Joe Morton

Actor Biography

Emmy Award- and multiple NAACP Image Award-winning film, television and stage veteran Joe Morton is best known for his dynamic role as Rowan Pope, the merciless and sinister father of D.C.-fixer and crisis manager Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington), and formerly the immoral head of the clandestine black-ops division "B613," in Shonda Rhimes' groundbreaking series "Scandal" on ABC. Morton was announced as a series regular in season five.

In early 2016, Morton made an appearance in "Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn Of Justice" as Silas Stone, a S.T.A.R. Labs scientist and the father/creator of Cyborg. Cyborg, a half-man/half-machine hero, became an important player in the DC Comics universe and is now considered one of the founding members of the modern Justice League. Morton will reprise his role in the highly anticipated film "Justice League" on November 17, 2017. Morton also recently portrayed the role of Roy Wilkins, alongside Bryan Cranston, in the Emmy-nominated HBO biopic "All The Way," adapted from the Tony Award-winning Robert Schenkkan play. In spring 2016, Morton returned to his theater roots as he portrayed the groundbreaking comedian Dick Gregory in the one-man show "Turn Me Loose," executive produced by Grammy Award-winner John Legend. The show ran at the Westside Theatre in New York City and received rave reviews. Morton was recently honored with the NAACP Theatre Lifetime Achievement Award and was awarded the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play. Morton was also nominated for the Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance. Morton is brining "Turn Me Loose" to Los Angeles at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in October 2017.

The Broadway-trained and decorated actor has over 40 years of experience in theatre, television and film. Besides his Emmy-winning role in "Scandal," Morton is also widely known for playing the title character in John Sayle's sci-fi film "The Brother From Another Planet" and as the ill-fated scientist Miles Dyson in "Terminator 2: Judgement Day." His other film credits include "Speed 2," "American Ganster," "What Lies Beneath," "Blues Brothers 2000" and "The Astronaut's Wife," among many others. On the small screen, Morton delighted TV audiences for five seasons as the jack-of-all-trades scientist Henry Deacon in the Emmy-nominated SyFy series "Eureka"; recurred as Daniel Golden, the attorney to Peter Florrick (Chris Noth) in CBS's "The Good Wife"; and is widely known for his role in The Cosby Show's spin-off "A Different World." Morton recently appeared in Kyra Sedgwick-produced TNT medical drama "Proof" in which he played esteemed neurosurgeon Dr. Charles Russell alongside Jennifer Beals and Matthew Modine.

Born in Harlem, Morton was raised in a military family and spent parts of his childhood in West Germany and Okinawa before finishing school in New York. After attending Hofstra University, Morton debuted on Broadway in the Tony Award-winning musical "Hair," followed by his starring role in "Raisin," the Tony Award-winning musical adaptation of Lorraine Hansberry's "A Raisin in the Sun," for which he garnered a Tony nomination and Theatre World Award for his portrayal as the embittered Walter Lee Younger. He also appeared in David Hare's "Stuff Happens" at the National Theatre in London as Colin Powell and played Serge in "Art" on Broadway (and in London's West End), with Judd Hirsch and George Wendt.

Morton is a huge proponent of diversity in Hollywood and uses his platform to express the need for more contemporary non-white roles in television and film. Morton also devotes his rare free time to writing, playing his guitar and recording music. Music has been a huge part of his life, and his talent has led him to write and score a multitude of songs for various film and TV projects.