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Joseph Thomas Morton, Jr. (born October 18, 1947) is an American stage, television, and film actor. He worked with film director John Sayles in The Brother from Another Planet (1984), City of Hope (1991) and Lone Star (1996). Other films he appeared in include Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), Of Mice and Men (1992), Speed (1994), Apt Pupil (1998), What Lies Beneath (2000), Ali (2001), Paycheck (2003), Stealth (2005) and American Gangster (2007).
Morton in July 2012
Joseph Thomas Morton, Jr.|
October 18, 1947
New York, New York, U.S.
|Alma mater||Hofstra University|
In 2014, Morton won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for his role as Eli Pope, Olivia Pope's father, in Scandal, and is known for playing the role of Henry Deacon on the popular TV series Eureka.
Morton was born in Harlem, New York City, the son of Evelyn, a secretary, and Joseph Thomas Morton, Sr., a U.S. Army intelligence officer. Because of his father's military service, he spent parts of his childhood in West Germany and Okinawa. When Morton was 10 years old, his father died.
Morton made his Broadway debut in Hair, appeared in Salvation, and was nominated for a Tony Award for Raisin. He has appeared in over 70 movies, including John Sayles' The Brother from Another Planet (as The Brother), Terminator 2: Judgment Day (as Dr. Miles Bennett Dyson) and Blues Brothers 2000 (as 'Cabel "Cab" Chamberlain', based upon the late Cab Calloway).
On daytime, Morton has had roles on Search for Tomorrow (Dr. James Foster, 1973–74), Another World (Dr. Abel Marsh and Leo Mars, 1983–84), and All My Children (Dr. Zeke McMillan, 2002). In 2002, he appeared on the London stage in the play Art.
Morton has made many notable TV guest appearances, including his appearances as Dr. Steven Hamilton in the first two seasons of Smallville. He starred in the Sanford and Son spin-off Grady (1975–76), M*A*S*H* (battalion aid surgeon Capt. Nick Saunders, 1976), Under One Roof (1995) and E-Ring (2005).
He portrayed the jack-of-all-trades scientist Henry Deacon as a regular on Syfy Channel's Eureka (2006–12). Morton is currently playing the role of Eli Pope on the hit drama Scandal, a role for which he has received the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series.
In 2016, Morton portrayed the activist and comedian Dick Gregory in the play Turn Me Loose at the Westside Theatre in Manhattan. Morton portrayed Dr. Silas Stone, father of Victor Stone/Cyborg, in a cameo role in the 2016 film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, part of the DC Extended Universe. He reprised the character in the film Justice League (2017).
|1977||Between the Lines||Ahmed|
|1979||...And Justice for All||Prison Doctor|
|1982||The Clairvoyant||Detective Rich|
|1983||Curse of the Pink Panther||Charlie|
|1984||The Brother from Another Planet||The Brother|
|1985||Trouble in Mind||Solo|
|1988||The Good Mother||Frank Williams|
|Zelly and Me||Earl|
|1990||The Lost Platoon||World War II Soldier|
|1991||Terminator 2: Judgment Day||Dr. Miles Bennett Dyson|
|City of Hope||Wynn|
|Of Mice and Men||Crooks|
|1994||Speed||Lieutenant "Mac" McMahon|
|The Inkwell||Kenny Tate|
|1995||The Walking Dead||Sergeant Barkley|
|1996||Executive Decision||Sergeant Matheny|
|Lone Star||Delmore Payne|
|1997||The Pest||Mr. Kent|
|Speed 2: Cruise Control||Captain "Mac" McMahon||Uncredited|
|Trouble on the Corner||Detective Bill|
|Miss Evers' Boys||Dr. Sam Brodus|
|1998||Blues Brothers 2000||Cabel Chamberlain|
|Final Act||N/A||Short film|
|Apt Pupil||Dan Richler|
|The Astronaut's Wife||Sherman Reese|
|What Lies Beneath||Dr. Drayton|
|Jasper, Texas||Walter Diggles|
|2004||Breaking Dawn||Professor Simon|
|Sunday on the Rocks||Director|
|2005||Lenny the Wonder Dog||Dr. Island|
|Back in the Day||Rev. James Packer|
|2006||The Night Listener||Ashe|
|2007||American Gangster||Charlie Williams|
|Wherever You Are||Dr. Livingston|
|2010||The Mulberry Tree||Samuel R. Freeman|
|2016||Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice||Dr. Silas Stone|
|2019||Godzilla King of the Monsters||Houston Brooks|
|1970||Mission: Impossible||Clerk||Episode: "Hunted"|
|1970||Bracken's World||Yule Buford||Episode: "Love It or Leave It, Change It or Lose It"|
|1973–1974||Search for Tomorrow||James Foster||Unknown episodes|
|1975||Sanford and Son||Hal Marshall||Episode: "The Family Man"|
|1975–1976||Grady||Hal Marshall||10 episodes|
|1976||M*A*S*H||Captain Saunders||Episode: "Der Tag"|
|1976||What's Happening!!||Department Store Manager||Episode: "The Birthday Present"|
|1978||Watch Your Mouth||Raymond Geeter||26 episodes|
