Joe Morton

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Joe Morton
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Birth name Joseph Thomas Morton, Jr.
Born October 18, 1947 in New York, New York, USA
Notable Roles Henry Deacon in Eureka
Notable Episodes Eureka: Pilot
E-Ring: Pilot

Joe Morton is an American actor who has appeared with acclaim on television, film and Broadway. Morton is most well known on television for his role in the Sci Fi Channel series Eureka.



Joseph Morton Jr. was born to Evelyn and Joseph T. Morton Sr. in New York, United States. He spent parts of his childhood in Germany and Okinawa, because of his father's profession as a U.S. Army Intelligence Officer. Morton's mother was a secretary. He and his wife, Nora Havooshian, married in October 1984, and have three children—daughters Hopi and Seta, and son Ara. Morton also has one grandson, Moses.

Morton made his Broadway debut in Hair and was nominated for a Tony Award for Raisin.

During his career, spanning over 30 years, he has appeared in over 70 movies including Speed, and Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Morton has also made many notable TV guest appearances, including a recurring appearance as Dr. Hamilton in the first and second seasons of Smallville. He has starred on the TV series Equal Justice, Under One Roof and the short-lived E-Ring. Morton has also made several appearances as a defense attorney on Law & Order. He has also directed and produced.

In 2006, Morton was cast in his first billed television role on Sci Fi Channel's hit summer series Eureka as jack-of-all-trades scientist, Henry Deacon.


Starring Roles

Series Role Year(s) Season(s)
Grady Hal Marshall 1975–1976 1
Equal Justice Michael James 1990–1991 1
Tribeca Carleton Thomas 1993 1
Under One Roof Ron Langston 1995 1
New York News Mitch Cotter 1995 1
Prince Street Tom Warner 1997 1
Mercy Point Grote Maxwell 1998–1999 1
Eureka Henry Deacon 2006–2012 1 2 3 4 5
Proof Oliver Stanton 2015 1
Scandal Rowan Pope 2015–2018 2 3 4 5 6
God Friended Me Arthur Finer 2018–2020 1 2

Recurring Roles

Series Role Year(s) Season(s)
The Good Wife Daniel Golden 2009–2011

Guest Starring Roles

Series Role Episode Airdate
Mission: Impossible Clerk 5x10 - Hunted November 21, 1970
Sanford and Son Hal Marshall 4x25 - The Family Man April 25, 1975
M*A*S*H Captain Saunders 4x17 - Der Tag January 6, 1976
What's Happening!! Manager 1x02 - The Birthday Present August 12, 1976
Miami Vice Lt. Jack Davis 1x17 - The Maze February 22, 1985
Who's the Boss? Limo Driver 3x04 - Mona's Limo October 28, 1986
The Equalizer Slate 2x22 - Re-Entry May 27, 1987
The Equalizer Carter Brock 4x08 - The Sins of the Father January 18, 1989
A Man Called Hawk Rev. Marvin Lewis 1x07 - Choice of Chance March 11, 1989
The Equalizer Carter Brock 4x16 - Time Present, Time Past April 20, 1989
The Equalizer Carter Brock 4x22 - Suicide Squad August 24, 1989
A Different World Byron Douglas III 5x17 - May the Best Man Win (1) February 13, 1992
A Different World Byron Douglas III 5x18 - Kiss You Back (2) February 20, 1992
A Different World Byron Douglas III 5x19 - Conflict of Interest (3) February 27, 1992
A Different World Byron Douglas III 5x21 - Do the Write Thing April 2, 1992
A Different World Byron Douglas III 5x23 - Special Delivery May 7, 1992
A Different World Byron Douglas III 5x24/25 - Save the Best for Last May 14, 1992
Law & Order Roland Books 3x02 - Conspiracy September 30, 1992
Homicide: Life on the Street Sam Thorne 3x04 - A Model Citizen November 11, 1994
Homicide: Life on the Street Sam Thorne 3x05 - Happy to Be Here November 18, 1994
New York Undercover Dean/Dinah 1x12 - Blondes Have More Fun December 8, 1994
Touched by an Angel Jake Stone 2x16 - Jacob's Ladder February 10, 1996
Law & Order Leon Chiles 10x24 - Vaya Con Dios May 24, 2000
Law & Order Leon Chiles 11x06 - Burn Baby Burn November 22, 2000
The X-Files Martin Wells 8x06 - Redrum December 10, 2000
Smallville Dr. Steven Hamilton 1x07 - Craving November 27, 2001
Smallville Dr. Steven Hamilton 1x15 - Nicodemus March 19, 2002
The Practice U.S. Attorney 6x17 - Fire Proof April 7, 2002
Touched by an Angel Martin 8x20 - The Impossible Dream May 4, 2002
Smallville Dr. Steven Hamilton 1x20 - Obscura May 14, 2002
Smallville Dr. Steven Hamilton 2x03 - Duplicity October 8, 2002
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Raymond Bevans 4x23 - Grief May 2, 2003
Law & Order Leon Chiles 14x15 - Veteran's Day February 18, 2004
Whoopi Martin James 1x22 - Sins of the Sister April 20, 2004
The Jury James Byron Milton 1x05 - Last Rites June 29, 2004
Law & Order Leon Chiles 15x16 - The Sixth Man February 16, 2005
House, M.D. Senator Gary H. Wright 1x17 - Role Model April 12, 2005
JAG Elroy Johnson 10x20 - Unknown Soldier April 15, 2005
CSI: NY Chief Dwight Hillborne 1x20 - Supply and Demand April 27, 2005
CSI: NY Chief Dwight Hillborne 1x21 - On the Job May 4, 2005
E-Ring Steven Algazi 1x01 - Pilot September 21, 2005
E-Ring Steven Algazi 1x10 - The Forgotten November 23, 2005
NUMB3RS Peter Lange 4x09 - Graphic November 23, 2007
Brothers & Sisters Peter Madsen 4x03 - Almost Normal October 11, 2009
Brothers & Sisters Peter Madsen 4x04 - From France with Love October 18, 2009

