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Jeffrey Dean Morgan

Morgan at the Twilight premiere in Los Angeles, 2008
Born April 22, 1966 (1966-04-22) (age 43)
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1991–present

Jeffrey Dean Morgan (born April 22, 1966) is an American actor, best known to TV audiences as Denny Duquette on Grey's Anatomy, patriarch John Winchester on Supernatural, and Judah Botwin on the Showtime series Weeds. He also was in the 2007 film P.S. I Love You as William, an Irish singer, along with Hilary Swank and Gerard Butler. He played The Comedian in the 2009 superhero film Watchmen.


Early life

Morgan was born in Seattle, Washington and 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.


Starting 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) and died in the show's second-season finale, though his character made an appearance in a three show arc during Meredith's death scene in season 3 and also appears in season 5 in a multi-episode arc as a figment of Dr. Isobel "Izzie" Steven's imagination. 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.[1]

He has recently finished shooting the thriller The Resident with two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank. He finished filming Taking Woodstock directed by Ang Lee and Shanghai starring John Cusack. He also finished filming All Good Things with Ryan Gosling and Kirsten Dunst. However, rumor has it that his part in the film was recently cut out. He is slated to play 'Clay' in a comic book movie adaptation of The Losers. He is also rumored to appear in one episode in the supposed final season of Supernatural, in which he has always had an open invitation to appear as a guest star in. Jeffrey is also confirmed as one of the leads in the 2010 reboot of Red Dawn. He will potrayed detective John Calisto in the serial killer thriller The Unblinking Eye under the direction from Michael J. Bassett[2] and earned a role in the thriller The Fields.[3]

Personal life

At some point in his young adulthood he was married, according to a 1997 interview in Playgirl'. Little is known publicly about the marriage, other than that it ended in divorce.

Morgan began dating his former Weeds costar, Mary-Louise Parker in December 2006.[4] The couple briefly split in June 2007,[5] though they later reconciled.[4] On February 12, 2008, Morgan and Parker announced their engagement,[6] only to break it off in April 2008.[7] Billy Crudup, Parker's previous live-in boyfriend, co-starred with Morgan in the 2009 film Watchmen.

He is often confused with Javier Bardem[8] and Robert Downey Jr., though he is much taller than Downey Jr, and about an inch taller than Bardem at 6' 2".[9]


Year Film Role Notes
1991 Uncaged Sharkey
1995 Dillinger and Capone Jack Bennett
Undercover Heat Ramone
1997 Legal Deceit Todd Hunter
1999 Road Kill Bobby
2003 Something More Daniel Short film
2004 Dead & Breakfast The Sheriff
Six: The Mark Unleashed Tom Newman Direct-to-DVD Release
2005 Chasing Ghosts Det. Cole Davies
2006 Jam Dale
2007 Live! Rick
Kabluey Brad
PS, I Love You William Gallagher Learned to speak with an Irish accent
2008 The Accidental Husband Patrick Sullivan
Days of Wrath Bryan Gordon
2009 Watchmen Edward Blake/The Comedian
Taking Woodstock Dan
2010 Shanghai Connor completed
The Resident Max post-production
The Losers Clay post-production
Red Dawn Lt. Andrew Tanner filming
The Courier TBA pre-production
Call of Duty 7 voice only (rumor) pre-production
Year Title Role Notes
1995, 2002 JAG Weapons Officer
CIA Technician Wally
CIA Technician Wally
Episode: Shadow
Episode: Defending His Honor
Episode: Enemy Below
1996 In the Blink of an Eye Jessie ABC TV-Movie
Sliders Sid Episode: El Sid
1996–1997 The Burning Zone Dr. Edward Marcase
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
Angel Sam Ryan Episode: Provider
The Division Father William Natali Episode: Forgive Me, Father
2003 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Undercover Agent #1 Episode: All for Our Country
Star Trek: Enterprise Xindi-Reptilian Episode: Carpenter Street
2004 The Handler Mike Episode: Give Daddy Some Sugar
Episode: The Big Fall
Tru Calling Geoffrey Pine Episode: Two Pair
Monk Steven Leight Episode: Mr. Monk Takes Manhattan
2005 The O.C. Joe Zukowski Episode: The Accomplice
Weeds Judah Botwin Episode: Free Goat
Episode: Dead in the Nethers
2005–2010 Supernatural John Winchester recurring role
2006–2009 Grey's Anatomy Denny Duquette recurring role


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