|1978||Lawman Without a Gun||Louis||Television film|
|1979||Guiding Light||Dan Stennis||Episode: "8295"|
|1980||Death Penalty||William Terry||Television film|
|1981||We're Fighting Back||Elgin Jones||Television film|
|1983||Another World||Dr. Abel Marsh||Episode: "4720"|
|1983||American Playhouse||Carl Hatch||Episode: "The Files on Jill Hatch: Part 1"|
|1985||Miami Vice||Lt. Jack Davis||Episode: "The Maze"|
|1986||Who's the Boss?||Limo Driver||Episode: "Mona's Limo"|
|1987–1989||The Equalizer||Carter Brock / Slate||4 episodes|
|1988||Hostile Witness||Tandy||Television film|
|1988||Alone in the Neon Jungle||Ken Fraker||Television film|
|1989||Howard Beach: Making The Case for Murder||Cedric Sandiford||Television film (see Howard Beach, Queens § Hate crimes)|
|1989||A Man Called Hawk||Rev. Marvin Lewis||Episode: "Choice of Chance"|
|1990–1991||Equal Justice||Mike James||26 episodes|
|1990||Challenger||Dr. Ronald McNair||Television film|
|1992||Law & Order||Roland Books||Episode: "Conspiracy"|
|1992||A Different World||Byron Douglas III||7 episodes|
|1992||Legacy of Lies||Samuel Flowers||Television film|
|1993||TriBeCa||Carlton Thomas||7 episodes; directed episode: "The Loft"|
|1994||Homicide: Life on the Street||Sam Thorn||2 episodes|
|1994||New York Undercover||Dean/Dinah||Episode: "Blondes Have More Fun"|
|1995||Under One Roof||Ron Langston||6 episodes|
|1995||New York News||Mitch Cotter||13 episodes|
|1995||In the Shadow of Evil||Lt. Royce||Television film|
|1996||Touched by an Angel||Jake Stone||Episode: "Jacob's Ladder"|
|1996||Jack Reed: Death and Vengeance||Gordon Thomas||Television film|
|1997–2000||Prince Street||Lieutenant Tom Warner||6 episodes|
|1998||Dellaventura||Councilman Caulder||Episode: "David & Goliath"|
|1998–1999||Mercy Point||Dr. Grote Maxwell||8 episodes|
|1999–2008||American Experience||Narrator||12 episodes|
|1999||TV movie||Martin Lowell||Television film|
|2000–2005||Law & Order||Leon Chiles||4 episodes|
|2000||The X-Files||Martin Wells||Episode: "Redrum"|
|2000||Ali: An American Hero||Malcolm X||Television film|
|2001–2002||Smallville||Dr. Steven Hamilton||4 episodes|
|2002||Touched by an Angel||Martin||Episode: "The Impossible Dream"|
|2002||All My Children||Zeke McMillan||Episode: "#1.8387"|
|2002||The Practice||U.S. Attorney||Episode: "Fire Proof"|
|2003||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Ray Bevins||Episode: "Grief"|
|2004||The Jury||James Byron Milton||Episode: "Last Rites"|
|2004||Whoopi||Martin James||Episode: "Sins of the Sister"|
|2005–2006||E-Ring||Steve Algazi||9 episodes|
|2005||JAG||Elroy Johnson||Episode: "Unknown Soldier"|
|2005||House||Gary H. Wright||Episode: "Role Model"|
|2005||CSI: NY||Dwight Hillborne||2 episodes|
|2006–2012||Eureka||Henry Deacon||76 episodes; also directed three episodes|
|2008||Boston Legal||Attorney Steve Duprey||Episode: "Indecent Proposals"|
|2009–2011||The Good Wife||Daniel Golden||11 episodes|
|2009||Warehouse 13||Reverend John Hill||Episode: "Regrets"|
|2009||Brothers & Sisters||Peter Madsen||2 episodes|
|2009||Great Performances||Eugene Bullard||Episode: "Harlem in Montmartre: A Paris Jazz Story"|
|2010||White Collar||Kyle Bancroft||Episode: "Prisoner's Dilemma"|
|2012||Coma||Dr. Nelson||2 episodes|
|2013–2018||Scandal||Eli Rowan Pope||76 episodes|
|2015||Proof||Dr. Charles Richmond||10 episodes|
|2015–2016||Grace and Frankie||Jason||3 episodes|
|2015||Cleveland Abduction||Agent Solano||Television film|
|2016||Dinner in America with Brett Gelman||Himself||TV Special|
|2016||All the Way||Roy Wilkins||Television film|
|2018||God Friended Me||Rev. Arthur Finer|
|2003||Ghost Hunter||Professor Richmond|
|2004||Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas||Radio Commercial|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|1991||Fangoria Chainsaw Awards||Best Supporting Actor||Terminator 2: Judgment Day||Nominated|
|2008||Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture||American Gangster||Nominated|
|2014||Critics' Choice Television Awards||Best Guest Performer in a Drama Series||Scandal||Nominated|
|NAACP Image Awards||Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series||Won|
|Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series||Won|
|2015||NAACP Image Awards||Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series||Won|
|2016||NAACP Image Awards||Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series||Won|
|2017||NAACP Image Awards||Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series||Nominated|
|2018||Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards||Lead Performance in a Play||Turn Me Loose||Won|
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