Joe Morton

Joe Morton

Date of Birth

Birthday: October 18
Birthplace: New York, NY

Joe Morton has amassed a considerable and impressive body of work on the screen big and small as well as on the stage.

Morton studied drama at Long Island's Hofstra University, and made his Broadway debut in Hair. He also appeared on Broadway in Salvation, and was nominated for a Tony Award for Raisin.

Joe Morton has amassed a considerable and impressive body of work on the screen big and small as well as on the stage.

Morton studied drama at Long Island's Hofstra University, and made his Broadway debut in Hair. He also appeared on Broadway in Salvation, and was nominated for a Tony Award for Raisin.

No time has the New York native’s professional pedigree been more evident, Scandal fans say, than when he delivered his chillingly powerful, if not painful, speech as Rowan Pope (Olivia’s estranged and larger-than-life father) on the season 3 opener of the popular political drama.

He has acted in more than 70 films including The Brother From Another Planet – the 1984 John Sayles fan fave that helped launch Morton’s film career – and Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Morton has performed in key roles on such popular programs as The Good Wife, Law & Order, A Different World and long-running daytime All My Children.

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Awards & Nominations

1 Nomination | 1 Emmy
Outstanding Guest Actor In A Drama Series - 2014
  • Winner
  • Joe Morton, as Rowan
  • Scandal
  • ABC
  • ABC Studios
2017 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Joe Morton arrives at the Performers Peer Group nominee reception in West Hollywood.
Joe Morton (r) of Scandal presents an award to Breaking Bad writer Moira Walley-Beckett at the 66th Emmy Awards.
Angela Bassett (l) of American Horror Story: Coven and Joe Morton (r) of Scandal attend the Performers nominee reception.
Bob Bergen (l) and Joe Morton (r) of Scandal attend the Performers nominee reception.
Christine Lietz (l) and Scandal winner Joe Morton (r) celebrate at the 2014 Creative Arts Emmys ball.
Joe Morton (l) of Scandal and Jane Lynch (r) of Hollywood Game Night at the 2014 Primetime Creative Arts Emmys.
Joe Morton of Scandal celebrates his win at the 2014 Primetime Creative Arts Emmys.
Joe Morton of Scandal celebrates his win at the 2014 Primetime Creative Arts Emmys.
Joe Morton of Scandal celebrates at the 2014 Primetime Creative Arts Emmys.
Joe Morton of Scandal arrives for the 2014 Primetime Creative Arts Emmys.
Joe Morton of Scandal and wife Nora Chavooshian arrives for the 2014 Primetime Creative Arts Emmys.
Joe Morton of Scandal arrives at Dynamic and Diverse: A 66th Emmy Awards Celebration of Diversity at the Television Academy in North Hollywood, California.
Joe Morton of  Scandal arrives at Dynamic and Diverse: A 66th Emmy Awards Celebration of Diversity in the NoHo Arts District.
66th Primetime Emmy nominees Joe Morton, Tony Hale, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Jesse Tyler Ferguson at the Performers Peer Group nominee reception.
Joe Morton, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Tony Hale and Julia Louis-Dreyfus at the Performers Peer Group nominee reception.
66th Primetime Emmy nominees at the Performers Peer Group nominee reception.
66th Primetime Emmy nominees Joe Morton, Tony Hale, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Jesse Tyler Ferguson at the Performers Peer Group nominees reception.
Joe Morton, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Tony Hale and Julia Louis-Dreyfus at the Performers Peer Group nominee reception.
Joe Morton arrives at the Montage Beverly Hills for the 2014 Performers Peer Group Primetime Emmy nominee reception.
Joe Morton (Scandal) arrives for the Seventh Annual Television Academy Honors in Beverly Hills, California.
Actor Danny Nucci (The Fosters), Lori Singer (exec producer, Mea Maxima Culpa) and actor Joe Morton (Scandal) at the Seventh Annual Television Academy Honors in Beverly Hills, California.
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2017 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
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Joe Morton, Debbie Allen, Phylicia Rashad, Anna Deavere Smith and James Pickens, Jr. attend the 24th Television Academy Hall of Fame on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017 at the Television Academy's Saban Media Center in North Hollywood, California.

