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Jeffrey Dean Morgan

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Jeffrey Dean Morgan (born April 22, 1966) is an American actor, best known to TV audiences as Denny Duquette on Grey's Anatomy, patriarch John Winchester on Supernatural, and Judah Botwin on the Showtime series Weeds. He also was in the 2007 film P.S. I Love You as William, an Irish singer, along with Hilary Swank and Gerard Butler. He played The Comedian in the 2009 superhero film Watchmen.

Morgan was born an only child in Seattle, Washington and attended Ben Franklin Elementary School, Rose Hill Junior High and Lake Washington High School in the nearby smaller city of Kirkland. Morgan was a basketball player in high school and university, until a knee injury ended his desire for a career in the sport. He was a graphic artist for a time, until he helped a friend move to Los Angeles.

Starting with the 1991 movie Uncaged, Morgan has appeared in 15 feature films. The bulk of Morgan's work has been in television. He was the star of the 1996-1997 television show The Burning Zone; his character, Dr. Edward Marcase, appeared in 10 out of 19 episodes that season. Since 2000, he has amassed a number of credits in television shows such as ER, JAG, Walker, Texas Ranger, Angel, Tru Calling, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Sliders, The O.C., and Monk.

In 2005 and 2006, Morgan simultaneously appeared in three separate television series: On the CW series Supernatural as John Winchester, the mysterious father of Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles); in a recurring role on ABC's Grey's Anatomy as heart transplant patient Denny Duquette, who carried on a relationship with intern Izzie Stevens (Katherine Heigl) and died in the show's second-season finale, though his character made an appearance in a three show arc during Meredith's death scene in season 3 and also appears in season 5; as Judah Botwin, on the Showtime series Weeds. Morgan's three roles are notable in that all three of the characters are now deceased, two of whom died onscreen.

Morgan was cast in a new project by Grey's Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes. The show, tentatively titled "Correspondents", was to have started production in summer 2007. ABC picked up a spinoff of Grey's Anatomy, called Private Practice, that was also created by Rhimes, and that project has rendered the future of "Correspondents" uncertain. Morgan is also among the cast of a movie that is based on a novel by the Irish novelist Cecelia Ahern, PS, I Love You. The movie was released on December 21, 2007. Another 2007 film starring Morgan is The Accidental Husband, which finished filming in New York City in March 2007. Morgan also recently finished filming Days of Wrath, a film about gangland violence in Los Angeles.

Morgan portrayed The Comedian, a cigar-chomping vigilante, in Watchmen, based on Alan Moore's graphic novel.

At some point in his young adulthood he was married, according to a 1997 interview in Playgirl. Little is known publicly about the marriage, other than that it ended in divorce.

Morgan began dating his former Weeds costar, Mary-Louise Parker in December 2006. The couple briefly split in June 2007, though they later reconciled. On February 12, 2008, Morgan and Parker announced their engagement, only to break it off in April 2008.

Due to their similar facial appearance, he is often confused with Javier Bardem and Robert Downey Jr. though he is much taller than both of them.

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Days of Wrath

Days of Wrath is a drama film directed by Celia Fox, and written by Mitchell Kapner and Michael Markee, set to be released sometime in 2008. It stars Wilmer Valderama, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Ricardo Chavira, and Laurence Fishburne. Popular rap icon Rick Ross will also make his film debut along side David Banner.

Based out of Los Angeles, the plot follows the lives, drama, and consequences of LAs gangs and how the media exploits their stories. Character Bryan Gordon, (Played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan) is the owner of a news station, KIND, that is struggling to stay alive. He finds that reporting on gang activity is good for business. He is shocked when he receives some threats from gang boss Daniel "Danny Boy" Soto, (Played by Wilmer Valderamma) and when he finds that his own son Mario is in a gang, (Played by Jesse Garcia) is the leader of a LA gang.

A movie trailer can be found at www.daysofwrath.com.

