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Jeffrey Dean Morgan: This charismatic actor is on his way to becoming one of Hollywood's hottest leading men

Updated on August 29, 2017

Beginnings

Jeffrey Dean Morgan was born April 22, 1966 in Seattle Washington. His parents; Richard Dean Morgan and Sandy Thomas, divorced at some point in his life. Both parents remarried, giving Morgan a number of step siblings. He has also mentioned during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel, as having a sister.

Morgan attended Ben Franklin Elementary School, Rose Hill Junior High and was a 1984 graduate of Lake Washington High School. While in school he was active in sports, playing both football and basketball. Basketball was his true love. Morgan was captain of his varsity basketball team and graduated with a basketball scholarship under his belt. He attended Skaggit Valley College in Mount Vernon, Washington. Many interviews site the reason he left college was due to a knee injury, but in a March 2009 interview it was revealed "he got jumped by five guys and stabbed."

With his dreams of being a basketball star behind him, Morgan then turned his attention to painting and writing. He has been quoted as working a variety of jobs in the early days as well as starting a graphic arts company. Then a friend asked him to drive the U-Haul truck in his move to LA and everything changed.

A young Jeffrey Dean Morgan

An early headshot
An early headshot

Television Appearances

Show
Year
Character
The Walking Dead
2017-18
Negan
The Good Wife
2016
Jason Crouse
Extant
2015
JD Richter
Texas Rising
2015
Deaf Smith
The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe
2015
Joe DiMaggio
Shameless
2014
Charlie Peters
Magic City
2012-13
Ike Evans
Grey's Anatomy
2006-2009
Denny Duquette
Supernatural
2005-2008
John Winchester
Weeds
2005
Judah Botwin
The O.C.
2005
Joe Zukowski
Monk
2004
Steven Leight
Tru Calling
2004
Geoffrey Pine
The Handler
2004
Mike
Star Trek: Enterprise
2003
Xindi Reptilian
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
2003
Bill Nolan
JAG
1995, 2002
Wally
V.I.P.
2002
Randall Waring
The Division
2002
Father Natali
Angel
2002
Sam Ryan
The Practice
2002
Daniel Glenn
ER
2001
Firefighter Larkin
Walker, Texas Ranger
2000
Jake Hobart
The Burning Zone
1996-97
Dr. Edward Marcase
Sliders
1996
Sid
In The Blink of an Eye
1996
Jesse
Mystery Dance
1995
Shay Astor
Extreme
1995
Jack Hawkins
Black Sheep
1994
Bobby Debeneke
Dr. Edwards Marcase, The Burning Zone; WB Network, 1991
Dr. Edwards Marcase, The Burning Zone; WB Network, 1991

Rising Star


Morgan then turned his attention to painting and writing. He has been quoted as working a variety of jobs in the early days as well as starting a graphic arts company. Then a friend asked him to drive the U-Haul truck in his move to LA and everything changed.

What turned out to be a weekend visit turned into a permanent move. After being told he should try out for film work, Morgan auditioned and got the part of a killer pimp in a Roger Corman movie called Uncaged. The year was 1991.

In 1995 he had a bit part in the movie Dillinger and Capone as a reporter. A role in the movie Undercover Heat and two episodes guest starring on the television series Extreme rounded out the year.

1996 was a much better year for Morgan. After playing the role of Jesse in the made for television movie In The Blink of an Eye, and an episode of Sliders, he landed the lead role in UPN's sci-fi series The Burning Zone, a series about a team of scientists sent out to extinguish biologial hot zones. Morgan played Dr. Edward Marcase, a young virologist with a spiritual side. After eleven episodes Morgan left the show due to artistic differences with the show's management. The fall out would follow him in his career for years to come.

Denny Duquette; Grey's Anatomy

Hard Work Pays Off

Over the next ten years Morgan built up a resume of television guest roles on series like Walker, Texas Ranger, ER, The Practice, Angel, The Division, JAG, and CSI. He also won roles in several independent films such as Legal Deceit, Road Kill, Six and Dead & Breakfast.

