Jeffrey Dean Morgan

Jeffrey Dean Morgan (born April 22, 1966) is an American actor. He is known for his roles as John Winchester on the fantasy horror series Supernatural (2005–07), Denny Duquette on the medical drama series Grey's Anatomy (2006–09), The Comedian in the superhero film Watchmen (2009), Jason Crouse on the political drama series The Good Wife (2015–16), Negan on the horror drama series The Walking Dead (2016–present), and Harvey Russell in Rampage (2018).

Jeffrey Dean Morgan
Jeffrey Dean Morgan by Gage Skidmore 2
Morgan at the San Diego Comic-Con International in 2017
Born April 22, 1966 (age 52)
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Residence Rhinebeck, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1991–present
Spouse(s)
Children 2

Early life

Morgan was born in Seattle, Washington, to Sandy Thomas and Richard Dean Morgan.[3] He attended Ben Franklin Elementary School, Rose Hill Junior High, and Lake Washington High School in Kirkland, Washington, where he played football and captained the basketball team. He went on to play basketball at Skagit Valley College before being sidelined by an injury.

Career

Jeffrey Dean Morgan (cropped)
Morgan at the premiere of Ant-Man on June 29, 2015

Starting with Uncaged (1991), Morgan has appeared in over 25 feature films. However, the bulk of his work has been in television. He was a major character in the 1996–97 television series The Burning Zone, appearing in eleven of its nineteen episodes.

In 2005 and 2006, Morgan simultaneously appeared in three television series: in the CW series Supernatural as John Winchester, in a recurring role on ABC's Grey's Anatomy as heart transplant patient Denny Duquette, and as Judah Botwin in two episodes of the Showtime series Weeds. He has also guest-starred in a number of television series, including ER; JAG; Walker, Texas Ranger; Angel; CSI: Crime Scene Investigation; Sliders; The O.C.; and Monk. In 2007, Morgan was cast in a proposed project by Grey's Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes. The series, tentatively titled "Correspondents", was to have started production in summer 2007. ABC instead picked up a spin-off of Grey's Anatomy, called Private Practice, that was also created by Rhimes. As a result, "Correspondents" was shelved.

In 2007, Morgan starred in the film The Accidental Husband, which finished filming in March 2007 and was released on DVD in 2009.

Morgan starred in the thriller The Resident in 2011 along with his P.S I Love You (2007) co- star Hilary Swank. He also appeared in the drama film Days of Wrath in 2008.

In 2009, Morgan portrayed The Comedian, a cigar-chomping antihero, in Watchmen, based on Alan Moore's graphic novel.[4] The same year, Morgan appeared in Taking Woodstock, and played Clay in a comic book movie adaptation of The Losers.

Morgan appeared in the Texas crime thriller Texas Killing Fields as a homicide detective in 2011.[5] The following year, Morgan starred in the television drama series Magic City, which centered on mob life in 1950s Miami. The same year, Morgan appeared in the horror thriller The Possession, and the war film Red Dawn. It was announced in January 2014, that Morgan had been cast in the lead role in Jonás Cuarón's Desierto.[6]

In 2014, Morgan played Charlie Peters,[7] the owner of the Cake House, in the season finale of Shameless.

In November 2014, Morgan was cast as Joe DiMaggio opposite Kelli Garner as Marilyn Monroe in The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe, a Lifetime four-hour miniseries based on J. Randy Taraborrelli's book of the same name.[8]

In 2015, Morgan portrayed Deaf Smith in Texas Rising, a five-part mini-series which aired on the History Channel. Also in 2015, Morgan became a regular cast member for season 2 of the CBS sci-fi drama Extant. He also appeared in an uncredited role in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, as Bruce Wayne's father, Thomas Wayne.

In 2015, Morgan took on the role of freelance investigator Jason Crouse, opposite Julianna Margulies, in the popular CBS TV series The Good Wife, until that series' conclusion in spring 2016.