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Live! (2007 film)

Live! is a 2007 film directed and written by Bill Guttentag and starring Eva Mendes and David Krumholtz. It was released in April 2007 at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Television executive Katy (Eva Mendes) develops what she hopes will become the most watched television show of all time, the ultimate reality show called Live! where six contestants play Russian roulette with a revolver with six chambers loaded with one live cartridge and five dummy cartridges. During the show, after the cylinder is randomly turned, the six will fire the gun one by one pointed at their head, without intermediate extra turning of the cylinder, until one is killed. Thus this will happen anyway. At first the idea is to go give the contestants $ 1,000,000 each, but, while there are more applicants at the auditions than expected, they are suicidal people. This is not desired, the contestants should want to live; therefore the prize is raised to $ 5,000,000 each for the surviving contestants, while the family of the killed contestant does not get any prize. Also contestants who do not have to pull the trigger because one is killed before it has been their turn get the prize.

As the TV Executive struggles to overcome the challenges by the Federal Communications Commission, her network, and the show's advertisers, a documentary filmmaker (David Krumholtz) films every detail of her glamorous, high powered life. The documentary filmmaker becomes involved in the making of the show by creating biographical segments about the contestants, who are Byron (Rob Brown), a young, struggling writer; Brad (Eric Lively), extreme sports star; Rick (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), a man who had to spend much on medical bills for his young son and is now trying to save his family's farm; Jewel (Katie Cassidy), an aspiring actress; Abalone (Monet Mazur), a former super model turned performance artist; and Pablo (Jay Hernandez), a young gay Mexican immigrant determined to help his family .

Jewel is first, Pablo next, both are unharmed. Next is Abalone; before pulling the trigger with the gun pointed at herself she does a performance in which she frightens others by pointing the gun at them; she is also unharmed, but plays falling dead. The fourth is Byron, also unharmed. Brad is fifth and kills himself. Katy is shocked and feels guilty, and goes to the bathroom to throw up. The body is quickly removed off-camera. Rick, who would be sixth wins the prize without having to pull the trigger. After that, during the after-show press gang, a man comes forward with another gun and kills Katy. The network claims the murder is unrelated to the theme of the show. Apart from the murder the show is a success. It is yearly repeated.

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All Good Things (film)

All Good Things is an upcoming mystery-romance film directed by Andrew Jarecki and written by Jarecki, Marcus Hinchey and Marc Smerling. Starring Ryan Gosling and Kirsten Dunst and set in the 1980s, the film is about a New York real estate agent whose lover disappears suddenly, based on the real life of real estate heir Robert Durst. All Good Things was filmed between April and July 2008 in Connecticut and New York, and is scheduled to be released July 24, 2009.

Set in the 1980s, the story centers on the scion of a New York real estate dynasty who begins an affair with a girl from the wrong side of the tracks. When she suddenly disappears, a destitute detective stumbles on information that may lead to the truth, the political stakes are raised, and people close to the case turn up dead.

The All Good Things screenplay was written by Andrew Jarecki, Marcus Hinchey and Marc Smerling as a narrative loosely based on the real life experiences of Robert Durst, a real estate heir whose first wife, Kathleen McCormack, disappeared in 1982. The film's title, All Good Things, is an homage to a health store of the same name set up by Durst and McCormack in the 1970s. After the script was completed and Andrew Jarecki had agreed to direct the film, Ryan Gosling was attached to star and Kirsten Dunst in negotiations by late January 2008. By early April, Jeffrey Dean Morgan had been cast and Frank Langella was in final negotiations with the film's producers to join. Soon after, The Weinstein Company closed a deal to produce, finance and distribute All Good Things, and the film's budget was set at US$20 million.