Specials and Made-for-TV Movies

Title Role Airdate Series/Banner
Lawman Without a Gun Louis May 30, 1979
Death Penalty William Terry January 22, 1980
We're Fighting Back Elgin Jones April 28, 1981
The Files on Jill Hatch Carl Hatch February 22, 1983
A Good Sport February 8, 1984
Terrorist on Trial: The United States vs. Salim Ajami Tandy January 10, 1988
Alone in the Neon Jungle Ken Fraker January 17, 1988
Police Story: Burnout Sgt. Jeff Allen November 26, 1988
Howard Beach: Making a Case for Murder Cederic Sandiford December 4, 1989
Challenger Doctor Ronald McNair February 25, 1990
Legacy of Lies Samuel Flowers April 22, 1992
In the Shadow of Evil Lt. Royce February 7, 1995
Miss Evers' Boys Dr. Sam Brodus February 22, 1997
Jack Reed: Death and Vengeance Gordon Thomas November 17, 1997
Mutiny Thurgood Marshall March 28, 1999
Y2K Martin Lowell November 21, 1999
Ali: An American Hero Malcolm X August 31, 2000
Beyond Human Narrator May 15, 2001
The Fritz Pollard Story Host 2002
Lost Subs: Disaster Under the Sea Narrator 2002
Jasper, Texas Walter Diggles June 8, 2003
Gone But Not Forgotten Reggie Stewart 2004
Beyond Brown: Pursuing the Promise Narrator May 12, 2004

Talk, News and Game Show Appearances

Notable Film Roles

Film Role Released
Speed Lieutenant Herb "Mac" McMahon 1994


Episode Director

Series Episode Airdate Credit
Tribeca 1x06 - The Loft April 27, 1993
Eureka 3x17 - Have an Ice Day September 11, 2009
Eureka 4x07 - Stoned August 20, 2010

Awards and Accolades

Primetime Emmy Awards

  • Won: Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series (2014)
Scandal: Guess Who's Coming to Dinner


  • Listed as one of twelve "Promising New Actors of 1985" in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 37.
  • Was nominated for Broadway's 1974 Tony Award as Best Actor (Musical) for Raisin.
  • Studied drama at Hofstra University on Long Island.
  • Made his Broadway debut in the play Hair.