Jeffrey Dean Morgan is one of the most famous small screen actors in Hollywood. For decades, Morgan has endeared himself to TV viewers on the sets of several shows depicting memorable characters. One of them is Dean Winchester, a father who fights paranormal activity alongside his sons, in the fantasy TV series Supernatural.
Morgan is also well known for his role as Denny Duquette Jr., a heart patient who falls for an intern, on the long-running medical drama Grey’s Anatomy. Before an accomplished career in Hollywood, Morgan had aspired to become a professional basketball player. Due to a twist of fate, he gave up his NBA dreams for Hollywood.
Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s Transition From Basketball To Acting
Jeffrey Dean Morgan was born on the 22nd of April 1966 in Seattle, Washington to Sandy Thomas and Richard Dean Morgan. There is no indication that the actor has any siblings. The actor, who grew up in the Washington area, attended Ben Franklin Elementary School, Rose Hill Junior High School, and Lake Washington High School.
While in school, Morgan was quite exceptional in basketball. He was the captain of the basketball team in his senior year and obtained a basketball scholarship to Skagit Valley College, Mount Vernon, Washington. Morgan continued his impressive form in college and was on track to go pro before a knee injury ended his premature career. Despite these unfortunate circumstances, he persevered and ensured that he finished his college education.
His Journey To Fame Started On The Stage
Upon graduating from college, Jeffrey Dean Morgan worked as a graphic artist for some time before moving to LA in the 80s to pursue a career in acting. In Los Angeles, he started out with roles in stage productions such as Grease and Westside Story. His talents immediately shone through and he landed minor roles in movies like Uncaged which marked his onscreen debut in 1991. Though his feature film credits are well above 25, Jeffrey Dean Morgan has done the bulk of his work on the small screen. The American actor played a leading role in The Burning Zone – a TV series that lasted from 1996 to 97; Morgan showed up in 11 episodes out of the entire 19.
Between 2005 and 2006, the talented actor made simultaneous appearances in three TV shows – depicting the character of a heart transplant patient Denny Duquette in a recurring role on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, playing the character of John Winchester in the CW series Supernatural, as well as appearing in two episodes of the Showtime series Weeds as Judah Botwin. The famed actor has had guest-starring roles in TV series like Monk, JAG, ER, Walker, Texas Ranger, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Angel, The O.C., and Sliders.
Starring Roles Began Coming His Way In 2009
The movie titled The Accidental Husband released in 2009 featured Jeffrey Dean Morgan in a starring role. He also starred in The Resident – a thriller that premiered in 2011. Morgan also showed up in the 2008 drama movie Days of Wrath. Watchmen, which was released in 2009, cast him as The Comedian, a cigar-chomping antihero. Before the year ran out, he joined the cast of Taking Woodstock as Dan. The next year, he portrayed the character of Clay in a comic book movie adaptation of The Losers. Jonah Hex – the DC comic book movie cast him as Jeb Turnbull.
In 2011, he was part of Texas Killing Fields playing a homicide detective. The ensuing year saw him in two starring roles on the sets of Magic City and The Possession. The actor also appeared in the war film titled Red Dawn in a supporting role. Jeffrey Dean Morgan then joined the cast of Shameless depicting Charlie Peters, the owner of the Cake House.
In 2014, Morgan shared the screen as Joe DiMaggio with Kelli Garner on The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe. History Channel’s five-part mini-series titled Texas Rising gave him the role of Deaf Smith in 2015, and he became one of the regular cast members on the second season of Extant – the CBS sci-fi drama. Morgan also played Thomas Wayne in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s Most Notable Role Is As Negan In ‘The Walking Dead’
Jeffrey Dean Morgan has appeared alongside the likes of Julianna Margulies on the CBS TV series The Good Wife playing the character of freelance investigator Jason Crouse; he appeared in the series from 2015 until it was wrapped up in 2016. Before the year ran out the prolific actor landed his most notable role to-date on the set of The Walking Dead – the AMC TV series where he was cast as Negan. Morgan was also part of the thriller movie Desierto in 2015 playing Jonás Cuarón.
The online game, Evony, hired his services for their commercial in September 2017, and in April 2018, Morgan joined the cast of the Dwayne Johnson film, Rampage.
In 2019, the actor also reprised his role as John Winchester in Supernatural’s 300th episode which aired on the 7th of April 2019 as the 13th episode of the 14th season.
I watched with Gus… who was a wreck at the end. We talked a lot about it… dads, sons, leaving… love. Found it so special seeing it thru his eyes. Sharing it. Big kudos to show for capturing these needed moments, albeit brief, again, just proud of it, and all involved. Xojd
— Jeffrey Dean Morgan (@JDMorgan) February 8, 2019
The American Actor Has Been Married Twice
Jeffrey Dean Morgan has been married twice. His first marriage was to an actress named Anya Longwell. Their wedding took place in Las Vegas in 1992. The couple’s marriage endured for nearly 10 years before it hit the rocks, leading to separation and eventually, a divorce which was finalized on the 19th of July 2003. The two do not have any kids together from their years of marriage.
Finding himself back into the folds of bachelorhood, Morgan wasted no time in exploring the shores of love again. He became an item with Sherrie Rose in 2004 only for the two to break up the next year. Rumors have it that he was in a relationship with Marina Drujko for a brief period, and that he had a relationship with Sara Lancaster from 2005 to 2006. The veteran actor went as far as getting engaged to his former Weeds costar Mary Louise Parker whom he dated from August 2006 to April 2009 but their engagement fizzled out within a short time.
His ‘Happily Ever After’ With Hilarie Burton
After his divorce was finalized in 2003, Morgan took a long hiatus before daring to test the turbulent waters of matrimony again. However, the actor is now married to another actress, Hilarie Burton who is most famous for her role as Peyton Sawyer in the TV series One Tree Hill.
Morgan and Burton commenced their relationship in 2009, exchanging marriage vows a decade later in 2019. Morgan and his wife are parents to two children – a son named Augustus (who was born in March 2010) and a daughter called George (was born in February 2018).
Rumors started making the rounds that Hilarie Burton has been married and divorced before, but she took to Instagram to debunk all the speculations, stating that their truth is known only to them.
Interestingly, Morgan assisted in the birth of his two children. The actor has since revealed that he and his wife struggled to have more kids after their first child. This explains the eight-year gap between their two children; he equally revealed that there won’t be any more additions to their family.