Filming began in April in New York City and various locations in Connecticut, which were chosen for "the tax incentive, scenic and period locations" provided by the state. Shooting on Lillinonah Drive in Brookfield, Connecticut commenced in early May, at a lakefront house. Five locations at the Fairfield University campus were used for several scenes over a week of filming. The set moved to Carl Schurz Park, New York City, briefly before switching back to Connecticut. Three scenes were shot at Canal Street, Shelton, Connecticut, on May 30–31 after the production team's filming license for the scenes was completed less than a week beforehand. Much of the Canal Street filming focused on the "heavy, industrial features" of the area, while other touch-ups such as graffiti removal were made. A single minute-long scene was shot on a bridge over Shelton's Housatonic River. Scenes were shot on Route 7 in Gaylordsville, Connecticut, on June 3, where a shop opposite the local fire department was used as a health store. The following day, filming commenced in Waterbury, Connecticut. The Hospital of Saint Raphael was used as a filming location on June 6. The film set at the hospital was built on a vacant floor scheduled to be renovated, and took a week for set designers to prepare. Filming later returned to Brookfield, Connecticut, and shot for two days at the Ridgefield Community Center—standing in for New York's Gracie Mansion—in Ridgefield, Connecticut. Manhattan, New York City's West 38th Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues, stood in for the old 42nd Street on June 25–26 where shops were converted into 1970s Times Square sex shops and strip shows.

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Jensen Ackles

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Jensen Ross Ackles (born March 1, 1978) is an American television and film actor. He is notable for his television roles as Eric Brady in Days of our Lives, Alec/X5-494 in Dark Angel, and Jason Teague in Smallville. He currently plays Dean Winchester on the CW series Supernatural.

Ackles was born in Dallas, Texas, the son of Donna Joan (née Shaffer) and Alan Roger Ackles, an actor. Ackles has a brother, Joshua, who's three years older, and sister, Mackenzie, who's seven years younger, and is of English, Irish and Scottish ancestry. He had planned to study sports medicine at Texas Tech University and become a physical therapist but instead moved to Los Angeles to start his acting career.

After modeling on and off since the age of 4, Ackles began to concentrate on an acting career in 1996. He appeared in several guest roles on Mr. Rhodes, Sweet Valley High, and Cybill before joining the cast of the NBC soap opera Days of our Lives as Eric Brady in 1997. He won a 1998 Soap Opera Digest Award for Best Male Newcomer and went on to be nominated three times (in 1998, 1999, and 2000) for a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series for his work on Days of our Lives.

Ackles departed Days of our Lives in 2000 and went on to appear in the mini-series Blonde, about the life of Marilyn Monroe. He also auditioned for the role of the young Clark Kent on Smallville, but it was offered to actor Tom Welling instead. After failing to land the part, he appeared in a guest role on the James Cameron television series Dark Angel on Fox in 2001 as serial killer Ben/X5-493, the "brother" of main character Max/X5-452 (played by Jessica Alba). His character died in the episode, but Ackles returned to the show as a series regular in the second season as Ben's sane clone, Alec/X5-494. He remained with the show until its cancellation in 2002.

Ackles worked steadily throughout 2003. He joined the cast of the WB's hit show Dawson's Creek during its final season, playing CJ, Jen Lindley's lover. Afterward, Ackles filmed several episodes of the unaired series Still Life for Fox before it was abruptly dropped. He also had a small role in the 2004 short film The Plight of Clownana. Ackles was the producer's first choice to play Eliza Dushku's love interest on the second season of Tru Calling, Ackles turned down the role, which was then offered to another actor and the character's name was changed to 'Jensen' because the producers of 'Tru Calling' liked Ackles' name. Ackles returned to Vancouver (where Dark Angel was filmed) in 2004 to become a regular on Smallville playing Assistant Football Coach Jason Teague, who was also the newest romantic interest for Lana Lang (played by Kristin Kreuk). He also had a lead role in the 2005 film Devour in which Ackles' father, actor Alan Ackles, also had a role playing the father of Ackles' character, Jake Gray.

Most recently, Ackles joined the cast of the CW horror/drama series Supernatural in 2005, where he stars as Dean Winchester. Dean and his brother Sam (Jared Padalecki) drive throughout the United States hunting paranormal predators, sometimes with their father, (Jeffrey Dean Morgan). The fourth season began broadcast on September 18, 2008.

