Joe Morton

Lowest Rated: 0% The Walking Dead (1994)
Birthday: Oct 18, 1947
Birthplace: Not Available
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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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
100% Terminator 2: Judgment Day 3D Miles Dyson $1M 2017
88% 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 $130.2M 2007
No Score Yet Double Pedal Gold Actor 2007
40% The Night Listener Ashe $7.8M 2006
12% Stealth Capt. Dick Marshfield $31.8M 2005
No Score Yet Gone But Not Forgotten Reggie Stewart 2005
100% 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
27% Paycheck Agent Dodge $53.7M 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 $30.1M 2002
No Score Yet National Geographic Actor 2002
67% Ali Chauncy Eskridge $58.2M 2001
No Score Yet NOVA: Methusela Tree Actor 2001
No Score Yet NOVA Narrator 2001
No Score Yet National Geographic - Africa Actor 2001
52% Bounce Jim Willer 2000
46% What Lies Beneath Dr. Drayton $155.1M 2000
No Score Yet Ali: An American Hero Malcolm X 2000
No Score Yet NOVA: Mystery of the First Americans Actor 2000
15% 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
4% Speed 2 - Cruise Control Actor 1997
46% Blues Brothers 2000 Cabel Chamberlain 1997
No Score Yet Miss Evers' Boys Dr. Brodus 1997
8% The Pest Mr. Kent 1997
No Score Yet Jack Reed: Death and Vengeance Gordon Thomas 1996
94% Lone Star Delmore Payne 1996
64% Executive Decision Cappy 1996
93% Speed Capt. McMahon 1994
0% The Walking Dead Sgt. Barkley 1994
25% The Inkwell Kenny 1994
No Score Yet Artists of the Harlem Renaissance Narrator 1993
No Score Yet Terrorist on Trial: The U. S. vs. Salim Ajami Tandy 1993
57% Forever Young Cameron 1992
97% 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 $198.2M 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
73% Crossroads Scratch's assistant 1986
80% Trouble in Mind Solo 1985
88% 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
88% Between the Lines Ahmad 1977

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Trevor Noah
2015
Guest
  • 2019
59% God Friended Me
2018
Reverend Arthur Finer
  • 2019
  • 2018
89% Grace and Frankie
2015
Jason
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
Guest
  • 2018
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2003
Guest
  • 2018
93% Scandal
2012-2018
Director Rowan Rowan Pope Eli Pope Eli "Rowan" Pope
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet Tavis Smiley
2013-2018
Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet Rachael Ray
2015
Guest
  • 2016
53% Proof
2015
Charles Russell
  • 2015
100% The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore
2015-2016
Panelist
  • 2015
No Score Yet The View
1997
Guest
  • 2014
48% Coma
2012
  • 2012
No Score Yet A Town Called Eureka
2006-2012
Director Henry Deacon
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
77% Eureka
2006-2012
Henry Deacon
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
96% The Good Wife
2009-2016
Daniel Golden
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
97% White Collar
2009-2014
Kyle Bancroft
  • 2010
  • 2009
No Score Yet American Experience
1988
Voice Narrator Narrator
  • 2010
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2001
  • 2000
  • 1999
79% Brothers & Sisters
2006-2011
Prof. Madsen Prof. Peter Madsen
  • 2009
83% Warehouse 13
2009-2014
  • 2009
87% Boston Legal
2004-2008
Steve Duprey
  • 2008
No Score Yet Numb3rs
2005-2010
Peter Lange
  • 2007
No Score Yet CSI: NY
2004-2013
Chief Dwight Hillborne
  • 2005
No Score Yet E-Ring
2005-2006
Steven Algazi
  • 2005
91% House
2004-2012
Sen. Tom Wright Sen. Gary H. Wright
  • 2005
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
Roland Books Leon Chiles
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 2000
  • 1992
No Score Yet The Jury
2004
James Byron Milton
  • 2004
No Score Yet Whoopi
2003-2004
Martin James
  • 2004
No Score Yet Nature
1982
Narrator
  • 2003
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
Ray Bevins
  • 2003
  • 2002
94% Smallville
2001-2011
Dr. Steven Hamilton Dr. Steve Hamilton Dr. Hamilton
  • 2002
  • 2001
No Score Yet NOVA
1974
Voice Narrator
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
74% The X-Files
1993-2018
Martin Wells
  • 2000
40% Mercy Point
1998-1999
Dr. Grote Maxwell
  • 1999
  • 1998
91% Homicide: Life on the Street
1993-1999
Sam Thorne
  • 1994
No Score Yet A Different World
1987-1993
Byron Byron Douglas III
  • 1992
No Score Yet The Equalizer
1985-1989
Brock Slate
  • 1989
  • 1987
No Score Yet American Playhouse
1982-1996
Carl
  • 1983
No Score Yet M*A*S*H
1972-1983
Capt. Saunders
  • 1976
No Score Yet Sanford and Son
1972-1977
Hal
  • 1975
No Score Yet Mission: Impossible
1966-1973
Clerk
  • 1970

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