Jan. 28th, 1969
Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
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Kathryn Morris (born January 28, 1969) is an American actress, best known for her lead role as Detective Lilly Rush in the CBS series Cold Case.
Morris was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, (though CBS News identifies her birthplace as Dallas). She lived in both Texas and Connecticut as a child with her parents and five siblings. As a child, Morris and her family traveled the southern 'Bible Belt' as a gospel group called 'The Morris Code'. The group was mainly made up of Kathryn's father and three (out of five) of her siblings. She attended two colleges in the Philadelphia area, Northeastern Christian College and Temple University.
Morris' first role was a minor one in the 1991 tele-movie Long Road Home. Several other small parts followed, including a bit part as a psychiatric patient in the Oscar-winning As Good as It Gets. Her breakthrough role came as Lt. Annalisa "Stinger" Lindstrom in the television series Pensacola: Wings of Gold in 1997 for two seasons. Morris continued to work in films (notably ones directed by Rod Lurie) and had a brief stint on the Xena series in 1999 as Najara.
After seeing her in the film, The Contender (which DreamWorks distributed), 'Steven Spielberg' cast her in two successive films. Her scenes as a rock star in A.I.: Artificial Intelligence, which required Morris to take intensive singing and guitar lessons were cut by the director, which was particularly agonizing for her. In Minority Report, she portrayed the tormented wife of Tom Cruise's character.
In 2003, Morris won the lead role of detective Lilly Rush in the CBS dramatic series Cold Case. She also appeared in the 2004 films Mindhunters and Paycheck, opposite 'Ben Affleck', and more recently as the journalist wife of Josh Hartnett in Lurie's drama Resurrecting the Champ (2007). Morris appeared in the film Cougars, Inc. which was distributed in 2011. In 2012, Morris landed the starring role in The Sweeter Side of Life, a romantic comedy, as Desiree Harper. The 90-minute film premiered on the Hallmark Channel on January 19, 2013.
Morris currently lives in Los Angeles, California.
On April 8, 2013, Morris announced that she and her boyfriend Johnny Messner are expecting twin boys in early September 2013. She welcomed twin boys, Jameson and Rocco, on Aug. 21, 2013.
- Has had a part in all of director 'Rod Lurie' (qv)'s features to date: _Deterrence (1999)_ (qv), _The Contender (2000)_ (qv) and _The Last Castle (2001)_ (qv) (scenes deleted).
- As a child, traveled with her family as a gospel singing group.
- Has now appeared in two screen adaptations of a 'Philip K. Dick' (qv) work: _Minority Report (2002)_ (qv) and _Paycheck (2003)_ (qv).
- Grew up in Windsor Locks, Connecticut with her 6 siblings.
- Attended Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for a couple of years in the early 1990s.