David Morse

David Morse

1997: Earned widespread praise for his performance in the stage production, How I Learned to Drive

Background:

A boyish, curly/blonde-haired character actor of TV and films, David Morse
became a steadfast and much lauded supporting presence in feature films from the
1990s onward. He acquired worldwide admiration for his fine portrayal of the
prison guard "Brutal," opposite Tom Hanks, in the box office smash hit The Green
Mile (1999), where he received a Screen Actors Guild nomination. In 2002, his
scene stealing performance again garnered Morse attention, this time as Kevin
Richter in the Festival-premiered film Double Vision, in which he earned a
nomination at the Golden Horse Award (The Chinese equivalent of the Oscars for
Chinese movies). Additionally, Morse is well-remembered as the amiable Dr. Jack
'Boomer' Morrison in the long-running television drama "St. Elsewhere"
(1982-88).

After debuting with Richard Donner's acclaimed drama Inside Moves (1980), one of
Hollywood's fame second leads Morse has dotted his long impressive resume with
such notable features as Michael Cimino's remake of Desperate Hours (1990, with
Mickey Rourke), The Indian Runner (1991, opposite Viggo Mortensen), The Good Son
(1993, with Elijah Wood), The Getaway (1994, opposite Kim Basinger and Alec
Baldwin), Extreme Measures (1996, with Hugh Grant) and The Long Kiss Goodnight
(1996, along side Samuel L. Jackson and Geena Davis), the successful The Rock
(1996, along side Ed Harris, Nicolas Cage and Sean Connery), Contact (1997,
staring Jodie Foster), The Negotiator (1998, opposite Samuel L. Jackson) and
Crazy in Alabama (1999, with Melanie Griffith). His more resent and upcoming
credits include Lars von Trier's bleak, award-winning musical Dancer in the Dark
(2000, with Bjork), Proof of Life (2000, with Meg Ryan), Hearts of Atlantis
(2001), Diary of a City Priest (2001), The Slaughter Rule (2002), Nearing Grace
(2005), Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story (2005, starring Dakota Fanning and
Kurt Russell), the action movie16 Blocks (2006, with Bruce Willis and Mos Def)
and Hounddog (2006).
A talented stage actor, Morse made a name for himself when he starred in the
Off-Broadway production of Paula Vogel's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama "How I
Learned to Drive" (1997), in which he won an Obie Award, a Drama Desk Award and
a Lucille Lortel Award.

Off screen, Morse was once named one of twelve "Promising New Actors of 1980" in
John Willis' Screen World. As for his private life, attractive Morse has spent
his time outside the limelight with his wife of 24 years, actress Susan Wheeler
Duff, and their three children.


Family Man

Childhood and Family:

On October 11, 1953, David Morse was born in Hamilton, Massachusetts (some
sources mention in Beverly, Massachusetts). His father is Charles Morse, a sales
manager, and his mother is Jacquelyn Morse, a school teacher. He is the elder
brother of three sisters. In the late 1970s, David began a two-year of acting
training at the William Esper studio.

Blue-eyed David was married to Susan Wheeler Duff on June 19, 1982, and the two
now remain together. David currently resides at his home in Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania with his actress wife Susan and his three children.

"I've gotten into the most trouble in my life when I've tried the hardest to
plan what I'm going to do. As soon as I give up and say, 'I've got kids to
support, I'll do what comes along,' things work out." David Morse


The Green Mile

Career:

David Morse started his professional career after high school, joining the
Boston Repertory Theater in 1971. With over 30 productions under his belt, in
1978, he flew to New York to continue his stage career as a player for Circle
Repertory Theatre. In New York, he took parts in a number of plays like "Waiting
for Godot," "Twelfth Night" and "A Death in the Family." In 1979, Morse broke
into television with the made-for-TV movie Pineapple Poll (1979), where he
appeared as a pot boy at the Steam Packet. A year later, he leaped into film
with a memorable turn as Jerry Maxwell, the inconsiderate basketball player, in
Richard Donner's acclaimed drama Inside Moves, costarring with John Savage.

Morse's first break arrived on television in 1982 with the well-regarded medical
drama "St. Elsewhere," in which he was cast as Dr. Jack "Boomer" Morrison, a
young physician has to deal with the death of his wife and the struggles of a
single parent professional. The series was a hit and, as for Morse, he made a
reputation for himself as a likeable and reliable actor. Not only acting, Morse
also helmed two episodes in the 1987-1988 seasons. During his tenure from
1982-1988, Morse also contributed in many television projects like Prototype
(1983), Shattered Vows (1984), Shattered Vows (1984), When Dreams Come True
(1985), Place at the Table (1987), Six Against the Rock (1987), Downpayment on
Murder (1987) and Winnie (1988).
Additionally, he appeared in two films, Max Dugan Returns (1983) and the
independent Personal Foul (1987).

