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Also Known As: Robert Alan Morrow Died:
Born: September 21, 1962 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New Rochelle, New York, USA Profession: actor, director, screenwriter, balloon messenger, waiter, restaurateur

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A stage-trained performer equally adept in both leading and supporting roles, actor Rob Morrow achieved success playing smart, but sometimes callow young professionals in films and on television. Following several false stars, Morrow became an overnight star when he landed the career-transforming role of a hotshot medical school graduate and devoted New Yorker who relocates to a remote Alaskan town for a job to pay off his loans in the charming comedy-drama, "Northern Exposure" (CBS, 1990-95). Morrow moved easily between cool professionalism and prickly antagonism while displaying a sharp, sometimes peevish wit as hotshot Dr. Joel Fleischman. But his demands for a better contract pushed him out of the spotlight in favor of the show's other quirky characters, though he remained in his role for the show's entire run. While he held down his primetime job, he delivered one of his best feature performances, playing an idealistic government lawyer investigating rigged games shows in Robert Redford's acclaimed "Quiz Show" (1994). After several supporting roles and starting a second career as both a feature and television director, Morrow returned to small screen prominence with a successful starring role on...

A stage-trained performer equally adept in both leading and supporting roles, actor Rob Morrow achieved success playing smart, but sometimes callow young professionals in films and on television. Following several false stars, Morrow became an overnight star when he landed the career-transforming role of a hotshot medical school graduate and devoted New Yorker who relocates to a remote Alaskan town for a job to pay off his loans in the charming comedy-drama, "Northern Exposure" (CBS, 1990-95). Morrow moved easily between cool professionalism and prickly antagonism while displaying a sharp, sometimes peevish wit as hotshot Dr. Joel Fleischman. But his demands for a better contract pushed him out of the spotlight in favor of the show's other quirky characters, though he remained in his role for the show's entire run. While he held down his primetime job, he delivered one of his best feature performances, playing an idealistic government lawyer investigating rigged games shows in Robert Redford's acclaimed "Quiz Show" (1994). After several supporting roles and starting a second career as both a feature and television director, Morrow returned to small screen prominence with a successful starring role on the steady procedural, "Numb3rs" (CBS, 2005-2010), which allowed him to remain in-demand as a performer and director.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Maze (2000) Director
2.
  Silent Alarm, The (1993) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Flint (2017)
2.
5.
 Good Doctor, The (2011)
6.
 Custody (2007)
7.
 Bucket List, The (2007)
8.
 Guru, The (2003) Josh Goldstein
9.
 Emperor's Club, The (2002) James Ellerby
10.
 Jenifer Estess Story, The (2001) Dr Joshua Feldman
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Milestones close milestones

1979:
Moved to New York City to study acting at age 17
1983:
Worked as Michael Bennett's assistant for the Los Angeles stage production of "Dreamgirls"
1985:
Made film debut in the teen sex comedy "Private Resort"; played a lead role alongside Johnny Depp
1987:
Early TV appearances, had small guest spots on the sitcom, "Everything's Relative" (CBS) and the detective series, "Spenser: For Hire" (ABC)
1988:
Made debut as a series regular on the short-lived NBC series "Tattingers"
1990:
Turned down chance at a role in proposed CBS series, "The Antagonists" to appear in the play "The Substance of Fire"
1993:
Directed a 20-minute film he wrote about a child reacting to his divorced mother's new relationship, "The Silent Alarm"; premiered at the Seattle Film Festival; released theatrically in 1993
1996:
Had featured role in "Last Dance"; love interest played by Jayne Brook
1996:
Cast as Albert Brooks' successful brother in the comedy "Mother"
1997:
Starred in short-lived London stage production of "Birdy"
1998:
Returned to TV to play John Wilkes Booth in "The Day Lincoln Was Shot" (TNT)
1998:
Reunited onscreen with Jayne Brook (this time as his wife) in "Into My Heart"
2001:
Feature film directorial debut, "Maze" (filmed in 1999); also had lead role as a painter with Tourette Syndrome
2002:
Returned to series TV as co-star of the Showtime drama "Street Time"
2002:
Cast in the drama feature "The Emperor's Club"
2005:
Co-starred in Henry Jaglom's "Going Shopping" with Victoria Foyt, Lee Grant and Bruce Davison
2007:
Played Jack Nicholson's doctor, Dr. Hollins, in "The Bucket List"
2010:
Joined Maura Tierney for the ABC legal drama "The Whole Truth"
2013:
Appeared in "Begin Again"
2015:
Landed a supporting role in "Little Loopers"
2015:
Played Colonel James Fannin on the mini-series "Texas Rising"
2016:
Nabbed a recurring part on the Showtime drama "Billions"
2016:
Played Will on three episodes of the dramatic TV series "The Fosters"
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Education

Edgemont High School: Westchester County , New York -
HB Studio: New York , New York -

Notes

"Relative to the rest of the offerings on television, it's sort of unusual. There's nothing else quite like it on network television. I think the character has enough colors at this point that I can stay interested. I mean, he's not like Fonzie or something. But I'm worried whether I start not being able to do other things and losing that edge. . . . My mother's thrilled. I get to play a nice Jewish doctor and be famous. It's the best of both worlds."--Morrow speaking about the series "Northern Exposure" to Daily News, May 13, 1991

Some time after Morrow turned down a chance at a CBS television series to appear onstage in "The Substance of Fire", he noted, "I told my manager, and he told me I'd never work again. My agent was going to dump me, too." After he was offered a role in "Northern Exposure", however, "My agent forgave me very quickly. You get attention directly proportional to your income [in this business]." --quoted in the Daily News, May 13, 1991

Morrow is a member of the Ensemble Studio Theatre, the New York Stage and Film Company and Naked Angels Theatre Company

He opened an organic restaurant, Josie's, in NYC with childhood friend, Louis Lanza

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Leslie Urdang. Producer. Born c. 1957; cofounder of the nonprofit New York Stage and Film Company; executive producer of Morrow's film, "The Silent Alarm" (1991); no longer together.
wife:
Debbon Ayer. Actor. Met in 1982 while both worked for the late director-choreographer Michael Bennett, she as a receptionist, Morrow a production assistant; married in fall 1998.

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mother:
Diane Morrow. Dental hygienist.
father:
Murray Morrow. Industrial lighting manufacturer. Parents divorced when Morrow was nine and living in Hartsdale, New York.
sister:
Carrie Morrow. Older.
daughter:
Tu Simone Morrow. Born on April 25, 2001.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Northern Exposures" Hyperion

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