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Joe Morton
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Biographical Information
Date of Birth: October 18, 1947
Birth Place: The Bronx, New York
Hair color: Black
Appearance Information
Portrays: Rowan Pope

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.


  • 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"
    • 2014 - Emmy: Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
    • 2014 NAACP: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
  • Nominations:
    • 1974 – Tony Award: Best Actor in a Musical for "Raisin"


Joe Morton

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Joe Morton and Nora Chavooshian

Joe's - Behind the Scenes Photos


TV Shows and Movies

Joe Morton Interview I Proof I TNT02:36

Joe Morton Interview I Proof I TNT


'Scandal' Actor Joe Morton Talks Kerry Washington01:33

'Scandal' Actor Joe Morton Talks Kerry Washington

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