|Jeffrey Dean Morgan
|April 22, 1966
|American Actor of Film and Television
Jeffrey Dean Morgan is an American actor. He is most famous for his role as Negan in The Walking Dead series. The villainous Jeffrey appeared in other movies and TV shows. His famous acting gigs include Denny Duquette in Grey’s Anatomy, John Winchester on Supernatural, and more. His best movie role is in Watchmen, playing The Comedian.
Two of his three notable characters died onscreen. Since 2016, he plays Negaon in The Walking Dead. Since the first episode, he instantly grew to fans. Even though he plays a villainous character, Dean Morgan is a fan favorite. As of August 2020, Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s fortune is more than $10 million.
Career Ups and Downs
Morgan appeared in more than 25 feature movies. But most of his famous work is on television. He started his career in the mid-1990s. His first major character is in the Burning Zone, series from 1996 to 1997. He appeared in eleven of the nineteen episodes.
After a short hiatus and small roles, he appeared in three big television series in 2005 and 2006. He played John Winchester in CW Supernatural and Denny Duquette on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy. He also appeared in two episodes of Weeds.
During the 2000s, Jeffrey starred as a guest actor in many series including ER, JAG, Texas Ranger, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Monk, and The O.C.
By the end of the 2000s, he appeared in a couple of movies. His credits include The Accidental Husband, The Resident alongside Hilary Swank, and Days of Wrath.
In 2009, he got the role of a famous comic character. He portrayed The Comedian, a cigar-chomping antihero in Watchmen.
Jeffrey kicked off the 2010s with a drama appearance. He appeared alongside Kelli Garner in The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe. He portrayed Joe DiMaggio in the four-hour miniseries.
In 2015, he got back to what he does best, and that is action series. He played Deaf Smith in Texas Ranger. Fun fact: He portrayed Thomas Wayne in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. But he didn’t get credit for the role. There are also rumors he will portray an alternate universe Batman in a movie based on DC Flash comics.
In the spring of 2016, Jeffrey Dean Morgan got his most famous and lucrative job. The American actor portrayed Negan in the season six finale of The Walking Dead. Since then, he serves as the primary antagonist of the seventh and eighth seasons.
Besides movies, Jeffrey tries to use his popularity for other activities. For example, he drove the 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Race Car in the 101st Indianapolis 500 race. And in September of 2017, he appeared in a commercial for Evony, an online game.
As for his personal life, he got married to actress Anya Longwell in 1992. They got a divorce in 2003 after more than 10 years of marriage. He briefly dated Mary Louise Parker before meeting Hilarie Burton. He got a son with Hilarie in March 2010. And then the couple got a daughter in February 2018. In October 2019, the two finally got married amid speculations of a secret ceremony in 2014.
Morgan and his wife live in Rhinebeck in Dutchess County, New York. They have a 100-acre working farm in Hudson Valley with chickens, donkeys, emu, cows, ducks, and more.
Awards and Achievements
Jeffrey Dean Morgan has a prolific career. He portrayed some iconic television characters. Yet, he only won awards thanks to his The Walking Dead appearance. For his portrayal of Negan, Jeffrey has two awards in his pocket.
– In 2017, he won an MTV Movie Award for Best Villain
– In 2016, he won the Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Guest Performer in a Drama Series
As of August 2020, Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s fortune is over $10 million. How did he earn the money? Well, most of his income comes from The Walking Dead Series.
He got paid $200,000 per episode for his appearance in season 7 and 8 of the show. He portrays Negan, the leader of a vicious band of survivors called The Saviors.
His salary for Walking Dead is high but not as high as other notable actors. Norman Reedus, who portrays Daryl Dixon earns $1 million per episode. And Andrew Lincoln, portraying Rick Grimes, earns $650,000 per episode. Lincoln left the show in Season 9.