Jeffrey Dean Morgan's charisma, undeniable charm and versatility have landed him a variety of prestigious feature films, working alongside a number of award-winning actors and filmmakers. With a handful of major studio films due out in the coming months and consistently working on back-to-back productions, Morgan has captured the attention of Hollywood and has emerged as one of the industry's most sought-after leading men.
Morgan endeared himself to audiences with his recurring role on ABC's smash hit series, "Grey's Anatomy" (2005). His dramatic arc as heart patient "Denny Duquette", who wins the heart of intern "Izzie Stevens" (Katherine Heigl) in a star-crossed romance, made him a universal fan favorite. He also had recurring roles on The CW and Warner Bros. Television's drama series, "Supernatural" (2005), and on Showtime and Lions Gate Television's award-winning comedy series, "Weeds" (2005).
Morgan starred in Warner Bros.' Watchmen (2009), director Zack Snyder's (300 (2006)) adaptation of the iconic graphic novel. He played the pivotal role of "The Comedian", a Vietnam vet who is a member of a group of heroes called "the Minutemen". He next appeared in producer Joel Silver's The Losers (2010/I), for Warner Bros. It is an adaptation of DC-Vertigo's acclaimed comic book series about a band of black ops commandos who are set up to be killed by their own government. The team barely survives and sets out to get even. James Vanderbilt adapted the screenplay, and Sylvain White directed. He appeared in Focus Features' Taking Woodstock (2009), directed by Oscar-winning director Ang Lee. He also starred opposite Uma Thurman in Yari Film Group's romantic comedy, The Accidental Husband (2008). Additional feature credits include a cameo role opposite Rachel Weisz in Warner Bros.' comedy, Fred Claus (2007), and the independent office comedy, Kabluey (2007), in which he played a charismatic yet smarmy co-worker to Lisa Kudrow's character.
In the spring of 2010, the in-demand actor starred in the independent murder mystery, "The Fields". In the film, based on a true story, Morgan plays a detective transplanted from New York who teams with a local investigator (Sam Worthington) to work on a series of unsolved murders in industrial wastelands surrounding Gulf Coast refineries, where as many as 70 bodies turned up over the past two decades. Together, they wage a war against the unknown assailants. Michael Mann produced the film, while his daughter, Ami Canaan Mann, directed. The actor traveled to Thailand, where he filmed the Weinstein Company's period drama, Shanghai (2010), under the direction of Mikael Håfström (1408 (2007)). John Cusack stars as an American who returns to a corrupt, Japanese-occupied Shanghai four months prior to Pearl Harbor and learns that his friend "Connor" (Morgan) has been killed. While trying to solve the murder, he discovers a much larger secret that his own government is hiding. In addition, Morgan has a role in Michael London's Groundswell Productions' All Good Things (2010), starring Kirsten Dunst and Ryan Gosling, also for The Weinstein Co.
He also stars opposite two-time Academy Award winner Hilary Swank in the suspense thriller, The Resident (2011), for Hammer Films. It is the story of a young doctor (Swank) who moves into a Brooklyn loft and becomes suspicious that she is not alone. Morgan plays "Max", her charming new landlord who she discovers has developed a dangerous obsession with her. Morgan previously co-starred with Swank in Warner Bros.' P.S. I Love You (2007).
Morgan can be seen in MGM/UA reboot of the 1984 action movie, Red Dawn (2012). The plot focuses on a group of teenagers who form an insurgency, called "the Wolverines", when their town is invaded by Cuban and Russian soldiers. Morgan plays the role of "Lieutenant Andrew Tanner", leader of the U.S. Special Forces who finds the Wolverines.
In his spare time, Morgan enjoys barbecuing on the grill, reading, watching movies and listening to his favorite band, The Eagles. The Seattle native also loves to root for his home team, the Seattle Seahawks. He resides in Los Angeles with his dogs, Bisou and Bandit Mogan, a puppy he rescued in Puerto Rico while filming The Losers (2010/I).
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He has a dog named Bisou, which means "a little and sweet kiss" in French. Bisou is a female Rottweiler mix.
In his free time he enjoys spending time with his friends and laughing as much as possible, painting, writing and reading.
Under "skills," his résumé lists: basketball, baseball and many other sports, Mountain & Water Athletics, Cooking, Construction. Under "dialects," it lists: New York, Italian, various regional dialects.
He is friends with agent, Richard Lewis, whose support was "invaluable in keeping me going and getting back to where I am today."
His former manager (who happened to be a very good friend of his) dropped him because he just wasn't getting work just the day before he got his role on "Supernatural" (2005), claiming she couldn't resurrect his career.
Did a painting and donated it to the 'Race for the Rescues' "Walk of Paws Celebrity Art Auction," on October 29, 2006. The money raised at the event went to help shelter dogs and cats in and around Pasadena, CA.
Is a die-hard Seahawks fan.
Started a graphic art company in Seattle before moving to Los Angeles and becoming an actor.
His mother, Sandy, is a big fan of "Grey's Anatomy" (2005).
He is of primarily Scottish heritage.
He and his Watchmen (2009) co-star Billy Crudup both have been in a relationship with Mary-Louise Parker. Crudup lived with her from 1996-2003 and they have a son together. Morgan started dating Parker in 2008, they became engaged, but eventually broke up.
Has been in a relationship with actress Hilarie Burton since May 2009. Hilarie gave birth to their first child, a boy named Gus, in March 2010.
I think, as I've gotten older I have realized what a huge privilege it is to even be in this business. I, more than ever, love what I do.
I'm just looking always for characters that change, because I want to get better, as an actor and as a person.
[from his 1997 "Playgirl" magazine interview, on whether he wants to get married someday] Yes, I do. But I don't have any immediate plans because I know I wasn't good at it the first time around.
[about coming back to "Supernatural" (2005)] "I'm going to call Eric [series creator Eric Kripke] and beg for my life and find a way to come back and harass these guys [Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki] in some way.
I love Jared and Jensen. Going up to Vancouver is like going to camp. We have so much fun, and it's pretty much just the three of us up there. There's a lot of giggling. The three of us together act like little kids. They're both fun as heck, but they're both so different. Supernatural is the most difficult because I could never get used to working nights. Working exterior nights in Vancouver, when it's raining and snowing, is a little daunting, when you haven't slept. The show is extremely hard, physically. - on working with Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles on "Supernatural" (2005).
[Told Flaunt Magazine in March 2010 that he currently abides by these steadfast rules] We don't tattoo someone's name on our body and we don't get married.
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