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Joe Morton

Highest Rated:   96% Of Mice and Men (1992)
Lowest Rated:   0% The Walking Dead (1994)
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Though he spent most of his childhood in Japan and Europe, Joe Morton, along with his mother and remaining family, moved from Germany to New York after the passing of his father. While he hadn't given acting an incredible amount of thought during his adolescence, Morton decided to pursue a career in the performing arts during his first day at Hofstra University. After his first professional acting job in an off-Broadway production of A Month of Sundays, Morton was cast in Hair (1968), and subsequently became a well-known name within Broadway circles. Morton's role in Raisin, a musical version of A Raisin in the Sun, earned him a Tony nomination. Though he didn't manage to snag the award, the young actor nonetheless found work on several popular television shows of the time, including M*A*S*H and Mission: Impossible. By the late '70s, Morton had appeared in a variety of equally acclaimed films, such as The Outside Man (1973), Between the Lines (1977), and ...And Justice for All (1979).After continuing his work in television, Morton made his first leading-man feature-film appearance as "The Brother," an intergalactic escaped slave, in John Sayles' 1984 hit The Brother From Another Planet. A year later, Morton could be seen in a supporting capacity alongside Lori Singer and Keith Carradine in the post-noir romantic drama Trouble in Mind (1985). Though Morton found no small amount of work during the 1980s, it wasn't until 1991 that he would play one of the most recognizable roles of his career: the cyborg-components researcher in Terminator 2: Judgment Day. However, Terminator 2 was by no means the peak in his career -- that same year, he reunited with Sayles and played a frustrated city councilman in City of Hope. In 1994, Morton portrayed a police captain in Speed, and, after a recurring role on NBC's Homicide: Life on the Street, starred in two highly lauded films: The Walking Dead (1995), in which he played a deeply religious marine, and Lone Star (1996), another John Sayles film. By this stage in his career, Morton had developed a reputation for playing scientists and government officials, and his role as an explosives expert in Executive Decision (1996) was no exception. However, Morton was certainly not incapable of more emotional fare, as demonstrated in his performance in HBO's Miss Evers' Boys, which won three Emmy awards in 1997. In 1998, Morton further avoided typecasting with his role in Blues Brothers 2000 as Cabel Chamberlain, the son of music man Curtis (Cab Calloway) from the original film.The early 2000s proved an equally busy time for Morton, who, aside from participating in numerous documentaries and made-for-television features, continued his role as Leon Chiles in NBC's Law & Order, and began regularly appearing as Dr. Steve Hamilton on the WB's Smallville. During this time, he could also be seen in supporting performances for What Lies Beneath (2000), Bounce (2000), and Ali (2001). 2003 found Morton playing another government agent in Paycheck, while 2004 brought another opportunity altogether -- Morton took the director's seat for Sunday on the Rocks. Also that year, Morton joined director Rob Cohen to film Stealth. A recurring role on the Pentagon television drama E-Ring found the actor continuing on his impressive television run, with a supporting role in the 2006 feature The Night Listener serving well to keep Morton's feature credits expanding as well.A contributing narrator of the long-running PBS series The American Experience, Morton became a familiar voice to television viewers who refused to switch their brains off for prime-time viewing. But it was recurring roles in both The Good Wife and Eureka that helped to keep him a familar face to more casual TV fans.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
87% All the Way
  • Roy Wilkins
2016
No Score Yet Cleveland Abduction
  • Solano
2015
88% Home
  • Donald Hall
2013
No Score Yet The Mulberry Tree
  • Mickey's Father
2012
No Score Yet American Experience
  • Narrator
2010
63% Wherever You Are (Lifelines)
  • Dr. Livingston
2008
No Score Yet La Linea (The Line)
  • Hodges
2008
17% Badland
  • Max
2007
80% American Gangster
