David Morse Net Worth

David Morse Net Worth 2024: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

David Morse net worth is
$3 Million

David Morse Wiki Biography

David Bowditch Morse was born on 11 October 1953, in Beverly, Massachusetts USA, and is a director, actor, singer, and writer, probably still best known for being a part of the drama show “St. Elsewhere” during the 1980s. He has also made appearances in films such as “The Green Mile”, “Disturbia”, and “The Rock”. All of his efforts have helped put his net worth to where it is today.

How rich is David Morse? As of mid-2016, sources inform us of a net worth that is at $3 million, mostly earned through a successful career as an actor. He’s won several awards throughout his career, mostly for stage performances. He’s also been nominated for television work, and all of these have ensured the position of his wealth.

David Morse Net Worth $3 million

After matriculating from high school, David went to the William Esper Studio in 1971 to study acting. His first opportunity came at the Boston Repertory Theatre where he appeared in a production of “The Point!” The production would eventually start touring, and it led to his big break in “St. Elswehere”, in which he played Dr. Jack “Boomer” Morrison. Following the end of “St. Elsewhere” in 1988, Morse took more roles that showed his versatility, including “Desperate Hours”, “The Green Mile”, “Hearts in Atlantis”, and “The Indian Runner”. During the 1990s, his career really took-off, and he starred in more films, most notably “The Rock” with Nicolas Cage and “Contact” alongside Jodie Foster. He then appeared in the television film “Hack”, which was so well received that it led to a series of the same name. He then appeared in “Shuang Tong” and “Disturbia”, which continued to earn him critical acclaim, and improve his net worth.

In 2006, he had a recurring role in the hit series “House”, and despite his early reservations, he would go on and earn an Emmy nomination. Two years later, he appeared in the series “John Adams” portraying George Washington, and was again nominated for his performance; his voice is still used by Disney to portray Washington. In 2010, he made a guest appearance in “Treme”, and was then signed to a regular role the following season. A few of his recent projects are “World War Z”, and “Concussion” which also starred Will Smith. David has also appeared in several television and movie adaptations of Stephen King’s works. Interestingly, he is the only actor to have portrayed both Abraham Lincoln and George Washington.

Despite numerous opportunities in film and television, David remains very active on stage and has even won numerous awards for his performance in the off-Broadway production of “How I Learned to Drive”. He has also appeared in a production of “On the Waterfront”, and in Conor McPherson’s “The Seafarer”, contributing further to his net worth.

For his personal life, since 1982 Morse has been married to Susan Wheeler Duff who’s well known for being the author of “The Habit”. They have three children, two of whom are twins and they currently reside in Philadelphia, moving there after the 1994 Northridge Earthquake. Aside from these, it is known that he is allergic to various forms of sugar.

