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Also Known As: Joseph Morton Died:
Born: October 18, 1947 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actor, director

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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...

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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  Sunday on the Rocks (2004) Director

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 All the Way (2016)
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 Lifelines (2009)
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 Wherever You Are (2007)
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 Badland (2007)
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1997:
Appeared in the award-winning HBO movie "Miss Evers Boys" as one of the doctors treating black men with syphillis
2001:
Appeared in the Off-Broadway play "Brutal Imagination"
2001:
Cast as the Duke in the New York Shakespeare Festival Central Park staging of "Measure for Measure"
2006:
Cast in an adaptation of Armistead Maupin's novel "The Night Listener"
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Moved with mother and family to New York
1984:
Played first lead in a major feature, as the title character in John Sayles' "The Brother From Another Planet"; first collaboration with writer-director Sayles
1973:
Starred as Walter Lee Younger in "Raisin", the Broadway musical version of Lorraine Hansberry's drama "A Raisin in the Sun"
1991:
Starred in Sayles' "City of Hope"
1972:
Starred in the musical version of "Two Gentlemen of Verona"
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Appeared as a recurring character on "A Different World"
2003:
Cast in the film by director John Woo "Paycheck"
1997:
Co-starred in short-lived NBC drama "Prince Street"
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Decided to become an actor on his first day at Hofstra University
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First professional acting job in off-Broadway production of "A Month of Sundays", a modern version of the Noah story
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Had regular role of Dr. Abel Marsh in the TV soap "Another World"
1993:
Narrated the well-received PBS documentary series, "The Great Depression"
2001:
Rejoined the London production of "Art", featured with Judd Hirsch and Richard Thomas
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Appeared as a major member of the ensemble cast of "Equal Justice", an ABC-TV legal series
1994:
Appeared in ensemble drama "Under One Roof" (CBS)
1968:
Broadway debut at age 20 in the trendsetting musical, "Hair"
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Cast as a regular in the TV soap "Search for Tomorrow"
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Remained in Germany until father's death
2005:
Starred as Capt. Dick Marshfield in the big budget "Stealth," with Jamie Foxx
1998:
Acted in the Broadway play "Art"; also performed in the London production alongside Judd Hirsch
1993:
Appeared as Carleton, one of two recurring characters on the Fox-TV anthology drama, "Tribeca"
1975:
Appeared as Hal Marshall, a regular character on the NBC sitcom "Grady", a short-lived NBC spinoff of "Sanford and Son"
1995:
Cast as a regular in CBS drama series "New York News"
1999:
Had supporting role in "The Astronaut's Wife"
1958:
Moved with family to Dachau, Germany (date approximate)
1994:
Narrated PBS documentary series, "Against the Odds: The Artists of the Harlem Renaissance"
1977:
Played first notable role in a feature, as Ahmed in Joan Micklin Silver's "Between the Lines", a character study of the counterculture
2002:
Portrayed Dr. Zeke McMillan on "All My Children"
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Raised in Okinawa, Japan and Europe
1998:
Starred in the short-lived UPN sci-fi medical series "Mercy Point"
1993:
TV directorial debut with "The Loft" episode of "Tribeca"
1996:
Re-teamed with Sayles for the indie drama "Lone Star"
2013:
Began Emmy-wining turn playing Rowan Pope on "Scandal"
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Education

Andrew Jackson High School: Cambria Heights, New York -
Hofstra University: Hempstead, New York -
Mount St Joseph's Semi-Military Academy: Newburgh, New York -

Notes

Morton's PR material states that among the advantages of his upbringing as an "army brat" was that "by the time he was ten years old, he had lived in Europe and Okinawa and spoke two languages in addition to English."

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wife:
Nora Chavooshian. Production designer; sculptor. Second wife; married in October 1984.

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father:
Joseph T Morton. Captain in Army. Died under mysterious circumstances in Germany while helping integrate overseas Army bases in the 1950s.
mother:
Evelyn Morton.
daughter:
Hopi Morton. Born c. 1971; married and has son Moses (born c. 1998).
son:
Ara Morton. Born c. 1989; mother, Nora Chavooshian.
daughter:
Seta Morton. Born c. 1993; mother, Nora Chavooshian.
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