Latifah Show Guest 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Arsenio Hall Show Guest 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Coma Unknown (Character) 2012
81% 89% Eureka Henry Deacon (Character) 2006-2012
94% 92% The Good Wife Daniel Golden (Guest Star) 2009-2011
79% 83% Brothers & Sisters Peter Madsen (Guest Star) 2009
86% 90% Boston Legal Attorney Steve Duprey (Guest Star) 2008
No Score Yet 93% Numb3ers Unknown (Guest Star) 2007
15% No Score Yet E-Ring Unknown (Guest Star) 2005
No Score Yet 84% CSI: New York Chief Dwight Hillborne (Guest Star) 2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet JAG Unknown (Guest Star) 2005
90% 96% House Senator Gary H. Wright (Guest Star) 2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet Law & Order Unknown (Guest Star) 2004-2005 2000 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Jury Unknown (Guest Star) 2004
78% 93% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Ray Bevins (Guest Star) 2003
78% 81% Smallville Dr. Steven Hamilton (Guest Star) 2001-2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet Touched by an Angel Unknown (Guest Star) 2002 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Practice Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
75% 85% The X-Files Martin Wells (Guest Star) 2000
30% No Score Yet Mercy Point Unknown (Character) 1998-1999
0% No Score Yet Dellaventura Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Under One Roof Ron Langston (Character) 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet New York Undercover Unknown (Guest Star) 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tribeca Unknown (Character) 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Different World Unknown (Guest Star) 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet Challenger Doctor Ronald McNair (Character) 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Equalizer Unknown (Guest Star) 1989 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Miami Vice Unknown (Guest Star) 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet What's Happening!! Unknown (Guest Star) 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Grady Hal Marshall (Character) 1975-1976
No Score Yet 93% M*A*S*H Captain Saunders (Guest Star) 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sanford & Son Unknown (Guest Star) 1975

QUOTES FROM Joe Morton CHARACTERS

Miles Dyson says: My personal entry code for the lab might still work (card reader buzzes) no go.

Miles Dyson says: My personal entry code for the lab might still work, no go.

The Terminator says: let me try mine (loads grenade)

The Terminator says: Let me try mine.

Sarah Connor says: John FIRE IN THE HOLE!

Sarah Connor says: John, fire in the hole!

Miles Dyson says: I didn't build the fucking thing!

Scratch's assistant says: I'll see you in hell, Willie Brown.

Scratch's assistant says: Ain't got no chance, Blind Dog. You SOLD your soul. You goin' down, all the way down. Hell hounds on your trail, boy, hell sounds on your trail.

Donald Hall says: F' a plan, Jack. You need to be realistic.

Sherman Reese says: That’s what they taught us at NASA. Always have a backup system.

Sherman Reese says: That's what they taught us at NASA. Always have a backup system.

John Connor says: We've got company.

Miles Dyson says: Police?

Sarah Connor says: How many?

John Connor says: Uh, all of them, I think.

Panky says: That's it. Hanky, shake his arms wildly.

Dr. Island says: *screams*

Dr. Island says: [screams]

Lenny says: Oh no! Stop, you're hurting him!

Dr. Island says: Oh no. Wagner!