Full NameDavid Morse
Net Worth$3 Million
Date Of BirthOctober 11, 1953
Place Of BirthBeverly, Massachusetts, United States
Height1.93 m
EducationWilliam Esper Studio
SpouseSusan Wheeler Duff
ChildrenEliza Morse, Samuel Morse, Benjamin Morse
ParentsJacquelyn Morse, Charles Morse
AwardsDrama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play, Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Ensemble Performance, Obie Award for Performance, Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble, Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Lead Actor
NominationsScreen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie, Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male, Canadian S...
MoviesThe Green Mile, Disturbia, World War Z, Dancer in the Dark, Concussion, 16 Blocks, Proof of Life, The Crossing Guard, The Negotiator, The Indian Runner, The Hurt Locker, McCanick, 12 Monkeys, The Long Kiss Goodnight, Drive Angry, The Slaughter Rule, The Rock, Crazy in Alabama, Hounddog, Hearts in At...
TV ShowsTreme, John Adams, Hack, The Langoliers, Big Wave Dave's, St. Elsewhere
1(On Proof Of Life) Well the scandal with Meg Ryan and Russell Crowe is what everyone remembers, but we were so unaware of it while it was going on. It was like the world found out about it before we did. The first thing that comes to mind to me is that Taylor Hackford, when he asked me to do it, said he wanted an actor that could go to the edge of the cliff with him, because this role was going to be so physically demanding, both in the world that he was going to be shooting in-which turned out to be completely true-and emotionally. He just wanted someone who was willing to put himself in his hands and go the distance with him. I thought that was a great challenge, and I was excited to say yes to that. Obviously, we didn't know that it was going to be as dangerous as it was. My stand-in wound up being killed during the movie, doing a scene I was supposed to do. My stepfather was dying in Massachusetts, and I only had three days off in the whole film. I had flown up to Massachusetts to see him because he only had two weeks to live. As soon as I got off the plane, Taylor called and said, "You're going to have to come back here to shoot a scene, and then you can go back and see your stepfather," and I said, "Well, I don't know if he'll be alive when I get back here. I'll get back on as soon as I can, but I'm not going to go back tomorrow." And he was furious at me, and the next day, they shot the scene with my stand-in, and the truck he was in went off a cliff with five other people in it, and he was killed. And he was a very sweet man, thrilled about being a part of this movie. He and his wife were down there. It was very sad, very tragic event, and very difficult on the crew that was there shooting that day. It was a second-unit crew. But even out of that, there were some inspiring moments, and it all had to do with Will's family. Will was the young guy who died, and his family could not have been more concerned about the crew, or more generous to the crew. They didn't blame any of them or any of us. These were people who lost their golden boy, their oldest son, and they're down there caring for the crew. It was so devastating. So that's probably the first thing that comes to my mind.
2(On The Green Mile) I think I was the second person cast in it, though I don't know who the first person was. Frank Darabont, I had worked with a little in HBO's Two-Fisted Tales series, before he directed The Shawshank Redemption. He called me up and said he was going to send a script, and the only thing he was worried about was that I would want to improvise, so I was quick to assure him that I didn't want to improvise. I didn't want to change his lines. You basically have to tell the director whatever they want to hear when you're looking to get a job. That script was a script that everyone who read wanted to be a part of. Everybody who read it wept; it was just wonderfully moving. And I was one of those people. I got the script, and there was just no doubt that I wanted to be that man and be in that world and go through that. When we made the movie, it was supposed to be shot in three months, and we wound up shooting it in five months, which put a lot of pressure on people. And it was a long five months. But I think all of us looking back on that probably are grateful it went five months, because of the experience of being with each other. All those actors, all those people doing such amazing work. We just got to spend that much more time together in such a rare film. I think Frank has a real sense of how to tell Stephen King's stories on film. He's a really good storyteller. He's completely the opposite of Lars von Trier. Lars, when you're shooting, doesn't give a damn about his script. The camera will be rolling and he'll say, "This is crap, just say what your subtext is," and you're improvising constantly in the flow of things. And if something happens that's not in the script, that's great. I was doing a scene in Dancer In The Dark where I walked out the door of the trailer and I'm supposed to be off-camera, except that Lars walked out with the camera following me, so I had to keep acting. I haven't got a clue what I want to do, and slowly people start stumbling out, and we wind up doing a scene outside the trailer that was never written, and that's how Lars works. But Frank is completely the opposite. A woman who has worked with him on everything he's ever done told me, "There isn't a comma in there that he doesn't fret over. There isn't a moment that he hasn't lived with and imagined and seen how to shoot it, and it's really fulfilling that this thing he's lived with in his mind for so long is what you're there to help him create."
3(On Dancer In The Dark) We shot it all in Sweden and Denmark. It was obviously supposed to take place in the Pacific Northwest, but (director) Lars (von Trier) does not travel, because he has this odd view of America. I had said no to that movie a number of times, and it hurt me to do it, because I'd loved his films before. I couldn't wait to get the script when I heard that he was sending it, and I read it and I couldn't believe he was going to make a musical out of this. It was just so grim, but my manager convinced me to talk to him. I still didn't feel like I could do it, but I told him I would think about it. And it was literally 12:30 one night and I was flipping through channels and there was this incredible scene from this movie on, and I couldn't stop watching it. I realized what I was watching was Breaking the Waves, and I called Lars the next day and we talked more, and I said, "Whatever happens, this experience is going to be amazing. The movie may stink, but there's no doubt this experience is going to be amazing." So I said yes, and the experience was truly amazing, one of my favorite experiences, and I think the movie itself is amazing too. Obviously there's a big gap between how people feel about the movie. Either people hate it or just completely love it, and I'm one of those people who loves it. I think it's remarkable.