  • Charlie Williams
2007
No Score Yet Double Pedal Gold
  • Actor
2007
40% The Night Listener
  • Ashe
2006
13% Stealth
  • Capt. Dick Marshfield
2005
No Score Yet Gone But Not Forgotten
  • Reggie Stewart
2005
No Score Yet Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Breaking Dawn
  • Professor Simon
2004
78% With All Deliberate Speed: The Legacy of Brown vs. Board
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Back in the Day
  • Reverend Packer
2004
No Score Yet Lenny the Wonder Dog
  • Dr. Island
2004
No Score Yet Dog and His Boy
  • Actor
2004
27% Paycheck
  • Agent Dodge
2003
No Score Yet Jasper, Texas
  • Walter Diggles
2003
No Score Yet Thoughtcrimes
  • Jon Harper
2003
No Score Yet Thought Crimes
  • Actor
2003
7% Dragonfly
  • Hugh Campbell
2002
No Score Yet National Geographic
  • Actor
2002
67% Ali
  • Chauncy Eskridge
2001
No Score Yet National Geographic - Africa
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet NOVA
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet NOVA
  • Narrator
2001
52% Bounce
  • Jim Willer
2000
46% What Lies Beneath
  • Dr. Drayton
2000
No Score Yet Ali: An American Hero
  • Malcolm X
2000
No Score Yet NOVA
  • Actor
2000
16% The Astronaut's Wife
  • Sherman Reese
1999
No Score Yet Mutiny
  • Thurgood Marshall
1999
No Score Yet Black Press: Soldiers Without Swords
  • narrator
1999
53% Apt Pupil (Un Élève Doué)
  • Dan Richler
1998
No Score Yet Lost In The Grand Canyon
  • Actor
1998
3% Speed 2 - Cruise Control
  • Actor
1997
47% Blues Brothers 2000
  • Cabel Chamberlain
1997
No Score Yet Miss Evers' Boys
  • Dr. Brodus
1997
9% The Pest
  • Mr. Kent
1997
No Score Yet Jack Reed: Death and Vengeance
  • Gordon Thomas
1996
93% Lone Star
  • Delmore Payne
1996
63% Executive Decision
  • Cappy
1995
93% Speed
  • Capt. McMahon
1994
0% The Walking Dead
  • Sgt. Barkley
1994
25% The Inkwell
  • Kenny
1994
No Score Yet Terrorist on Trial: The U. S. vs. Salim Ajami
  • Tandy
1993
53% Forever Young
  • Cameron
1992
96% Of Mice and Men
  • Crooks
1992
No Score Yet Legacy of Lies
  • Samuel Flowers
1992
94% City of Hope
  • Wynn
1991
93% Terminator 2: Judgment Day
  • Miles Dyson
1991
No Score Yet Alone in the Neon Jungle
  • Actor
1991
No Score Yet Challenger
  • Doctor Ronald McNair
1990
No Score Yet Skin
  • Actor
1990
50% Tap
  • Nicky
1989
55% The Good Mother (The Price of Passion)
  • Frank Williams
1988
No Score Yet Zelly and Me
  • Earl
1988
No Score Yet Alone in the Neon Jungle
  • Ken Fraker
1988
No Score Yet Terrorist on Trial: The United States vs. Salim Ajami (Hostile Witness)
  • Actor
1988
No Score Yet Stranded
  • Sheriff McMahon
1987
79% Crossroads
  • Scratch's assistant
1986
89% Trouble in Mind
  • Solo
1985
92% The Brother from Another Planet
  • The Brother
1984
29% Curse of the Pink Panther
  • Undercover Cop
1983
No Score Yet We're Fighting Back
  • Actor
1981
81% ...And Justice for All
  • Prison Doctor
1979
No Score Yet Between the Lines
  • Ahmad
1977
No Score Yet Lenny The Wonder Dog
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Smallville
2001-2011
  • Dr. Steven Hamilton Dr. Steve Hamilton Dr. Hamilton
No Score Yet A Town Called Eureka
2006-2012
  • Henry Deacon
  • Director
57% Proof
2015
  • Charles Russell
No Score Yet Nature
1982
  • Narrator
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
  • Roland Books Leon Chiles
50% Coma
2012
  • Actor
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Ray Bevins
72% Grace and Frankie
2015
  • Jason
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
75% Warehouse 13
2009-2014
  • Actor
No Score Yet Brothers & Sisters
2006-2011
  • Prof. Madsen Prof. Peter Madsen
No Score Yet The X-Files
1993-2016
  • Martin Wells
No Score Yet House
2004-2012
  • Sen. Tom Wright Sen. Gary H. Wright
No Score Yet Eureka
2006-2012
  • Henry Deacon
No Score Yet NOVA
1974
  • Narrator
  • Voice
No Score Yet American Experience
1988
  • Narrator
  • Narrator
  • Voice
95% Scandal
2012
  • Rowan Rowan Pope Eli Pope Eli "Rowan" Pope
Boston Legal
2004-2008
  • Steve Duprey
97% The Good Wife
2009-2016
  • Daniel Golden
100% The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore
2015-2016
  • Panelist
No Score Yet CSI: NY
2004-2013
  • Chief Dwight Hillborne
100% White Collar
2009-2014
  • Kyle Bancroft
No Score Yet Numb3rs
2005-2010
  • Peter Lange

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