In the summer of 2007, Ackles took on the role of Priestly in the independent comedy Ten Inch Hero. The film began hitting the film festival circuit in early 2007 and Ackles received high praise for his comedic timing in the role. The movie is currently waiting to find a distributor for feature film release. In February 2009, the film was released on DVD exclusively by Blockbuster Home Video.He also appeared on stage from June 5-10, 2007 with Lou Diamond Phillips in A Few Good Men at Casa Mañana Theatre in Fort Worth, Texas, as Lt. Daniel Kaffee. Ackles received strong praise for his work in this role, which was also his professional theatre debut.

In the summer of 2008, Ackles was cast in the remake of the cult movie My Bloody Valentine 3D, which opened January 16, 2009 nationwide.

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John Winchester (Supernatural)

John E. Winchester is a fictional character created by Eric Kripke for the CW's Supernatural, portrayed by Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Matt Cohen (young self). John is also the main character in comic book spin-off series Supernatural: Origins, a prequel set prior to the events of the series.

He is the father of Dean (b. January 24, 1979) and Sam (b. May 2, 1983) Winchester. He is also an ex-Marine (Echo 2/1). John watched as his wife, Mary, was killed by Azazel in Sam's nursery on November 2, 1983.

He raised his two sons to fight the supernatural, with help from hunters he met on his travels, including several customers of Harvelle's Roadhouse.

Twenty two years after Mary's death, John disappears, causing Dean to seek out Sam at Stanford University to help find him. The brothers are able to track him to Jericho, California. They then follow a set of coordinates they find amongst their father's things, thinking they might lead them to John. When the brothers return to their childhood home after Sam has precognitive dreams, they leave a message for John on his voicemail. John tracks them in Kansas, but does not reveal his presence while staying with the psychic Missouri Moseley.

John finally visits the brothers in Chicago, Illinois. Meg, a woman possessed by one of Azazel's children, reveals that Azazel is after John. After defeating the daeva, the brothers split up from their father to keep him from Meg and Azazel. John meets back up with his sons when his old mentor, vampire hunter Daniel Elkins, is murdered. It turns out that the vampires that killed him also stole the Colt, a gun that can kill anything. The brothers and John succeed in getting the gun back and decide to go after the demon together.

When Meg threatens to kill their friends unless they deliver The Colt, John gives her a fake gun and is captured. The brothers end up rescuing him, but he becomes possessed by Azazel and attacks. However, John manages to resist, freeing Sam from his telekinetic control. Sam manages to get the Colt and shoots him in the leg, temporarily subduing the demon. John begs Sam to kill him so that Azazel will die too, but Sam can't bring himself to do it. To John's dismay, Azazel then escapes. As the Winchesters later flee the scene in Dean's 1967 Impala, a man possessed by a demon hits them with a semi truck.

After the crash, Sam and John awake in hospital with only minor injuries. However, Dean's life hangs on a thread. John tries to get Sam to get some materials so that he can summon Azazel from the hospital where they have all ended up. He also seems to know what Azazel wants from Sam and other kids like him. He makes a deal with Azazel so that Dean can live, sacrificing the Colt and its last bullet, along with his soul.

After Dean wakes up, Sam angrily presses John about his whereabouts the night before. John waves it off, telling Sam that arguing is pointless. John then asks Sam to get him some coffee. After Sam leaves, John talks with Dean. John tells Dean to take care of Sam. He then whispers something in Dean's ear. John then leaves Dean and returns to his hospital room, where he gives the Colt to someone. Sam walks by John's hospital room, where he finds an unconscious John on the floor. The doctors arrive to try to revive John, but are unable to save his life.

John Winchester's official time of death is 10:41AM. Dean and Sam burn his body on a funeral pyre, as is traditional among hunters. In the future episode, "Crossroads", a demon refers to John suffering in Hell to tempt Dean into making a deal to resurrect him. In another episode, "Born Under A Bad Sign", the demon Meg, who is possessing Sam, tells Dean that she saw John in Hell and that he says "Howdy". However, this comment is most likely to have been made out of spite.

