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Joe Morton is a multi-talented performer whose acting and musical talents have been showcased on stage, screen and television.

A veteran of films, Morton's role as the third Blues Brother, with Dan Ackroyd and John Goodman in Blues Brothers 2000, earned him a Hollywood Reporter rave as the sizzling Joe Morton. He also co-starred in the mega-hit Speed with Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock, the action-thriller Executive Decision with Kurt Russell and Steven Seagal, and with Arnold Schwarzenegger in Terminator 2.

His performance in Gary Sinise's film version of Of Mice and Men as Crooks, the embittered and isolated ranch hand, was singled out in many reviews for critical acclaim. Morton has also been lauded in three John Sayles' films: Brother from Another Planet, City of Hope and Lone Star.

On television, Morton starred with Alfrie Woodard in HBO's Golden Globe nominated Miss Evers' Boys; in the critically acclaimed ABC-TV series Equal Justice for which he received a NAACP Image Award nomination; and in Robert DeNiro's series Tribeca for which he received a second NAACP Image Award nomination. Morton also made his directorial debut with Tribeca, helming the series' first episode entitled The Loft. Other television series credits include Under One Roof with James Earl Jones.

On Broadway, Morton starred with George Wendt and Judd Hirsch in Art, which won the Tony Award and New York Critics Circle Awards for Best Play. He and his fellow cast members recently returned from London where they reprised their roles in Art for British audiences. Morton made his stage debut at 21, starring in Tom O'Horgan's historical Broadway musical Hair.

Morton directed "The Heliotrope Bouquet by Scott Joplin and Louis Chauvin," a new play by Eric Overmyer performed at Playwrights Horizons; Harriett's Return, for the Genisus Program at the Crossroads Theater in New Jersey; a new play at New York's Second Stage, Crumbs from the Table of Joy by Lynn Nottage.

Bio courtesy New Line Cinema (01-Jan-2000)


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