Joe Morton

Actor, Director
A handsome, dignified African-American actor who has excelled on stage, screen and TV, Morton made his movie breakthrough as the mute extraterrestrial in John Sayles' "The Brother From Another Planet" (1984). A virtuoso ... Read more »
Born: 10/17/1947 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (123)

Proof 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Terminator: Genisys 2015 (Movie)

Miles Dyson (Actor)

The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Presenter

Lenny the Wonder Dog 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Scandal 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Final Act 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Wherever You Are 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Coma 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Home:____ 2013 (Movie)

Donald Hall (Actor)

Eureka 2009 - 2010, 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

The Good Wife 2009 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

White Collar 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Brothers & Sisters 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Lifelines 2009 (Movie)

Dr. Livingston (Actor)

The Line 2009 (Movie)

Hodges (Actor)

Warehouse 13 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Boston Legal 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

American Gangster 2007 (Movie)

Charlie Williams (Actor)

Badland 2007 (Movie)

Max (Actor)

Numb3rs 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

E-Ring 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Gone, But Not Forgotten 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The Night Listener 2006 (Movie)

Ashe (Actor)

Back in the Day 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Breaking Dawn 2005 (Movie)

Professor Simon (Actor)

CSI: New York 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

House 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

JAG 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order 1991 - 1996, 2000, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Stealth 2005 (Movie)

Capt. Dick Marshfield (Actor)

Beyond Brown: Pursuing the Promise 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Narrator

The Jury 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Whoopi 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

With All Deliberate Speed 2004 (Movie)

(Actor)

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Paycheck 2003 (Movie)

Agent Dodge (Actor)

Africa 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Narrator

Dragonfly 2002 (Movie)

Hugh Campbell (Actor)

Methuselah Tree 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Smallville 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Practice 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Touched By an Angel 1991 - 1992, 1995 - 1996, 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ali 2001 (Movie)

Chancy Eskridge (Actor)

Beyond Human 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Narrator

Jazz 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Voice

Stephen Foster 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Narrator

An American Christmas 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Bounce 2000 (Movie)

Jim Weller (Actor)

The X-Files 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

What Lies Beneath 2000 (Movie)

Doctor Drayton (Actor)

Lost in the Grand Canyon 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Narrator

Mercy Point 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Astronaut's Wife 1999 (Movie)

Sherman Reese (Actor)

Apt Pupil 1998 (Movie)

Dan Richler (Actor)

Blues Brothers 2000 1998 (Movie)

Cabel Chamberlain (Actor)

Dellaventura 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Trouble on the Corner 1998 (Movie)

Detective Bill (Actor)

Prince Street 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Black Press: Soldiers Without Swords 1997 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

The Pest 1997 (Movie)

Mr Kent (Actor)

Executive Decision 1996 (Movie)

Cappy (Actor)

Homicide: Life on the Street 1991 - 1992, 1994 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

Lone Star 1996 (Movie)

Del (Actor)

New York News 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

New York Undercover 1991 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

The American Promise 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Narrator

Tribeca 1991 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

American Cinema 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Narrator

The Walking Dead 1995 (Movie)

Sgt Barkley (Actor)

Speed 1994 (Movie)

Captain McMahon (Actor)

The Inkwell 1994 (Movie)

Kenny Tate (Actor)

A Different World 1991 - 1992 (Tv Show)

Actor

Forever Young 1992 (Movie)

Cameron (Actor)

Of Mice and Men 1992 (Movie)

Crooks (Actor)

City of Hope 1991 (Movie)

Wynn (Actor)

Story of a People: Expressions in Black 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Terminator 2: Judgment Day 1991 (Movie)

Miles Dyson (Actor)

Howard Beach: Making the Case For Murder 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Burnout 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Tap 1989 (Movie)

Nicky (Actor)

The Good Mother 1988 (Movie)

Frank Williams (Actor)

Zelly and Me 1988 (Movie)

Earl (Actor)

Search For Tomorrow 1951 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Stranded 1987 (Movie)

Sheriff McMahon (Actor)

Crossroads 1986 (Movie)

Scratch's Assistant (Actor)

Trouble in Mind 1985 (Movie)

Solo (Actor)

The Brother From Another Planet 1984 (Movie)

The Brother (Actor)

M*A*S*H 1972 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

We're Fighting Back 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

The Killing Hour 1980 (Movie)

Rich (Actor)

And Justice For All 1979 (Movie)

Prison Doctor (Actor)

Between the Lines 1977 (Movie)

Ahmed (Actor)

Grady 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Feeling Good 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

A Good Sport (TV Show)

Actor

Ali: An American Hero (TV Show)

Actor

Alone in the Neon Jungle (TV Show)

Actor

Another World (TV Show)

Actor

Challenger (TV Show)

Actor

Cleveland Abduction (TV Show)

Actor

Death Penalty (TV Show)

Actor

Equal Justice (TV Show)

Actor

In the Shadow of Evil (TV Show)

Actor

Jasper, Texas (TV Show)

Actor

John Brown's Holy War (TV Show)

Narrator

Legacy of Lies (TV Show)