John returns in "All Hell Breaks Loose, Part 2" when the gate to Hell is opened. When Azazel is about to kill Dean, John grabs him and pulls him out of his human body. Both John and Azazel wrestle, but John is ultimately thrown off by the demon, who returns to his host body. This distraction gives Dean enough time to grab the Colt and shoot Azazel in the heart, finally killing him. John then gives Sam and Dean a loving smile before becoming engulfed in a white light, seemingly putting his soul at rest. Possibly because the death of Azazel breaks the contract holding John in hell, allowing him to leave.

When Dean is sent through time, he meets his father's younger self. When Dean starts talking about the smell of sulfur and cow mutilations, John believes he's a little crazy. When John goes to a car dealership, Dean suggests that John buy the car that Dean will eventually have in the future. Dean then watches John go to a diner with a much younger Mary, whom he intends to propose to. It is then revealed that Mary is a hunter. When Mary goes to see John, Azazel possessing her father brutally snaps John's neck. Mary makes a deal with Azazel to bring John back to life in exchange for permission to enter her house in ten years, though he does not reveal his intentions of giving demon blood to Sam.

In "On the Head of a Pin", Alastair reveals to Dean that he tortured John in Hell for over a century. According to Alastair, he gave John the same deal as he gave Dean, and that the original plan was to break the first seal - a righteous man spilling blood in Hell - with him, but John never gave in.

In "Jump the Shark", it is revealed that John hunted a ghoul about eighteen years ago and that during this hunt he slept with a nurse named Kate Milligan, whom he met after being brought into the hospital with some wounds. John unknowingly fathered his third son, Adam, with Kate. Kate and Adam later contacted John, and he visited them on-and-off, doing normal father-son things with Adam that he did not do with Dean and Sam. Adam was not informed of Dean and Sam's existence (and vice versa) or the fact that John was a hunter.

In 2009, two ghouls, children of the ghoul killed by John all those years ago, murder Kate and Adam Milligan and assume their forms, hoping to lure John into a trap. "Adam"'s call reaches Dean and Sam instead, as John is already dead. Dean and Sam discover the trick, kill the two ghouls, and burn the body of the brother they had never known, like a hunter.

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Six: The Mark Unleashed

Six: The Mark Unleashed is a 2004 direct-to-DVD action/drama film starring Stephen Baldwin, Kevin Downes, David A.R. White, Eric Roberts, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. It was released June 29, 2004, and debuted at #6 On The CBA Best Sellers List.

The film is set in the end-times, when the earth has been taken over, and the mark of the Beast - an implant in the right hand or forehead - is being imposed upon the global population (referred to as "the community" in the film). Those who take the mark become part of 'The Community'; those who refuse to bear the mark are imprisoned and, after three weeks, beheaded.

Two non-Christian renegades (Kevin Downes and David A. R. White) steal a car for a friend who has also refused to mark the bear. They find out when they arrive at his place that he has chosen to mark it, and "feels so much happier". The renegade two are caught by police, and taken to prison.

Tom Newman (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), a smuggler, is also captured by a police unit, led by his ex-wife, who has taken the mark. He is tortured until he agrees to infiltrate a Christian group in prison in order to kill Elijah Cohen, a Christian leader who remains at large.

Tom and the other two renegades meet in prison, and try to escape.

Ted Baehr of MOVIEGUIDE described it as "An entertaining movie and a useful tool for leading people to consider the claims of the Gospel." John Hagee of Global Evangelism Television said of the film: “The power of the gospel to transform the lives of the characters is shown with deeply moving reality. So real is the presentation of the plan of salvation in this movie, the viewer will be left without excuse.” Jack Van Impe was quoted as saying: “Both Rexella and I believe this to be the greatest religious release we have ever watched. I know you will be tremendously moved as never before when viewing this Holy Spirit led production.” However, Joel Comm did not think so highly of the film, saying "In all honesty, Six wasn't bad. It just wasn't good." He went on to say: "I would like to see Christian filmmakers deal more with everyday life issues and explore how a real faith in Christ plays into those issues. The end-times script is a dead horse. Can we stop beating it, please?". The film currently has a rating of 2.0 out of 10 on IMDB.

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