Biography: Rob Morrow

 

 

 

 

Rob Morrow portrays Dr. Joel Fleischman, the quintessential "fish-out-of water." Joel is an inveterate New Yorker who has been transplanted to the remote Alaskan town of Cicely. Immediately welcomed by the oddball locals of Cicely, the reluctant Joel struggles to operate in the sparse, make-shift medical office set up for him, and has trouble accepting what passes for "normal" behavior in this eccentric little town. Morrow brings a disarming warmth to Joel's griping as he copes with his perpetual relocation angst, and was nominated for Outstanding actor in a Drama Series for the 1991-1992 season.

Born Sept. 21, 1962, and raised in New Rochelle, New York, Morrow is the son of Murray Morrow, an industrial lighting manufacturer, and Diane Morrow. Rob's parents divorced when he was 9 years old. He began pursuing a professional acting career fresh out of high school. A number of theater odd jobs led to his first break. While working as an assistant to Michael Bennet on Dream Girls, Bennett cast him for a major role in the play Third Street at the Circle Repertory Theater.

Among Morrow's many stage performances are leading roles in Chaim Potok's musical adaptation of The Chosen, Michael Bennett's Scandal, Soulful Scream of the Chosen Son, The Boys of Winter, and Slam. He also performed with The Naked Angels in New York. Morrow made his film debut in 1986 in the comedy Private Resort (1985) with Johnny Depp. In addition to his leading role on the television series Tattingers (1989), Morrow guest-starred in the series Fame and Spencer for Hire.

In 1994, Rob opened the healthy, dairy-free Josie's Restaurant and Juice Bar with his childhood friend and chef, Louis Lanza, in the Upper West Side of New York City. Josie's Restaurant and Juice Bar is located at 300 Amsterdam Avenue (74th Street), New York, NY 10023.

After leaving Northern Exposure, Morrow has appeared in films such as Quiz Show (1994), Last Dance (1996), Mother (1996), and in the made-for-TV movies, The Day Lincoln Was Shot (1998), starred opposite Marisa Tomei in the CBS/Hallmark Entertainment mini-series, Only Love (1998). Morrow has also appeared in The Emperor's Club (2002), and The Guru (2002).

He performed in the theatrical adaptation of William Wharton's novel, Birdy, in London's West End and three independent features: Into My Heart (1998) with Claire Forlani, Labor Pains (2000) with Kyra Sedgwick and Mary Tyler Moore, and Other Voices (2000) with Stockard Channing and Campbell Scott. He wrote and made his directorial debut with the short film The Silent Alarm (1993), which premiered at the 1993 Seattle Film Festival and shown at festivals around the world and in rotation on Bravo. He appeared in the TV movies, The Thin Blue Lie (2000); Sam the Man (2000); and Jenifer (2001) about a woman with ALS. He directed his first full-length feature from a script he co-wrote, Maze (2000). He co-stared with Laura Linney and Craig Scheffer, as an artist with Tourette's Syndrome.

Rob married Debbon Ayer in 1998. On April 25, 2001, they welcomed their first child, daughter Tu Simone Ayer Morrow.

In 2002, he starred in a short drama Night's Noontime, based on a true story of two 'remarkeble lunatics' trying to find the meaning of the word 'art' while confined in a mental asylum.In 2002, Morrow returned to TV in the Showtime series titled Street Time, as Kevin Hunter, a parolee who battles falling back into a life of crime while maintaining his family life. Morrow directed several episodes of Street Time as well as an episode of HBO's Oz (1997) and CBS's Joan of Arcadia (2003), which was created by NoEx writer Barbara Hall.

In the Spring 2005, Morrow returned to CBS in the mid-season replacement series NUMB3RS. The show premiered on Jan 23, 2005 (and then settled in on Friday nights 9/10pm slot), Morrow starred as FBI agent Don Eppes, who recruits his mathematical genius brother, Charlie (David Krumholtz), to help the Bureau solve a wide range of challenging crimes in Los Angeles. After six and a half seasons, the show was cancelled in Spring 2010. Numb3rs - The Complete First SeasonNumb3rs DVD, Numb3rs - The Complete Second SeasonNumb3rs DVD and Numb3rs - The Complete Third Season are available on DVD.

At the end of 2004 into 2005, Morrow was the voice of the Moving You Forward ad campaign for Toyota.

In addition to acting and directing, Morrow is on the Board of Directors of Project ALS. Co-founded by Jenifer Estess, who was diagnosed with ALS in 1997, Project ALS is committed to funding the research necessary for finding effective treatments and a cure for people living with ALS, a fatal neuromuscular disease.

Morrow maintains a residence in New York City, where he is a member of the Ensemble Studio Theater , The New York Stage and Film Company and a founding member of the Naked Angels Theatre Company. In the late Spring 2007, Rob Morrow also purchased a home in Santa Monica.

In his spare time, he enjoys his long-time hobby of photography and has developed a new and unlikely obsession, golf, a sport he grudgingly learned in order to realistically portray the golf-obsessed Dr. Joel Fleischman. During the run of Northern Exposure, Morrow shot many behind-the-scenes photographs and published them in Northern Exposures, Morrow shares some of his favorite photos perfectly capture the surreal quality of this imaginative show and, along with the introduction and warm and personal reminiscences Rob has written, Northern Exposure offers a unique mix of real life and make believe that fans will love.

In the Fall of 2005, Morrow appeared in the movie, Going Shopping, about consumer addiction also starring Victoria Foyt, and Lee Grant. In the September 2007, Morrow appeared in a Lifetime TV movie Custody, filmed in Ottawa, Canada. He played a widower who fights for custody of his 13-year-old stepdaughter when the father who abandoned her returns. He appeared in The Bucket List, a movie starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman, in 2008.

Can you imagine:
Denis Leary, Rob Morrow and Patrick Dempsey were all up for the role of Gregory House on the hit TV series House, but British actor Hugh Laurie eventually won the role with an audition tape he filmed inside a men's room in Namibia, where he was filming action movie remake Flight Of The Phoenix.

Current and Upcoming Projects:
Morrow's new series, The Whole Truth, has been picked up by ABC. It's a Jerry Bruckheimer-produced legal drama.
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Morrow will appear in a couple of episodes of Entourage in 2010, playing Jeremy Piven's lawyer.
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He will appear in the movie, The Good Doctor, due in theaters sometime in 2010.

Rob Morrow

 

Articles:
MAKING NICELY IN CICELY Morrow Stung by Contract "Exposure" - LA Times, 7/27/92

"Northern Exposure allowed me to be able to make a living doing the work I want to do. In terms of the experience of making it, it crystallized the process of acting and making films for me." - Rob Morrow

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