David Morse Biography

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Born: October 11, 1953


Date of Birth: October 11, 1953

Born in Massachusetts, Morse was raised with three younger sisters in Hamilton. Although he remains close to his parents, David says he found their marital problems painful when growing up. "I was young when they were going through their troubles, and they divorced when I was 18, so obviously home wasn't a pleasant place to live." He explains that he was one of those kids that was tall and skinny and grew up late.

Auditioning for a play as a high school freshman, Morse found that acting was "an unexpected outlet for my behavior. My way of dealing with situations at the time was to try and become the center of attention so I didn't have to think about my life and insecurities."

The youthful-looking Morse started out working with the Boston Repertory Theater in 1971. He moved to New York in 1977 and has since worked on and off-Broadway and in regional theaters across the country. Between stage work and waiting tables, Morse made a film, 1980's Inside Moves, and several TV movies before getting the St. Elsewhere casting call.

During the 1980s, Morse was best known for playing the lovable Dr. Jack Morrison on the acclaimed St. Elsewhere (1982-88) and for appearing in television movies and mini-series.

Since then Morse has appeared in films opposite some of Hollywood's biggest stars, including Nicolas Cage, Sean Connery, Jack Nicholson and Jodie Foster in a wide variety of dramatic genres. Some of his titles include Martin Donovan's directorial debut titled Collaborators (2012) and the film The Odd Life of Timothy Green (2012) alongside Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton. More recently, he starred in Horns (2014).

His television work has been equally varied. Morse also continues appearing on stage and in the late '90s, earned an Obie and Drama Desk Award for his work in the off-Broadway production, How I Learned to Drive.

In 1992 Morse married actress Susan Wheeler Duff. They have twin sons and a daughter.


Horns (2014)
McCanick (2014)
World War Z (2013)
Collaborator (2012)
Yellow (2012)
Drive Angry (2011)
Drive Angry 3D (2011)
Hounddog (2009)
The Hurt Locker (2009)
Passengers (2008)
Disturbia (2007)
16 Blocks (2006)
Down in the Valley (2006)
Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story (2005)
Double Vision (2002)
The Slaughter Rule (2001)
Hearts in Atlantis (2001)
Diary of a City Priest (2000)
Proof of Life (2000)
Bait (2000)
Dancer in the Dark (2000)
The Green Mile (1999)
Crazy in Alabama (1999)
A.W.O.L. (1999)
The Negotiator (1998)
George B. (1998)
The Legend of Pig Eye (1998)
Contact (1997)
The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996)
Extreme Measures (1996)
The Rock (1996)
The Crossing Guard (1995)
Twelve Monkeys (1995)
The Getaway (1994)
Magic Kid II (1994)
The Good Son (1993)
The Indian Runner (1991)
Desperate Hours (1990)
Personal Foul (1987)
Max Dugan Returns (1983)
Inside Moves (1980)
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