In 2016, Morgan began to portray the character Negan on the AMC TV series The Walking Dead. He made his first appearance in the sixth-season finale on April 3, 2016 and served as the primary antagonist of the seventh and eighth seasons.[9]

On May 28, 2017, Morgan drove the 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Pace Car to lead the starting field of the 101st Indianapolis 500.[10]

In September 2017, Morgan appeared in a commercial for the online game Evony.

Personal life

On May 30, 1992, Morgan was married to actress Anya Longwell in Las Vegas.[11] They divorced in 2003. In 2007, he was briefly engaged to his former Weeds costar Mary Louise Parker;[12] their engagement ended in April 2008.[13]

In 2009, Morgan began a relationship with actress Hilarie Burton. The couple's son was born in March 2010.[14][15] In March 2018, Burton announced on Instagram that their daughter was born in February 2018.[16]

Morgan and Burton made their home in the town of Rhinebeck in Dutchess County, New York on a working farm with cows, chickens and alpacas.[17] Since 2014, they have been co-owners (along with Morgan's friend, actor Paul Rudd) of Samuel's Sweet Shop, a Rhinebeck candy store they saved from being closed after the previous owner, a friend of theirs, died suddenly.[18]

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1991 Uncaged Sharkey
1995 Dillinger and Capone Jack Bennett
1995 Undercover Heat Ramone
1997 Legal Deceit Todd Hunter
1999 Road Kill Bobby
2003 Something More Daniel Short film
2004 Dead & Breakfast The Sheriff
2004 Six: The Mark Unleashed Tom Newman Direct-to-DVD film
2005 Chasing Ghosts Det. Cole Davies Direct-to-DVD film
2007 Live! Rick
2007 Fred Claus Man Getting Parking Ticket
2007 Kabluey Brad
2007 P.S. I Love You William Gallagher
2008 The Accidental Husband Patrick Sullivan Direct-to-DVD film
2008 Days of Wrath Bryan Gordon
2009 Watchmen Edward Blake / The Comedian
2009 Taking Woodstock Dan
2010 Shanghai Connor
2010 The Losers Clay
2010 Jonah Hex Jeb Turnbull Uncredited
2011 The Resident Max
2011 Peace, Love & Misunderstanding Jude
2011 Texas Killing Fields Brian Heigh
2011 The Courier The Courier Direct-to-VOD
2012 The Possession Clyde Brenek
2012 Red Dawn Sgt. Maj. Andrew Tanner USMC
2014 The Salvation Delarue
2014 They Came Together Frank
2015 Solace Agent Joe Merriweather
2015 Heist Luke Vaughn Direct-to-VOD film
2015 Desierto Sam
2015 Guns for Hire Bruce
2016 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Thomas Wayne Uncredited
2018 Rampage Agent Russell

Television

Title Year Role Notes
1995 Extreme Jack Hawkins 2 episodes
1995 JAG Weapons Officer Episode: "Shadow"
1996 Sliders Sid Episode: "El Sid"
1996 In the Blink of an Eye Jessie Tafero Television film
1996–1997 The Burning Zone Dr. Edward Marcase Main role
2000 Walker, Texas Ranger Jake Horbart Episode: "Child of Hope"
2001 ER Firefighter Larkin Episode: "The Crossing"
2002 The Practice Daniel Glenn Episode: The Test"
2002 JAG CIA Technician Wally 2 episodes
2002 Angel Sam Ryan Episode: "Provider"
2002 The Division Father William Natali Episode: "Forgive Me, Father"
2003 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Undercover Agent #1 Episode: "All for Our Country"
2003 Star Trek: Enterprise Xindi-Reptilian Episode: "Carpenter Street"
2004 The Handler Mike 2 episodes
2004 Tru Calling Geoffrey Pine Episode: "Two Pair"
2004 Monk Steven Leight Episode: "Mr. Monk Takes Manhattan"
2005 The O.C. Joe Zukowski Episode: "The Accomplice"
2005 Weeds Judah Botwin 2 episodes
2005–2007 Supernatural John Winchester/Azazel Recurring role, 12 episodes
2006 Jam Dale Television film
2006–2009 Grey's Anatomy Denny Duquette Recurring roles (seasons 2–3, 5); 23 episodes
2012–2013 Magic City Ike Evans Main role
2014 Shameless Charlie Peters Episode: "Lazarus"
2015 The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe Joe DiMaggio 2 episodes
2015 Texas Rising "Deaf" Smith Television minieries
2015 Extant JD Richter Main role
2015–2016 The Good Wife Jason Crouse Main role (season 7)[19]
2016–present The Walking Dead Negan Special guest star (season 6); main role (season 7–present)
Won (2016) – Saturn Award for Best Guest Performance in a Television Series
2017 Robot Chicken Negan Voice role; episode: "The Robot Chicken Walking Dead Special: Look Who’s Walking"

