Many actors know from childhood that acting is the only job they'll ever want, but Jeffrey Dean Morgan is a rare exception. He pursued basketball in high school with tremendous success, until a knee injury ended his sports career, and he then trained and worked as a graphic artist for some time. Eventually, however, his interest in acting became overpowering, and Morgan moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting as a career, rather than just an interest. He found steady work appearing on shows like ER and Angel, eventually scoring a huge break in 2005 when he was cast in recurring roles on three different series: Grey's Anatomy, Weeds, and Supernatural. The shows put him on the map, especially Grey's Anatomy, and oddly enough, his characters died on all three shows. Morgan's career was still alive and kicking, however, and he was soon appearing in the comedy Kabluey opposite Christine Taylor and The Accidental Husband with Uma Thurman and Colin Firth. As the 2000's continued, Morgan would remain a consistant form on screen, appearing memorably as the Comedian in The Watchmen, Texas Killing Fields, and Red Dawn.
Biography by Cammila Collar
- Played high-school and college basketball until a knee injury sidelined his athletic aspirations.
- Broke into acting with local-theater productions of Grease and West Side Story.
- Worked professionally as a graphic artist before turning to acting.
- While visiting a friend living in Los Angeles, he decided to permanently move to the city.
- Participated with his fans in a 2011 fund-raiser to benefit a dog-rescue charity called the Brittany Foundation.