4(On The Indian Runner) To have someone like Sean Penn be interested in me for the lead in his first film. It was totally unexpected, and just an amazing honor. I knew his father Leo and his brother Michael, because they had both worked on St. Elsewhere, and Sean, whom I had never met, actually sent regards to me when Leo was directing our show, which was a surprise since Sean was one of the biggest movie stars in the world at the time. And then I got that script for The Indian Runner, and I couldn't even believe that he wrote it. I don't know why, because he's obviously a very talented, smart man, but there just seemed to be something so mature and just a beautiful poetry to that script, and then to go and meet him up at his house, and have him ultimately fight for me when there were all these other movie stars who were interested in doing it... For some reason, he felt that I was the fellow that should play that role, and he fought like crazy for me to do it. It was one of the greatest experiences of my career, and in some ways my life.
5Disturbia was a surprise. And I don't know why I was surprised, because I knew when I was asked to do it that there were good people involved. D.J. Caruso and Shia LaBeouf and Carrie-Anne Moss. And Steven Spielberg, obviously, who was producing it. I had been asked to do a lot of those movies that are made to make a lot of money on the first weekend-there's a franchise of "first-weekend movies" that are not very good. And I turned all those down. But this was a horror movie that I thought was a little smarter than everything else, and because of the people involved, it had the potential to be something good. Still, just the success of it, and the numbers of people... I thought we were just making a movie for teenage boys, but all kinds of people have seen that movie, and all kinds of people had fun watching it. So it was just a nice, pleasant surprise, that success.
6(On his role in House) It's going to sound so weird saying this, but I had so little responsibility on that series, other than to go in there and give House a hard time. It was really fun. David Shore, who had worked on Hack and created House, called me and asked me if I would be interested in doing it if they came up with a character, because they really needed somebody that could go toe-to-toe with House. And I wasn't sure, because I hadn't watched the show. When I flipped through the scenes, I just thought, "This guy House is a total jerk. Why are people watching this show?" Then we were on vacation with some friends who we had known for a long time, and I told them I had gotten this phone call, and they were all like, "Oh, you gotta do this show, it's the most brilliant show, it's such a great character, you're going to have to do this." So I called up David and said, "Okay, I'll do it, my friends are all crazy about your show." It was really so easy, in the best sense of the word, because I had no personal pressure on me. Just to go in there and be with all these people who had worked on Hack, now having success with this show House. We had all struggled so hard. There are a lot of writers on House who were on Hack, and to be around them and enjoy their success, it was just a comfortable place to work. Now, of course, I'm suffering because people will tell me how much they hate me and what I did to House. That's the only downside. House is so beloved.
7(On Hack) I was disappointed in some ways that the show didn't last longer. I was disappointed for Philadelphia, because we shot the whole thing there, and that had never happened. There were a lot of people in Philadelphia proud and excited to have that show in their city. Literally in every episode, we were in different neighborhoods all over the city, and this is a city that is made up of very distinct neighborhoods. I'm very fond of the people in those neighborhoods and of the city. I truly am. But I did not sleep for two years doing that show, because I didn't feel like we ever got the show I imagined when I agreed to do it, and I never felt satisfied with what we were doing. I think it's a very difficult process, doing a network television series. I think there was a lot that was good about it. Andre Braugher, I thought was tremendous, and I thought we told some pretty good stories, but I never felt like we ever reached the level where I could say, "Okay, now this is the show, and this is the world that I think we should be talking about and representing." You always have to say, "I've been hired to do a job." When you walk on the set, whatever it is, you commit yourself to the job. You're committing yourself to doing the best you can do with it, no matter what you feel about it, and that never changes. The producers and writers on Hack were all in Los Angeles and never in Philadelphia, so everything was back and forth through different time zones, but they all worked hard to make a good show. I think the problem is that David Koepp, who created it, is really a movie guy, he had this fun idea. But David never intended to stay with the show, and that left a big void of who was the creative center. And as soon as there's that void, everybody wants to fill it with their own ideas. Especially the network. So we had all agreed during the pilot that the show would be one sort of thing, but then the reality of having to sell it to advertisers led to a lot of pressure to go with a much safer product. Everybody tried to jump into that void, and we never had a really strong central voice there. I think that was the big problem.
8(On his memories of St. Elsewhere) Well, pain and pride come to mind. The pain was the experience of playing that character over all those years. Being one character in the beginning, and then really becoming such a victim, and never really getting any release from that. Maybe a little bit at the end, he sort of came around, but he was not the character that I originally believed in. He was a character the producers enjoyed tormenting, and it was not fun to play that. I liked the character much more in the beginning. But the pride? That was being a part of such an extraordinary show, and really, a lot of that is owed to those same producers.
1Father of Eliza Morse, still photographer.
2Has appeared in 'The Langoliers (1996)(TV)', The Green Mile (1999), and Hearts in Atlantis (2001), all based on novels by Stephen King. He also appeared in Horns (2013), based on a novel by King's son, Joe Hill.
3Acting mentor was Norman Lloyd.
4Best known by the public for his role as Dr. Jack Morrison on St. Elsewhere (1982).
5Has appeared in two films as a criminal connected to the prison island of Alcatraz: in Six Against the Rock (1987) he plays Marvin Hubbard, second-in-command to David Carradine's Bernard Coy; and in The Rock (1996) he is Major Tom Baxter, second-in-command to Ed Harris' Brigadier General Francis X. Hummel, USMC.
6His middle name, Bowditch, comes from Nathaniel Bowditch.
7He is the only actor to date to play both Abraham Lincoln and George Washington.
8Stated that out of all of the films he's done, his favorites are The Green Mile (1999), The Crossing Guard (1995), The Indian Runner (1991), and The Rock (1996).
9Is allergic to most forms of sugar.
10Broke several fingers during a fight scene in Disturbia (2007) but remained in character and finished the take.
11Studied acting at the William Esper studio.
12Moved to Philly with his family after California earthquake of 1994, to be near wife's family.
13Parents: Charles and Jacquelyn Morse.
14Has three younger sisters.
15Frequently cast in book-to-movie/television works by Stephen King.
16Listed as one of twelve "Promising New Actors of 1980" in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 32.


