Oct. 18th, 1947
New York City, New York, USA
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Morton was born in Harlem, New York City, New York. He is the son of Evelyn, a secretary, and Joseph Thomas Morton, Sr., a U.S. army intelligence officer. Because of his father's profession, he spent parts of his childhood in West Germany and Okinawa. Morton graduated from Hofstra University. Morton made his Broadway debut in Hair, appeared in Salvation, and was nominated for a Tony Award for Raisin.
He has appeared in over 70 movies, including John Sayles' The Brother from Another Planet (as The Brother), Terminator 2: Judgment Day (as Dr. Miles Bennett Dyson) and Blues Brothers 2000 (as 'Cabel "Cab" Chamberlain', based upon the late Cab Calloway). On daytime, Morton has had roles on Search for Tomorrow (Dr. James Foster, 1973–74), Another World (Dr. Abel Marsh and Leo Mars, 1983–84), and All My Children (Dr. Zeke McMillan, 2002). In 2002 he appeared on the London stage in the play, Art Morton has made many notable TV guest appearances, including his appearances as Dr. Steven Hamilton in the first two seasons of Smallville. He has starred in the Sanford and Son spin-off Grady (1975–1976), Under One Roof (1995) and E-Ring (2005). He portrayed the jack-of-all-trades scientist Henry Deacon as a regular on Syfy Channel.
- Listed as one of twelve "Promising New Actors of 1985" in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 37.
- Made his Broadway debut in the play "Hair".
- Was nominated for Broadway's 1974 Tony Award as Best Actor (Musical) for "Raisin." He also won a Theatre World Award for this role.
- Studied drama at Hofstra University on Long Island.
- Won NAACP Awards for his work in _"Equal Justice" (1990)_ (qv) and _"Tribeca" (1993)_ (qv).