Amy Morton

Born in Oak Park, Illinois, Amy Morton fell in love with acting at the age of six after her mother enrolled her in a drama class. After attending Oak Park and River Forest High School, she studied at both Triton ... Read more »
Born: in Oak Park, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Actor (22)

Chicago Fire 2014 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

Bluebird 2015 (Movie)

Lesley (Actor)

Blue Bloods 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Chicago PD 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Girls 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Homeland 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Boss 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Private Practice 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Dilemma 2011 (Movie)

Diane Popovich (Actor)

The Greatest 2010 (Movie)

Lydia (Actor)

ER 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Up in the Air 2009 (Movie)

Kara Bingham (Actor)

8mm 1999 (Movie)

Mrs Matthews (Actor)

Falling Down 1993 (Movie)

Mom (Actor)

Rookie of the Year 1993 (Movie)

Mary Rowengartner (Actor)

Straight Talk 1992 (Movie)

Ann (Actor)

Crime Story 1986 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Angel Street (TV Show)

Actor

Chicago Justice (Tv Show)

Actor

Kiss of a Killer (TV Show)

Actor

Mrs. Cage (TV Show)

Actor

Through Naked Eyes (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Born in Oak Park, Illinois, Amy Morton fell in love with acting at the age of six after her mother enrolled her in a drama class. After attending Oak Park and River Forest High School, she studied at both Triton Community College in Illinois and Iowa's Clarke University, but left both without graduating. In 1982, she joined the Remains Theatre Ensemble, an acting company formed by William Petersen, Gary Cole and D.W. Moffett, among other local talents. Morton soon became an acclaimed figure on the Chicago theater scene, netting multiple Joseph Jefferson Award nominations and winning one for a 1986 production of "You Can't Take It With You" for the esteemed Steppenwolf Theatre Company. During this period, Morton also began appearing in features and on television series, many of which filmed in the Chicago area, like "Crime Story" (NBC, 1986-88) and "Rookie of the Year" (1993). But theater remained her favorite medium, and Morton joined the Steppenwolf company in 1997; there, she further cemented her status as one of Chicago's most gifted stage performers, and made her Broadway debut with Steppenwolf in a Tony Award-winning 2001 production of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" with fellow company member Gary Sinise. In 2007, she starred in the Broadway run of Tracy Letts' "August: Osage County," for which she garnered a Tony nomination. Her role as George Clooney's sister in the comedy-drama "Up in the Air" (2009) raised her Hollywood profile, while recurring roles on the cable political drama "Boss" (Starz 2011-12) and crime drama "Blue Bloods (CBS 2010- ) made her a familiar figure on television. A supporting role in the Kevin James comedy "The Dilemma" (2011) was followed by a leading role in indie drama "Bluebird" (2013). The following year, she began a recurring role on procedural drama "Chicago Fire" (NBC 2012- ), which turned into a series regular role as police sergeant Trudy Platt on the spin-off "Chicago P.D." (NBC 2014- ). Throughout, Morton continued her stage work including a Tony- and Drama Desk-nominated performance as Martha in a 2013 revival of "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"

Relationships

Rob Milburn Sound Designer

Husband

William Petersen Actor

Ex-Companion

Milestones

2014

Began a recurring, and later series regular, role as Sgt. Trudy Platt on "Chicago Fire" and "Chicago PD"

2013

Second Tony nomination for "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"

2009

Played George Clooney's sister in "Up in the Air"

2008

Received a Tony nomination for "August: Osage County"

1997

Joined the Steppenwolf Theatre Company

1992

First feature film appearance in the Dolly Parton comedy "Straight Talk"

1983

TV debut in the made-for-TV feature "Through Naked Eyes"

Bonus Trivia

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Lost 15 pounds during the Broadway run of "August: Osage County," and required chiropractic therapy to deal with the intensity of the performance and the toll upon her body.

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Jason Reitman told Morton that he was having trouble writing the character she would eventually play until he saw her in "Osage County" and realized not only that he knew how the character would unfold, but also that she should play the role.

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Was frequently mistaken for restaurateur Amy Morton and even received birthday flowers meant for her.

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Has also directed numerous productions for Steppenwolf Theatre Company, including "American Buffalo."

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