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Concussion2015Mike Webster
True Detective2015TV SeriesEliot Bezzerides
The Boy2015/IJohn Henley
Untitled Wall Street Project2014TV MovieConklin
Treme2010-2013TV SeriesLt. Terry Colson
McCanick2013Eugene 'Mack' McCanick
Horns2013Dale Williams
Winter in the Blood2013Airplane Man
World War Z2013Ex-CIA Agent
Robot Chicken2012TV SeriesThe Lorax Robin Hood
Makete, katsu: Sengo wo tsukutta otoko Yoshida Shigeru2012TV Mini-SeriesDouglas MaCarthur
The Odd Life of Timothy Green2012James Green, Sr.
Collaborator2011Gus Williams
Lights Out2011TV SeriesJerry 'The Rainmaker' Raines
Drive Angry2011Webster
The Pond2010/IShortAdam 11
Shanghai2010Richard Astor
Mint Julep2010Karl
Mother and Child2009Tom
Medium2009TV SeriesDouglas Lydecker
Empire State2009TV MovieJames Cochrane
The Hurt Locker2008Colonel Reed
John Adams2008TV Mini-SeriesGeorge Washington
Disturbia2007Mr. Turner
House M.D.2006-2007TV SeriesMichael Tritter
16 Blocks2006Det. Frank Nugent
Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story2005Palmer
Nearing Grace2005Shep Nearing
Down in the Valley2005Wade
Hack2002-2004TV SeriesMike Olshansky
Double Vision2002Kevin Richter
The Slaughter Rule2002Gideon Ferguson
Hearts in Atlantis2001Adult Bobby Garfield
American Experience2001TV Series documentaryAbraham Lincoln
Diary of a City Priest2001Father John McNamee
Proof of Life2000Peter Bowman
Bait2000Edgar Clenteen
Dancer in the Dark2000Bill Houston
The Green Mile1999Brutus 'Brutal' Howell
Crazy in Alabama1999Dove
The Legend of Pig Eye1998
The Negotiator1998Adam Beck
Contact1997Ted Arroway
Murder Live!1997TV MovieFrank McGrath
George B.1997George
The Long Kiss Goodnight1996Luke / Daedalus
Extreme Measures1996FBI Agent Frank Hare
The Rock1996Major Tom Baxter
The Taming Power of the Small1995Short
Twelve Monkeys1995Dr. Peters
The Crossing Guard1995John Booth
Tecumseh: The Last Warrior1995TV MovieGalloway
The Langoliers1995TV Mini-SeriesBrian Engle
Homicide: Life on the Street1995TV SeriesJim Bayliss
Magic Kid II1994Jack
The Getaway1994Jim Deer Jackson
SeaQuest 20321993TV SeriesLenny Sutter
The Good Son1993Jack
Big Wave Dave's1993TV SeriesDave Bell
Miracle on Interstate 8801993TV MovieDr. Jim Betts
The Hat Squad1993TV Series
Dead Ahead: The Exxon Valdez Disaster1992TV MovieRick Steiner - Fishermen
Reasonable Doubts1992TV SeriesEdward Durrell
Tales from the Crypt1992TV SeriesTom McMurdo
Two-Fisted Tales1992TV MovieTom McMurdo (segment "Showdown")
Cry in the Wild: The Taking of Peggy Ann1991TV MovieBicycle Pete
The Indian Runner1991Joe Roberts
Desperate Hours1990Albert
Cross of Fire1989TV MovieKlell Henry
Midnight Caller1989TV SeriesChandler
Brotherhood of the Rose1989TV Mini-SeriesRemus
Winnie1988TV MovieThomas
St. Elsewhere1982-1988TV SeriesDr. Jack Morrison
A Place at the Table1988TV MovieTom Williams
Personal Foul1987
Downpayment on Murder1987TV MovieDet. Jackson
Six Against the Rock1987TV MovieMarvin Hubbard
When Dreams Come True1985TV MovieRobert Wynton
Shattered Vows1984TV MovieFather Tim
Prototype1983TV MovieMichael
Max Dugan Returns1983Shoe Store Cop
Nurse1981TV SeriesKevin Mallory
Our Family Business1981TV MoviePhil
Inside Moves1980Jerry Maxwell