But if one year could be called "The Year of Jeffrey Dean Morgan", it would be the year 2006. While guest starring as Judah Botwin, the deceased husband of Mary Louise Parker's character in the HBO series Weeds, Morgan caught the eye of Grey's Anatomy writer/producer Shonda Rhimes. Rhimes invited him to audition for the part of Denny Duquette, and as they say, the rest is history. Thanks to his role as Denny and his dual appearance as John Winchester on the WB/CW series Supernatural, Morgan's career began to skyrocket.

Over the next two years Morgan worked on several independent films. His next major motion picture role was P.S. I Love You. In the film Morgan played the love interest of Hilary Swank's character, Holly. The film was full of "firsts" for Morgan - playing guitar, using an Irish accent, and baring his naked butt. His first leading man role came the following year in The Accidental Husband with Uma Thurman.

In 2009 Morgan shocked his fans with his portrayal of The Comedian in The Watchmen. Though the film failed at the box office it was a critical success. Morgan was praised for his performance and gained a whole new legion of fans, not to mention a slew of future film prospects.

The Comedian from Watchmen

Movie Appearances

 
 
 
Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice
2016
Thomas Wayne
Guns For Hire
2015
Bruce
Heist
2015
Luke Vaughn
Desierto
2015
Sam
Solace
2015
Joe Merriwether
The Salvation
2014
Henry Delarue
They Came Together
2014
Frank
Red Dawn
2012
Tanner
The Possession
2012
Clyde
The Courier
2012
The Courier
Peace, Love & Misunderstanding
2011
Jude
Texas Killing Fields
2011
Brian Heigh
The Resident
2011
Max
Jonah Hex
2010
Jeb Turnbull
Shanghai
2010
Connor
The Losers
2010
Clay
Taking Woodstock
2009
Dan
Watchmen
2009
Edward Blake/Comedian
Days of Wrath
2008
Bryan Gordon
The Accidental Husband
2008
Patrick Sullivan
P.S. I Love You
2007
William
Fred Clause
2007
Man Getting Parking Ticket
Klabuey
2007
Brad
Live
2007
Rick
Jam
2006
Dale
Chasing Ghosts
2005
Detective Cole Davies
Six: The Mark Unleashed
2004
Tom Newman
Dead & Breakfast
2004
The Sheriff
Something More
2003
Daniel
Road Kill
1999
Bobby
Legal Deceit
1997
Todd Hunter
Dillinger & Capone
1995
Jack Bennett
Undercover Heat
1995
Ramone
To Cross The Rubicon
1991
Rod
Uncaged
1991
Sharkey

The Future Is Bright

Not long before Morgan won the role of Denny Duquette on Grey's Anatomy, his long time agent and friend dumped him, stating she "couldn't resurrect" his career. Since then Morgan has worked nearly non-stop building up a huge resume of films. He has five films due out in the next year alone. Most recently Morgan signed on to a new television series being developed by Starz. Magic City, a series set in the Miami during the 1960s is set to debut in 2012. Filming is set to begin in Miami in August 2011.

Many think of Morgan as an overnight sensation, but that is the furthest thing from the truth. Its taken a lot of years and a lot of hard work. And now that Hollywood's finally taken notice, its guaranteed that Jeffrey Dean Morgan will be around for for many more years to come.

Denny Duquette vs Papa Winchester

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Jeffrey Dean Morgan at Amazon

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      Toni Northern 5 years ago from Williamston NC

      I love him, especially in Watchmen, even though he's a serious case, just horrible character as The Comedian, but I love him anyway.

      Thanks for posting.

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      Winchestery 8 years ago

      Thank you. I'm glad you enjoyed it. I never grow tired of talking about Jeffrey.

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      morganslady 8 years ago

      A wonderful article for a wonderful man!!!

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      WilliesGirl 8 years ago

      An amazing man!!!