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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.

Personal Background

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.

Career Background

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 Roles

TV Recurring Roles

TV Show Character No. of Episodes Year(s)
Eureka Henry Deacon 76 2006-2012
The Good Wife Daniel Golden 11 2012-2013
Brothers & Sisters Peter Madsen 2 2009
The American Experience
(TV series documentary)
Narrator 10 1999-2008
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

TV Show Character Episode Year
White Collar Kyle Bancroft Prisoner's Dilemma 2010
Warehouse 13 Reverend John Hill Regrets 2009
Boston Legal Attorney Steve Duprey Indecent Proposals 2008
Numb3rs Peter Lange Graphic 2007
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

Title Character Year Type
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

Title Character Year Type
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"
  • Nominations:
  • 1974 – Tony Award: Best Actor in a Musical for "Raisin"


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Joe Morton and Nora Chavooshian


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