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JOE MORTON (Sherman Reese) is a multi-talented performer whose acting and musical talents have been showcased on stage, screen and television.

A veteran of Broadway, Morton made his stage debut at 21 starring in Tom O'Horgan's historical Broadway musical, "Hair." He later earned a Tony Award nomination and a Theater World Award for his work in "Raisin," the musical adaptation of "A Raisin in the Sun." Morton's impressive theater resume also includes: the Broadway musicals "Oh, Brother" and "Honky Tonk Nights," "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and "King John" at the New York Shakespeare Festival, as well as productions of "Cheapside," "Electra," "A Winter's Tale," "Oedipus Rex," "Julius Caesar," "The Tempest" and "The Legend of Oedipus," a five-hour opus directed by Nikos Psachoropoulas and written by Kenneth Cavander.

On the screen, Morton became the third Blues Brother when he co-starred with Dan Ackroyd and John Goodman in Blues Brothers 2000. He also co-starred in the mega-hit Speed with Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock, the action-thriller Executive Decision with Kurt Russell and Steven Seagal and with Arnold Schwarzenegger in Terminator 2.

His performance in Gary Sinise's film version of Of Mice and Men as Crooks, the embittered and isolated ranch hand, was singled out in many reviews for critical acclaim. Morton has also been lauded in three John Sayles' films: Brother from Another Planet, City of Hope and Lone Star.

He was featured opposite Gregory Hines in the dancing musical Tap and includes among his other feature film credits And Justice for All, Crossroads, Zelly and Me, Trouble in Mind, The Inkwell and The Walking Dead.

On television, Morton starred with Alfrie Woodard in HBO's Golden Globe nominated "Miss Evers' Boys"; in the critically acclaimed ABC-TV series "Equal Justice" for which he received a NAACP Image Award nomination; and in Robert DeNiro's series "Tribeca" for which he received a second NAACP Image Award nomination. Morton also made his directorial debut with "Tribeca," helming the series' first episode entitled "The Loft."

Morton's other television series credits include "Under One Roof" with James Earl Jones, "New York News," "A Different World" and the PBS series "Watch Your Mouth." His miniseries and movies-for-television credits include "The Good Policeman," "The Challenger," "Howard Beach: Making a Case for Murder," "Death Penalty" and "The File on Jill Hatch" for PBS' American Playhouse series.

In the theater, Morton directed "The Heliotrope Bouquet by Scott Joplin and Louis Chauvin," a new play by Eric Overmyer performed at Playwrights Horizons; "Harriett's Return," for the Genisus Program at the Crossroads Theater in New Jersey; a new play at New York's Second Stage, "Crumbs from the Table of Joy" by Lynn Nottage.


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