An appealing, dark-haired child actor who had an early feature credit with the juvenile offering "Barney's Great Adventure" (1998) but was best known for a much more challenging role as a cancer patient in a five-episode arc on "ER" (NBC), Trevor Morgan racked up a good number of credits early on in his career, projecting a likability in light roles but demonstrating the capability of handling the emotional struggles of darker fare. This versatility would serve the young actor well in his career, opening up many opportunities for a disparate slate of roles.
Beginning his acting career in commercials at age five, Morgan moved with his family from his Chicago hometown to Los Angeles in 1997, ready to make a go of a serious acting career. Soon he was lensing "Barney's Great Adventure" and landing guest roles on series such as "Touched By an Angel" (CBS, 1997) and "Baywatch" (syndicated, 1997) as well as making his film acting debut in the little-seen comedy "Family Plan." Beginning in 1998, Morgan essayed the role of Scott Anspaugh, a child cancer patient on "ER." The recurring role saw the young actor handling the emotionally challenging role with great aplomb. Dealing with the rigors of chemotherapy and the harsh realities of mortality, Morgan's character was a brave and understandably angry boy, and the actor succeeded in making the character all too sympathetic, leaving audiences breathless when the boy finally ended his painful bout. Heralded as one of the finest moments in contemporary series television, the scene was moving due in no small part to Morgan's notable skill and palpable warmth.
Morgan next reached a wide audience tormenting Haley Joel Osment's sensitive Cole in the acclaimed thriller "The Sixth Sense" (1999). Television productions like Showtime's "In the Doghouse" (1998) and The Disney Channel's "Genius" (1999) offered the actor some less taxing comedic roles, while back on the big screen he was battling British baddies as a preteen who must wield a gun to help his reluctantly involved former warrior father (Mel Gibson) protect the family in "The Patriot" (2000). Morgan would continue to use his innocent looks and acting experience to his advantage, often playing children in emotionally and physically challenging positions. In the festival-screened "A Rumor of Angels" (2000) he portrayed a grief-stricken boy who turns to an older woman (Vanessa Redgrave) to help deal with the loss of his mother (Catherine McCormack) while "Jurassic Park III" (2001) cast him as an adventurous aspiring paleontologist who has only his wits and wisdom as protection from a world of genetically-engineered dinosaurs when he is marooned on the infamous Isla Sorna. The thriller "The Glass House" (2001) co-starred Morgan and Leelee Sobieski as a pair of heirs to a fortune entrusted to some seemingly shady guardians (Diane Lane and Stellan Skarsgard) following their parents' untimely death. Other projects included "The Rookie" (2002) wherein he played the young incarnation of Dennis Quaid's high school baseball coach tuned MLB expansion team player.
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Began acting in commercials at age six (date approximate)
Film acting debut in "Family Plan"
Guested on "Touched by an Angel" (CBS)
Moved with family to Los Angeles
Featured in the Showtime family film "In the Doghouse"
Cast as cancer patient Scott Anspaugh in "ER" (NBC)
Acted in "Barney's Great Adventure", the beloved dinosaur's feature debut
Appeared in "The Sixth Sense" as a bully who torments Haley Joel Osment's Cole Sear
Played an academically gifted but socially underprivileged boy juggling college and junior high in "Genius" (Disney Channel)
Acted in the independents "I'll Remember April" and "A Rumor of Angels"
Played the preteen son of Mel Gibson's reluctant warrior in "The Patriot"
Had featured role in "Jurassic Park III"
Co-starred in the thriller "The Glass House"
Cast as Dennis Quaid's character as a youngster in "The Rookie"
Played the older brother of Rory Culkin's character in "Mean Creak"
Cast as Joe Mantegna and Anne Archer's son in the comedy "Uncle Nino"
Co-starred with Nick Nolte in the coming-of-age story "Off the Black"