Jeffrey Dean Morgan

 

Date Of Birth

April 22, 1986
 

Biography

Jeffrey Dean Morgan aspired to become a basketball player when he was younger, to the point that he played the sport in high school and college. A knee injury sidelined a possible career, so he ended up working as a graphic artist.

His acting career began when he helped a friend move to Los Angeles. His first screen credit was in the 1991 film Uncaged. He has gone on to appear in several notable films, including P.S. I Love You, Taking Woodstock, Jonah Hex and Watchmen - perhaps his best-known film credit to date.

Most of Morgan's work was focused on television, however. Despite being a regular in the short-lived drama The Burning Zone, he is best known for his recurring roles in two shows: Supernatural, where he played the patriarch of the Winchester family, John; and Grey's Anatomy, where he played the love interest to Katherine Heigl's character.

Morgan was once engaged Mary-Louise Parker, who he co-starred with in Weeds; they split up in 2008. He has two children: one with his ex-girlfriend, and another with actress Hilarie Burton.

In 2011, he landed the lead role in the Starz period-drama Magic City. That year, he also appeared in Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding, Texas Killing Fields, and Jonah Hex.
 

Place of Birth

Seattle, WA
 

Birth Name

Jeffrey Dean Morgan
 

Gender

Male
 

Fun Facts

- He has a dog named Bisou which means "a little and sweet kiss" in French. Bisou is a female Rottweiler mix.

- In his free time he enjoys spending time with his friends and laughing as much as possible, painting, writing and reading.

- His former manager (who happened to be a very good friend of his) dropped him because he just wasn't getting work just the day before he got his role on Supernatural, claiming she couldn't resurrect his career.

- He learned to play the guitar for his part in P.S. I Love You, after about a week of lessons from Heart's Nancy Wilson.

- He is a die-hard Seahawks fan.

- He started a graphic art company in Seattle before moving to Los Angeles and becoming an actor.

- He is of primarily Scottish heritage.

- He and his Watchmen co-star Billy Crudup both have been in a relationship with Mary-Louise Parker. Crudup lived with her from 1996-2003 and they have a son together. Morgan started dating Parker in 2008, they became engaged, but eventually broke up.
 