St. Elsewhere1987TV Series 2 episodes
Friday the 13th: The Series1987TV Series


Hack2003TV Series written by - 1 episode




The Slaughter Rule2002performer: "Silver Wings", "When I Stop Dreaming"
Dancer in the Dark2000performer: "SMITH & WESSON"


The Green Mile: Walking the Mile2014Video documentary special thanks
McCanick2013the director wishes to thank


Film '722016TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee
WGN Morning News2016TV SeriesHimself
World War Z: Production2013Video documentary shortHimself
The Barnes Collection2012TV Movie documentaryDr. Barnes (voice)
Na plovárne2011TV SeriesHimself
The Hurt Locker: Behind the Scenes2010Video shortHimself
The Manifest and Making of 'Passengers'2009Video shortHimself
The Making of Disturbia2007Video documentary shortHimself / Mr. Turner
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2007TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Max on Set: Disturbia... An Inside Look2007TV ShortHimself
St. Elsewhere: The Place to Be2006Video shortHimself
Miracles and Mystery: Creating 'The Green Mile'2006Video documentaryHimself
Edens Lost and Found2006TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself - Host
The Tony Danza Show2006TV SeriesHimself - Guest
HBO First Look1997-2006TV Series documentaryHimself / Himself - 'Peter Bowman'
CBS at 752003TV Special documentaryHimself
CBS Cares2002-2003TV SeriesHimself
The Making of 'Double Vision'2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
Choreography: Creating Vincent Paterson's Dance Sequences2000Video documentary shortHimself (uncredited)
Von Trier's 100 øjne2000DocumentaryHimself
Walking the Mile2000Video documentary shortHimself - 'Brutal Howell'
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1999TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Miracle of 'The Green Mile'1999TV Short documentaryHimself
The Directors1997TV Series documentaryHimself

Archive Footage

The Green Mile: Walking the Mile2014Video documentaryHimself
Pioneers of Television2014TV Mini-Series documentaryDr. Jack Morrison
Tvist2005TV SeriesDr. Jack Morrison

Won Awards

2015Silver AwardOregon International Film Awards, USBest ScreenplayMystic Stranger
2011Best ActorKarlovy Vary International Film FestivalCollaborator (2011)
2009WAFCA AwardWashington DC Area Film Critics Association AwardsBest EnsembleThe Hurt Locker (2008)
2009Gotham Independent Film AwardGotham AwardsBest Ensemble PerformanceThe Hurt Locker (2008)
2003FirstGlance AwardPhiladelphia FirstGlance Film Festival

Nominated Awards

2015LAIFF November AwardLos Angeles Independent Film Festival AwardsScreenplay FeaturesMystic Stranger
2013Canadian Screen AwardCanadian Screen Awards, CAPerformance by an Actor in a Leading RoleCollaborator (2011)
2011Maverick Movie AwardMaverick Movie AwardsBest Actor: ShortThe Pond (2010)
2009ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Cast EnsembleThe Hurt Locker (2008)
2009DFCS AwardDenver Film Critics SocietyBest Acting EnsembleThe Hurt Locker (2008)
2008Golden NymphMonte-Carlo TV FestivalOutstanding Actor - Mini SeriesJohn Adams (2008)
2008Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a MovieJohn Adams (2008)
2007OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Guest Actor in a Drama SeriesHouse M.D. (2004)
2007Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Guest Actor in a Drama SeriesHouse M.D. (2004)
2002Golden Horse AwardGolden Horse Film FestivalBest Supporting ActorShuang tong (2002)
2000ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Cast in a Theatrical Motion PictureThe Green Mile (1999)
1999ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Cast EnsembleThe Green Mile (1999)
1996Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest Supporting MaleThe Crossing Guard (1995)

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