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Joe Morton arrives at the Performers Peer Group nominee reception in West Hollywood.
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Joe Morton arrives at the Performers Peer Group nominee reception in West Hollywood.

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Joe Morton (r) of Scandal presents an award to Breaking Bad writer Moira Walley-Beckett at the 66th Emmy Awards.
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Joe Morton (r) of Scandal presents an award to Breaking Bad writer Moira Walley-Beckett at the 66th Emmy Awards.

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Angela Bassett (l) of American Horror Story: Coven and Joe Morton (r) of Scandal attend the Performers nominee reception.
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Angela Bassett (l) of American Horror Story: Coven and Joe Morton (r) of Scandal attend the Performers nominee reception.

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Bob Bergen (l) and Joe Morton (r) of Scandal attend the Performers nominee reception.
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Bob Bergen (l) and Joe Morton (r) of Scandal attend the Performers nominee reception.

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Christine Lietz (l) and Scandal winner Joe Morton (r) celebrate at the 2014 Creative Arts Emmys ball.
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Christine Lietz (l) and Scandal winner Joe Morton (r) celebrate at the 2014 Creative Arts Emmys ball.

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Joe Morton (l) of Scandal and Jane Lynch (r) of Hollywood Game Night at the 2014 Primetime Creative Arts Emmys.
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Joe Morton (l) of Scandal and Jane Lynch (r) of Hollywood Game Night at the 2014 Primetime Creative Arts Emmys.

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Joe Morton of Scandal celebrates his win at the 2014 Primetime Creative Arts Emmys.
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Joe Morton of Scandal celebrates his win at the 2014 Primetime Creative Arts Emmys.

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Joe Morton of Scandal celebrates his win at the 2014 Primetime Creative Arts Emmys.
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Joe Morton of Scandal celebrates his win at the 2014 Primetime Creative Arts Emmys.

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Joe Morton of Scandal celebrates at the 2014 Primetime Creative Arts Emmys.
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Joe Morton of Scandal celebrates his win for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series at the 2014 Primetime Creative Arts Emmys.

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Joe Morton of Scandal arrives for the 2014 Primetime Creative Arts Emmys.
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Joe Morton of Scandal arrives for the 2014 Primetime Creative Arts Emmys.

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Joe Morton of Scandal and wife Nora Chavooshian arrives for the 2014 Primetime Creative Arts Emmys.
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Joe Morton of Scandal and wife Nora Chavooshian arrives for the 2014 Primetime Creative Arts Emmys.

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Joe Morton of Scandal arrives at Dynamic and Diverse: A 66th Emmy Awards Celebration of Diversity at the Television Academy in North Hollywood, California.
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Joe Morton of Scandal arrives at Dynamic and Diverse: A 66th Emmy Awards Celebration of Diversity at the Television Academy in North Hollywood, California.

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Joe Morton of  Scandal arrives at Dynamic and Diverse: A 66th Emmy Awards Celebration of Diversity in the NoHo Arts District.
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Joe Morton of Scandal arrives at Dynamic and Diverse: A 66th Emmy Awards Celebration of Diversity at the Television Academy in North Hollywood, California.

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66th Primetime Emmy nominees Joe Morton, Tony Hale, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Jesse Tyler Ferguson at the Performers Peer Group nominee reception.
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Joe Morton, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Tony Hale and Julia Louis-Dreyfus at the Performers Peer Group nominee reception.
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66th Primetime Emmy nominees at the Performers Peer Group nominee reception.
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66th Primetime Emmy nominees Joe Morton, Tony Hale, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Jesse Tyler Ferguson at the Performers Peer Group nominees reception.
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Joe Morton, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Tony Hale and Julia Louis-Dreyfus at the Performers Peer Group nominee reception.
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Joe Morton arrives at the Montage Beverly Hills for the 2014 Performers Peer Group Primetime Emmy nominee reception.
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Joe Morton (Scandal) arrives for the Seventh Annual Television Academy Honors in Beverly Hills, California.
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Actor Danny Nucci (The Fosters), Lori Singer (exec producer, Mea Maxima Culpa) and actor Joe Morton (Scandal) at the Seventh Annual Television Academy Honors in Beverly Hills, California.
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