Awards

None
 

Filmography

2012: Magic City (TV series) - Ike Evans
2012: Red Dawn - Col. Andy Tanner
2011: The Courier - The Courier
2011: Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding - Jude
2011: Texas Killing Fields - Brian Heigh
2011: The Resident - Max
2010: Jonah Hex - Jeb Turnbull
2010: Shanghai - Conner
2010: The Losers - Clay
2009: Taking Woodstock - Dan
2006-2009: Grey's Anatomy (TV series) - Denny Duquette
2009: Under the Hood (video) - Edward Blake/The Comedian
2009: Watchmen - Edward Blake/Comedian
2008: Days of Wrath - Byron
2005-2008: Supernatural (TV series) - John Winchester
2008: The Accidental Husband - Patrick
2007: P.S. I Love You - William
2007: Fred Claus - Older Man Getting Parking Ticket
2007: Kabluey - Brad
2007: Live! - Rick
2006: Jam - Dale
2005: Weeds (TV series) - Judah Botwin
2005: Chasing Ghosts - Detective Cole Davies
2005: The O.C. (TV series) - Joe Zukowski
2004: Monk (TV series) - Steven Leight
2004: Six: The Mark Unleashed - Tom Newman
2004: Tru Calling (TV series) - Geoffrey Pine
2004: Dead & Breakfast - The Sheriff
2004: The Handler (TV series) - Mike
2003: Star Trek: Enterprise (TV series) - Xindi-Reptilian
2003: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (TV series) - Undercover Agent #1
2003: Something More (short) - Daniel
1995-2002: JAG (TV series) - Wally - CIA Technician/Weapons Officer
2002: V.I.P. (TV series) - Randall Waring
2002: The Division (TV series) - Father William Natali
2002: Angel (TV series) - Sam Ryan
2002: The Practice (TV series) - Daniel Glenn
2001: ER (TV series) - Firefighter Larkin
2000: Walker, Texas Ranger (TV series) - Jake Horbart
1999: Road Kill - Bobby
1997: Legal Deceit - Todd Hunter
1996-1997: The Burning Zone (TV series) - Dr. Edward Marcase
1996: Sliders (TV series) - Sid
1996: In the Blink of an Eye (TV movie) - Jessie
1995: Dillinger and Capone - Jack Bennett
1995: Undercover Heat - Ramone
1995: Extreme (TV series) - Jack Hawkins
1991: Uncaged - Sharkey2012: Magic City (TV series) - Ike Evans
2012: Red Dawn - Col. Andy Tanner
2011: The Courier - The Courier
2011: Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding - Jude
2011: Texas Killing Fields - Brian Heigh
2011: The Resident - Max
2010: Jonah Hex - Jeb Turnbull
2010: Shanghai - Conner
2010: The Losers - Clay
2009: Taking Woodstock - Dan
2006-2009: Grey's Anatomy (TV series) - Denny Duquette
2009: Under the Hood (video) - Edward Blake/The Comedian
2009: Watchmen - Edward Blake/Comedian
2008: Days of Wrath - Byron
2005-2008: Supernatural (TV series) - John Winchester
2008: The Accidental Husband - Patrick
2007: P.S. I Love You - William
2007: Fred Claus - Older Man Getting Parking Ticket
2007: Kabluey - Brad
2007: Live! - Rick
2006: Jam - Dale
2005: Weeds (TV series) - Judah Botwin
2005: Chasing Ghosts - Detective Cole Davies
2005: The O.C. (TV series) - Joe Zukowski
2004: Monk (TV series) - Steven Leight
2004: Six: The Mark Unleashed - Tom Newman
2004: Tru Calling (TV series) - Geoffrey Pine
2004: Dead & Breakfast - The Sheriff
2004: The Handler (TV series) - Mike
2003: Star Trek: Enterprise (TV series) - Xindi-Reptilian
2003: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (TV series) - Undercover Agent #1
2003: Something More (short) - Daniel
1995-2002: JAG (TV series) - Wally - CIA Technician/Weapons Officer
2002: V.I.P. (TV series) - Randall Waring
2002: The Division (TV series) - Father William Natali
2002: Angel (TV series) - Sam Ryan
2002: The Practice (TV series) - Daniel Glenn
2001: ER (TV series) - Firefighter Larkin
2000: Walker, Texas Ranger (TV series) - Jake Horbart
1999: Road Kill - Bobby
1997: Legal Deceit - Todd Hunter
1996-1997: The Burning Zone (TV series) - Dr. Edward Marcase
1996: Sliders (TV series) - Sid
1996: In the Blink of an Eye (TV movie) - Jessie
1995: Dillinger and Capone - Jack Bennett
1995: Undercover Heat - Ramone
1995: Extreme (TV series) - Jack Hawkins
1991: Uncaged - Sharkey
 

Nickname

Jeff, McNaughty
 

Height

6'2"
 

Quotes

On choosing between Grey's Anatomy or Supernatural: "I would bend over backward to be back on Grey's. Any day, I'll choose lying in bed with Katherine Heigl looking over me over getting thrown against walls by supernatural persons at 5 in the morning."

"I think, as I've gotten older I have realized what a huge privilege it is to even be in this business. I, more than ever, love what I do."

"I'm just looking always for characters that change, because I want to get better, as an actor and as a person."

On marriage, in a 1997 interview with Playgirl: "Yes, I do. But I don't have any immediate plans because I know I wasn't good at it the first time around."

On his relationship with Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles: "On set, we're like three idiot brothers."

On his return to Supernatural: "I'm going to call Eric [Kripke, the series creator] and beg for my life and find a way to come back and harass these guys [Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki] in some way."

On working with his Supernatural on-screen sons: "I love Jared and Jensen. Going up to Vancouver is like going to camp. We have so much fun, and it's pretty much just the three of us up there. There's a lot of giggling. The three of us together act like little kids. They're both fun as heck, but they're both so different. Supernatural is the most difficult because I could never get used to working nights. Working exterior nights in Vancouver, when it's raining and snowing, is a little daunting, when you haven't slept. The show is extremely hard, physically."

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