After the long-running "St Elsewhere" ended in 1988, Morse went on to appear as
a second lead in several TV productions like the NBC's spy drama Brotherhood of
the Rose (1989), the KKK drama Cross of Fire (1989), Two-Fisted Tales (1991),
Cry in the Wild: The Taking of Peggy Ann (1991), Dead Ahead: The Exxon Valdez
Disaster (1992) and Miracle on Interstate 880 (1993). Morse tried his second
luck at series, the sitcom "Big Wave Dave's (1993), but it failed to find
audience. Besides, he maintained his film career by supporting Mickey Rourke in
Michael Cimino's remake of Desperate Hours (1990), starring as Joe Roberts, the
brother of Viggo Mortensen in Sean Penn's directorial debut The Indian Runner
(1991), playing Elijah Wood's bereaved father in The Good Son (1993), costarring
opposite Kim Basinger and Alec Baldwin in the remake of The Getaway (1994) and
appearing in Magic Kid II (1994).

Moving to Philadelphia after the 1994 earthquake in Los Angeles demolished his
Sherman Oaks home, Morse's career transformed more towards movies while still
keeping his hand in appearing in stage productions. In 1995, he rejoined Sean
Penn to star opposite Jack Nicholson and Anjelica Huston in Penn's drama The
Crossing Guard (1995) and appeared in The Taming Power of the Small (1995) and
Terry Gilliam's successful sci-fi thriller 12 Monkeys (1995).

The same year, Morse returned to his theatrical roots by playing a lapsed
Catholic priest in the one-person play "An Almost Holy Picture" at La Jolla
Playhouse, a role he reprised in 1996 at Princeton, New Jersey's McCarter
Theater. But it was the Off-Broadway production of Paula Vogel's Pulitzer
Prize-winning drama "How I Learned to Drive" that won Morse widespread praise
and critical accolades. Due to his wonderful performance as the star of the
show, Morse was handed an Obie, a Drama Desk and a Lucille Lortel for
Outstanding Actor in 1997.

As a film actor, Morse's movie career started to take flight as he became
launched as a respected supporting, character actor and second lead in the
second half of the 1990s. He appeared as one of Ed Harris renegade Marines in
the box office hit The Rock (1996, also with Nicolas Cage and Sean Connery),
played Jodie Foster's supportive father in Contact (1997), was seen as a SWAT
team commander up against Samuel L. Jackson's wrongly accused cop in The
Negotiator (1998) and found himself acting with Melanie Griffith in Crazy in
Alabama (1999). Morse received a nomination at Screen Actors Guild for
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Theatrical Motion Picture for his good
performance as "Brutal," one of prison guard who witness miracles in the
blockbuster hit The Green Mile (1999, opposite Tom Hanks), a film based on a
novel by Stephen Kings. Morse stretched by picking up villainous parts like in
Extreme Measures (1996, with Hugh Grant) and The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996,
along side Samuel L. Jackson and Geena Davis).

Morse continued to take small wicked roles in 2000, appearing in Lars von
Trier's bleak, award-winning musical Dancer in the Dark (2000, with Bjork) and
in the comedy Bait (2000, opposite Jamie Foxx). 2000 also saw Morse play the
important supporting part of Meg Ryan's kidnapped spouse Peter Bowman in the
drama Proof of Life. Keeping on his erratic career, Morse appeared as Bobby
Garfield, the grown man in the gentle Stephen King adaptation Hearts of Atlantis
(2001), starred in the PBS production Diary of a City Priest (2001) and
costarred as Gideon 'Gid' Ferguson in the independent sports drama The Slaughter
Rule (2002).

Morse once again became public's attention when he was cast as Kevin Richter in
the Cannes-premiered film Double Vision (2002). For his role, Morse was
nominated as Best Supporting Actor in the prestigious 2002 Golden Horse Awards
(The Chinese equivalent of the Oscars for Chinese movies). His achievement
marked the first time an English-speaking actor had ever been nominated for the
award. The same year, Morse made his way back to TV series, this time as Mike
Olshansky, an ex-Philadelphia police officer who works as a cab driver, in
"Hack" (2002-2004). Though the show received mixed reviews from critics, it was
well-received by audiences.

After a few years away from filmmaking, Morse returned in 2005 with the drama
Nearing Grace (2005), co-starring with Gregory Smith. He then supported Edward
Norton and Evan Rachel Wood in the David Jacobson-directed film Down in the
Valley (2005) and appeared as Palmer in John Gatins' Dreamer: Inspired by a True
Story (2005, starring Dakota Fanning and Kurt Russell). He will soon team with
Bruce Willis and Mos Def in the action movie16 Blocks (2006) and rejoin Dakota
Fanning in the writer/director Deborah Kampmeier drama film Hounddog (2006).



Awards:

Lucille Lortel: Outstanding Actor, How I Learned to Drive, 1997
Drama Desk: Outstanding Actor in a Play, How I Learned to Drive; tied
with Christopher Plummer (Barrymore), 1996/97
OBIE: Performance, How I Learned to Drive, 1996/97
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