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Also Known As: Died:
Born: October 11, 1953 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Hamilton, Massachusetts, USA Profession: actor, waiter

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A reliable and versatile character actor, and occasional lead in television and film for almost two decades, David Morse rose to fame in the early 1980s as a tragedy-plagued doctor on "St. Elsewhere" (NBC, 1982-88). The sympathetic role led to a string of similar performances on television and features, including Michael Cimino's "The Desperate Hours" (1990) and Sean Penn's "The Indian Runner" (1991). After several celebrated runs in off-Broadway productions in the late 1990s, Morse settled into a string of impressive performances in features and television. Tall and stoic in delivery and demeanor, Morse was best used as an imposing authority figure like his prison guard in "The Green Mile" (1999), a kidnapped husband in "Proof of Life" (2000), a tough football coach in "The Slaughter Rule" (2001) and a detective with an axe to grind in several episodes of "House" (Fox, 2004- ), which earned him an Emmy nomination. He netted a second Emmy nod with his portrayal of George Washington in the HBO miniseries "John Adams" (2008), marking Morse as one of the more a formidable performers working in Hollywood.

A reliable and versatile character actor, and occasional lead in television and film for almost two decades, David Morse rose to fame in the early 1980s as a tragedy-plagued doctor on "St. Elsewhere" (NBC, 1982-88). The sympathetic role led to a string of similar performances on television and features, including Michael Cimino's "The Desperate Hours" (1990) and Sean Penn's "The Indian Runner" (1991). After several celebrated runs in off-Broadway productions in the late 1990s, Morse settled into a string of impressive performances in features and television. Tall and stoic in delivery and demeanor, Morse was best used as an imposing authority figure like his prison guard in "The Green Mile" (1999), a kidnapped husband in "Proof of Life" (2000), a tough football coach in "The Slaughter Rule" (2001) and a detective with an axe to grind in several episodes of "House" (Fox, 2004- ), which earned him an Emmy nomination. He netted a second Emmy nod with his portrayal of George Washington in the HBO miniseries "John Adams" (2008), marking Morse as one of the more a formidable performers working in Hollywood.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Spotlight (2015)
2.
 Boy, The (2015)
3.
 Horns (2014)
4.
 McCanick (2014)
5.
6.
 World War Z (2013)
7.
 Collaborator (2011)
8.
 Drive Angry (2011)
9.
 Mother and Child (2009)
10.
 Passengers (2008)
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1971:
Began acting on stage with the Boston Repertory Theatre
1978:
Acted with New York's Circle Repertory Theatre
1980:
Made feature debut in Richard Donner's "Inside Moves"
1981:
TV-movie debut, "Our Family Business" (ABC)
1982:
Series debut as Dr. Jack "Boomer" Morrison in the NBC medical drama "St. Elsewhere"; made directorial debut with two episodes in 1987
1991:
First collaboration with director Sean Penn on "The Indian Runner"
1995:
Re-teamed with Penn who directed him in "The Crossing Guard"; earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination
1995:
Portrayed a Catholic priest in the one-person play "An Almost Holy Picture"
1996:
Played title role in the quirky romance "George B."
1997:
Appeared as Jodie Foster's father in "Contact"
1997:
Received critical praise for his performance in the play "How I Learned to Drive"
1999:
Played a prison guard in Frank Darabont's adaptation of the Stephen King novel "The Green Mile"
2000:
Acted in Lars von Trier's award-winning "Dancer in the Dark"
2000:
Played Meg Ryan's kidnapped spouse in "Proof of Life"
2001:
Portrayed the main character of Bobby Garfield as a grown man in "Hearts in Atlantis"
2002:
Cast as an ex-police officer turned cab driver in the CBS series "Hack"
2005:
Co-starred with Dakota Fanning and Kurt Russell in the family drama "Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story"
2006:
Played a recurring role of a detective on the medical drama, "House" (FOX); earned an Emmy nomination for Guest Actor in a Drama Series
2006:
Portrayed a man dealing with the loss of his wife in "Nearing Grace"
2007:
Co-starred in the thriller "Disturbia," a high-tech teen update of "Rear Window"
2008:
Portrayed George Washington in the HBO miniseries "John Adams"; earned an Emmy nomination for Supporting Actor in a Miniseries
2008:
Appeared opposite Dakota Fanning in Deborah Kampmeier's controversial drama "Hounddog"
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Notes

"I've gotten in to the most trouble in my life when I've tried the hardest to plan what I'm going to do. As soon as I give up and say, 'I've got kids to support, I'll do what comes along,' things work out." --David Morse quoted in TIME OUT NEW YORK, July 17-24, 1997

Morse is co-founder and co-artistic director, Circle Repertory West Theatrical Company.

Not to be confused with TV set designer David Morse.

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wife:
Susan Wheeler Duff. Actor. Married on June 19, 1982.

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father:
Charles Morse. Sales manager.
mother:
Gacquelin Morse. Teacher.

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