David Bowditch Morse (born October 11, 1953) is an American actor, singer, director, and writer. He first came to national attention as Dr. Jack Morrison in the medical drama series St. Elsewhere from 1982 to 1988. He continued his film career with roles in Dancer in the Dark, The Indian Runner, The Negotiator, Contact, The Green Mile, Disturbia, The Long Kiss Goodnight, The Crossing Guard, The Rock, Extreme Measures, 12 Monkeys, 16 Blocks, and Hounddog.
In 2006, Morse had a recurring role as Detective Michael Tritter on the medical drama series House, for which he received an Emmy Award nomination. He portrayed George Washington in the 2008 HBO miniseries John Adams, which garnered him a second Emmy nomination. He has also received acclaim for his portrayal of Uncle Peck on the Off-Broadway play How I Learned to Drive, earning a Drama Desk Award and Obie Award. He had success on Broadway too, portraying James “Sharky” Harkin in The Seafarer. From 2010 to 2013, he portrayed Terry Colson, an honest police officer in a corrupt New Orleans police department, on the HBO series Treme.
|1980||Inside Moves||Jerry Maxwell|
|1981||Our Family Business||Phil||Television film|
|1982||Max Dugan Returns||Shoe Store Cop|
|1984||Shattered Vows||Father Tim||Television film|
|1985||When Dreams Come True||Robert Wynton||Television film|
|1987||Place at the Table||Television film|
|1987||Six Against the Rock||Marvin Hubbard||Television film|
|1987||Downpayment on Murder||Det. Jackson||Television film|
|1989||Brotherhood of the Rose||Chris / Remus||Television film|
|1989||Cross of Fire||Klell Henry||Television film|
|1991||Cry in the Wild: The Taking of Peggy Ann||Bicycle Pete||Television film|
|1991||The Indian Runner||Joe Roberts|
|1992||Dead Ahead: The Exxon Valdez Disaster||Rick Steiner||Television film|
|1993||Miracle on Interstate 880||Dr. Jim Betts||Television film|
|1993||The Good Son||Jack Evans|
|1994||The Getaway||Jim “Deer” Jackson|
|1994||Magic Kid II||Jack|
|1995||The Taming Power of the Small|
|1995||The Langoliers||Captain Brian Engle||Television film|
|1995||Tecumseh: The Last Warrior||Galloway||Television film|
|1995||The Crossing Guard||John Booth||Nominated – Best Supporting Male at the Independent Spirit Awards|
|1995||12 Monkeys||Dr. Peters|
|1996||The Rock||Major Tom Baxter|
|1996||Extreme Measures||FBI Agent Frank Hare|
|1996||The Long Kiss Goodnight||Luke / Daedalus|
|1997||Murder Live!||Frank McGrath||Television film|
|1998||The Legend of Pig Eye|
|1998||The Negotiator||Adam Beck|
|1999||Crazy in Alabama||Dove Bullis|
|1999||The Green Mile||Brutus “Brutal” Howell||Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture|
|2000||Dancer in the Dark||Bill Houston|
|2000||Proof of Life||Peter Bowman|
|2001||Diary of a City Priest||Father John McNamee|
|2001||Hearts in Atlantis||Adult Bobby Garfield|
|2002||The Slaughter Rule||Gideon “Gid” Ferguson|
|2002||Double Vision||Kevin Richter||Nominated – Best Supporting Actor at the Golden Horse Film Festival|
|2005||Down in the Valley||Wade|
|2005||Nearing Grace||Shep Nearing|
|2005||Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story||Palmer|
|2006||A.W.O.L.||Major Cliff Marquette|
|2006||16 Blocks||Det. Frank Nugent|
|2009||The Hurt Locker||Colonel Reed||Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Ensemble Cast
WAFCA Award for Best Ensemble
|2010||Mother and Child||Tom|
|2010||The Pond||Adam 11||Short film|
|2011||Winter in the Blood||Airplane Man|
|2011||Collaborator||Gus Williams||Karlovy Vary International Film Festival Award for Best Actor
Nominated – Best Actor in a Leading Role at the Canadian Screen Awards
|2012||The Odd Life of Timothy Green||James “Big Jim” Green Sr.|
|2013||McCanick||Eugene “Mack” McCanick||Producer|
|2013||World War Z||Ex-CIA Agent|
Kelly Gough (actress, RAW): I wouldn’t want to rate them as I respect them all.
Rachel Sarah Murphy: Excellent.
Daniel Wymbs: I don’t like him.
Ferdia McAnna: I don’t really know him.
Mary D.Brown (David Morse.org): As to my own favourite film, it is The Green Mile. Hands down. It was that movie that prompted me to build the site back in 2001. He is so great in that. Of course, he is great in everything but he should have won an Oscar for his role in The Green Mile.
Michael Doherty (RTE Guide): Vastly under-rated actor; superb screen presence. Steals every movie in which he appears.