Information on Jeffrey Dean Morgan

by Cassandra Pope
Jeffrey Dean Morgan is a charismatic presence on screen.

Jeffrey Dean Morgan is a charismatic presence on screen.

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Already well established as a television actor thanks to roles in several high-profile series, Jeffrey Dean Morgan is also fast becoming a recognizable face on the big screen too, thanks in part to his leading role in the 2009 superhero-noir "Watchmen." His charisma and versatility have won him roles in a slate of upcoming feature films as well as a new television series about Miami mobsters called "Magic City."

Off Screen

Jeffrey Dean Morgan was born in Seattle in 1966. He studied graphic art in New York and later set up his own company in Seattle before moving to Los Angeles to become an actor. He dated his "Weeds" co-star, Mary-Louise Parker, from 2004 to 2006 and now lives with his girlfriend Hilarie Burton, with whom he has a child.

Early Career

Morgan began his career with a number of small feature film roles before being cast in the television series "The Burning Zone" as the maverick Dr. Edward Marcase. He followed this with appearances in a wide variety of television series including "Angel,"" ER,"" Monk" and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation."

Television

Between 2005 and 2006 Morgan was cast in three high profile television series. He joined "Supernatural" as John Winchester, the father of Dean and Sam, and was also cast as Denny Duquette, a heart transplant patient who has a relationship with Katherine' Heigl's character, Izzie, in "Grey's Anatomy." In addition he appeared in two episodes of the comedy "Weeds."

Film

In 2009 Morgan was cast as Edward Blake, aka The Comedian, in Zach Snyder's highly successful film "Watchmen." In 2009 he appeared in Ang Lee's "Taking Woodstock" and in 2010 starred opposite Zoe Saldana in "The Losers." In 2011 he starred opposite Hilary Swank in the horror film "The Resident," produced by the iconic British company Hammer. He has a list of feature film projects in pre-production including "The Courier," which he is due to produce and star in opposite Mickey Rourke.

About the Author

Based in London, Cassandra Pope has been writing since 2006. She is assistant station manager of an online radio station and has written articles for the "London Student" newspaper, the culture blog Arts Attack and various other websites. Pope has a first-class Bachelor of Arts in war studies with film studies from King's College, London.

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