Actor

Lost Subs: Disaster at Sea (TV Show)

Narrator

Miss Evers' Boys (TV Show)

Actor

Mutiny (TV Show)

Actor

The File on Jill Hatch (TV Show)

Actor

The Great Depression (TV Show)

Narrator

This Man Stands Alone (TV Show)

Actor

Thoughtcrimes (TV Show)

Actor

Under One Roof (TV Show)

Actor

Y2K (TV Show)

Actor
Music (4)

Badland 2007 (Movie)

"The Devil's Lonely Fire" (Song Performer)

Badland 2007 (Movie)

"The Devil's Lonely Fire" (Song)

Blues Brothers 2000 1998 (Movie)

("John the Revelator" "Funky Nassau" "Turn On Your Love Light") (Song Performer)

The Brother From Another Planet 1984 (Movie)

("Homeboy") (Song Performer)
Producer (2)

Mitchellville 2003 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Legacy (TV Show)

Producer
Director (1)

Sunday on the Rocks 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

A handsome, dignified African-American actor who has excelled on stage, screen and TV, Morton made his movie breakthrough as the mute extraterrestrial in John Sayles' "The Brother From Another Planet" (1984). A virtuoso performance that recalled some of the silent triumphs of Chaplin and Keaton, Morton's richly expressive turn was the emotional linchpin of a film that earned acclaim largely for its ensemble playing. Most audiences know the actor, though, for his pivotal supporting role in the blockbuster sequel "Terminator 2" (1991), as the scientist who is persuaded by Arnold Schwarzenegger and friends to destroy the cyborg components he has been researching. That same year, Morton was more impressive playing an idealistic politician in a worthy if less publicized Sayles film, "City of Hope".

Relationships

Evelyn Morton

Mother

Nora Chavooshian

Wife
second wife married in October 1984

Joseph Morton

Father
died under mysterious circumstances in Germany while helping integrate overseas Army bases in the 1950s

Hopi Morton

Daughter
born c. 1971 married and has son Moses (born c. 1998)

Seta Morton

Daughter
born c. 1993 mother, Nora Chavooshian

Ara Morton

Son
born c. 1989 mother, Nora Chavooshian

EDUCATION

Hofstra University

Hempstead , New York
left after three years to pursue a career

Andrew Jackson High School

Cambria Heights , New York

Mount St Joseph's Semi-Military Academy

Newburgh , New York

Milestones

2006

Cast in an adaptation of Armistead Maupin's novel "The Night Listener"

2005

Starred as Capt. Dick Marshfield in the big budget "Stealth," with Jamie Foxx

2003

Cast in the film by director John Woo "Paycheck"

2002

Portrayed Dr. Zeke McMillan on "All My Children"

2001

Cast as the Duke in the New York Shakespeare Festival Central Park staging of "Measure for Measure"

2001

Appeared in the Off-Broadway play "Brutal Imagination"

2001

Rejoined the London production of "Art", featured with Judd Hirsch and Richard Thomas

1999

Had supporting role in "The Astronaut's Wife"

1998

Starred in the short-lived UPN sci-fi medical series "Mercy Point"

1998

Acted in the Broadway play "Art"; also performed in the London production alongside Judd Hirsch

1997

Appeared in the award-winning HBO movie "Miss Evers Boys" as one of the doctors treating black men with syphillis

1997

Co-starred in short-lived NBC drama "Prince Street"

1995

Cast as a regular in CBS drama series "New York News"

1994

Appeared in ensemble drama "Under One Roof" (CBS)

1994

Narrated PBS documentary series, "Against the Odds: The Artists of the Harlem Renaissance"

1993

TV directorial debut with "The Loft" episode of "Tribeca"

1993

Appeared as Carleton, one of two recurring characters on the Fox-TV anthology drama, "Tribeca"

1993

Narrated the well-received PBS documentary series, "The Great Depression"

1991

Starred in Sayles' "City of Hope"

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

1977

Played first notable role in a feature, as Ahmed in Joan Micklin Silver's "Between the Lines", a character study of the counterculture

1975

Appeared as Hal Marshall, a regular character on the NBC sitcom "Grady", a short-lived NBC spinoff of "Sanford and Son"

1973

Starred as Walter Lee Younger in "Raisin", the Broadway musical version of Lorraine Hansberry's drama "A Raisin in the Sun"

1972

Starred in the musical version of "Two Gentlemen of Verona"

1968

Broadway debut at age 20 in the trendsetting musical, "Hair"

1958

Moved with family to Dachau, Germany (date approximate)

Appeared as a major member of the ensemble cast of "Equal Justice", an ABC-TV legal series

Raised in Okinawa, Japan and Europe

Had regular role of Dr. Abel Marsh in the TV soap "Another World"

First professional acting job in off-Broadway production of "A Month of Sundays", a modern version of the Noah story

Decided to become an actor on his first day at Hofstra University

Moved with mother and family to New York

Cast as a regular in the TV soap "Search for Tomorrow"

Appeared as a recurring character on "A Different World"

Remained in Germany until father's death

Bonus Trivia

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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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