In 2014, Joe won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series playing Rowan Pope on Scandal.
Joe narrated "The Great Depression" documentary series for PBS.
Joe's favorite sci-fi movie is "Alien".
Joe directed the movie "Sunday at the Rocks".
Joe did the voice of Professor Richmond for the video game "Ghost Hunter".
In 1990 Joe was in the play "Art" at the West End production in London.
In 1984 Joe won a Caixa de Catalunya Award at the Sitges - Catalonian International Film Festival for "The Brother from Another Planet".
Joe has done the reading for the AudioBooks "Star Trek: The New Frontier" by Peter David and "SSN" by Tom Clancy.
Joe's Broadway debut was in the play "Hair" in 1968.
As part of the cast of "American Gangster" Joe was nominated for a 2008 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.
Joe attended Hofstra University on Long Island in New York.
In 1985 Joe was listed on John Willis' Screen World list of "Promising New Actors of 1985".
In 1990 & 1993 Joe won NAACP awards for his performances in Equal Justice and Tribecca.
Joe's mom was a secretary and his dad was a U.S. army intelligence officer.
Joe was nominated for the Broadway's 1974 Tony Award as Best Actor (Musical Production Category) for the theater production "Raisin"; he won a Theatre World Award for the role.
Joe is 5'9" (1.75m) tall.
Joe married Nora Chavooshian in October 1984, they have 2 children; son Ara and daughter Seta, born in 1989 and 1993. He has another daughter, Hopi, born in 1971, and a grandson, Moses, born in 1998.
Joe Morton: Nothing ever happens the way you think it's going to happen. I left school wanting to do Shakespeare and the Greeks, and I ended up doing musicals because I could sing. It moved me very quickly. . . . But it was never anything I wanted to do. It looked like a dead-end situation unless I was going to be a recording artist or go on to do musicals.
Joe Morton: (about how his father's death affected his work) I spend a lot of time doing characters like Mike James, who go around avenging everyone else's wrongs - or characters like I play in classical theater, who are always avenging their father's deaths.
Joe Morton: (about getting to play a bad guy) No, as long as it has a point of view. If there's a reason for this guy to be a bad guy, then that's terrific. I'd love, actually, to play somebody who is really smart and really horrible [laughs].
Joe Morton: I make it a habit of never trying to judge what an audience might think, only because all points of view are too close, because we're doing it every day, I think that the actor's point of view is sometimes too close to what the material actually is. So when you get fresh eyes and bring in the audience on it, you kind of get a more fully-rounded idea of what it is that you're doing.