Although this small-screen player began studying acting in the early '80s, he struggled for almost a decade before shooting to stardom in 1990 as a cranky New Yorker practicing medicine in Alaska on the quirky dramedy Northern Exposure, for which he earned three Golden Globe nominations and two Emmy nominations. Previously, Morrow appeared primarily on stage and cofounded the prestigious off-Broadway theater company Naked Angels. Despite his success on Northern Exposure, he left the show in its fifth season to pursue big-screen roles, but apart from a pivotal role in the Oscar-nominated 1994 film Quiz Show, cinematic success was marginal. He returned to series television in 2002 as an ex-con on the short-lived Street Time. The role helped him overcome his nebbishy typecasting, and in 2005 he signed on to NUMB3RS as an FBI agent. Morrow also has a burgeoning career behind the camera, creating a production company called Bits and Pieces Production Company, helming various television episodes and directing the independent feature Maze, which he also wrote, co-produced and starred in. Away from the cameras, he enjoys skiing.
- Attended and studied acting at the renowned HB Studio in New York.
- Helped found the New York City acting troupe Naked Angels in 1986.
- "I did every job in my struggling days," he told People magazine in 2005. "One was delivering balloons. That was a nightmare. You'd go through revolving doors and they'd pop." Also, he said, "I was a bartender, but didn't know how to bartend. People would ask for a Grasshopper, and I'd just give them something [else]. If you put enough alcohol in, nobody cares."
- On the Board of Directors of Project ALS.
- Independent film Maze (2000), which he wrote, directed and co-produced, won the AFI Festival New Directions Award - Special Mention and honorable mention at the San Jose Film Festival.
- Founded the production company Bits and Pieces Production Company.
- Directed various TV episodes, including Oz, Street Time, Joan of Arcadia and NUMB3RS.
- 1994, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: Nominee
- 1993, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: Nominee
- 1992, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: Nominee
- 1992, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
- 1993, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
- 1994, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee
- Murray Morrow — Father
- Carrie Morrow — Sister
- Tu Simone Morrow — Daughter
- Diane Morrow — Mother
- Leslie Urdang — Ex-significant Other
- Debbon Ayer — Wife
- Birth Name: Robert Alan Morrow
- Birth Place: New Rochelle, New York, United States
- Profession: Actor, Director, Writer