Jeffrey Dean Morgan
Jeffrey Dean Morgan (born April 22, 1966) is an American actor, best known to TV and movie audiences as Denny Duquette on Grey's Anatomy, patriarch John Winchester on Supernatural, and as The Comedian in the 2009 superhero film Watchmen.
early lifeMorgan was born in Seattle, Washington, the son of Sandy Thomas and Richard Dean Morgan. He attended Ben Franklin Elementary School, Rose Hill Junior High and Lake Washington High School in the nearby smaller city of Kirkland. Morgan was a basketball player in high school and university, until a knee injury ended his desire for a career in the sport. He was a graphic artist for a time, until he helped a friend move to Los Angeles.
careerStarting with the 1991 movie Uncaged, Morgan has appeared in 15 feature films. The bulk of Morgan's work has been in television. He was the star of the 1996–1997 television show The Burning Zone; his character, Dr. Edward Marcase, appeared in 10 out of 19 episodes that season. Since 2000, he has amassed a number of credits in television shows such as ER, JAG, Walker, Texas Ranger, Angel, Tru Calling, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Sliders, The O.C., and Monk.
In 2005 and 2006, Morgan simultaneously appeared in three separate television series: On the CW series Supernatural as John Winchester, the mysterious father of Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles); in a recurring role on ABC's Grey's Anatomy as heart transplant patient Denny Duquette, who carried on a relationship with intern Izzie Stevens (Katherine Heigl). He also appeared in two episodes as Judah Botwin on the Showtime series Weeds. Morgan's three roles are notable in that all three of the characters are now deceased, two of whom died onscreen.
Morgan at the Twilight premiere, November 2008 Morgan was cast in a new project by Grey's Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes. The show, tentatively titled "Correspondents", was to have started production in summer 2007. ABC picked up a spinoff of Grey's Anatomy, called Private Practice, that was also created by Rhimes, and that project has rendered the future of "Correspondents" uncertain. Morgan is also among the cast of a movie that is based on a novel by the Irish novelist Cecelia Ahern, PS, I Love You. The movie was released on December 21, 2007. Another 2007 film starring Morgan is The Accidental Husband, which finished filming in New York City in March 2007 and wasn't released on DVD until 2009. Morgan also recently finished filming Days of Wrath, a film about gangland violence in Los Angeles.
Morgan portrayed The Comedian, a cigar-chomping vigilante, in Watchmen, based on Alan Moore's graphic novel. The same year, he appeared in Taking Woodstock, directed by Ang Lee. He also played 'Clay' in a comic book movie adaptation of The Losers, co-starring Zoe Saldana, Idris Elba and Chris Evans.
He has recently finished shooting the thriller The Resident with two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank, Shanghai, starring John Cusack, and All Good Things, with Ryan Gosling and Kirsten Dunst. Morgan will also play one of the leads in the 2010 reboot of Red Dawn, portray detective John Calisto in the serial killer thriller The Unblinking Eye, under direction from Michael J. Bassett, and appear in the thriller The Fields.
personal lifeMorgan began dating his former Weeds costar, Mary-Louise Parker, in December 2006. The couple briefly split in June 2007, though they later reconciled. On February 12, 2008, Morgan and Parker announced their engagement, only to break it off in April 2008.
Morgan began dating actress Hilarie Burton in 2009. The couple welcomed a son, Gus, in March 2010. This is the second child for Morgan; he and ex-girlfriend Sherrie Rose also have a son, of whom Morgan became aware in March 2009, when the child was already four years old.
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