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2018 Tekken 7 Negan Downloadable content

References

  1. ^ Zielinski, Linnea (March 24, 2018). "Who is Jeffrey Dean Morgan married to?". Metro. Retrieved March 5, 2018.
  2. ^ Nepales, Ruben V. "Scruffy, sexy, funny Jeffrey".
  3. ^ "Jeffrey Dean Morgan .Net". Jdmorgan.net. Retrieved 2017-08-09.
  4. ^ "Watchmen Cast Confirmed!". Superhero Hype!. Retrieved March 11, 2010.
  5. ^ "Jeffrey Dean Morgan Joins Sam Worthington in The Fields". Dreadcentral.com. February 17, 2010. Retrieved March 11, 2010.
  6. ^ "Jeffrey Dean Morgan to Star in Jonas Cuaron's 'Desierto' (Exclusive)". hollywoodreporter.com. 10 January 2013. Retrieved 11 January 2013.
  7. ^ ""Shameless" Lazarus". IMDB.
  8. ^ "Jeffrey Dean Morgan Set as 'Marilyn's' Joe DiMaggio for Lifetime (Exclusive)". hollywoodreporter.com. 25 November 2014. Retrieved 7 January 2014.
  9. ^ ‘Walking Dead’: Negan to Be Played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan Variety
  10. ^ Jeffrey Dean Morgan to Drive Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Pace Car at 101st Indianapolis 500
  11. ^ "Nevada Marriage Index, 1956–2005," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VVRP-JDM : accessed 18 February 2016), Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Anya Longwell, 30 May 1992; from "Nevada, Marriage Index, 1956–2005," database, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : 2007); citing Clark, Nevada, United States, County Book 618, p. C358929, archive film number 924712, Nevada State Health Division, Carson City, and Clark County Marriage Bureau, Las Vegas.
  12. ^ Rush, George (February 14, 2008). "Marcus Parker and Jeffrey Dean Morgan Engaged". The New York Daily News.
  13. ^ "Marcus Parker, Fiancé Break Off Engagement". People.com. April 8, 2008. Retrieved March 11, 2010.
  14. ^ "Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Stewart Burton Welcome Baby". Us Weekly. May 6, 2010. Retrieved May 6, 2010.
  15. ^ Marc Malkin (November 15, 2011). "Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Stewart Burton Talk Baby Son Gus, Parenthood: "It's Been Spectacular"". E!Online. Archived from the original on July 15, 2012. Retrieved May 5, 2012.
  16. ^ "Hilarie Burton on Instagram: "As some of you know, @jeffreydeanmorgan is off in Europe getting ready to do some big conventions. And he's self aware enough to know his…"". Instagram.
  17. ^ Rorke, Robert (July 22, 2015). "Jeffrey Dean Morgan is on TV's Most Wanted List". New York Post.
  18. ^ Kendall Fisher (October 24, 2016). "Friendly Reminder: Jeffrey Dean Morgan Co-owns a Candy Shop with Paul Rudd". E!Online. Retrieved November 5, 2016.
  19. ^ "CBS Press Express - Releases". www.cbspressexpress.com.

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