David Morse

Actor, Waiter
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 ... Read more »
Born: 10/10/1953 in Hamilton, Massachusetts, USA

Filmography

Actor (82)

Outsiders 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

The Boy 2015 (Movie)

John Henley (Actor)

Concussion 2014 (Movie)

Mike Webster (Actor)

Homicide: Life on the Street 1994 - 1995, 2010 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Horns 2014 (Movie)

Dale Williams (Actor)

Reasonable Doubts 1992 - 1995, 2010 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

SeaQuest DSV 1993 - 1995, 2010 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Spotlight 2014 (Movie)

Sullivan (Actor)

Tremé 2010 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Winter in the Blood 2014 (Movie)

Airplane Man (Actor)

World War Z 2013 (Movie)

Ex-CIA Agent (Actor)

McCanick 2012 (Movie)

Eugene "Mack" McCanick (Actor)

Robot Chicken 2012 (Tv Show)

Voice

The Odd Life of Timothy Green 2012 (Movie)

James Green Sr. (Actor)

Drive Angry 2011 (Movie)

Webster (Actor)

Lights Out 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Pond 2011 (Movie)

Adam 11 (Actor)

Yellow 2011 (Movie)

Henry (Actor)

Collaborator 2010 (Movie)

Gus Williams (Actor)

Mother and Child 2010 (Movie)

Adult Tom (Actor)

Medium 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Hurt Locker 2009 (Movie)

Colonel Reed (Actor)

Hounddog 2008 (Movie)

Daddy (Actor)

John Adams 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Passengers 2008 (Movie)

Arkin (Actor)

Disturbia 2007 (Movie)

Mr. Turner (Actor)

House 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

16 Blocks 2006 (Movie)

Frank Nugent (Actor)

Down in the Valley 2006 (Movie)

Wade (Actor)

Nearing Grace 2006 (Movie)

Shep Nearing (Actor)

A.W.O.L. 2005 (Movie)

(Actor)

Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story 2005 (Movie)

Palmer (Actor)

Hack 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The Slaughter Rule 2003 (Movie)

Gideon Ferguson (Actor)

Hearts in Atlantis 2001 (Movie)

Bobby Garfield (Actor)

Bait 2000 (Movie)

Edgar Clenteen (Actor)

Dancer in the Dark 2000 (Movie)

Bill (Actor)

Proof of Life 2000 (Movie)

Peter Bowman (Actor)

Crazy in Alabama 1999 (Movie)

Dove (Actor)

Diary of A City Priest 1999 (Movie)

Father John McNamee (Actor)

The Green Mile 1999 (Movie)

Brutus "Brutal" Howell (Actor)

George B. 1998 (Movie)

George B (Actor)

The Negotiator 1998 (Movie)

Commander Adam Beck (Actor)

Aberdeen 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

Contact 1997 (Movie)

Theodore 'Ted' Arroway (Actor)

Extreme Measures 1996 (Movie)

Frank Hare (Actor)

The Long Kiss Goodnight 1996 (Movie)

Luke--Daedalus (Actor)

The Rock 1996 (Movie)

Major Tom Baxter (Actor)

12 Monkeys 1995 (Movie)

Dr Peters (Actor)

Stephen King's "The Langoliers" 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Crossing Guard 1995 (Movie)

John Booth (Actor)

The Getaway 1994 (Movie)

Jim Deer Jackson (Actor)

Big Wave Dave's 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Good Son 1993 (Movie)

Jack (Actor)

Showdown 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Two-Fisted Tales 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Indian Runner 1991 (Movie)

Joe Roberts (Actor)

Desperate Hours 1990 (Movie)

Albert (Actor)

Winnie 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

A Place at the Table 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

St. Elsewhere 1982 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Knowzone 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Narrator

Knowzone 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Personal Foul 1986 (Movie)

Ben (Actor)

Max Dugan Returns 1983 (Movie)

Shoe Store Cop (Actor)

Inside Moves 1980 (Movie)

Jerry Maxwell (Actor)

Brotherhood of the Rose (TV Show)

Actor

Cross of Fire (TV Show)

Actor

Diary of a City Priest (TV Show)

Actor

Downpayment on Murder (TV Show)

Actor

Miracle on I-880 (TV Show)

Actor

Murder Live! (TV Show)

Actor

Our Family Business (TV Show)

Actor

Prototype (TV Show)

Actor

Shattered Vows (TV Show)

Actor

Six Against the Rock (TV Show)

Actor

Tecumseh: The Last Warrior (TV Show)

Actor

When Dreams Come True (TV Show)

Actor
Music (1)

Dancer in the Dark 2000 (Movie)

("Smith & Wesson") (Song Performer)
Producer (1)

McCanick 2012 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

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.

Relationships

Susan Duff

Wife
Married June 19, 1982 mother of his three children

Charles Morse

Father

Jacquelyn Morse

Mother

Milestones

2008

Appeared opposite Dakota Fanning in Deborah Kampmeier's controversial drama "Hounddog"

2008

Portrayed George Washington in the HBO miniseries "John Adams"; earned an Emmy nomination for Supporting Actor in a Miniseries

2007

Co-starred in the thriller "Disturbia," a high-tech teen update of "Rear Window"

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"

2005

Co-starred with Dakota Fanning and Kurt Russell in the family drama "Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story"

2002

Cast as an ex-police officer turned cab driver in the CBS series "Hack"

2001

Portrayed the main character of Bobby Garfield as a grown man in "Hearts in Atlantis"

2000

Played Meg Ryan's kidnapped spouse in "Proof of Life"

2000

Acted in Lars von Trier's award-winning "Dancer in the Dark"

1999

Played a prison guard in Frank Darabont's adaptation of the Stephen King novel "The Green Mile"

1997

Appeared as Jodie Foster's father in "Contact"

1997

Received critical praise for his performance in the play "How I Learned to Drive"

1996

Played title role in the quirky romance "George B."

1995

Portrayed a Catholic priest in the one-person play "An Almost Holy Picture"

1995

Re-teamed with Penn who directed him in "The Crossing Guard"; earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination

1991

First collaboration with director Sean Penn on "The Indian Runner"

1982

Series debut as Dr. Jack "Boomer" Morrison in the NBC medical drama "St. Elsewhere"; made directorial debut with two episodes in 1987

1981

TV-movie debut, "Our Family Business" (ABC)

1980

Made feature debut in Richard Donner's "Inside Moves"

1978

Acted with New York's Circle Repertory Theatre

1970

Began acting on stage with the Boston Repertory Theatre

Bonus Trivia

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"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." - Morse quoted in Time Out New York, July 17-24, 1997

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Not to be confused with TV set designer David Morse.

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