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David Morse

David Morse's versatility and talent make him one of the most well respected actors in Hollywood. Morse made his motion picture debut in Richard Donner's acclaimed drama Inside Moves and then went on to star in two Sean Penn-directed dramas, The Indian Runner and The Crossing Guard.

Morse will next be starring in David Jacobson's Down in the Valley, opposite Edward Norton and Evan Rachel Wood. Down in the Valley premiered at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival and screened at the 2005 Los Angeles Film Festival. Morse plays single dad Wade, a sheriff, who is clueless when dealing with his rebellious daughter Tobe (Wood) as she seduces and dates Harlan (Norton), a man more than twice her age.

Morse recently starred in John Gatins' Dreamer, opposite Kurt Russell and Dakota Fanning; Alex and Andrew Smith's independent film The Slaughter Rule, opposite Ryan Gosling and Clea DuVall; Scott Hicks' Hearts In Atlantis, opposite Anthony Hopkins and Hope Davis; Frank Darabont's highly acclaimed prison drama The Green Mile with Tom Hanks; Lars von Trier's musical drama Dancer in the Dark, opposite Bjork and Catherine Deneuve (Palm d'Or winner at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival and opened the 38th New York Film Festival); and Taylor Hackford's thriller Proof of Life, opposite Meg Ryan and Russell Crowe.

Morse also starred on the big screen in Double Vision (from the producers of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) in 2003. The film premiered at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival and opened to critical acclaim in Taiwan, breaking all opening weekend records. In addition, Double Vision opened at number one in Hong Kong and was the #2 local language production of all time in Hong Kong behind Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Morse's performance in Double Vision garnered him a Golden Horse Award nomination, the Chinese equivalent of an Academy Award.

Morse's other feature film credits include: Antonio Banderas' Crazy in Alabama, F. Gary Gray's The Negotiator, Terry Gilliam's 12 Monkeys, Robert Zemeckis' Contact, Renny Harlin's The Long Kiss Goodnight, Bait, The Rock, Extreme Measures, The Good Son, Desperate Hours, The Getaway and Personal Foul.

On television, Morse is best known for his role as Dr. Jack Boomer Morrison in the Emmy-winning ensemble drama St. Elsewhere. He most recently starred on the CBS drama Hack. His other TV series roles include ABC's Our Family Business and the sitcom Big Wave Dave's. Morse also starred in the telefilms Diary of a City Priest, Murder Live, Prototype, Stephen King's The Langoliers, When Dreams Come True, Six Against the Rock, Down-Payment on Murder, A Place at the Table, Winnie, Brotherhood of the Rose, Cry in the Wild, Cross of Fire and TNT's Tecumesh: The Last Warrior.

On stage, Morse starred in the Seattle Rep world premiere presentation of Redwood Curtain and worked in over thirty productions between 1971-77 with the Boston Repertory Company. He made his Broadway debut in the role of father Barry in the theatre adaptation of On the Waterfront, and triumphantly returned to the Off-Broadway stage in Paula Vogel's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama How I Learned to Drive. For his starring role, Morse won the Drama League Award, the Lucille Lortel Award, the Drama Desk Award and the Obie Award. Additionally, Morse won a DramaLogue Award for his performance in the Los Angeles production of Of Mice and Men. Other stage appearances include the Off-Broadway productions of The Trading Post, Threads and A Death in the Family.

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David Morse Facts

BirthdayOctober 11, 1953 (69)
BirthplaceHamilton, Massachusetts, USA
Height6' 4" (1m93)  How tall is David Morse compared to you?

Selected Filmography

The Green Mile
Under Heavy Fire
House, M.D.: The Complete Series
The Hurt Locker
The Long Kiss Goodnight
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