Joe Morton - born October 18, 1947 in The Bronx, New York - is an American character actor who portrays the Rowan Pope aka Eli Pope aka Command (formerly known as Mysterious Man) on ABC's Scandal. He has appeared in a number of television, film and stage projects.
He was born in The Bronx, a borough of New York City, New York. He is the son of Evelyn, a secretary, and Joseph Thomas Morton Sr., a US Army Intelligence officer. Because of his father’s profession, he spent parts of his childhood in West Germany and Okinawa. He graduated from Hofstra University in the village of Hempstead, New York.
Joe married, in October 1984, Nora Chavooshian the production designer for the film The Brother from Another Planet (1984). The couple have three children; daughters, Hopi and Set and son Ara as well as a grandson named Moses.
Joe made his Broadway debut in the play "Hair", appeared in "Salvation". He has appeared in over 70 feature films, made for TV movies and movie mini-series. He best known for his role as Dr. Miles Bennett Dyson in Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) and as Cabel Cab Chamberlain in Blues Brothers 2000 (1998) based on upon the late Cab Calloway. He has made many television guest and recurring appearances including his role as Dr. Steven Hamilton in the first two seasons of The CW's Smallville and his role as Henry Deacon on SyFy's hit series Eureka.
TV Recurring Roles
|TV Show||Character||No. of Episodes||Year(s)|
|The Good Wife||Daniel Golden||11||2012-2013|
|Brothers & Sisters||Peter Madsen||2||2009|
|The American Experience|
(TV series documentary)
|CSI: NY||Chief Dwight Hillborne||Supply & Demand|
On the Job
|Law & Order||Defense Attorney Leon Chiles||4||2000-2005|
|Smallville||Dr. Steven Hamilton||4||2001-2002|
|Mercy Point||Dr. Grote Maxwell||8||1998-1999|
|Homicide: Life on the Street||Sam Thorne||2||1994|
|Tribeca||Officer Carleton Thomas||7||1993|
|A Different World||Byron Douglas III||7||1992|
|Equal Justice||Mike James||26||1990-1991|
TV Guest Roles
|White Collar||Kyle Bancroft||Prisoner's Dilemma||2010|
|Warehouse 13||Reverend John Hill||Regrets||2009|
|Boston Legal||Attorney Steve Duprey||Indecent Proposals||2008|
|JAG||Elroy Johnson||Unknown Solider||2005|
|House M.D.||Senator Gary H. Wright||Role Model||2005|
|Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Raymond Bevans||Grief||2003|
|The Practice||U.S. Attorney||Fire Proof||2002|
|The X-Files||Martin Wells||Redrum||2000|
|New York Undercover||Dean / Dinah||Blondes Have More Fun||1994|
|Miami Vice||Jack Davis||The Maze||1985|
|M*A*S*H||Captain Saunders||Der Tag||1976|
|Sanford & Son||Hall Marshall||The Family Man||1975|
Motion Pictures & Short Films
|The Mulberry Tree||Samuel R. Freeman||2010||Motion Picture|
|American Gangster'||Charlie Williams||2007||Motion Picture|
|The Night Listener||Ashe||2006||Motion Picture|
|Stealth||Capt. Dick Marshfield||2005||Motion Picture|
|Paycheck||Agent Dodge||2003||Motion Picture|
|Crossing||Uncle Stan||2003||Short Film|
|Dragonfly||Hugh Campbell||2002||Motion Picture|
|Ali||Chauncy Eskridge||2001||Motion Picture|
|Bounce||Jim Willer||2000||Motion Picture|
|What Lies Beneath||Dr. Drayton||2000||Motion Picture|
|The Astronaut's Wife||Sherman Reese||1999||Motion Picture|
|Apt Pupil||Dan Richler||1998||Motion Picture|
|Blues Brothers 2000||Cabel Chamberlain||1998||Motion Picture|
|When It Clicks||Unknown Character||1998||Short Film|
|Executive Decision||Sergeant 'Cappy' Matheny||1996||Motion Picture|
|The Walking Dead||Sgt. Barkley||1995||Motion Picture|
|Speed||Captain McMahon||1994||Motion Picture|
|Forever Young||Cameron||1992||Motion Picture|
|Of Mice and Men||Crooks||1992||Motion Picture|
|Terminator 2: Judgment Day||Miles Dyson||1991||Motion Picture|
|The Good Mother||Frank Williams||1988||Motion Picture|
|Between the Lines||Ahmed||1977||Motion Picture|
TV Movies & TV Mini-Series
|Coma||Dr. Nelson||2012||TV Mini-Series|
|Ali: An American Hero||Malcolm X||2000||TV Movie|
|Y2K||Martin Lowell||1999||TV Movie|
|Mutiny||Thurgood Marshall||1999||TV Movie|
|Miss Evers' Boys||Dr. Sam Brodus||1997||TV Movie|
|Jack Reed: Death and Vengeance||Gordon Thomas||1996||TV Movie|
- His full name is Joseph Thomas "Joe" Morton, Jr.
- Joe was listed as one of twelve "Promising New Actors of 1985" in John Willis' Screen World, Volume 37."
Awards & Nominations
- Awards (Won):
- 1974 – Theatre World Award: for his role in "Raisin"
- 1990 – NAACP Award: for his work in "Equal Justice"
- 1993 – NAACP Award: for his work in "Tribeca"
- 1974 – Tony Award: Best Actor in a Musical for "Raisin"
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